Flamingo Beach Resort
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Our travel was great and the shuttle service was decent although long (over an hour) and cost about $79. The hotel itself was decent, the rooms are nothing special and are generally pretty bare, but the staff does a great job of attending to your requests. The real gem is the grounds and the beaches, some of the nicest I've been to. The resteraunt are nothing more than average and the Italian one that claims to grow or produce everything themselves is a hard claim to believe as their 'farm' seems too small and some of the dishes have ingredients that would be out of season.
My friends and I just returned from Flamingo Beach Resort after an incredible first time in Costa Rica. The resort was everything we were hoping for- great food, great drinks, very friendly service, beautiful, and clean. As soon as you walk into the lobby you're greeted by the wonderful staff and an awesome view overlooking the pool and ocean. They have included activities daily such as pool Zumba, pool volleyball, dance lessons, and Spanish lessons. If you even attempt to speak and learn Spanish from the resort staff, they are so fun and appreciative. We also booked adventure tours from groups outside the resort and they can pick you up from Flamingo Beach Resort. I would highly recommend this resort to anyone looking for an awesome beach vacation in Costa Rica.
After my sister's good experience with this hotel in January, 2017, I decided to spend ten days in mid-March rather than go to south Florida because of the greater reliability of the weather and the ease of reaching it through a non-stop flight from Atlanta to Liberia.The weather was beautiful, with temperatures over 90* F every day, and the Delta flights were fine. Shuttle service from the Liberia airport to the hotel took 70 minutes and, through Naxos (Expedia), the roundtrip cost $70, far less expensive that other options offered. My sister had accidentally been assigned to a handicap room, the only difference from other rooms being bars on both sides of the toilet, but the setting on the second floor and the location midway between the lobby and the dining room were so ideal that I asked for and got that room (1219), too. It had a view of the swimming pool and of the Pacific Ocean. The room was sparsely furnished, however, with two queen-sized beds, a dresser, and a coffee stand. There was no chair, table, or lamp. (My sister had the same experience.) I asked for a chair, specifically so I could sit on it to put on my shoes because the bed was too high for that. At night, there was insufficient light for reading. There were good amenities in the bathroom, including a washcloth. Jeraldo, the room assistant, did a great job of general cleaning in the hallway and my room. The hotel has two dining areas, the main dining room and the Italian restaurant. It promotes heavily the claim that it uses organic food grown on its own farm in its kitchens. However, I visited the hotel's organic farm where I saw fowls of various types, rabbits, goats, Vietnamese pigs, fish, and herb gardens. Since this is the dry and hot season, the tomato fields were burned up and fields of lettuce had just been planted, awaiting April rains. It seems obvious to me that the farm is only a demonstration plot and incapable of producing the quantity necessary for the hotel. It is an interesting experiment, though. In short, I believe that the menu of the main dining room is not long enough or diverse enough for a guest who remains more than several days. It lists about four soups, including soup of the day, about five salads, a short list of appetizers, a slightly longer list of entrees, and about five desserts. The lunch and dinner menus are slightly different. There is a good deal of overlap in method of preparation and in meal content. Of great concern to me was the size of the portions and comprehensiveness of meals. For example, one night, I ordered a Costa Rican specialty, chicken and rice. I begged the waiter to bring me a half portion. Out came a middle sized oval shaped platter with black beans, French fries, a green salad, and a large round mound of rice and chicken. I was able to eat almost half of it. In general, the food at lunch and dinner in the main dining room lacks refinement. Also, the ability to choose what one wants to eat is limited by the "packaging" of the menu. It is a mystery to me why service is uniformly slow and some of the waiters need better training. As an example, one waiter brought me soup that had spilled over onto the serving plate; it didn't bother him. On another occasion, the same waiter brought me only one scoop of ice cream when the menu called for two. (I learned that he is new.)Breakfast is a different story. The employees there (Diana, Yeraldy, Roy, Charley, and especially Andrina, who cooks the eggs) are excellent and get the day started on a happy note. There is an enormous buffet and the setting of the outdoor dining by the Pacific Ocean are a great combination.The Italian restaurant is a bright star of that property and a fun place. It has a limited menu of pizzas, salads, appetizers, pastas, and desserts. It also has an espresso machine. Servings are large. Two of the excellent employees there are Jaimie and Armando.About the hotel and my experience in general, it is a beautiful property with an enormous swimming pool beside a small beach of the Pacific Ocean. The pool and the beach are