Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas,  Tamarindo

4.0/5  - based on 833 guest reviews.
1000 Calle Principal, 00000, Tamarindo, Costa Rica - See map
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  • Cocktail lounge
    Cocktail lounge
  • Free parking
    Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
    Outdoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Safe deposit box
    Safe deposit box
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
    Complimentary continental breakfast
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Let your cares melt away at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas, your home away from home on Costa Rica's Pacific Gold Coast. All villas and most of the rooms have gorgeous ocean views, air-conditioning, telephone with cable The resort offers a beautiful ocean-view swimming pool with waterfall, swim-up bar, and open-air poolside restaurant. Guests are able to enjoy many activities such as snorkeling, sports fishing, surfing, boogie boarding, golf, horseback riding, bird watching, jungle nature cruise, sailing, diving and beach combing along the miles of Tamarindo's pristine golden beach. There are many restaurants to suit all tastes, gift shops and nightlife all within a short walk of the resort. Our very friendly English-speaking staff can assist you with local area information and in planning your days here. Photography: John Lyman Photos: All Rights Reserved. When booking on bestwestern. com tax rate of 13. 00% is not included in rate. Enjoy your stay.

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Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas,Tamarindo
  • 4
    « Not your typical Best Western »

    As mentioned in a previous review, we've also stayed away from US chain hotels. But this is a Costa Rican hotel. Hotel grounds landscaped with native flowering plants. Room is small with some unusual features including alcove landscaped with a planter box of decorative gravel and diffenbachia plants, Full length mirror and platform bed. Room clean although musty smelling. Powerful AC and working high speed wifi. Some minor outdoor construction going on but not noisy although a little inconvenient to navigate around to get to room. Did not ask or get a ocean view room.

    « Fun at the Crazy Monkey Bar & Pool. Best kept secret is the waterfall into the pool. »

    Me and my family joined a group at the monkey Bar at the Best Western after Church. They have a nice little outdoor bar next to the pool with a nice view out to Playa Grande. The secret of the Best Western is the deep pool with a waterfall that you can jump off. My kids had a blast diving, flipping, and jumping.

    « Great stay; friendly staff willing to go the extra mile.... »

    First of all you are visiting CR; its beautiful but anything can happen..Yes there was some construction however, September and October are the only times they can do any renovations at the hotel; deal with it. If you are staying busy and being adventurous you will never notice. Its an amazing property with a fantastic vista from the pool deck and bar area. The hotel's food was surprisingly good (and well priced compared to tamarindo restaurants) and every morning you literally get a free completely organic meal! See Eric in the morning for free beach equipment rentals and he will give you the scoop on things to check out around town. I highly suggest getting a suite so you have extra room to stretch out. Trevor is the manager and helped us out with some room adjustments which went above and beyond! Bring your right frame of mind and you will not be bothered by the Friday night party; it was definitely something to see. The value of our experience overall was fantastic and worth every dime. WE WILL TOTALLY COME BACK.... CHEERS! - Matt

    « Friendly Staff, Beautiful Location »

    I visited with a group of 30 and we had a great experience at the hotel. The rooms that slept 4 were huge, and some even had kitchenettes. The rooms that slept 2 were small, but clean and bright. We stayed 2 nights and had 2 breakfasts, a lunch and a dinner at the hotel.The food and service at mealtimes in the hotel were excellent. The guys working were very friendly and the buffet plentiful. Since this was our first stop in Costa Rica, it was nice to be able to eat a variety of local foods. The location was excellent and the grounds were very nice. The pool was clean and large. We were within walking distance to the beach and the view was great. All the people working here were friendly and helpful.

    « Great place to stay!! »

    Friendly accommodating staff, great food, clean and comfortable rooms. Trevor, the manager is friendly and very helpful. Willing to assist his guests in any travel related matters they may have Leonel, the bartender friendly, great personality and always there when you need another!! If surfing is your pleasure check out Salty Sols Surf School - Eric Atkinson will look after you.

    « Better than a Best Western »

    I normally don't stay at best westerns, preferring something with a little more character, but this place was perfect. It was cheap compared to all the other places around, was only a block off the beach and has a nice pool with a bar in it. Room was small but clean and comfortable. Best available for the price.

    « Great location, very comfy room. »

    My husband and I stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in August and we very much enjoyed it. Our room/ apartment was huge with a balcony overlooking the sea and a very comfortable bed. The pool and bar area are nice. Staff are very friendly and helpful, and the chambermaids really looked after our room. There is a restaurant but we'd recommend visiting one of yummy places to eat in walking distance - most of which are on the beach. The hotel offers boards and equipment for free and the beach is on the doorstep ready for you to take your surfboards. Tamarindo beach is decent and fun for a surf but Playa Conchal, about 20 mins drive away, is just gorgeous - stunning clear water and white sand. The weather was lovely for the most part, with just a couple of thunderstorms in the evenings. The only negative is that the hotel hosted a party on the Friday night, which we didn't realise was happening, and the loud music played until 2am. Unfortunately my husband and I were a bit under the weather that night so needed to sleep, otherwise I'm sure we could have enjoyed the party. There is a secure car park for a rental car which is good. We would recommend this hotel if you are staying in Tamarindo.

    « Two nights in Tamarindo »

    my wife and I stayed here for two nights. There are two levels for the rooms here and we stayed on the lower level. There's no view of the ocean from here and it is right above the road. Which at night is quiet enough. We stayed in one of the rooms which has a kitchen and the living room which was a good room. The Wi-Fi here is not very good on this level it continually goes in and out and connections are somewhat difficult. The first night I had an extremely difficult time sleeping because the air conditioner is 4 feet above your head and is somewhat loud since you have to have it on all the time because of the humidity and Heat. So the second night I slept in the living room and it was the only good sleep I had. The bathroom is in need of repair and updating. The shower has an open drain and the shower head is somewhat plugged with calcium. The reception and maintenance people are great. And we did not eat in the restaurant because of some bad reviews we read. But there are lots of other places to eat in town. The location is quite good for the beach and access to downtown. All in all it's not a bad place to stay as it is an economic Hotel.

    « Beautiful view, extremely friendly staff. »

    We stayed in an ocean view room. It was very clean and roomy. There were plenty of dishes and kitchen items to allow us to save a few bucks on eating out for 3 meals a day. The restaurant was great and the staff was very helpful and personable. There is a "house" cat that roams around and he sat on the pool table when we played. He was hilarious! The hotel is very close to the beach and within walking distance to a few little shops and restaurants. The hotel recommended day trips and we were not disappointed in any of the ones we took. The only problems we had were that the guy who sits in the restaurant to rent out free equipment was late every day of our stay (not a huge issue, but we were really excited so we wanted to make the most of every day) and our room was close to the pool so the Friday night party was really loud. We didn't know before we booked the room that there is a very large, very loud party that takes place every Friday night. The staff provides ear plugs, which is great, but I think I would have made sure my stay didn't include a Friday night if I had known about the party ahead of time. I'm not a "party" person and I was traveling with children so I would have preferred a quieter spot. Despite the party, the rest of the stay was amazing. The pool was fun and nothing was ever crowded.

    « Disappointing- Ridiculous party Friday night, construction, no hot water »

    We were really hopeful after seeing some great reviews for this place. However, we were very disappointed with Tamarindo Vista Villas. My husband and I visited for our honeymoon and were sorely unimpressed. There was construction going on our entire stay, we had no hot water for 2/3 days, the room was only cleaned once out of 3 days, and most of all there was a RIDICULOUS party on Friday night (the last night of our honeymoon) that no one told us about until about 2 hours before. The music was so loud that the bed shook and the music was incredibly profane. There were drunk people walking around everywhere and trashing the place. The party lasted from about 9pm-2:30am. When we called to see if we could get our room switched, the receptionist said she would look for us. When we checked 20 minutes later, she had left and no one was at reception to help us. If we had known about this party, we would have never booked here. Positives: free water sports rentals, very helpful restaurant staff. Overall: We would never think about staying here again. Don't stay here if you expect to sleep and expect to be safe. It seemed like the staff cared more about the party guests than the actual paying hotel guests.

