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Hotel Luamey 3.5

Tamarindo, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Pros

  • Excellent location off Tamarindo’s main drag, near restaurants, bars, and shops
  • Elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with rainfall showerheads
  • Pretty pool set within a scenic courtyard surrounded by gardens
  • Breezy restaurant and bar with views of the pool and picturesque grounds
  • Free breakfast features a choice of several different dishes
  • Modest outdoor gym with a small sauna
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Free on-site parking

Cons

  • Not by the beach
  • Some rooms have views of the parking lot
  • Gym has just a handful of machines
  • Cramped parking area 

Bottom Line

Hotel Luamey is a three-and-a-half-pearl property located in the bustling surf town of Tamarindo. The hotel’s eight guest rooms are stylish yet cozy, and all have furnished balconies or terraces. The hotel's serene pool and intimate restaurant feel secluded from Tamarindo’s lively nightlife scene, yet the town’s bars, shops, and beach, can all be reached in less than a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The property also offers a limited gym and free parking and Wi-Fi. Travelers would do well to compare rates and amenities at the equally beautiful Tamarindo Bay Boutique Hotel nearby.

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Scene

Down-to-earth boutique hotel with an easygoing vibe and attractive grounds

Don’t less Hotel Luamey’s less-than-glamorous, dirt-road entrance deceive you: This little hotel is the epitome of boutique charm. The tiny property is laid out on a slight incline, with the rooms and restaurant at the top and green gardens curving down toward the pool. Earth-toned furnishings and Buddha statues dotted throughout blossoming grounds give the place a relaxed, tropical elegance. It has a quiet, private feel yet the vibrant bars and shops of Tamarindo’s main drag are less than a five-minute walk away. Guests are a fairly even mix of couples and families with older children, and it's a good choice for those who want to convenience of staying in Tamarindo but prefer to have a low-key base to escape to at the end of the day.

Location

On an uninspiring side street, just off Tamarindo’s main drag

While Hotel Luamey’s location down a bumpy, unpaved side road isn’t particularly impressive, it’s less than a five-minute walk from the strip malls, restaurants, surf shops, and bars that crowd Tamarindo’s main road. Tamarindo is among Guanacaste’s most popular beach destinations, known for its consistent surf and buzzing nightlife scene. Its central location also makes it a good base for surfing at nearby beaches like Playa Grande, Playa Langosta and Playa Avellanas, all of which are less than a 30-minute drive away. Rincón de la Vieja National Park can be reached in about two hours by car, while the airport is just over an hour’s drive away.

Rooms

Pleasant guest rooms with distinctive decor and private balconies or terraces

Guest rooms at Hotel Luamey are decorated in a warm palette of gold, brown, and burnt orange. Features vary from room to room, but might include eye-catching splatter artwork, floor vases filled with reeds, or bedside lamps with intricate wrought-iron detailing. All rooms offer wall-mounted flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Queen-size beds are standard, and some room categories add additional single beds or sofa beds. Rooms have balconies or terraces with furniture that ranges from hammocks and small tables to cushioned benches. Those facing the pool have better views, while rooms on the other side of the building overlook the parking lot. Ceramic tiled bathrooms feature vessel sinks, walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads, and wall-mounted toiletry dispensers.

Features

Lovely outdoor pool, pleasant restaurant and bar, and free cooked-to-order breakfast

Hotel Luamey has a lagoon-shaped pool surrounded by a concrete deck with comfy red lounge chairs. Palm trees and other greenery surrounding the pool provide ample shade, and beach umbrellas are also available. The hotel’s “gym” is really just a tiny shelter set alongside the pool with a pair of exercise bikes, a weight-lifting machine, and a sauna box.

The small restaurant is set on a rustic-chic deck overlooking the pool with wooden flooring and tables and a compact bar area lined with a few high-top chairs. Flowers, red cushions, and a few subtle decorations add depth to the space. Free freshly prepared breakfasts are served here each morning, with tapas and drinks available throughout the rest of the day. Guests have a choice of a few different breakfast dishes, and there’s also the option of having breakfast delivered to rooms. Free parking is available in a small lot set at the back of the hotel, at the end of a steep, narrow driveway. However, the parking lot can be challenging to access, particularly when it’s nearing full capacity. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and airport transfers can be arranged for a fee. The hotel can also assist with arranging local tours and activities.  

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100 mts east Main Beach Entry, next to Condo Cenizaro Diria, Tamarindo 50903, Costa Rica

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