the dominant activities. There is no sightseeing except for one or two excursions (one, a boat trip good for children), little shopping except for the usual beach outlets, no boating, and only deep sea-type fishing. There are snorkeling and scuba diving in the vicinity that can be arranged. For older guests, sitting under a palm tree and reading a book may be the chief activity of the day after a short while at the pool. The beach is available, but there is no shade and there are no umbrellas to be rented, so a brief time under the broiling sun is as long as many people can stand. As much as I hate to do this, I will now tell of an unhappy event, with the hope that my experience will help someone else avoid a similar one. I wanted to go fishing and, as soon as I arrived, I started talking to two men just outside the Flamingo Beach Resort gate who represented Los Piratas de Flamingo about the trips they offered. They suggested a 24' boat for four hours for $350. When I asked such questions as where the fishing took place (I wanted to be inshore), what kind of fishing was done, what kind of bait was used, and what kinds of fish got caught, I received evasive or flippant replies. The conversation continued over the course of a week and the price came down to $300. I decided not to go fishing with this gang because I was uncomfortable with it, but, for reasons unnecessary to go into, on the last day, I decided that I would. It was a complete disaster. All my fears were confirmed, but what I did not know was that the men were deceiving me by sending me fishing in the afternoon, because, in that area, the fish don't bite in the afternoon. Moral of the story: the Flamingo Beach Resort has a large sign at its gate warning guests not to deal with vendors on the road outside the property because they are uninsured and unreliable. FOLLOW THAT ADVICE!I want to close on a happy note. I had a good time at the Flamingo Beach Resort and I was treated like a princess, in part because half of the employees thought I was my sister returning. Isella, the concierge, helped me with several things, the most important on departure day with a little shuttle problem. Daniela, the desk clerk, welcomed me back. The night watchman Christian helped me up steps. There was Wilbearth, a waiter at lunch, who was efficient. I could go on. The staff was super friendly and called me by name. It makes a big difference.
We came to Costa Rica for our honeymoon. As soon as you arrive the lobby is open so you have a view of the pool and the ocean out to the distance. The hotel is beautiful with really great staff. We had the ocean view suite. The restaurants that are located in the hotel are convenient and pretty good This hotel is ocean front so your within a few feet from the beach. Great hotel to stay at for the first time to Costa Rica!
My boyfriend and I came to Costa Rica for a nice long vacation and picked the perfect spot. We first thought about Tamarindo but once we saw how touristy it was, I'm so glad we picked Playa Flamingo. The beach is gorgeous and the resort itself is really nice with great rooms. The lobby and rooms are all open to the outside and our room was a really nice size with a huge balcony. We didn't use it much because our view was just of other condos and the road (still gorgeous) but we didn't want to be too close to the pool in case it was loud (which it never was). The staff was amazing and super helpful. They cleaned our room every morning and provided us with plenty of bathroom supplies. Our room was nice and quiet too. The hotel was kind of a mixed crowd, some families, older couples, a few groups of middle aged tourists or maybe a little younger. Tons of iguanas wandering around which was great to see. The beach is just past the pool and across the street. There are vendors waiting like hawks to offer you tours right outside the property on your way to the beach. But the resort actually has a sign warning guests that they are not associated with the hotel which was really helpful. We did an all inclusive deal with expedia which worked out perfectly. The swim up bar at the pool is the best and the bartenders are hilarious and friendly. There was an employee who did entertainment for the people at the pool some days. A bit much but a lot of fun to watch! The food at Arenas is ok. They have a buffet or a menu for each meal. It didn't really matter to me since it was all inclusive. I did enjoy the breakfast the most. And the food at the restaurant Carpaccio's was delicious! Try the pizza! Can't say enough good things about this resort. You can venture outside and down the street to La Cuchara Verde, a great coffee stop just outside the resort. That's really the only place nearby that we tried. But it's adorable!Thank you again to Flamingo! We had an amazing time!!
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- 91 rooms
- 1 buffet restaurant (International)
- 3 bars including NULL, Piano bar, Swim up bar
- Room service (fee)
- 1 outdoor pool
- 1 tennis court on-site
- Scuba diving nearby (fee)
- Golf 5 miles away
- 1 king or 2 double beds
- Ceiling fan
- Cable TV
- WiFi (fee)
- In-room safe
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Coffee maker
- Max occupancy 4, up to 3 adults
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Flamingo Beach ResortLiberia,Costa Rica
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Playa Flamingo 2050 Costa Rica
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