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We've stayed at BDS many times while building our house nearby. The hotel is great. The rooms are spacious, the grounds are welcoming and tropical, the restaurant is great and most of all the staff is friendly and so helpful. My personal favorites are traditional Costa Rican breakfast and watching the sunset from the beach while sipping a cocktail. Make BDS a stop on your CR travel plans.
Breakfast and Lunch buffet offers a great variety and quality is good. A la carte restaurant was nice and service was good. Beautiful and well kept gardens. You have to book 24 hours in advanced for the special restaurants and for water activities (like using a kayak!) which is closed by 3pm. The pool area is loud and not very clean as MANY people seems to spend the whole time at the pool bar. Shows and night activities are poor.
The pool and drinks are good. The beach is nice but not close to as nice as other beaches nearby. Most of the food is buffet only and extremely greasy. Even the non-buffet food is pre-prepared and not very good. They will not accommodate vegetarians. The beach is extremely rocky. Water activities are outsourced to another company, and doing anything requires reservations in advance and a walk away from the beach. Overall this is not a good value or experience as compared to staying in a non-all-inclusive somewhere else in Costa Rica with a better beach and eating out.
Water sports staff was not very helpful and we missed out on activities due to this.
We liked Riu, the staff was great and the facilities were good We were however, disappointed in the quality of the food and the evening shows were second rate
The location was great, the facilities were mostly cleaned (except for the one item I'll address in the next section), the staff was fairly helpful and we always felt secure. About half of the breakfast items were uncovered so flies were constantly around or on the fruits and pastries. They clearly put a lot of effort into the morning preparation so I don't understand why they would leave so much of it uncovered. The hotel restaurant was pretty bad. The free breakfasts were good (except for the flies) but the lunches and dinners were very poor. The menu looks great but the actual food itself seemed very low quality. Luckily the hotel is surrounded by good restaurants so the poor hotel restaurant was not a huge issue for us.
Everything was excellent but the food, which was just ok - except the fresh Red Snapper we caught off shore that the hotel chef prepared Casado style. Clearly the highlight resort facility at Tamarindo, the staff was prompt, courteous, and attentive. We found excellent food an easy walk away, both beachfront brew house, fish shack, sushi, and high end seafood. The complimentary breakfast and beach front bar food were average.
Location,location ,location Food was great A/c was very weak even after staff adjusted it. Beds outdated
Resort was very nice and in a great location. Room was clean and right on the beach. Staff was friendly and very helpful. No guests are allowed in rooms.
Felling of being safe and close to beach Nothing
Front desk staff was not friendly and did not try to be accommodating to family traveling together. We had booked two rooms but was given two rooms that were on opposite ends of the resort.
Excellent location, access to beach, pools, included breakfast Extremely loud and weak air conditioner. Terrible shower with extremely weak water pressure.
Location is perhaps the most convenient in Tamarindo, the outdoor facilities by the beach are pretty ay-ok The staff wasn't very accommodating / helpful. The king suite with balcony -- which seemed to be the nicest room available -- was mediocre. Quite a boring hotel experience overall for $250/night.
You get a little bit of beach and a little bit resort and a little bit local town, all in one great, compact resort...though it is not small by any means. Great breakfast! Nope. Liked it all a great deal.
Beautiful location. Beachfront view is fabulous. Rooms are clean & comfortable. The front desk staff are very accommodating. The all inclusive price was exorbitant. The desset menu needs improvement. The noise level was excessive late at night near the garden area.
Beautiful smaller beach front property. Would be a great place for a wedding.
Beautiful views on the coast, the facility was wonderful and had great service. Rooms were large enough for four of us to share for a week. The resort is far from just about everything else. It's a 15 minute ride to the nearest town and $7 per person each way for a shuttle. All the adventures are at least a 2 hour bus ride, or more.
The penthouse was just as we saw in the photos online. Nice room, nice view of ocean. Service was ok. Most pictures online only showed the rooms and not the rest of the grounds. Thought it was closer to the beach and manuel Antonio park. Had to take the bus or taxi to get most places. Felt like It was overrated for what I got in value. Nice penthouse room if you plan on spending most of your time at the hotel. Refrigerator steel looking silver paint looked like it was coming off. I only give it this review because of the overall service and nicess of the place and amount we payed at other places in Costa Rica were better in comparison and we payed twice as much here.