  • 2
    « Restaurant,Hotel and Customer Service »

    The restaurant at the hotel we were a partie of 5 one member ordered shrimp and rice and had about four shrimp in it I ordered a ribeye and it was maybe three ounces of meat and the salads we're just lettuce and tomatoes, and it took us about 40 minutes to get our first drink needless to say that was our last week's a very expensive restaurant, poor quality of the food and poor service, very poor service. I paid for two villages for my family and me and my husband, the cleaning wasn't good, blankets smells funny,trash can with toilet paper, soap bar used, I requested for a new one and new blankets for both villages. Maid service was rude and no friendly, NO like a REAL COSTARICAN PEOPLE, very desapointed! !! The villages were beautiful, awesome views, beautiful place, for sure I'm going to visit it again,but next time I'll point it about cleaning before I do my reservation, and I will never go to the restaurant very poor food, it's no what the Menu shows, and the breakfast poor quality too, this restaurant put the hotel down, It's a shame!!!I'm from Costa Rica, my husband is US citizen, my Dad is 91, my Mom 78, my sister 51 years old. Is it what we show to the tourists in Costa Rica, Best Western Hotel management?

    « Pure Vida »

    What a wonderful place this property turned out to be. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly. Lots to do in Tamerindo, the surf, the scuba and the shopping definitely great. I hope to go back again soon.

    « Good value »

    We stayed one night at this hotel and got a good price 74$us with breakfast included. The room was fine, quite large, with a nice view overlooking the ocean (room 204). The bathroom felt a bit dingy with low lighting and ceiling but it was ok for a short stay. This hotel is well located, a short walk from all the action but far enough from it and a short walk to the beach. The pool was refreshing but the pool chairs were unacceptable. Totally run down and need to be replaced. It was the first thing I noticed when i walked in and it made me question the cleansiness of the pool. We saw monkeys and really cool birds in the trees right at the hotel. Breakfast was actually surprising as it was a free continental breakfast. There was quite a bit of variety. Keep your expectations realistic and remember this is an affordable choice.

    « Almost Perfect Hotel for Us! »

    We love the Best Western and have stayed here many times. I bring a huge group (54) to Costa Rica for service work, and I want a nice Costa Rican experience for them. We don't need luxury, and this place is almost perfect. My only complaint is that the Friday night party is loud, and the lyrics of the music selection are pretty obscene.

    « Nice place, but I expected more. »

    It is a nice place to stay. But too noisy on Friday night, they have this Lady's night party. Too loud music. Live music and records were played at the same time. They should tell you in advance about this party, not some hours before. Terrible wi-if. You can walk to the pueblito. Ocean view from rooms in second level, cool. Food in breakfast ok.

    « Our go to place to stay in Tamarindo »

    This was our 3rd time staying at Vista Villas and as usual it was fantastic!! Friday night is the best party in town and the rest of the time this is a quiet and clean place to stay with a super nice staff and amazing crew at the Crazy Monkey Bar/Restaraunt!!

    « Oasis in Costa Rica »

    Rooms are huge, with a separate bathroom. Staff fantastic, friendly and efficient. The owners are brilliant and knowledgeable. The majority of apartment surround the glorious swimming pool. The food is brilliant. There is a local bus service out the front and only 10 minutes to the closest beach, 5 minutes to the nearest town and supermarket. I do strongly suggest you hire a car. The hotel has plenty of parking and there are 4 main beaches within 20 minutes. Although it is on the main road, all room are very quiet.

    « It served it's purpose »

    Its ok. Allowed me to shower and sleep. Uncomfortable beds. LOUD party in the pool on Friday nights with free really bad drinks. Horrible wi-fi. It is a close walk to the beach and to shopping/restaurant area. Oceanview room not worth it. I can see the ocean during the day, but I'm not at the hotel during the day. Rooms on 2nd floor seem to be the nicest. Free surfboard rental, free snorkel gear. Free breakfast is not good. People are fantastic! Because of the price, I would stay here again.

    « It's...ok »

    real quick: - rooms and bar do NOT look like the brochure, not as nice and kinda run down. Internet intermitten. You are on the poor end of town but doesn't take long to get to nicer area. Keep expectations at average. Breakfast fair, fruit was great. Beer prices all over town are kinda high, not "local" prices.

    « Don't do it!!! »

    We booked this place because it received overall good reviews. We were given an absolutely terrible room (See below). The sheets were dirty, the shower was dirty and we spent the first hour killing flies and mosquitos in our room. We attempted to get an upgraded room which was clean but they said that would cost an extra $80 per night on top of what we already paid. I would liken this hotel (at least the room we had) to a one star motel in the US. I would have rather stayed at a hostel which would have been less expensive and seemed to be nicer. We have up after the first night and went to a much nicer hotel right on the beach just down the street whose prices were comparable. The one positive was that the people were very nice, even if they weren't very accommodating. Anywhere else they would have given us at least a clean room.

  • 4
    « Great location and super nice hotel »

    This place is across from beach and the hotel is super nice, staff very helpful, free great breakfast..only thing is they don't have wine at bar and I don t drink , you can always buy wine at one of the markets.

    « Great Ocean view, near beach, near town »

    Everyone who works at Best Western was super nice and helpful. Trevor - manager Receptionists: Marisol, Stephanie, Mariecruz, Wendy Handyman: Jason, Adolfo Elena - kitchen - she found my husband's earplugs in the pool Adriana - maid It even has a deep pool - over 10 feet! The only caveat is on Friday nights they have a live band from about 9 pm to 2 am. You can join in the fun and dance or the hotel provides free earplugs. It was not a problem.

    « They make you feel like part of the family »

    We just spent 8 nights at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. It was our first time in Costa Rica. All in all, it was a great experience. I had booked a room with a partial oceanfront view but there must have been some mix-up with the reservation and we ended up in small room with no view for the first two nights.. Maricruz at the front desk was extremely helpful and placed us in one of the best rooms with a fantastic view for our last six nights We found her and the rest of the front desk staff, Marisol, Stephanie and Nicholas to be extremely helpful and friendly throughout our entire stay. Once you are there for a few days, you start to realize that the whole staff is really like one big family and they make you feel like part of their family. Trevor is the manager of the facility and is usually circulating around during breakfast. My wife was very sick the first day (which was her birthday) and Eric was able to help us by recommending the doctor who was right across the street. Both Trevor and Eric, who who is in charge of the water equipment, are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to Costa Rica and Tamarindo and they both have great suggestions on where to go and what to do. It was also nice to have access to free equipment. We only used their boogie boards but you can also get kayaks, surfboards, etc. Eric also provides surfing lessons by appointment and several people said he was an awesome instructor. We also liked the location. The beach is right across the street and the hotel is within walking distance of most, if not all, the of the bars and places to eat in town. We spent a fair amount of time up at the pool and the bar located in the hotel. It was a great place to meet other guests who come from all over including the US, Canada, Brasil and Europe. The next time we return to Tamarindo, we will surely staff at this facility.

    « All in all a good experience »

    My husband and I come here a use the pool and we pay for lunch for that privilege.The food is always good,the pool is always half empty.its usually a wonderful day,,,apart from this one time,So ,my husbands mom is staying there ,we join her,Boy the room is beautiful.It has obviously just been refurbished.There is almost a garden in the room,georgeous tiles,flowers,wonderful bathroom,comfy bed..its above and beyond what we expected..Now the day we arrived was holiday.Easter.Unbeknown to us that day they put an extra charge on the day pass.We were in the pool and suddenly got a phone call from the manager.Basically he said we had to leave the pool asap if we werent paying.We explained we were with my husbands mum and the room number but they werent having any of it.She had paid a room for one night single .We were told to pay $100 or leave .I do get where they were coming from so over a series of phone calls we agreed to pay the extra $100 .This is not where I have my beef.My upset is that we were not informed of this before we arrived and that we were literally dragged out of the pool to make the financial transaction needed.It was pretty obvious probably to everyone as we had a security guard hanging right over us and he really didnt leave us at all after that for the entire day.We paid up and got a meal included ,which to be fair was average.I mean it was not bad,just average.The fish was really dry..We have had nachos here many a time and they have been great,the cerviche is really good,but this time just felt underwhelmed.I love this place but this experience has made us look futher afield.I understand they need to charge people extra if visiting,but the prescence of a security guard so visible was very embarressing.Next time,just let people know the deal before they are in the front gates

