Starting at $164 per night


Set on a hillside overlooking Tamarindo Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the Espendor Hotel offers guests a stylish and modern boutique hotel. The views from the hotel are spectacular, especially as the sun sets over the Pacific. The Esplendor is also the newest hotel in town so that guests can expect more modern amenities and a fresh approach. Hotel amenities include sweeping ocean views, access to Langosta Beach Club, free scheduled shuttles to town and the beach club, buffet breakfast, restaurant and bar, swimming pool and pool bar, fitness room, solarium, spa and wellness center, and free WiFi.

Tamarindo is a fun little seaside village with a gorgeous beach area and plenty of amenities. Small shops and restaurants line the streets, and there is plenty of nightlife. The beach has several distinct areas, some are perfect for boogie boarding and swimming, while other locations are better for surfing. The atmosphere is free-spirited and fun!

Getting to town or the beach is made easier by the hotel's shuttle service. It departs and returns on a set schedule. Guests of the Esplendor Tamarindo Hotel also enjoy complimentary access to the Langosta Beach Club and its amenities, including round-trip shuttle transfers. You can also walk to town or the beach, but it would likely take 20 or more minutes, depending on where you are going, and a considerable hike back up the hill to the hotel. Alternatively, taxis are affordable, available, and easy to coordinate with the staff's help.

Many tours and activities are available from Tamarindo. Surf lessons are available daily on the main beach, and of course, bigger waves can be found in Langosta and nearby Playa Grande. The Tamarindo Estuary is a beautiful place to go kayaking to see crocodiles, monkeys, and plenty of wildlife. Scuba diving can be fantastic off of the Catalinas Islands, or you can learn to scuba in one of the dive shop classes. A catamaran cruise will set the tone for a romantic vacation or just allow you to relax and enjoy the scenic Guanacaste coastline. If you are seeking more adventurous activities, check out a canopy zipline adventure or go on a full day of adventure near Rincon de la Vieja Volcano at one of the adventure ranches.

You don't have to leave the hotel to have a good time, in fact, spending time at the Esplendor Tamarindo can be quite enjoyable. The large infinity swimming pool has a swim up bar and offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. An outdoor relaxation area backs the pool with lounge chair stations with sun umbrellas. A spacious indoor lounge area with couches and fantastic views is behind the outdoor relaxation area. The fitness room is open daily, allowing you to keep up with your routine.

The hotel's spa offers a variety of relaxing services. Professional technicians offer a variety of treatments and massages to allow your mind and body to relax and enjoy a pura vida state of being.

Esplendor's Pura Vista Restaurant offers International and Costa Rican cuisine. Specialties include steak and fresh seafood. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating with ocean views and room service is available. We would also encourage you to check out some of the many dining options in town.

The only difference between the rooms at the Esplendor Hotel are the number of beds and floor they are located on. All rooms have a small private balcony and ocean views. The rooms also offer air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, electronic safe, mini-refrigerator, bathroom with bathtub and hair dryer, and WiFi.

Hotel Tags

  • Midrange
  • Boutique
  • Spa
  • Hilltop

Hotel Amenities

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness Room
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Wifi Free
  • Laundry Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable Tv

Room Amenities

Ocean View Room

  • AC
  • Cable Tv
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Mini Fridge
  • Phone
  • Internet
  • Internet Paid
  • Internet Free
  • Hair Dryer
  • Balcony OR Terrace
  • Ocean View

Handicap Accessibility

  • Accessible Bathroom
  • Roll-in Shower


Latitude: N 10°18'2.35". Longitude: W 86°9'55.29"


  • Overall 84.2% (52 Guest Ratings)
  • Cleanliness: 90.6%
  • Comfort: 91.9%
  • Meeting Expectations: 79.6%
  • Staff: 79.4%
  • Value: 79.2%


Changed rooms after checkin due to sliding door lock, or hard to figure out & staff didn't explain well. Went to preferred lower floor anyway & figured out glass door system-trial & error since no written instructions. same w/ hot/cold in shower. Staff very accommodating, esp. when had security safe problem...& restaurant staff terrific!...pool bar too.


Beautiful! Restaurant staff went above and beyond.


