the bed provides for reasonable sleep, that's it.
great location right on the beach.
restaurant is decent, and the adjoining steak house flying bull (part of the diria), is good if you go just before 10pm when the rush has died down, and staff actually has time to take care of you. (ate 3 times at the flying bull 1st meal around 9:30pm was perfect, 2nd time around 8 pm, sauce was missing, fries were cold; 3rd time around 10 pm everything was spot on again. )
but overall not recommended, Tamarindo is quite small so even if you are not on the beach it's just a quick walk to get there..
where to start?
advertised on booking.com as 5 star resort, as you approach Tamarindo the ads for the property are only showing 4 stars, and in the hotel itself it's only 4 well, so false advertisement for starters. (the wear and tear of the place puts it more around a 2 to 3 star property)
the rooms are old and used, not possible to maintain a decent temperature in the shower. sink is smelly and looking down the drain, could you use some serious cleaning. reddish stains on the bathroom walls, did not care to look too close.
broken insect screens make for the perfect entry point for large amounts of mosquitoes. not to mention that pretty much every time you move them they derail. The balcony door locks are not all that easy either, with a lot of fiddling you can get them to close, so be sure to use the safe deposit box.
overall cleanliness leaves a lot to be desired, sure it's a beach town, so there is always going to be bit of dust and sand which is fine, but that should not include hair, and peanut leftovers and the like...
had breakfast at the hotel once, and spent the next 24 hours throwing up, so not recommended...
the so called casino is really more of a hole in the wall with some slot machines, a black jack corner, and a poker room on the 2nd floor, drinks are expensive, even if you are gambling.
so overall, no value for money, paid about 200 USD a night, and had Tamarindo not been fully booked, I would have been out after the 1st night.
The Hotel Complex is divided by the main street, and feels like they are buying up pretty much the entire beach, according to some staff, the also bought the Jardin Del Eden, so it looks no longer like service is a prime concern, rather only money seems to count.