Checking In: Hotel Arco Iris in Tamarindo

I love a good boutique hotel. In fact, I prefer them over resorts and chain hotels. There is just something about the uniqueness and I love supporting local businesses. When we decided to visit Costa Rica, I knew I wanted to stay in a hotel that was quintessentially “Costa Rica”. After a lot of research, I discovered Hotel Arco Iris. The minute I saw the bungalows with the hammocks out front I was sold. Located in Tamarindo, Hotel Arco Iris offers tranquility in an otherwise bustling town.

The hotel consists of eight deluxe rooms and five bungalows. We stayed in one of the bungalows and loved every second of it. The beach is 500 yards away and there is also a restaurant on site. If you don’t want to eat at the on-site restaurant there are numerous restaurants located within walking distance. Breakfast is included in your stay and consists of made to order omelettes or your choice of eggs, fresh fruit, toast, cereal, pastries, rice and beans, and orange juice. The hotel also has a great pool to relax in with a nice cabana area. We relaxed at the pool one afternoon and what’s so great is that since the hotel is really small, it’s never crowded.

The cabana area at the pool

The hotel staff goes above and beyond to fulfill requests and there isn’t any question they can’t answer. You can book tours directly with the hotel and have it charged to your room. This can be a little more expensive, but if you’re looking for convenience then it’s definitely worth it. The hotel also offers on-site laundry services. It was super affordable and we actually took advantage of it about halfway through the week. Let me tell you, it was nice having clean clothes to wear home.

Our bungalow
The deluxe rooms
These are all over the hotel property

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Hotel Arco Iris and I truly can’t recommend it enough. In fact, we are already planning our next trip!

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