This three-story, modern hotel has a prime location overlooking beautiful Flamingo Beach, along with a huge swimming pool and every water sport that kids of any age could want. Though few of its rooms have ocean views, they are all mere steps away from the sand and surf. It's very family-friendly, thanks to its beach-accessible location, the centerpiece swimming pool with 25-meter lap lanes along one side, plus a shaded kids' pool that is close enough to the swim-up bar that you could save a toddler without spilling your piña colada. There's a dive shop on-site as well as water-sports equipment, and there's a large game room and movie theater for kids. Rooms are standard size, with high ceilings and private balconies or terraces and some new upgrades, including flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Get a pool view, preferably on the second or third floor; those with higher numbers have ocean views. The restaurants run the gamut from family-friendly to sophisticated and are filled with exotic flower arrangements. There's also a breezy upstairs Sunset Lounge above the main restaurant where you can order tapas and relax with a view of sand and sea. Other good restaurants are also within walking distance or a quick shuttle trip away.
Hotel entrance on left past Marie's Restaurant, Flamingo, Costa Rica
/2654–4444; /2283–8063-in San José; 877-856–5519-toll-free in U.S.
Nov 2, 2010
I just got back from a week at Flamingo Beach and what a great time I had. For those of you who have never been to a beach resort this place is nice and clean and about 500ft from the beach. If your looking for the Four Seasons your in the wrong Resort. If your looking for a nice laid-back atmosphere where everyone in the staff is super sweet, the rooms are basic but have great beds, flat screen TV’s and most come with a balcony (pool view is
the best). The pool is huge and dead center of the hotel with a swim up bar. There is also a children’s pool that is covered so they can spend the whole day and never see the sun. The beach is nice and clean; the security guard will bring a chair to the beach for you. There is a spa on site and I have the pleasure of 30 min massage and 50 min Scrub that was so good! There are a bunch of Iguanas that live on site and can be seen around the grounds. For those of you who have not travel in Costa Rica I will mention that things are not cheap here. Food, Taxi’s, Car’s and services are more than you expect to pay in other Central American Countries. Now that I have told you that you will in fact pay more for everything, here are a couple of tips to help you pay less. If your not renting a car you can book an airport pickup from Ecotrans, which is across the street from the hotel. They are very reasonable and you split the price for each additional person who rides in the car so it’s the same price for 1 person or 5 people. The hotel does not have a shuttle bus but you can take a cab anywhere and all of the expensive restaurants will pick you up and drop you off after dinner. The hotel offers in all-inclusive option so you can eat and drink at the hotel for all your meals and not have to worry about price. The food at the hotel happens to be very good and “Chef David” is awesome! He made it a point to come out and greet us and even brought us some free dessert that they were trying out. We told him that we loved the butter cookies that they were at breakfast and he told us he would ask the pastry chef to make them again and the next day they were at breakfast. So yummy I wished I had some now. Chef David was also very accommodating when we asked for mushroom sauce on our steak he had the kitchen whip it up for us. I might also mention that they have great fresh fish tacos, chicken and rice and to die for Chicken Tortilla Soup. The food at the restaurant is very reasonable compare to the other expensive places in Flamingo Beach but I do recommend going out and trying a couple of places so you feel like experienced it all. While eating at the hotel our friends were saying that they felt that some of the food was not like what they get in States. Hello People, this is Costa Rica and yes their version of Nachos and Quesadilla are not like what we get in the States but they are super tasty! The people in the Kitchen are so nice and friendly and give everyone a really warm welcome, that I know all of their names, Rocio, William, Ogler, Erica, Murisco, Grasol, Raquel, Orlando and Patrico. They are all super nice and it was a pleasure seeing them every morning. The Kitchen wouldn’t be complete with out Mary the morning chef who made the best crepes and even added bananas to my chocolate crepes upon request. There is not a big nightlife at Flamingo Beach but you can always get a good drink, whether it is poolside with Elias and Eric or at the bar with Oscar and Gavin. The drinks are great and you get a nice breeze from the ocean and they always play music to please. Make sure you ask them to make you a Green Monster a very refreshing drink! Don’t forget Bingo, Water Aerobics and dance class with Lu Lu. I cannot say enough nice things about Flaming Beach except when you leave you feel like your leaving your family behind. My last words of advice for fellow travelers are to go off-season when the resort is not packed with people and everyone has time to really interact with you. I even had the opportunity to meet the GM Donavan, he was so kind to check on us a couple of times to make sure we were having a great time and asked us to provide feedback on how he could improve our stay. My husband and I plan to return to Flamingo next year!
Jul 2, 2009
After a great white water rafting trip out of San Jose, a 2 night stay in Arenal (Tabacon Hot Springs), we found the perfect place for our remaining five nights in Costa Rica: the Flamingo Beach Resort. My husband and I loved our long walks on the beach, spa treatments and evenings in the casino. The food was superb, we met their new chef who is doing delicious dishes with local seafood (the ceviche is to die for!), and the fruits are luscious and
plentiful. As a family with two teens, we did the zip-line canopy tour, an ATV tour, went snorkeling, and horsebackriding. Everything was a blast! Snorkeling we saw eels, manta rays, and lots of colorful reef fish, and on the horsebackriding and zip-line we saw plenty of monkeys. The kids took scuba diving classes in the pool and enjoyed latin dance lessons. What a fun place! The employees were so nice and friendly. Best of all were the spectacular sunsets every evening! What a treat..we didn't want to leave!