    « Had a wonderful stay! »

    I made the reservation online through, but wanted to ensure that we were in a smoke-free room, as I have asthma. I had no idea that all rooms in Costa Rica are smoke free, but have travelled elsewhere and have had problems with rooms that were smoking rooms. I e-mailed the hotel directly, and received a prompt reply that the room was smoke free. Our room was large enough for my parents and me. The a/c worked well, and was needed, as it is so hot in Tamarindo. I'm from Hawai'i, and am used to the heat, but there are no tradewinds in Tamarindo, and it is HOT. You will appreciate the a/c and the pool. Breakfast is basic, especially if you eat early. Breakfast runs from 7-10 am. Juice, coffee, toast, fresh fruit, cereal, hard boiled eggs were out at 7 am, but by 9 am they also have some breads/cakes out, peanut butter for the toast, and pancakes. They also have equipment to borrow for free - kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkels/fins, skimboards, coolers, beach chairs, volleyballs, surboards (soft top/foam type). The equipment we borrowed (kayaks, skimboard, and snorkerl/fins) were all in good condition. Eric, who is in the restaurant from 8-10 am every morning to check out equipment, is very helpful and informative. All of the staff is very friendly, even the cleaning staff and groundskeepers. Wifi was free in our room and worked well for what I needed to do. Not sure if it would withstand downloading large files, but worked well for checking e-mail and doing some work online. There is a gym with a/c, but I had to go early to turn on the a/c for 30 minutes prior to working out, but at least there's a gym. Water pressure in the shower is a little low, as it seems to be everywhere we have visited in Costa Rica. Also, note that check in is at 3 pm. We showed up at 2 pm, and they said we can check in at 3 pm. They didn't even call to see if our room was ready, but we did not press the issue, and don't know if they would have checked us in early if we had put some pressure on. That was the only down side to our stay.

    « Great place ! »

    My biyfriend and i went to Tamarisdo and it is perfect !!!!! Small town,a lot of places to explore, in the resort the complementarie breakfast is great, also they have free equipment like SUP board, beach chairs, umbrella, kayak, boogie board, cooler, if you want some equipment just go to the restaurant and sign up with Erick (really nice guy) he is there just for 2 hours ! 8-9 am. Also if you want to know where to get something o any tour or really anithing you need go to the front desk and talk with Nick, he helped us with everything. The pool its really nice, i didnt use the gym but my boyfriend says that it is ok !

    « Free equipment check out made this a great value »

    My wife and I were able to check out surfboards, stand up paddle boards and a 2 man kayak during our stay. Eric was a great help in working with us on the equipment. This is a great location just across the street from the beach where there was a great surf and a river to paddle up. For us to be able to try different equipment out at no additional cost, it really drove up the value of our stay at Tamarindo Vista Villas.We even got to see a crocodile in the river. We would go back again.

    « Could of been better »

    I don't like to complain, but for the price which was about $80 a night, I could of found something better. The hotel is out-dated --it needs alot of upgrades--they have water issues, like i was taking a shower and the water stopped running in mid-shower. The free breakfast was very basic. the bathroom tiles had mold --they had good A/C---and a great friday night party- idk wat thats like for someone who wants to sleep early though I stood in an airbnb and it was wonderful

    « MrPrice »

    Great time was had. Nice staff,food and just a fun place. Can't wait to get back next year. Great brick oven pizza. Friday night is a huge party at the Monkey Bar with bands,dj and alot of people that let there hair down.

    « Wonderful place! »

    Stayed here for 11 nights with my friend. I can't say enough wonderful things! The staff is amazing and so accommodating. They were so friendly and knowledgable. It was clean, air conditioned and very well kept. The food at the restaurant was great and affordable. Family friendly with an awesome pool! I would definitely stay here again on my next trip to Costa Rica!

  • 5
    « Perfect and SAFE Location, Beautiful Staff and ...Can't wait to go back!!! »

    Kudos to ALL for making my vacation such a wonderful experience. From the time I made the reservation over the phone with Marisol, and calling several times Maricruz, I knew that we selected the right place. The rooms were so clean, beautiful and fun pool, great breakfast. Thanks to Nick, to all the housekeepers: Evelyn, Josefina, Aracelis(?), Wendy; Sharon in the breakfast area, Judith, laundry; Ilizer and Carlos in maintenance too! Erik rocks, take a surfing class with him!!! I wish I could remember everybody's name including the security guards at night...I felt always soo safe!!! And finally, thanks Trevor (General Manager) for running such a great hotel!

    « Most amazing hotel experience at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas »

    My hat is off to Trevor (manager) for providing us with the most amazing, helpful staff that made our stay at this beautiful hotel truly incredible. Thank you Trevor - I will be back! : ) Everyone was so friendly and helpful and they truly made us feel at home. Maricruz, Marisol and Nick at the front desk were so helpful and knowledgable. Eric with Salty Sols Surf School, board rentals and gear is the Bomb! Cool guy - if you want to know about surf in the area or take a lesson Eric is the guy! The housekeeping staff was amazing and took care of anything we could possibly need (Adrianna,Josefina,Evelyn, Judith and everyone else!) Sharron thanks for beautiful breakfast with a smile every Am. Wendy was super helpful as well and Carlos thank you for everything (I hope you got the machete : )) The hotel is gated with great security (thanks Ilizer-Nicaraugua and the guys) Oh and I can't forgot my little friend Rambo the hotel kitty he's awesome too. You all made our stay completely amazing thank you again!! As you can see I can't say enough great things about the staff and the hotel, pool and oceanview property it is truly one of a kind and the experience can't be beat. Can't wait to go back!!

    « Comfortable stay, friendly staff »

    The hotel is close by the beach, the surf schools and local shops. The rooms are clean with a good view to the water front. The breakfast by the poolside is well prepared. It is a comfortable stay whether you would like to walk across the street to the beach or down the street to the shops. The sunset is particularly charming with local musicians adding a romantic touch to the relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommended.

    « Wouldn't stay anywhere else in Tama »

    Second time staying at Vista Villas. First time was in December 2015 and both stays were magnificent. I can't rave enough about the staff...everyone is super friendly, helpful and efficient in booking tours/excursions/taxi and shuttle service. There is a locked gate and guard once the sun starts to go down so you always feel super safe. The Crazy Monkey party on Fridays is always fun and a great way to meet locals too! The swim-up bar is really nice--shout out to Carlos at the bar for always putting a smile on our faces and making awesome drinks and also an awesome DJ! The A/C in the rooms is magical and the rooms are always clean. Also location is SPOT ON!!!! PURA VIDA!

    « Affordable and great view »

    My boyfriend and I stayed in one of the terrace rooms (Room 307) for 3 nights total. The room was small, but had almost everything we needed-beautiful view of the beach, A/C, ample lighting, TV, clean bathroom, comfy bed. The only thing missing was a mini fridge and/or ice bucket-which would have been nice to keep our water and beers cold. Luckily, they do have an ice machine located behind the bar/restaurant and a friendly employee helped me by letting me borrow a glass pitcher to transport ice in. Also on a side note-the shower and faucet water pressure is pretty light-felt like a light sprinkle. I noticed this was a common thing amongst most of the hotels I stayed in probably due to the fact that CR is water conscious/eco-friendly. Lastly, there is plenty of parking and at night there is a security guard who monitors the front gate entrance. The hotel itself is located towards the end of the Tamarindo strip, but there is easy access to the beach (across the street) and is walking distance to many restaurants and shops. I would stay here again and recommend to friends!

