I stayed there for 3 nights in April and found that this place has a lot of potential. Just briefly on who I am, I am a traveling doctor who likes to backpack around but also occasionally stay in nicer places other than hostels. I was looking for a place that my girlfriend and I could stay in that would be somewhat nice. La Palapa is a beautiful hotel, with only 6 rooms, but the rooms are very nice and you are right on the beach. The price was right. I spoke to the owner in person and she charged me $65 a night (non-weekend) and this included breakfast. Now for Tamarindo, this is a good deal for places located ON THE BEACH.
The downsides were a couple. They had major malfunctions with their air conditioning units, and trust me, you want A/C there, at least at that time of year. I switched rooms 3 times trying to find a room with good A/C. No one seemed to know what the problem was (in typical Central American fashion) but all I knew was that it was hot in my room. The staff was very nice and tried to make it work by moving me to a room with better A/C, this worked once, but then I had to leave that room b/c it was booked for the weekend. Then they gave me fans and to give them credit, they did try to make it work. But kind of a pain in the butt. They also deducted $10 bucks from my stay those nights without real A/C. Also, there is one room right next to the bar/kitchen area that can be a little noisy. But not bad. The kitchen closes at 10 or so and after that it was quiet. Before that you can hear blenders and such going on. But that was just that one room. Trust me I stayed in almost all their rooms!
So, would I stay there again? Yes, I would go back and at least check it out. For the price, the lovely rooms, and being right on the beach, it is worth a look.
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