Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Luna Llena

From road to Playa Langosta, 1st left (uphill), Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica

Looking a little like a cheerful Fellini film set of a fantasy tropical village, this collection of bright yellow, conical bungalows is fun and affordable. Set on different levels around a small pool and tropical gardens, the bungalows have colorful, whimsical interiors, with unusual fabrics, furniture, and walls painted by co-owner Simone Daniele, who, along with husband Pino Trimarchi, gives Italian panache to the place. The ground floor of each bungalow holds a kitchenette, bathroom, and queen bed. A steep, curving staircase leads to a wooden loft with two single beds—great for families. Bright double rooms on the second floor of the main building have queen-size beds, high ceilings, spacious bathrooms, and colorful, creative decor. The layout is lovely, but the rooms are showing signs of age, and the resident cats tend to make their way into the rooms unless you close the doors. The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the beach, in a relatively quiet area on a side street. Avoid rooms near reception since check-in/check-out chatter can be bothersome.


  • secluded
  • lush grounds
  • cheerful decor
  • nice Costa Rican breakfast


  • several blocks away from beach
  • some common areas smell of smoke
  • lots of kids
  • resident cats and dogs might be bothersome to some


Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: -2653–0082


7 rooms, 7 bungalows
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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