    « They run a nightclub in the hotel »

    The rooms were clean and spacious and thats about it... We arrived on a Friday and they told us that near by they where having a ladies night... The ladies night was actually at the hotel restaurant and the music was extremely loud.. We don't usually complain but this was mental... The room windows vibrated with the music till 2:30 am..At the front desk they just gave us ear plugs with an attitude of "just deal with it" what made things worse..the next morning with little sleep we went to have breakfast at the restaurant that was dirty full of cigarette buts and empty drinks everywhere.. I wouldn't get into that swimming pool after that night if my life depend on is a shame since the location is absolutely brilliant. What ever u do DO NOT book on Fridays

    « Short trip... »

    My first time in Costa Rica after many years of wanting to go. Checking was nice and smooth. (Marisol and MariaCruz) The room was very clean. Room 308. I had an ocean view room. I like the property and it's location for exploring Tamarindo... The comp' breakfast was nice touch The water pressure was weak one day but not a serious issue for me. KD

    « Way better than expected »

    Good location on edge of town, hillside property so it was a little hike from street up to the room each time, but very happy with elevation. This property has a very capable and attentive staff (props to Randy and Mary Cruz), the guest room 307 was very clean and in great condition with a nice balcony over looking Tamarindo bay (not completely private as you have neighbors on each side). The pool and bar/restaurant area is well maintained, offering an excellent vantage point to enjoy the sunset. Huge party on Friday nights with a great salsa band, drawing the largest crowd I've seen anywhere in Tamarindo. During complimentary breakfast period there is a surf instructor named Eric (Salty Sols) who displayed great guest service and great skill and patience in his instruction. He will teach you to surf if you desire to do so. He also allows free use of volleyball, snorkeling gear, surf boards and/paddle board which I highly recommend you take advantage of, his presence and performance were probably the most welcome surprise. Ive stayed at multiple properties in Tamarind and this one may be the best value.

    « Great value, helpful staff... »

    Just a one nighter on our itinerary, but a great place to stay! Although it's right next to the road, finding the entrance, in the dark, was a challenge, but once there, the check in lady was great. Full of advice and welcome! The hotel was great value and the room was more than adequate, with fuctioning air conditioning and a door that had clearly been bought for a larger frame, but it locked, so no worries. Breakfast was great and the setting was fab, although I could imagine it to be less so, when it rains! It's not too far from the centre of town (c. 1km), but there are also bars along the way, if you feel the need to break your journey! We didn't try the hotel bar, although it was, clearly, popular. All in all, a great hotel, given price and star rating!

    « Nice hotel »

    Nice place to stay, but there is a loud party every Friday night that lasts until 2:00AM. There is no escaping the noise. Saturday night was quiet. The doorknob on the bathroom door cam off in your hand. Nice view from the pool area.

  • 5
    « Great Location & Value! »

    I stayed in room 103B for 4 nights. The accommodations were clean and it was very close to town and the beach. The shower had very limited water pressure due to rationing, it was dripping out... Otherwise great!

    « Great Value »

    It has a great location across from the beach (although never went to the Tamarindo beach as I headed north to Grande Playa, Dante Playa and many more secluded beaches with fewer than 15 people on them at anytime). Fantastic Pool and nice bar. Only complaint is the free breakfast is a bit tiring after the first breakfast. The lack of variety wears quickly. Staff is incredibly friendly - gave me great tips on where to go for secluded, quiet beaches and the free snorkel equipment and boogie boards where nice to have.

    « this is the place for mission trips & time for my son & I »

    Several of the people working here, as well as the Manger Trevor, combine to make this a go to spot for the regular Tamarindo area traveler. Breakfast could use some meat but given the price (incluido) really can't complain. They go out of their way to make things work for you & provide accommodations that are helpful to the regular traveler as well as occasional. In this past trip, it included items such as "lender" (read free) skim boards & body boards which we had paid to rent in the past. Adolfo in reservations as well as the people working the breakfast are pleasurable and helpful. there is a huge friday night party/music so request to stay away from the pool if that will bother you.

    « Great value in Tamarindo »

    We just returned from a 4 day stay at the Best Western with my 11 and 12 year old kids. While the hotel is pretty old, it had all the amenities we needed and was in a perfect location. The front desk was particularly helpful in booking excursions and helping arrange transportation. Also, if you plan on surfing, I would also highly recommend using Salty Sols, the surf instruction company set up in the hotel. The owner, Erik, provides much better instruction at a more reasonable price than the surf shops on the main strip. I would give the hotel 5 stars if there were better mattresses on the beds.

    « Tamarindo Best Western »

    The hotel and pool area have great sea views. Cozy room with comfortable king sized bed and nice patio with sea view. Great pool and bar area with good food and drinks reasonably priced. Staff was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our stay.

    « very good »

    Room with a balcony and view of the ocean is the way to go! The standard room was small. Pool bar is great, as well as the breakfast that is included. Only problem is when leaving the hotel you have to walk on the road to get to the beach and places to do things in town. There is no sidewalk to walk on. Some people come into the hotel to have a beer at the bar and use the pool on a daily basis, I could see how that my bother some people, it was not a problem for me. For the price the hotel and location is, very good.


    Never been to Costa Rica, and was not sure where to say, but was very happy to stay at this Hotel. It was very nice, and comfortable. My ocean view villa was a corner unit, and overlooked the pool and bar and some awesome views of the ocean. I felt like I was in some type of Presidential suite. My room had a wrap around balcony with some tables and chairs and nice sofa. I really enjoyed this hotel. It was priced well, and I had a fun time at this hotel. Shopping was only a few minutes down the street, so it was a nice short walk. If you decide to get a car, there was plenty of parking available at this hotel. The hotel also had security at the entrance, so no willy nilly people could just walk in, so I did feel very safe. Excellent choice for a family wanting a nice time. Also, Friday nights at this hotel are very fun. Fun music and a total party atmosphere with a really good live, DJ. GOOD TIMES FOR SURE!

    « Perfect stay for the 6th year in a row. »

    My room was always clean and freshened any time I wanted with attentive staff. My perfect house keeper, Jesenia Aguirre, was always always helpful and respectful. I was always welcomed by warm smiles and greetings from everyone. I don!t dare mention anyone else because. I know I will forget some ones name. EVERYONE WAS GREAT.

    « Great hotel »

    We stayed at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas for a week and we really enjoyed it. The party on friday is the best one in town, so that's definitely a big plus. Everyone of the staff is very nice and helpful. We will definitely come back one day to this awesome town and hotel.

    « 5th Year In A Row & Amazing Place!! »

    Last week was my 5th year coming down the the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. Its always so welcoming that the amazing staff remembers our group. The staff including: Aldofo, Nick, and Maricruz at the front desk- Always so helpful with coordinating our transfers and room reservations.Carlos Sosa, Sharom, Dennis, and Hilene at the bar providing great service at lunch, breakfast, and dinner. And the one area I have seen improve over the last 5 years is housekeeping with Tatiana and Evelyn all are amazing workers. They have a great team there and this is thanks to Trevor who manages the hotel. I was excited to see they opened a gym for guests that had two treadmills and other workout equipment! This year we were all excited to find out that they offer free equipment for guests: Surf Boards, Boogie Boards, Footballs, Volleyballs and much more with the new partnership with Salty Sols Surf School with Eric and also one of his employees Max. They both offered great service and made sure we were booked with some surf lessons at a discount rate when a guest, and other fun activities. I can't wait to go back for my 6th year in a row!!!! Thank You Best Western Tamarindo!!!!! - Lisa :)

  • 5
    « Wonderful stay & experience at Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas »

    We stayed at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas and thoroughly enjoyed our week stay there. We rented a suite and had beautiful ocean views with a private porch adjoining our living room/kitchen-dining area. A hot plate, microwave, and small apartment-sized refrigerator, as well as cooking utensils, and place settings were all available for our use. Each morning a complimentary breakfast was served, consisting of fruits, hard-boiled eggs, muffins, pastries, coffee, cereal, milk, and juices. Most of the time we took food back to the room and ate there while enjoying the ocean-view from our dining area and catching up on news from home via Facebook. WiFi worked great the entire time. The bed was king sized and very comfortable. ALL the staff that we encountered were very friendly and helpful, including those at the reception desk (Mari Cruz), in housekeeping (Adriana), and those working at the restaurant and bar, and also. Eric, a surf instructor is on site each morning (Salty Sols) to book lessons for those wishing to learn to learn to surf or just to improve their skills. Lessons cost an additional fee but are discounted for Best Western guests. He is very friendly, and loans out the hotels' snorkeling gear, paddle boards, etc. to those wishing to take advantage of these free amenities. We ate meals from the menu in the restaurant a few times, and were very satisfied with the food choices and quality of the food. The pool was very relaxing with plenty of chairs and recliners and always music in the background. Again, the view from the pool was unbeatable, an ocean view with beautiful flowering shrubs in the foreground. We would definitely love to return and stay at the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas again!