Beautiful! Love the town, love the view, love the weather, love the place!


I was so disappointed! The hotel is not near the beach or the town. The shuttle times start late and end early. The road was long, steep, muddy and unlit, making walking hazardous. But worst of all the hotel shuttle was unreliable--twice he left BEFORE the scheduled time. The second time he did that he stranded us at the beach club at night, and we had been careful to arrive at the shuttle stop early. We asked the beach club to call the hotel and they said he had driven by and kept going because no one was there. Well, that was because it was before the scheduled time! We asked them to send him back and they refused. We had to pay $6 for a taxi!


Fantastic. Can't wait to go back.


Upon our arrival they gave us a King bed which was in our reservation so we should have caught that but they quickly gave us a new room with two beds instead. They were very accommodating for that change. The View was amazing and the shuttle to the beach club was great!


driver to take you into town and beach was not the best example of the pura vida lifestyle,even though not being busy he was not flexible at all.....


not my kind of hotel but my other family members loved it. I wanted to be in a bungalow on the beach.


Another beautiful hotel. Food was very limited,but they have free shuttle to town. So you have alot of chocies in town. Lunch menu could have more to choose from because if you want to stay at the pool there is not much.. They could also use more pool chairs. plenty of room.Also every room should have a note stating what a lack of water this area has!!! To make people more conscience of showering and wasting water. Also a note that they are turning off the water in the middle of the day! ! Kind of important.


Wonderful accommodations, beautiful pool, and accommodating pool bar.


Many of the other guests were very loud and rude, and the staff at the hotel did nothing to stop it, despite numerous complaints from many guests. Our room wasn't ready when we arrived and they did not secure our luggage (just put it in a corner of the lobby). On the day we arrived, the restaurant was closed for a private event so we were unable to eat lunch. Once the room was ready and we were able to put our luggage away, the shuttle to town stopped running for the afternoon so we were stuck without lunch until the shuttle started running again around 4. The staff was very poor at communicating about all of this to us.


This is a beautiful hotel with amazing views and sitting by the pool or on the room balcony you can take in these amazing view. The one issue we had is that the hotel had planned a wedding party for one of the nights we were there and they music was extremely loud late into the night and could be heard throughout the hotel including inside our room and late into the night. I suppose that wouldn't have been so bad but in addition to that the staff also cancelled room service and closed the restaurant to the rest of the guests. So on the night we had decided that resting in out room and having dinner at the hotel restaurant would be nice, we could not do that because the restaurant was closed and room service was cancelled. The staff did eventually bring us 2 glasses of wine...which was not done as a courtesy for our inconvenience as they charged us and asked for a tip. While I would stay there again, I would first make sure that they do not have any plans to close down hotel services during my next stay.


The Esplendor has the best views in Tamarindo. The shuttle bus into town was a van for kids (it said so on the side) and had kid sized seats. Very uncomfortable. There was a wedding reception blasting music on 2/20 until nearly midnight. Couldn't sleep because of it.


The best part of this hotel is the pool area (when you can get a seat) for the view and relaxation. However it is a very hilly walk to get to the beach.


This hotel was an upscale facility and I enjoyed it because that is what I wanted at the end of my trip and expected. They do however need to work on the restaurant menu (not a lot to choose from and many items that were listed but they did not have) and the shuttle to town (not timely if actually there). I hope they work out the kinks and it will be a successful hotel.


The front desk seemed short staff as those who were working always seemed to be there. The breakfast was ok, but the pool was fantastic and the rooms were clean, large and beautiful. We really enjoyed the views and the pool and drinks in the pool. A guide to getting a taxi in town up to the hotel would be nice as its not possible to walk at night (very steep and dark roads) or a better shuttle system (just back and forth between the bottom of the hill and the top would have worked.


The shuttle was not always dependable. The hours were also short and not consistent. I truly enjoyed the staff that worked there.


I would have appreciated information regarding its distance from the beach. It was a long walk! But it is a beautiful hotel and we had a great time.


The hotel is new and still working out some problems. There were several times when there was no water in the rooms. The front desk staff need some training on customer service. Getting to town was difficult.