The hotel and the grounds at the Jardin Del Eden were beautiful and well maintained. The beach was a short distance and had easy access from the hotel. The center of Tamarindo was very close to the hotel and access to numerous restaurants made dining a real pleasure. The people were very friendly and helpful with directions and hints. We took several short adventures from the city like kayaking up the river to see crocodiles and monkeys, zip lining on a canopy tour in the hills east of the city. Surf lessons, boogie boarding, horseback rides, sailing, we didn't run out of things to do in 10 days. We loved the hotel, the grounds, the city of Tamarindo, the beach and especially the people. We will return again but we will bring more sun screen and mosquito spray.
Absolutely loved the place! My little girl was greeted by all the staff daily and they made us feel so welcomed! The locals were so friendly. Tight community. Our room was cleaned everday, the front desk staff arranged taxi rides for us. Keep in mind everything in the surrounding area is a bit of a walk so a car or taxi is ideal but taxi rides are costly. We booked the deluxe room which offered a tv and a/c, its not in the description though, I just happen to call ahead and ask what the difference was. The food in the restaurant was all fresh and tasted wonderfully! A bit pricey again but there arent many places to eat nearby. definitely worth it! The location by the beach was awesome! Just down the trail, the sunset is priceless! Can't say enough about this place. Such a lovely experience. Bike rental was fun too! We are definitely coming back to playa grande!!!!
Pros: full kitchen, large walk-in closet with safe, air conditioned, beautiful warm pool with waterfall feature, good (but limited) breakfast on beautiful outdoor terrace, helpful staff, right in town-short walk to beach, shops, restaurants, and entertainment
Cons: not on beach, staff spoke little English, lots of stairs to room, replaced crescent with white toast on second day
The hotel was about why I expected based on previous reviews. The hotel staff was amazing. The front desk checks you in quickly and shows you your room and the amenities. The owner is at breakfast every morning and greets you and asks how your stay is and how he can make it any better. The breakfast is excellent for an included breakfast, including fruit, muffins, juice, pancakes and a cook that makes eggs for you on the spot. There are awesome iguanas all around the area that really make it feel like you're in Costa Rica right when you get there. There are definitely the occasional little bugs on the floors of the rooms, but they are not abundant and they do not cause any problems. You're in costa rica so just expect a few bugs here and there. The place feels extremely safe and if I were to go back or tell someone else to stay somewhere I would definitely suggest this place. The walk to the beach is less than 5 minutes and you can walk to the nearest grocery store or restaurant in like 3 min.
With its white sandy beaches, Tamarindo is a resort town on the Pacific coast that is backed by mountains and national parks. The sun shines nearly every day in Tamarindo, and visitors travel to the area to relax outdoors while fishing, golfing, swimming, and visiting spas. Tourists also take time to experience the local culture and fresh Costa Rican seafood dishes.
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