    « Birthday Getaway »

    My friend booked the other Best Western but we realized it was not in the correct location as they stated online - but thankfully Nick at the front office spent nearly an hour with us helping to accommodate a new booking with this hotel for four nights - his wonderful friendly smile and attitude made the bad mix up better. The staff has been so wonderful both at the hotel and restaurant and the Friday night Monkey Bar party was fantastic.

    « Good not great value. »

    My and my GF stayed for 4 nights - location is good because you are away from the busiest part of the strip but still only a 5 min walk away. Beach is very close. Rooms a bit small but nice ocean view. Pool is great for cooling down is tamarindo is really hot. Staff is nice enough. Good deal overall for the price.

    « Simply Pura Vida!! »

    I will never be able to say enough good things about the Best Western Vista Villas. From the moment you check in to the moment you check you are treated as family. Any question, concern, advice or suggestion is met with the highest level of customer service. From booking tours, dinner reservations, taxis and shuttles the front desk staff Adolfo, Nick, Marisol all go above and beyond to cater to your needs and make sure your stay is the best.The rooms are clean and kept immaculate by excellent staff like Yessenia, we have stayed 3 times in the suite with kitchenette and it dells just as comfortable as home. The menu at the restaraunt was redone and it is stellar, especially the ceviche and arroz con pollo. They also have all you can eat pizza and salad night on Saturdays and make sure to be there for their world famous ladies night at their "Crazy Monkey Bar." The bar makes great drinks by Carlos and Dennis, make sure to have a chili water shot its a Costa Rica staple. The stay includes a breakfast of fruit, coffee, juice, pastries, crepes etc and there is always a smiling face from the hotel like Sharom to greet you everyday and chat with about your days activities. The included complimetary ammenities are an awesome bonus;l surfboards, paddle boards, footballs, volleyballs etc but def book a surf lesson with Eric and learning some basics(seperate fee). It is now our third stay with our Vista Villas family and we will be back in October because we just can not stay away...Pura Vida!!

    « Good Value, But Don't Expect Much, Though the Gym is Impressive »

    My husband and I spent three nights at the Best Western in Tamarindo. We had a standard room with and ocean view. The room is small. Outfitted with a small fridge and shelves to place items - no closet. There was also a small wooden table outside to enjoy beverages while enjoying the stunning sunsets. The room was obviously well past it's prime and there was a faint moldy odour upon first entering, but still reasonable value for the money. We arrived on the Friday but didn't partake in the evening festivities as we were exhausted from our travels. It was, as warned, loud, despite being in one of the furthest rooms. The buffet breakfast was better than expected. Also, be aware, there are quite a few stairs to get from the main road to the hotel rooms. The one thing I was truly impressed by was the gym! It is one of the most well equipped I've come across in my travels over the years. While by no means an unenjoyable stay, I'd try somewhere else if I were to visit Tamarindo again.

    « Best hotel in Tamarindo! »

    The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas are easily the best hotel in all of Tamarindo. The value, service and location cannot be beat. We had explored other accommodations in Tamarindo but nothing compared in terms of the price, amenities and view. This is our second time staying at this hotel and we could not be more happy with the quality of the staff, proximity to the beach and the rest of town, cleanliness and amenities. There is a good selection of breakfast options included in the rate, the Friday night party is the best in all of Tamarindo and the staff are so friendly and hospitable. If there are any concerns, the hotel staff are quick to address them. Our family will definitely visit again in the future.

    « Best place to stay in Tamarindo!!!!. »

    Really excited that our stay at best western Tamarindo vista villas was an amazing experience!!. The whole crew there is phenomenal. From nick at the front desk to our friends at the bar Carlos Sharom and Dennis. You guys made our stay very welcoming. Thank you to management, Adolfo and Trevor for making us feel at home. A special thanks to Wendy for helping us in and out of the hotel with our trip back to San Jose. This place is our new home away from home. Will definitely be making plans to come and stay there again!!. Everything was clean and working properly. The food was also very good!. Good rates on room. They also provide you with free surf boards. The view from our room was beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone that is planning on going to Tamarindo to stay at the Best Western Vista Villa!!. Pura Vida!!.

    « Second Home right on the Beach »

    Came back from this wonderful hotel 2 days ago and could not have been more impressed. It was booked up and a popular spot from returning tourists who came to the bar (The Crazy Monkey, a local hot spot) to reminisce about past stays. Perfect location of the beautiful beach (right across the street), extremely clean and gorgeous views. The reason which makes the experience exceptional is the staff who treat you like family. From the bartenders I met (Sharon, Carlito and Dennis), concierge (Maricruz, Nick and Frederick) up to the manager (Trevor) and professional in house surf instructor (Eric) each really make an effort to make your trip memorable. They are extremely accommodating to your travel needs but more importantly take the time to get to know you better and add that personal touch. In 7 days I really felt cared for personally which is really rare in a resort these days. Please do not hesitate to stay at this little hidden gem in Tamarindo. I know I will be returing ASAP.

    « Great view, fresh pool, & breakfast! »

    I would like to give this hotel a 5/5, but there was one thing holding me back. Overall, our stay here was AMAZING. The beach is literally across the street. You don't even have to go though... because they have an awesome fresh water pool that is kept very clean and has the most beautiful ocean view. The staff was excellent. Fresh breakfast with crepes (yum!). Rooms were simple. But everything was clean and the balconies gave a great view of the ocean. The ONLY downside was that we had some bugs in our room. Now, that could be due to our pizza box we left on the ground... but they were just little guys who we didn't seem to notice much after we removed the food from our room. I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat as a great place to stay in Tamarindo.

    « Excellent place to stay in Tamarindo. »

    I stayed for a night here recently. Place is nice and clean and even though there is no fancy, glamourous hotel lobby, and its not on the beach, people who work here, give you unforgettable experience. Maricruz and Wendy are the main people in reception, speak fluent English, understands your needs so quickly and go out of their way to help you out. Wendy is such a friendly person, well versed and knowledgeable and she helped me out arranging my shuttle from Tamarindo to San Jose, when all shuttle offices were closed. As A MATTER OF FACT I PROMISED HER TO WRITE THE REVIEW AS SOON AS I COME HOME. Place itself is very convenient for all the shopping and beach acccess. I went to Diria for Sunset to watch with my friends who were there a night before , its a big resort, but here I felt like I was in my own home. My Villa was fully equipped with full kitchen, all utensils you may need, very roomy with bi level floor plan, easily can sleep a family of four ( Two adults and two children). Do not make a mistake of choosing another Best western in town , I guess its name is Best Westren Camino. That one is way out of town and its very difficult to commute. in this town. Taxis are few and private people charge you 10 /15 dollars for a short distance. That hotel is NOT IN A WALKING distance to town. Included Breakfast is lousy in this hotel, nothing much except some pancakes and boiled eggs. For make to order Omlette etc. you have to pay. Over all I recommend this hotel and I definately stay here again if life takes me to this area in future. MIKE.

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    « Decent room for the price, great view »

    Great view from the deck if on upper floor. Room was ok, bit small but fine. Good place to stop over a night may not be the place for a week. Close to everything. Took 30+ minutes to check in for some reason. If you can get it close to 100 its fine but do not go too high. Decent pool but a fair amount of kids.

    « Costa Rica Trip Highlights »

    My girlfriend and I stayed at the Best Western Vista Villas and couldn't have asked for a better experience. We were shown great hospitality and the staff were so helpful when trying to get around town. We stayed here for 9 nights and had absolutely no issues with the place. The pool was great with the running water fall and we couldn't get enough of the great food at the monkey bar. The rooms were immaculant and the laundry service really came in handy since we were staying for so long. A big thank you for making our trip so special and care free.

