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“Perfect for enjoyable stay without frills”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of El Mono Loco

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El Mono Loco
Ranked #13 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
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75 reviews
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“Perfect for enjoyable stay without frills”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2006

After originally trying to book a reservation at Capitan Suizo, my girlfriend and I walked past El Mono Loco and decided to save over $100/night to stay across the street!

El Mono Loco is not flashy, but is clean, comfortable, and well located -- not right in the noisy part of "town" but close enough to walk to everything. A short path walk to the beach for a stroll, and a little out of the way for the rowdy crowd to ruin a relaxing visit.

I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Note: we visited in August (the rainy season) and it didn't rain once in 5 days. We paid $40 for a comfortable double room, and had a pleasant, delicious breakfast each morning. Very nice owners!

  • Liked — clean and friendly in a great location
  • Tips/Secrets — I wouldn't have known how to book this place in advance, but glad I walked right up to it. I paid cash in USD, and got a discount as a result.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2005

The landscaping in the hotel is very nice (it doesn't look like anything special from the outside though, but that didn't matter to us). The room had high ceilings, decent bathroom, and ac. Everything was clean. No TV. At $60 a night it was too pricey for basic ammenities. We really liked Villas Macondo and it was cheaper.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2005

El Mono Loco is the best hotel in Tamarindo. Comfortable beds, hot showers, cold AC, great hammocks, EXCELLENT FOOD, colorful vegetation, close to the beach, great people. However, before you set foot in La Placina, please first refer to the rules. If 40 and Lucky aren't there, I'm sure that Mauricio will be happy to accomodate you. You definately don't want to set off your vacation on the wrong foot. PURA VIDA!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2004

Absolutly the greatest place to stay in Tamarindo. The rooms are cleaned daily, they have air conditioners that actually work, warm showers, and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. I would reccomened El Mono Loco to anyone who is looking for a fun atmosphere that can laid backed, but also filled with huge laughs and welcoming smiles. Tell Silvia, Marcio, Marvin, and Bruno (if he's in town) I said hi and I already miss them. Have fun in Tamarindo and also find James they call him EL Conejo, the rabbit--tell him hi also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2004

It is simple, but very lovely. The perfect place to relax. It is close to the beach, the rooms are nice and clean and the family who runs the place are really nice people.

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Additional Information about El Mono Loco

Property: El Mono Loco
Address: Calle Cardinal | 450m South of Pacific Park, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small 12 room hotel located across the street from the beach and a short walk from town. Our basic, clean rooms can accommodate solo travelers, couples, families, and small groups. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot water, quiet A/C, ceiling fan. Community area offers a TV, free wi-fi, shared refrigerator, hammocks, and rocking chairs. We have a refreshing plunge pool and outdoor shower. Our on-site cafe offers breakfast daily for purchase. Free secure parking is available on site. ... more   less 
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