Friday, July 12, 2013

Hotels in Tamarindo

This is the entrance to the Hotel Mono Loco.  Most of the hotels in Tamarindo are small, independent hotels with perhaps 10 - 20 rooms.   Some of them started as accommodations for surfers when Tamarindo was just a surfing town, and they have been upgraded now that the area is a resort town for a wider range of activities.  The Internet is crucial to enabling the smaller hotels to be able to feature themselves to prospective guests.

The major exception to the small scale of the local hotels is the Tamarindo Diria Resort, which is large and which I have featured in the past and have an index label in the right margin dedicated to it.  It is of a scale that one would expect of a large, multi-faceted resort, with several swimming pools, a tennis court, large beachfront, and they are even developing a golf course on the edge of town.

The hotels in Tamarindo are generally not affiliated with any of the international hotel chains, with the exception of the Barcelo Langosta Hotel, which is a Spanish owned chain.  There is also a Best Western.

The large international hotels, such as the J.W. Marriott, Hilton, Four Seasons, etc. have located their properties in areas where they are outside of town in controlled access areas.  My wife and I decided that we preferred being in town, with many dining options and an actual town, not merely a resort.

We have photos of the charming town of Adare, Ireland, posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week.

7 comments:

Kate said...

Your choice of living near or in a small town makes lots of sense; my choice would be the same for the same reasons.

Sharon said...

I love the entrance to this place. It is somehow very welcoming.

Judy said...

I think all the rich colors are very attractive.

Lowell said...

It's a beautiful and welcoming entryway!

There are, I think, advantages and disadvantages to having major hotel chains in an area. I would hope they do not impact negatively the smaller hotels.

Funny comment on Ocala today; thanx!

glenda said...

Very charming!

Karl Demetz said...

A very inviting entrance, nice photo too!
Have a nice weekend, Dave.

Hilda said...

I like small, independent resort hotels - they tend to provide more local flavor than the chains.

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