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“Great if you don't mind the bar scene till late at night”
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La Palapa
Sammamish, Wa.
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20 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great if you don't mind the bar scene till late at night”
Reviewed 7 April 2008

Their website promised a cute facility centrally located; the price was very reasonable. Don't stay here if you want to go to bed at 9pm.
We stayed in the room right next to the bar and every sound from the bar came right into the room. Also, there was a speaker
right outside our room playing music. All this ceased by midnight; after that and during the day, its just the beach and the ocean outside.
There are 3 rooms further back (below the owners apartment); it seems they would get a lot less noise, so they would be my recommendation.
Other than all this, the room was funky, but clean; so was the bath. The sliding entry door did not seem very secure; the room did have a small lockbox.
As mentioned, the location is right in the middle of town, which now is very dusty as they are forever working on the road. There seem to be promises to get this paved in the next month or so...

  • Liked — Location right on the beach
  • Disliked — Noise from the bar till midnight
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled as a couple
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johnroymusic
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2007

We loved the way this place looked on the internet. We drove in town, went to the front desk, and got a room. Our loft was only $50! It had a cool little loft, small couches under loft, TV, small but perfect bathroom and (drumroll please)...A/C!! We thought we had the deal of the century for this cool loft literally on the beach. Breakfast was provided on our patio in the morning with, seriously, the freshest orange juice I have ever tasted. STAY HERE. Cheap, fun, safe, on the beach, right in the middle of Tamarindo!

  • Liked — The loft, the orange juice, being right in the middle of town, and Air Conditioning!!!
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Woodside, CA
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2007

Nice, well laid out rooms. There are porches where you can sit and watch the sunset, or you can sit on the chairs at the edge of the beach. The staff was really friendly, and the location of the hotel is close to everything in Tamarindo. I definitely recommend La Palapa. If you decide to stay here, double check your reservation a week or two before you arrive. They had our dates mixed up. Fortunately I had an email printout of the confirmation they sent me to prove that it was their mistake, not mine.

Stayed July 2007
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2006

Great place, great location. I stayed on the ground floor and had direct, immediate access to the beatiful and uncrowded beach right in town. On-site parking, continental breakfast delivered to my deck, dvd rentals at the desk - all contributed to a comfortable stay at a very reasonable price ($60 incl. breakfast and tax). Helene, the tour coordinator, was extremely helpful in arranging tours and lodging at Arenal and Monteverde - my next destination after Tamarindo. She even (without my asking)arranged dvd rental at the local video store after realizing I'd seen all of the english language dvd's at the hotel. She was amazing!
Only drawback was an overaggressive security guard who scared the hell out of me 3 times while coming onto the property after dark - even after he knew I was a guest of the hotel.
This inconvenience, admittedly, made me feel more comfortable about the safety of my belongings while I was out of the room.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Lack of sturdy doors at the room entrance
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask Helene what to do.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled solo
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4 Thank nuckah
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Sunnyvale
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2006

This is a great place to stay. It is right on the beach with a great restaurant. The restaurant is run by the same people who run the restaurant at Laguna Cocdrillo. Lodging is perfect - not extravagant but very comfortable. It is located at one of the most central places in Tamarindo with awesome beach access.

  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank yatratraveler
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Property: La Palapa
Address: Main St, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 74 Speciality Lodging in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — La Palapa 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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