    « Visited in 2010 and much different »

    We visited in 2010 and loved it. It was the first place we thought about when planning our trip this year. Unfortunately a lot had changed. We were lucky if we got breakfast which was one of the main reasons we booked there. It was stated that breakfast was served until a certain time but that was not the case. In addition to the food being gone so was the coffee and when they brought more out it was cold. We noticed that many locals were using the facility. As paying guests it was hard to get a lounge chair or a seat in the shade. However the families that came by bus, brought their own food and drink took over the pool and chairs. Disappointing. Get more chairs if that is the case. Many places state the pool is only for hotel guests. Erik however was amazing. He was a great surf instructor and gave wonderful suggestions on what to do and see around Costa Rica. The rooms were ok. Housecleaning came each day. And the food that you could buy at the hotel was good, view was amazing.

    « Funky and fun »

    My boyfriend and I stayed for 4 nights. The room was small but very clean and pretty. Hot water was an issue our first night but seemed to resolve itself and was never an issue later. The staff at reception was friendly and helpful. There was a super rave/dance party at the pool late night, not really our style, but they moved our room to the back of the hotel. Free paddle/surf boards and super perk. Thanks Eric!! Nice pool, lots of kids ( possibly locals, I don't think they were hotel guests) great views!!

    « Not for everyone depending upon your expectations »

    This is not a quiet little hotel. You will hear your neighbors coming and going, and they had a very large and noisy party on Friday night until 230a in the morning equipped with a salsa band AND a DJ, but the had warned up in advance, and after some pleading, we were able to change our room to be further away from the party noise and miraculously slept fine. And the pool area, which is lovely, fills up with locals, so don't expect to get a lounge chair or have the pool to yourself. It can be a bit of a mob scene. There is definitely a "go with the flow" vibe associated with the hotel. On the positive side, the staff is super friendly, helpful and laid back. No complaints there whatsoever. The rooms, while smallish, are clean and fairly comfortable. The wifi works great. Breakfast may not have the greatest variety, but you can definitely fill up. Pancakes are excellent. The hotel arranges for free kayak and paddleboard rentals which is a HUGE plus. Eric is super cool and I only had to speak to him once to have the use of a paddleboard for my entire 4 day stay. So, weigh your options, check your expectations, and, if you take the mellowness and laid back environment, stay here.

    « Good base for area »

    This BW is set on the outskirts of Tamarindo and is within walking distance of the town centre but far enough away so noise is not an issue. The rooms are set on a small hill side with some having ocean views, others garden view. There is a pool and bar above the rooms, you can even get drinks whilst in the pool. Our room had a garden view with a terrace onto the gardens. It had a good sized lounge with sofas, fridge, microwave, coffee maker etc. We were unable to get any channels on our TV but I suspect reception would have sorted that out if we had asked. The bedroom was medium sized but adequate, the bed comfortable although it did have a slight slope on one edge which meant we ended up closer than usual. The bathroom and shower was small but perfectly usable. Breakfast is self served by the pool and consists of fruit, cereals, cakes, boiled eggs, cheese, toast, tea, coffee, fruit. There are other cooked choices at an extra cost. The staff were friendly and helpful. The guy on reception when we arrived spoke excellent English and gave us useful information regarding the town. The bar and pool are also open to the public so Saturdays get a bit crowded as most of the locals get their day off then. Same goes for the beach and town of course.

    « Perfect Tamarindo Accommodation »

    Villa Vista was great! The location is so convenient as you are just steps from the beach and a short walk to great restaurants, shops and tour companies. The breakfast was delicious, with amazing fresh fruit every day. Additionally, the hotel restaurant serves delicious options for lunch and dinner and nothing beats a cold Imperial beer while lounging at the pool with an beautiful panoramic ocean view! The staff were very courteous and knowledgeable about the town. I also recommend renting snorkeling, surfing or SUP equipment from the on-site rentals! The manager is super helpful with fitting and advice for where to go. Our room was very clean and comfortable. And the gym was a great plus! I highly recommend a stay here!

    « Perfect spot »

    We stayed there for the first two nights and the last two of our vacation. The last two was a itinerary change because we enjoyed the resort so much. Everything you need is here as well as easy access to the beach. The ocean views are fantastic! The extra efforts in the rooms by the maids were impressive....they take great care to spread flowers and are masters at toilet paper art! It was our second trip to CR but the first to Tamarindo. Next year we are coming early for at least one month. The room at the Best Western is already booked! Thanks Trevor (manager) for taking so much time chatting with us.

    « Great surf hotel »

    This was our my third trip to Tamarindo and I had decided to to try Best Western during my second trip here. So the four of us, two older surfers, myself and a friend from work, along with two younger surfers, my son and his friend had rented a car for a week of surf adventure. A very important consideration was that this hotel had great security. A 24 hour guard at the gated parking lot. It is also located across the street from the main surfing area, and very close to Witches Rock surf camp which is also a very cool hotel with a nice restaurant and a place to rent boards. We rented the Imperial room that had more than enough space to comfortably sleep us and we had a kitchenette. The staff was super nice and polite to us. They always greeted us with a smile and a "buenos nochas" . We felt very welcome and I assume that the management makes a point of this. Especially great was Eric, who lends out ocean equipment and gives surf lessons. He was always so upbeat and energetic. Very helpful with information and really wanted you to have a great trip. I also kept loosing my room key but the receptionist workers were always happy to replace it and never made me feel bad about it. The hotel has a restaurant, The Crazy Monkey Bar that has a complimentary and simple breakfast every day. You could have coffee while checking out the surf conditions. Every morning there were parrots in the surrounding trees and once a family of monkees even showed up. I had read some critical reviews of this hotel, and while there are higher end hotels available in the area, for our needs this was a good place to stay. You also have to remember that this is a poor country and if you have expectations of a typical higher class American type hotel your could have some disappointments. The kitchen had no oven and was poorly stocked. I wish the single kitchen knife had been sharpened. But overall we were comfortable and happy with our stay. Surfboard rental tip. Many shops nearby within walking distance and prices vary a lot. You can usually get a weekly rate and the ability to swap boards as you like. Beware of some shops that want to charge you for a minor pressure ding on the top of your board made from as little as your knee while surfing. I recommend that prior to renting that you know for sure what their expectations are. Witches rock is a great place to rent boards.

    « AWESOME!!! Best views of Tamarindo Bay surf breaks. »

    This is the place to stay in Tamarindo if you are looking for the best bay view, friendly staff, clean updated rooms, large swimming pool,bar and restaurant with new menu. My wife and I have been stay at the Vista Villas for almost 20 years (I know that's hard to believe even for me!). Not sure how the manager Trevor finds time to continually improve the property and still has time to greet guest every morning at the pool side continental breakfast to add his local insite on where to go and what to see. If you are a beach lover or surfer this is the place to stay.

  • 5
    « Great hotel, Great Staff, Reasonably Priced. »

    We stayed for 9 days and found everyone here amazing. The manager Trevor takes great care of the hotel and their guests. It is within walking distance of everything, have snorkeling, boogie boards and even coolers for use free of charge. Continental breakfast was filled with fresh baked goods, fresh fruit and all kinds of wonderful stuff to fill you up for your start to the day. The pool is well taken care of with a water fall and great swim up bar. Would highly suggest this place and definitely go back again when in the area.

    « Chill »

    Goode place. Swimming pool. Standard room is a bit small, but not suppose to stay in the room anyway ?? Clean. Breakfast included, but just fruit and sweet stuff mainly. But good hotel, good price :) Helpsome staff. Not far from the town at all.

    « Great Value »

    We enjoyed our stay here. Room was large, clean, and had a big terrace overlooking the beach. Complimentary breakfast was just OK. Pool area was clean and offered enough seating and a beautiful beach view. Bar had good drinks and an ample food menu. Location was perfect, an easy walk to everything yet in a calm spot. Wifi worked well. Can't say enough about Marisol in the front office! She was friendly, honest, helpful and always available. Would recommend highly, and if the opportunity presents itself will definitely go back ourselves!

