Ratings based on 55 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
4.5 out of 5
96% of guests recommend
4.4 Room cleanliness
4.4 Service & staff
4.2 Room comfort
4.3 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Expedia helped us get this hotel.

Posted Mar 29, 2014
Pros: Very clean
Cons: The staff could be a little nicer.
Location: Everything.
We booked a different hotel through Expedia. It was overbooked. When speaking with Expedia they booked us here. We couldn't of been happier. We had a great time. Walking distance to town. The hotel is extremely clean and very friendly. Highly recommend.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Shane from Ontario, Canada

Overall good experience, would stay here again.

Posted Mar 21, 2014
Pros: Staff was friendly. Room was simple with slightly dated furnishings, but they were situated around a nice little pool, bar and breakfast area.
Cons: A fridge in the room would be nice for longer stays. Was a little small for two adults and two children, and better ventilation to help with humidity
Location: Close to shopping, beach, and surfing. Can also do many other tours and sight seeing such as zip-lining and turtle watching.
We arrived after 8pm and the reception was closed, but we were given the key to our room by the security guard. Room was clean but a little humid until we ran the air conditioner. It had a queen bed and two singles which was perfect for our family of two adults and two children. A little crowded even with no desk or fridge, just a couple night stands, but we spent most of our time outdoors anyway so overall the room was satisfactory. Bathroom was clean with a big standup shower that had good pressure and plenty of hot water. Hotel was generally clean with a nice little bar that had live music some nights. Staff was friendly, and the pool and breakfast areas were cozy. Breakfast was included, but consisted of whatever the cook prepared that day, generally fresh pineapple and papaya (which were very tasty!) as well as rice and beans or eggs and toast etc. Meal was different every day, and we did enjoy them all, it just would have been nice to be able to choose from a selection of options. Within walking distance of many shops and restaurants, the beach, and surfing. Overall good experience at this hotel, simple, but cozy, would stay at this hotel again.
3 out of 5
by disapointed from M

I wouldn't stay there again

Posted Mar 11, 2014
The towels and bed sheets were too old. The food was tasteless and overpriced. I got sick and told the staff and they didn't even ask what happened or how was I doing - total lack of concern. I don't recommend this place.
Comment from
Jan 12, 2014
Good morning "M", I am really sorry if you did not like Pasatiempo, the staff always try really hard to please everyone. Regarding the price of our restaurant I believe that we are not speaking about the same place! Monkey La-La, with his menu on the webpage of Pasatiempo, is a snack bar with fish and chips for $10, salads for $9, wings for $6, beers for $3....Well, we never had a comment about the prices before. What I am thinking is that you are furious because you were waiting for more concern from the staff about your sickness, well, we have right now around 60 people in the hotel and are only 10 people working, I apologize if we didn't give you enough time but I don't think that your comments are justified.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Ambi from Saskatchewan, Canada

Tropical Oasis within walking distance of beach

Posted Mar 10, 2014
Pros: The staff is always willing to help out with whatever your needs or wants are.
Location: The beach is only about a 400 meter walk in 2 different directions. All shops and restaurants are in easy walking distance.
This little diamond in the rough is definitely worth your visit. The rooms and grounds in this establishment are really looked after and cared for jointly by the WHOLE staff. We were there for 13 nights and we noticed one underlying theme over and over. If there is a job to do just do it and do it well. Male or female, they all can cook, clean, rake, water, sweep, clean up, fix, etc. They have a work ethic rarely seen these days in being able to work together for a common good of the establishment and be proud of what you do. Way to go Hotel Pasatiempo Staff!!! I bet you thought nobody noticed. Oh, and for the few with bad comments about this place get real. You probably should have booked your Hilton Hotel in your city, ordered only room service, paid thousands, don't go anywhere or do anything and then drive home through rush hour traffic. Happy now? An ant might walk across the floor in your room in Costa Rica after all it is a TROPICAL COUNTRY!!!!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Close to beach and supermarket.

Posted Mar 9, 2014
Location: Good restaurant called Green Papaya right next door.
It is off the main strip at the south end so it is quieter. You can still walk to the other end of town in 10 min.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

overall stay

Posted Feb 18, 2014
Pros: It is quiet, good location, walk to the beach takes about 5 min.
Location: Tamarindo is a nice town, variety of restaurants and shops. We took the trip to nicaragua which was great.
staff was great, very helpful. The complimentary breakfasts were very good, Service was great. clean restaurant, pleasant view.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by MB5

nice like hotel close to beach & many restaurants.

Posted Feb 12, 2014
Pros: Location was good, rooms were clean
Cons: More entertainment in bar area at night. More food at morning breakfast.
Location: Beach is close walking distance. many restaurants within walking distance also.
Overall good experience friendly staff and clean grounds area. Pool area good spot to relax. Good entertainment on those nights they have it, would recommend more entertainment in bar area.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Beautiful grounds, good hotel for budget-concious

Posted Jan 13, 2014
The location was perfect, just outside of all the "downtown" action but close to the beach. Definitely one of best options in this price-range for quality and location. Do search for the best deals on activities/airport transfers, as the hotel isn't always best. Search for Tamarindo Travel! The pool/landscaping is great. Our room was not as expected, but management helped to resolve the issue to our liking. Do go to the green papaya for some delicious food right around the corner! Also, be sure to bring everything you need because the only items provided are eco bar soap for the sink!
Comment from
Jan 12, 2014
Hello, thanks so much for your comment, I just wanted to let know to our future guests that in every shower of the hotel you will find a dispensor with shampoo and conditioner. I am really sorry Jackie if you did not see it. I am happy to know that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Pura Vida.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by C from Pennsylvania

No hassles

Posted Dec 18, 2013
Cons: hmm... bar could be open later most days.
Location: location is great--close to the supermaket, other restaurants, nice organic cafe across the street, close to beach, etc.
comfortable, laid back, good staff, nice fallback restaurant when you don't want to wander tamarindo. Helen is especially friendly and helpful, and the restaurant manager was great too.
5 out of 5
Recommended
by Tyler from Denver, CO

What more do you want?

Posted Dec 17, 2013 on Hotels.com
If you've been to Tamarindo, you know that 95% of the hotels are "mom and pops" type places. Having said that, this place was perfect. Everyone was super nice, it's in a great location (not right on the hustle and bustle busy main road, but right off it). They even grilled up our Mahi Mahi that we caught when we went fishing.