The Esplendor Hotel in Tamarindo is one of the best value hotels in the Tamarindo area.

Prices for rooms average around $100 night and include a free breakfast buffet.

One of the best things about the Esplendor is that every room has an ocean view. The hotel is located on a hill-top location overlooking the Tamarindo bay.

Fortunately for those traveling in Costa Rica without a rental car, the Esplendor offers a free shuttle from the hotel to downtown Tamarindo and to the Langosta Beach Club (free access for those staying at the Esplendor).


Probably the best thing about staying at the Esplendor are the amazing sunsets at night you can view from the infinity pool.

The deck around the infinity pool has lounge chairs and umbrellas. During our stay there was plenty of space at the pool.

Bar and Restaurant

The restaurant at the hotel offers moderately priced Costa Rican cuisine. We sampled the ceviche and found it to be some of the best in town.

The pool bar is also well run and features a happy hour from 4-6pm. Unlike some other resorts we’ve visited in Costa Rica, the prices for the cocktails and beers were a good value.


There is no charge for WIFI or parking at the hotel, and pool towels are provided for free. There is a small fee for room service (around $3).

Insider Tip

If you’re looking for a great place to eat within walking distance to the hotel property, make sure to check out La Esquina Pizzeria. They are only open for dinner, but serve fresh made, brick oven cooked pizza.

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