    « Excellent Ocean view, beach location and lovely staff »

    Pros : Location is perfect as you walk down the hotel and beach is right in front of you across the street. The room had an amazing view of the beach with nice porch to seat , relax on the wooden bench. We stayed in 101 room with ocean view and this room had almost 10 small recess lights which really brighten up the room and also the get up. Pool and restaurant area are super nice with adjacent to each other with overlooking a great sunset view from the roof ! Breakfast was delicious with lots of yum fruits which is part of the Tico's diet & american continental.Beach towels were given separately which we loved it . Cons: Hotel is just 300 meters away from the happening area like (main market) so when you walk out you may feel quite outside the hotel but if you walk 10 minutes you will be in different world.

    « Treated badly »

    Let me first say the property is nice, a 3 star hotel. That said, I attempted to check in after a long flight to Costa Rica and an hour drive from Liberia. Once at the hotel I was informed that they were overbooked and there was no way I would be getting a room there that night. I asked to be put up at a comparable hotel in the area but that request was refused. All the hotel would offer to do for me was to put me up at another location they had about 5 miles outside of town. I had all of two nights in Tamarindo on this trip and being placed in a remote location with literally nothing in walking distance was completely unacceptable. The hotel did give me a room for the second night of my reservation and even threw in dinner but that really didn't compensate me for the inconvenience they caused me.

    « Worst hotel experience ever ! »

    After staying in several nice family-run 2 star hotels around Costa Rica, we were shocked at how disgusting this hotel was. The smell was terrible, like rotting toilet parts. The toilet barely flushed and would take at least 30 mins to stop running before you could flush again. There were spots of blood on the curtain and the safe didn't work. It was eventually fixed but it took so long we missed happy hour. DO NOT GO ON A FRIDAY!! The party at the bar was so loud we couldn't sleep until 2:30am. The employees were also very loud in the morning and the breakfast was disappointing. Only stale cereal, toast and fruit. Avoid!

    « Gorgeous views, perfect location, super helpful staff »

    We stayed in a suite (complete with fully stocked kitchen and living room) with a spectacular view of the beach. Our balcony even had a couch and a table and chairs for dining. The AC worked great and we felt super safe here the whole time. There is always either a police officer or man working the front gate and they are always aware who is coming in and out. The hotel was clean and simple and in a prime location on a strip where plenty of surf shops, restaurants, souvenir shops and also the beach are all within walking distance. There is also free equipment offered through the hotel (paddle boards, footballs, frisbees, etc). And definitely check out Eric who works there for the Salty Sols Surf School! I recommend this place for families and also for young people. We were there on a Friday in December where a huge party at the Crazy Monkey took place with a DJ and a live band playing salsa music. There was a fire performance and free drinks for an hour...super fun. The girls at the front desk were so friendly and helpful and booked all of our transportation in advance. The pool is also a great plus complete with swim up bar and showers to rinse off. The only con is the breakfast was kind of mediocre...nothing spectacular. But still delicious and enjoyed poolside with a gorgeous view

    « Excellent Hotel for the Price »

    My sister and I stayed here in October and it was perfect for us. We were on a budget and this room was exceptional for the price we paid. The location is very convenient, only a few minutes walk to the beach (you basically just have to cross the street), close to lots of shopping and restaurants. The food in the hotel bar, The Crazy Monkey, is very good as well. Our room was beautiful. Small, yes, but we weren't planning on spending a lot of time in there anyways. The room was very clean when we arrived and was kept clean for our entire 7 day stay. Our room was located on the opposite side of the hotel as the pool/bar area so the Friday night noise was not a problem at all. There was some construction taking place during our stay which we were aware of from reading other reviews. Again, this was not a problem since we weren't planning on staying in our room during the day and that was the only time there was any sort of disturbance from the construction. The staff are the ones who really make your stay exceptional. They are very positive and friendly. Always making sure you are comfortable, offering suggestions on excursions, never making you feel like you are asking too much. I would come back here in a heartbeat for the staff alone.

    « Almost on the beach! Good price! »

    Nice little place, the employees are kind and helpfull! Nice pool with a bar access. The hotel is just the other side of the street from Tamarindo beach, very practical. On the morning you will be able to meet a good surf teacher to get your in group or private lesson. Rooms are not big, but you wont want to stay in your room for long.


    Terrible Hotel... It is a ghetto. Save your money go somewhere else.. On Friday night monkey bar is bunch of busted old hookers,Filthy bathrooms and 18 year old kids learning spanish . Hotel pool was dirty. Rooms are small. Tararindo is worst part of Costa Rica... Stay somewhere else.

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    « Eh... ok good price »

    Ok hi I my sister and I recently stayed there Nov 10- Nov 14 . The front desk is amazing the PPL there are so nice! The pretty lady with the red hair was a complete sweet heart! The room tho. .sheets weren't clean, pillow sheets not clean, floor could've been swept they were dirty. Other then that we had a great time in Tamarindo!!! This hotel is a 5 minute walk to the beach there's so much to see!!! To get English TV press MTS BUTTON front desk didn't know that one. I recommend the victor hugo valle de esquipulas tour it's $30 each for a 2 1/2 hour tour in his boat . His brother Rafael roams tamarindo beach for customers. He's also a great guy. Support the locals guys!! If you see them tell them Ticas from Chicago say hi!!! Crazy monkey bar has great food! Hotel was ok for price just please cleaner next time!!!

    « Don't Book a Twin Room »

    Oh, my goodness. My traveling companion and I booked a twin room with an ocean view. The room was so small that there was barely 2 feet between the beds, on either side and at the foot of the beds to the wall. The view from the terrace was exquisite. That said, the view did not make up for the disappointing room. It was so small that there was not even a reading light. We stayed 2 additional nights although upgraded to a tropical suite with a view. The latter was spacious and good value.

    « Great hotel for the price »

    I just came from Costa Rica I spent 5 days and the hotel is good for the price is located crossing the street from the beach and they offer free breakfast with the room. Staff is friendly and helpful. On the other hand I did not like the country at all I was there to book the venue for my wedding and I went to all the beaches in the guanacaste peninsula and Golfo de papagayo and the beaches are nothing as they are advertised. The sand is dark the only clear water and beaches are in the Caribbean and the locals said is dangerous. There is small villages not even towns and everything is very expensive is very like a jungle or a place for a surfer who likes pot nothing much to do. I suggest to rent a car if you are driving around there is not signs and I suggest to bring a gps overall the hotel is good but I would never go back to Costa Rica.

    « Not Recommended... Loud, Not Clean »

    I would not recommend staying here, we had several issues, including noise and room cleanliness. There is no "Ocean view". I will upload a picture, but I paid for an upgraded oceanview room, and you while I was on the ocean side, trees block the view. Don't bother paying. The free breakfast is cold cereal and a couple pieces of fruit, including some horrible watermelon which was very disappointing considering the watermelon has been mind blow-ing-ly good everywhere else in CR. Also, They're a bit deceptive about the price... there is a huge banner that says, "stay here three nights, get a 4th free". That only counts for the walk-up book in the lobby price, which over 3 nights is actually more than just booking 4 on the website. The room was not clean (see pictures). There was sand on the floor in the common area and a couple dead ants on the bed. The A/C was also off and EVERYTHING was unplugged. That, combined with the fact that I do not think the room was used in a while (I went in the slow season in October), made for a moldy/musty smell in the room (CR is very humid, and enclosed spaces without A/C will get this in a hurry). The couch cushions were actually moist to the touch. They offered to move me but the other room was the same way. The service was ok. Expect to pay for everything. There was not a Do Not Disturb sign in the room and so the housekeeper knocked and then argued with me about whether or not the room was getting cleaned (I was in conference calls the first day and had arrived at11:00 PM the night before, it did not need it the first night and I needed the room). WARNING: They "host" ladies night at the restaurant on Friday Night. This is 9:00 PM-2:00+AM. I was not informed about this until I got a letter on my door Friday afternoon offering free earplugs. The earplugs helped with the noise when the band was playing, but not the bass when the DJ was. If you're planning on going to ladies night, its great, you get free entry and you don't have to worry about transportation, but, if you're planning on going surfing in the morning, or you have kids, this is a horrible situation. Plan on no one sleeping until 2:00AM or later.

