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1 room, 2 adults

Selina Tamarindo

3-star3 stars
Between Calle Cardinal y Calle Cruz, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica

3-star hostel with outdoor pool, near Tamarindo Beach
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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  • Pros: - Great vibe (especially for hostel style, solo travellers) - Great amenities, pool…Mar. 1, 2020
  • They do not clean the rooms everyday. Stayed last week doe BPM, and will never not come…Jan. 21, 2020

Selina Tamarindo

from A$60
  • Bed in Small Dorm
  • Bed in Large Dorm
  • Small Room
  • Standard Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Unique Room
  • Family Room
  • Small Twin Room
  • Private 6-Bed Room

What’s around Selina Tamarindo


  • Tamarindo Beach - 3 min walk
  • Grande Beach - 15 min walk
  • Playa Langosta - 18 min walk
  • Tamarindo Church - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Canopy Vista Tamarindo - 4.8 mi / 7.8 km
  • Casino Diria - 5.4 mi / 8.6 km
  • Conchal Beach - 11.3 mi / 18.1 km
  • Playa Brasilito - 10.3 mi / 16.6 km

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 81 min drive
  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 8 min drive
  • Nosara (NOB) - 110 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 54 rooms


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed *

  • Specific rooms only *


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking (limited)

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Local cuisine breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Year Built – 2017
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi

Special features


Selina's Playground - This restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Selina Tamarindo’s small print

Also known as

  • Selina Tamarindo Hostel
  • Selina Tamarindo
  • Selina Tamarindo Tamarindo
  • Selina Tamarindo Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Selina Tamarindo Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Tamarindo


Guests traveling with children under 18 years old must book a private room. Children are not permitted in dormitories.

Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Children under 17 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool without adult supervision.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Optional extras

Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 10 per person (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per pet, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Selina Tamarindo

  • Does Selina Tamarindo offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Selina Tamarindo does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is parking offered at Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Is there a pool at Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 10 per pet, per night.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Selina Tamarindo?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves local and international cuisine.

Recent reviews

Good 7.4 From 70 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Great place! Fun and good energy!! Only downside we booked the queen bedroom and the bed is terrible its not really a bed. Other than that, everything great!! Very good location also!! Take surf lessons with Jonathan he is the best!!
us3 night trip
Fair 4.0
Serves a purpose but would not recommend
Hotel pictures on any aggregator site (i.e.,, ect) are very deceiving. The picture of the rooms or the angles they are taken from or the age of them do not truly reflect how the rooms look. Our bedroom smelled of bathroom/toilet water. The shower edges had mildue on them. The floor was dirty. The bedroom was made up, however, the comforter did not appear to be something you wanted to lay on. As a result, we pulled it off the bed. The staff at the front desk were reasonably polite. I did not receive our free breakfast coupons. However, after inquiring about them at a later time I reveiced them. The breakfast itself was pretty bad. I ordered a continental style breakfast that consisted of a bowl of pineapple and papaya. My wife receiver the same thing with eggs. Both took approx 35 or so minutes to receive, when the lounge area was barely filled with anyone else. Overall, we only stayed for one day, which was MORE than enough. Call it age or just a higher standard, but hotel/hostel was not up to snuff. If you are a college student looking for a cheap stay with a group of friends or even solo travel, this may suffice at the lowest level. Beyond that, I would probably look elsewhere.
us1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Huge hostel with nice private rooms, 3 pools, yoga studio, coworking space, and a host of other amenities! Great location on the top of the hill, just a ten minute walk down to Manuel Antonio Beach. Organizes day trips for those who are interested.
us2 night trip with friends
Very good 8.0
Fun Hostel!
This is a great hostel to stay if you want to meet people and be close to everything! They also offer surf lessons, have a great kitchen, and the friendliest staff ever. Another great thing about Selina is that they have multiple chains around Costa Rica, so if you plan to visit another part of the country, you can mention you've stayed at Selina at your previous destination to get a special rate. In terms of cleanliness, don't expect a 5-star hotel, but it's not bad to get the job done for a safe place to crash. Lots of ants/bugs in rooms too, but again, the hostel is basically set up like cabins in a camping ground. Music in the common area does start as early as 7-8 am, so sleeping in might be hard for any light sleepers. However, if you are looking to meet people, you'll be sure to keep yourself company at this hostel!
Hylda, ca3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Love selina Tamarindo!
Safe, nice beds, clean, close to everything, friendly staff and guests!
Moshe, us2 night trip with friends
Exceptional 10.0
A nice location convenient to town and the beach
The staff was professional and courteous. The room was clean and everything functioned properly
Mark, us2 night business trip
Very good 8.0
Good Stay
Selina Tamarindo was much better compared to other Selinas I stayed in Costa Rica. The dorms are quite spacious, relatively clean and the temperature was just right with the air-con ... Dorms are independent little houses. Kitchen and bar were pretty good too. Price OK. Close to beach, lockers, and surfboards (extra charge) available. There are bikes that can be used for free but in very bad shape (i guess that's why they are free). The day before I arrived there was a security issue (I was told by the travelers in the room) so lockers is a must.
Stavros, nz1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Selina an awesome central social spot
Awesome hostel with super nice staff. Definitely a good place to meet people and be social.
Devin, us7 night romance trip
Poor 2.0
Worst stay in my life
Horrible experience. Poorly kept and managed. Dirty bathrooms, kitchen, rooms. Staff were unfriendly. Took our food from communal kitchen. Turned off water, electricity for hours with no notice. Left communal bathrooms full of dirt for hours and refused to give me toilet paper after a bathroom sat for over 24 hours without being re-stocked as "they didn't have access to that only the cleaning staff did". Staff would come into your room without knocking. During 9 nights we asked to have our room cleaned once and they still hadn't done it by 4:30. We then had a staff member come in our room, spray it, remove a dirty towel and not clean it. Toilets were often full of people's waste as there was no water to flush them. The communal kitchen had very limited supplies and the stove often wouldn't work. When we got there we put our stuff in the fridge, came back an hour later it was gone. We hadn't labeled it but after asking the staff about it since it was all fresh food and other food in the fridge that was rotting was not thrown out we found out a staff member had taken our full bag of groceries to the "staff fridge". They had construction at 7 am every day for a week. It welcoming vibe despite the good reviews we heard about Selina. Mosley pillows. I would never stay at a Selina's again. The owner is just cashing in without caring about Basic needs that your paying for. A waste of $. We only booked for 9 nights because it was Christmas and our only option.
Natalie, ca4 night romance trip

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