The Chocolate Hotel and 5 Star Hostel
200 m east of Pasatiempo, Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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The Chocolate Hostel Costa Rica is the best choice for low budget accommodation.

Recently remodeled and having daily maid service, we have the largest rooms and cleanliest facilities in town. A beach-goer and surfers paradise, there is always a fun adventure or tour to go on. Why rent a room when you can have an apartment?

Also available on our property is our 24-hour security, a pool, a coffee station, WiFi and a social area.

Each dorm includes a full sized kitchen with cooking range, large refrigerator and private bathroom. Private suites contain the same and are also furnished with a large couch that sleeps an additional adult or child so you are able to bring along the entire family.

Our pricing is competitive and we offer more than everyone else. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available. Please contact us after booking to confirm your booking via phone or email. Our contact details will be in your confirmation email.

Pickup service is available for an additional charge from many places in Costa Rica including San Jose, Liberia, Malpais, Monteverde and Montezuma.

Upon arrival, inquire at reception about discounts for local tours, rentals and restaurants.

Please note that a 13% sales tax shall apply when paying with a credit or debit card.



If coming from San Jose, the Alfaro bus company offers daily service from San Jose to Playa Tamarindo at 3:30 p.m. for approximately $10. The Alfaro bus station is at Barrio Mexico in Coca Cola Terminal.

The bus ride to Tamarindo makes several stops and takes approximately 6 hours. As this is a public service, reservations are not available and you must purchase your ticket personally as early as possible. If you decide to use this service please keep your belongings close to you and in your sight at all times as this is not the safest way to travel. We highly recommend using a private bus company especially for novice travelers. Private bus companies have nicer vehicles, hold less people, are equipped with air conditioning and take about 5 hours to get to Tamarindo. This is a much safer and more comfortable way to get here. Please contact us via phone or email for more information or if you would like us to make you a reservation. Our contact details are in your confirmation email. The private bus cost around US $39 per person and departs near the San Jose airport at 7:30am, 8:00am, 14:00, 14:30, 15:30 and 21:30. Free shuttles will take you from the airport to the private bus pickup point. Make sure that you change money when you arrive but use the station after customs and not before because the exchange rates are different.

From the airport in Liberia, you can take a public bus or taxi which will get you here in about an hour. Taxis cost around $40 but they will ask for $80 so make sure you haggle.

From the airport in Tamarindo take a taxi which should cost around US $5.

We are 200 meters East of the Tamarindo/Langosta intersection. Stay to the left and we are on the right hand side after Hertz.