    « This place simply rocks! »

    If you are looking for friendly hotel staff, clean rooms and excellent value, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas is the place to be! We are in Costa Rica for 3 months and decided to extend our stay here after seeing rental properties in other parts of town that could not meet our needs. The staff are very kind and helpful. This includes everyone from the maids to the front desk to the bar and wait staff. Everyone is always hard at work but always stop to say hello in the morning. All of our requests have been met promptly and to our satisfaction. Our children are loving it here! The pool is their favourite part and we use it daily, sometimes twice in one day. You cannot beat the incredible ocean view from this hotel. Regarding the Friday night parties at the Crazy Monkey Bar & Restaurant: It is slightly disruptive but you are given fair warning. We, unfortunately, have small children, so it is difficult to get them to sleep these nights. But you can request the rooms furthest away from the restaurant when you book. The front desk staff are really accommodating and always make sound recommendations. The walk down the Tamarindo strip is not long, contrary to other reviews. It is pleasant and safe in this area. The Best Western locks their front gates and have a security guard in place during the evenings which is reassuring for hotel guests. I would definitely travel here in the future.

    « You get way more than what you pay for!!! »

    I read a lot of reviews when trying to find a place to stay in Tamarindo, and I am so happy to have found Best Western. That said, we somehow got upgraded to a tropical suite. So keep that in mind when reading my review. Some of the things I loved about the hotel: -The view. Based on my research prior to the trip, there aren't any other hotels with this view -Walking distance to everything in Tamarindo. -The swim-up bar. I read a lot of complaints about locals using the pool. I didn't think it was a big deal at all. We met a few locals and enjoyed chatting with them. The pool was never packed while we were there. If you want to enjoy the pool with less people, I recommend a night swim! -The balcony!!! So nice to have a beer on the balcony and watch the sunset. -Fantastic AC. It was very hot while we were there. -The price. This is a nice hotel with stunning ocean views and they have rooms for under $100 a night. That doesn't exist where I'm from (Southern California). The Friday night party was loud, but we were warned. I saw it all over tripadvisor, all over their website, and of course they warned us while we were there. We went out there for a bit, but felt too old to be there! So we decided to just sit on our balcony and listen to the party. It was fun! I always travel with BOSE sound proof headphones, so I just threw those on when I went to bed. If you can't sleep through a loud party, then don't stay on a Friday. Don't avoid this hotel for that reason though. You will miss out!

    « Great views, nice balcony, but beware which room you book »

    An important comment to start with: this review is exclusively for my room which was a nice room with a balcony facing the ocean. There are quiet some very small rooms with small window without balcony, if I would have stayed in one of them my rating would be one star. So keep this in mind and be very careful which room you book!! I stayed in the BW Tamarindo for four nights in October, which is off season. When I got there at noon I was told that I have to wait until 3 as the rooms are still being cleaned. When I got back after 3 it still was not ready. Remember, it's off season and the hotels have less then half of the rooms occupied, most even way less. I was quiet annoyed as I think 3 is already a late time for checking in. Sometime around 4 I finally was able to occupy my room. The young guy at the reception tried all he can, but it seems the hotel has not enough cleaning stuff so I put this on management. It goes in line with the experience of the following days when my room was still not cleaned at 3pm (no, I did not have the "don't disturb" sign on the door). My room was really nice, although small it had all I needed. A very comfortable bed, a clean bathroom, a safe, good wifi, and enough space for my stuff. BUT, with two people in the room it would not have worked out well because it's really not big. One of the big points the hotel makes into my review is the nice balcony with an incredible view to the ocean. This place made my days as I spent quiet some hours here, reading, relaxing, writing mails. Breakfast is served in the restaurant and for my taste completely sufficient. And the American waiter in the morning was by far the nicest person in the entire hotel, besides the poor young guy at the reception who had to deal with angry guest because of not timely check in. Both did a great job and are examples of good people understanding the word "service to the customercustomer". The pool is also nice terrasse has a breathtaking view to the beach. Towels are provided but no umbrellas against the sun. So be aware. The sun is heavy, even on a cloudy day. Service in the restaurant is very poor, I tried to get a sundowner one day and the guy doing the bar told me happy hour is already over. I asked when happy hour is and he told me until 6. It was 5:30 when I asked this. This is what I call cheating on customers which I don't accept! So, this was the one and only time I put feet into the restaurant. Knowing that most hotel restaurants have poor service (at least in middle priced places) I don't count this into my review. Location is at the far end of Tamarindo, for me a very well location. To get to the beach one only has to cross the street. Tamarindo itself is another story. I am travelling Costa Rica now for 15 years and unfortunately most of the nice places from years ago are now on the way down, all americanized places, loosing their paradies spirit. Same with Tamarindo. It became an all English, all expensive beach city. Be aware at night, and even on the day, there are strange people offering drugs on every corner. Very sad to see how formerly incredible nice small towns get run down so badly. I still give four stars as I want to rate the hotel and leave my views of bad regional developments out of the rating. But as I said at the beginning be aware what room you book. For people who are aware about this side of Costa Rica the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas is a great option.

    « Pura Vida Mae »

    The Best Western in Tamarindo is the most economically satisfactory hotel in the area. Situated right across the road from the beach, you don't pay the extra cost of being ocean side but still enjoy the stunning sunset views from the second floor rooms. The double-decker pool is awesome, from the top level you look across the pool and can see the ocean and mountains in the background. The bartenders are awesome, hopefully Dejanas is still there she was amazing! Incredible restaurants down the strip. We walked everywhere to grab a bite to eat. The Ocean was by far our favorite restaurant. The tables are right in the sand along the beach and prices were EXTREMELY reasonable. The same waitress served us three nights in a row and remembered us every time, so sweet. I definitely plan on returning and won't stay at any other hotel or resort. I think the only downside to this location is the locals call it "TamaGRINGO" due to the overwhelming population of tourists in this town. Other than that, the Best Western is the way to go.

    « Affordable, convenient hotel with the best Hotel Bar/Pool in Town!!! »

    This hotel is the best thing that happened to my family when we visited. The rooms are pretty basic, but have everything you could possibly need - comfortable beds, extra long cement couches with thick mattresses that double as extra sleeping areas, a kitchenette, clean/functioning bathroom, and a porch that has views of the beautiful gardens, iguanas, and monkeys in the trees. But the best part is the hotel bar on the roof of the Best Western. It's called the Crazy Monkey and had the best service around. There's a great pool with a swim up bar and the food served is delicious. They'll also cook anything you catch on a fishing trip. The only downside is that it's at the far end of the Tamarindo strip, so there's about a 1/2 mile to mile walk to the Tamarindo Circle. But the hotel is directly across a small street from Tamarindo beach and there are gorgeous sunset and ocean views from the rooftop bar. All in all, it's an excellent and affordable way to see Tamarindo. BTW - my trip was in March 2013, not 2015.

    « I expected a lot more from Best Western.. »

    I like 'Tyson L' below was disgusted by the standard of our room and expected a lot more from Best Western. The bathroom was smelly, shower horrible and dirty and the shower curtain stank. The couches in the living area were smelly and we had to put down towels to even consider sitting on them. The bed was old and squeaky, you couldn't even turn without waking up. On top of that both the fan and aircon was so old they were both making so much rattling noices it was impossible keeping them on when trying to sleep. We stayed 3 nights and I had the worst 3 nights sleep I've had in a long time. Will never come again.

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    « Great View! »

    Great ocean view, conveniently located at the beginning of Tamarindo beach but away from the busy part of town, front desk staff very nice and helpfull, room was clean but bedding and towels desperstely need to be renewed, pool towels are located at the reception I wish they were closer to the pool. Security 24h to come into the parking lot

    « Would return »

    Very good all around. Beautiful lawn with patio overlooking main street, beach and ocean. Rooms had air conditioning which was a must while we were there. House keeping was excellent as well. The pool with swim up bar was fun at lunch when the sun at the beach might be a little too intense for some vacationers. All in all a very pleasant and reliable stay!


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·From: From: San Jose. The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas is 115 miles west via car from San Jose. ·From: From: Liberia Int'l Airpo The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas is 25 miles south from Liberia International Airport. ·From: From: San Jose Int'l Apt. The Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas is 55 minutes by plane from San Jose International Airport.

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