Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort

4.0 star rating

Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 2919 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4

    Location

    Location-4.5

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-3.5

    Value

    Value-3.5

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Woke up every morning to sit on the outside balcony and watch the sun rise

    Reviewed by michaelpB4978FB(Brick, New Jersey) on Mar 18, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    Let's discuss. I woke up every morning in my modest, 2nd floor, ocean view room to sit on the outside balcony and watch the sun rise, the ocean/boats and the beginnings of another fabulous, sunny, winter, 90 deg day in Tamarindo. After enjoying a fabulous outdoor breakfast extravaganza, the big decision is whether to spend time in the ocean a few steps away, or in one of the three Diria pools, or take one of the many excursions. You guessed it. Our group of six adults quite enjoyed our beach resort winter vacation at the Diria. Lots of sun, clean and well run resort in the middle of Tamarindo Beach directly on the ocean and eminently walkable to all of the funkiness of this beach resort town. We don't usually pay up for an Oceanview room, but we did here and it was well worth it. I believe the non-oceanview rooms across the main street are newer and larger, but this ocean view was awesome. Also, to get to breakfast buffet from non-ocean rooms requires crossing the street. Not a big problem as Diria usually has a crossing guard to assist, but real nice to flip flop down the stairs and have coffee and breakfast right there. Important to note (as Diria does in large signs at beach access), that the ocean beach is public. As a result, Diria does not offer any beach activities..all done by local providers. This makes the beach a virtual marketplace of vendors selling everything from bird whistles to three day ocean adventures. Buyer beware. Also missing from the Diria are the upscale services such as a spa, massage, etc. (there is a gym) one might expect in this level resort. If that is what you want, these services can be found in town, but not on site. Last piece of advice. If you opt for oceanview, try for 2nd or 3rd floor as they provide much better unobstructed view than ground level

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-3

    Service

    Service-4

    Value

    Value-4

    I am not impressed

    Reviewed by NamitaToronto(Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica) on Mar 17, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			1
			 out of 5

    This resort is not luxurious as it states on the website. Luxury to me is defined by service which this resort lacks in a big way. CHECK IN - awful. Not a smile not a thanks for coming. Busy driveway with delivery truck resulting in a 30 mins wait. We tried to get the room early, it took 20 mins to check if it was ready. The room is 5s walk from the reception. Bad first impression. AMENITIES- tour desk, 4-5 restaurants on the street close by, bars, ‘spa’, pools and access to the beach. The beach is a public beach so you have to pay for beds unless you sit in the hotel boundary. You need to pay for surf boards or boogie boards. ROOM - opt for the 100s they are on the ground floor. Rooms were not Made until much later in the day inspite of the sign being up. Late check out is $30 for the 1st hr and $10 thereafter. Does that make sense if you aren’t going to make the room till 3:00 anyways? BREAKFAST- it’s a massive buffet with everything self serve. Luxury? No if someone can’t even pour me a glass of water/ coffee. The staff did not smile nor were they courteous. The food was not even laid out well. The pastries were all basically thrown in a pile. WIFI - is so so. Very patchy through the resort. Think hard before booking.

    Popped in for Drinks

    Reviewed by michellejoa(Playa Samara, Costa Rica) on Mar 17, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			3
			 out of 5

    It was our first day in Tamarindo so we popped into Diria's cute beach bar for drinks. It was almost $44 American for 2 beers and 2 shots. The food we saw coming out didn't look good so we didn't eat. We stuck to happy hour on the beach and bars and restaurants off the beach after that. There are better places.

    Meh.

    Reviewed by Kitt15(Greenville, South Carolina) on Mar 15, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			3
			 out of 5

    The definition of "luxury" is wasted on this resort. We paid for the oceanview, king bed room. It's was so small and so sparsely furnished I felt like I was at a budget hotel. There was no space at all for the suitcase so I had to put mine on the floor (which had tons of ants). No comforters on the bed so I had to call and request blankets. The bed was like laying on concrete. It was SO AWFUL. The pillows were so thick and high my head was literally at a 90 degree angle and my neck hurt so I had to request another blanket to use as a pillow. The AC rattled and was on the ceiling so there was nothing that could be done. Then the VERY BEST PART <sarcasm>.... The MUSIC. Oh, yes! Hidden behind those lovely bushes is Johnny Tamarindo's Beach Bar that played dance music SO LOUD we could not only hear it but could feel it vibrating in our room (we were room 129). I could not fathom that they were charging people $350+ per night for this room. After getting zero sleep, I went to the front desk the next morning to request a room change. We were willing to move anywhere else on the property. After some back and forth I was told by Katherine there weren't any other rooms. Later on, after trying to take a mid-day nap and having the music STILL playing, I went back to the desk, spoke with another girl (Irina) who said there WERE rooms available and was willing to move us. So we moved to a room with 2 queens in the other building, still ocean facing (room 324) which was literally 3 times the size as the king. The bathroom had a huge shower and it was SO MUCH BETTER than the king. The was a night and day difference. The rest of the property is average at best. The beach chairs are a joke. They are so uncomfortable you can't even lay on them for very long without pain. The towel situation is equally hilarious. They are basically 10 year old hand towels. They cover maybe 1/4 of the chair and are so thin they are basically transparent. We had to go buy beach towels at a local store. Oh, and don't forget the stupid towel card. Only 1 towel per person! Hey guess what, Tamarindo Diria: NO ONE WANTS TO STEAL THOSE CRAPPY TOWELS ANYWAY! The pools were okay. We preferred the large pool with the pool bar across the street. But there weren't many chairs despite how huge the pool area was, and unless you got an umbrella there was no shade. Service was a joke. The bartenders and staff couldn't make it more obvious they didn't care about you. No one smiled, no one was friendly, no one went out of their way to be nice. The waitstaff at breakfast just seemed totally inconvenienced if you asked for a place setting. Speaking of breakfast: Decent selection. The waffles and pancakes were really great. You could get eggs to order, and lots of fruit. Bread was usually stale, and yes, there were lots of flies on the meat and cheese displays, but I just avoided eating those things. The beach.... eh. It's a public beach. Lots of foot traffic, people selling stuff, etc. They do horseback rides on the beach so there is tons of horse crap. Mind you, the beach is separated from the resort by a small wall. So when you're sunbathing in the grassy area in front of the beach, behind the wall you aren't really seeing the water. I dunno., It just didn't do it for me. I prefer peaceful, tranquil, calm beaches. But that's just my preference. The town of Tamarindo is fabulous. Right when you walk out the front of the hotel you are on the main street. There are tons of restaurants, bars, markets, some yoga studios, coffee ships, surf shops, boutiques, etc. It really is a great town and very easy to walk. Patagonia was awesome for Argentinian steak. We enjoyed bar hopping and even walking home late at night we felt safe. So if anything the resort lacks, the town absolutely makes up for.

    Individual ratings:

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-3

    Location

    Location-4

    Service

    Service-1

    Noisy

    Reviewed by TravelMoma2boys() on Mar 12, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			1
			 out of 5

    The beds are horrible. There is not a peaceful or serene moment available. They literally start the bass heavy music at 6:30 am and it goes all day into the night. We paid extra be on the beach. Instead of hearing the ocean we heard drunken parties every night. I will never stay here again. HORRIBLE place for families

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