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Hotel La Palapa

3-star beachfront hotel with restaurant, near Tamarindo Beach

  • Free WiFi and free parking

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  • Great place with a VERY local feel. Very small but makes good use of space. We stayed 5…

    Jun. 7, 2021

  • Really wanted to like this

    Apr. 27, 2021

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • 24 hours gap period enforced between guest stays
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser

Guests rated location

Dining options
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 7 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Breakfast available
  • Airport shuttle

For families

  • Fridge
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

What’s around

  • On the beach
  • Tamarindo Beach - 1 min walk
  • Grande Beach - 11 min walk
  • Playa Brasilito - 10.2 mi / 16.3 km
  • Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course - 10.4 mi / 16.7 km
  • Monkey Park - 11.7 mi / 18.8 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Suite 2
  • Suite 1
  • Supreme
  • Quadruple Room with Garden View
  • Standard Room with Sea View


  • On the beach
  • Tamarindo Beach - 1 min walk
  • Grande Beach - 11 min walk

What’s around


  • On the beach
  • Tamarindo Beach - 1 min walk
  • Grande Beach - 11 min walk
  • Playa Brasilito - 10.2 mi / 16.3 km
  • Hacienda Pinilla Golf Course - 10.4 mi / 16.7 km
  • Monkey Park - 11.7 mi / 18.8 km
  • Las Baulas de Guanacaste National Marine Park - 11.8 mi / 18.9 km
  • Conchal Beach - 13.2 mi / 21.2 km
  • Flamingo Beach - 13.5 mi / 21.7 km
  • Junquillal Beach - 21.6 mi / 34.8 km

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 79 min drive
  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 7 min drive
  • Nosara (NOB) - 109 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 7 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-midnight
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 8 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

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


  • One child (2 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Free onsite self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker

Things to enjoy

  • Balcony or patio

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries

Be entertained

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Fridge
  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Small print

Also known as

  • Hotel Palapa Tamarindo
  • Hotel Palapa
  • Palapa Tamarindo
  • Hotel La Palapa Hotel
  • Hotel La Palapa Tamarindo
  • Hotel La Palapa Hotel Tamarindo

Optional extras

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 12 for adults and USD 12 for children (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 50 per person (roundtrip)

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cribs/infant beds and sofa beds.

Heating is not provided.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit on site.

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

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

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.


  • Yes, Hotel La Palapa 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.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 3 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Café Tico (5-min walk), Santa Rita Cafe (5-min walk), and Green Papaya Taco Bar (5-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is USD 50 per person roundtrip.
  • No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Casino Diria (13-min drive) is nearby.
  • Hotel La Palapa has a picnic area and a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Perfect Ending

    My wife and I loved the La Palapa. We had a not so great experience in Samara. Location is prefect. Spacious room with giant bed in the loft. Very clean and the right from the owner on down everyone was ready to help. Private seating area on the beach with plenty of lounge chairs so your not having to get there early to get a chair. Beautiful sunset view from our beach. Many restaurants within walking distance. It was a great way to end a 2 week trip to CR.

    Richard, 2 night trip, Apr. 8, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Right on the beach! Location, location, location!

    My wife and I had an excellent stay. You can't beat the location! Literally right on the beach with a lot of activities. Our room wasn't as nice as the others and all the sand got in, but it was very enjoyable.

    Adam, 1 night trip, Apr. 7, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Very good option, right on the beach!

    Beautiful and affordable cabins right on the beach. They are small, no frills, but spotless clean. Nice patio with ocean view. There is free parking and the restaurant, with tables on the beach, is absolutely excellent. The service is amazing, too. Thank you Rolando, we had a wonderful stay. Very recommendable!

    Juan Antonio, 2 night trip, Mar. 24, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Pura vida for a good price

    The place is good except for the shower , the water came and went with the hot water doing the same. The service was great and the first day I had trouble with the door lock but the next day they fixed it and everything was good.. The price was very good for what you get and you can not get any closer to the ocean. I will stay there again just a different room that my friend had and it did not have the water problem...

    Tim, 9 night business trip, Mar. 15, 2021

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Incredible location and great staff. We really enjoyed our stay at La Palapa.

    2 night trip, Jan. 14, 2021

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  • 6.0.Good

    Fair price

    Walking distance to everywhere and nice staff. The rooms are good size and ocean front. The problem is the hotel entrance and restaurant. The restaurant kitchen is right next to the front desk. The place smells like fried food starting at 4pm if you stay outside your bedroom. The restaurant is overpriced. Free parking is nice.

    Manuela, 3 night family trip, Jan. 1, 2021

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Hotel actually is beach front , the rooms lead directly to the beach. The attached restaurant is separate from the hotel, however they offer the free breakfast here or at an Italian place next door. Better choose the Italian place because of more choices and better breakfasts( owner is very nice and super friendly). From the experience of our room, they need some updating. Overall the staff is very friendly and always willing to help out

    Abilio, 4 night family trip, Dec. 31, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    La palapa was great

    This was our second time in costa rica, we love it there. We wanted to try a new hotel and la palapa was perfect. Small,cute right on the beach. Right in the middle of town. Perfect location. Beach hotel for sure. Will be back

    Sara, 3 night trip, Dec. 20, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great week's vacation at Hotel La Palapa!

    We spent a very relaxing time at La Palapa, all the management and staff were extremely friendly and attentive. The room was comfortable and clean. The restaurant was good, right on the beach with great views of the beautiful sunsets.

    Andrew, 5 night trip, Dec. 7, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Friendly place right on the beach

    My son and I enjoyed our stay at this cute beach hotel so much that we extended our stay to a week. It's right on the beach, with beach chairs, hammocks and massage services looking out at the ocean. There are also lots of shops and restaurant close by. Rolando made us feel very much at home, helping is to book a shuttle and giving us tips. Thanks for a great stay!

    Angie, 4 night family trip, Dec. 5, 2020

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