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1 room, 2 adults

Selina Tamarindo

3-star3 stars
Between Calle Cardinal y Calle Cruz, Tamarindo, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica

3-star hostel with outdoor pool, near Tamarindo Beach
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

  • Great location! I think this is a great stay for a solo traveler especially since there’s…Jan 1, 2021
  • We found it a bit overpriced, and not so clean. Shower was ok at the morning, but…Dec 30, 2020

Selina Tamarindo

from ZAR 691
  • Bed in Small Dorm
  • Bed in Large Dorm
  • Small Twin Room Share Bathroom
  • Standard Room
  • Deluxe Room
  • Unique Room
  • Family Room
  • Small Twin Room
  • Private 4 Beds Room
  • Private 6-Bed Room

What’s around Selina Tamarindo


  • Tamarindo Beach - 3 min walk
  • Grande Beach - 15 min walk
  • Playa Langosta - 18 min walk
  • Tamarindo Church - 2.7 mi / 4.3 km
  • Canopy Vista Tamarindo - 4.8 mi / 7.8 km
  • Casino Diria - 5.4 mi / 8.6 km
  • Las Baulas National Marine Park - 7.8 mi / 12.5 km
  • Ventanas Beach - 7.9 mi / 12.8 km

Getting around

  • Daniel Oduber Intl. Airport (LIR) - 81 min drive
  • Tamarindo (TNO) - 8 min drive
  • Nosara (NOB) - 110 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 54 rooms


  • Check-in time 3:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*

  • Specific rooms only*


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free onsite self parking

  • Onsite parking limited

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Local cuisine breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Year Built - 2017
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi

Special features


Selina's Playground - This restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Selina Tamarindo’s small print

Also known as

  • Selina Tamarindo Hostel
  • Selina Tamarindo
  • Selina Tamarindo Tamarindo
  • Selina Tamarindo Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Selina Tamarindo Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Tamarindo


Guests traveling with children under 18 years old must book a private room. Children are not permitted in dormitories.

Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

Children under 17 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool without adult supervision.

This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Optional extras

Local cuisine breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 10 per person (approximately)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per pet, per night

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Selina Tamarindo

  • Does Selina Tamarindo offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Selina Tamarindo does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Selina Tamarindo?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, there's free self parking. Parking spots may be limited.
  • Is there a pool at Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of USD 10 per pet, per night.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Selina Tamarindo?
    You can check in from 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Selina Tamarindo?
    Yes, Selina's Playground offers local and international cuisine. The dining venue will be unavailable from December 1 2020 to March 1 2021 (dates subject to change). Nearby restaurants include Green Papaya Taco Bar (3-min walk), La Bodega (3-min walk), and Restaurante La Baula (4-min walk).
  • Is there an onsite casino at Selina Tamarindo?
    No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Casino Diria (13-min drive) is nearby.
  • What is there to do at Selina Tamarindo and nearby?
    Selina Tamarindo has an outdoor pool and a picnic area, as well as a garden.

Recent reviews

Good 7,6 From 68 reviews

Good 6,0
Decent for location
Pros: - Great vibe (especially for hostel style, solo travellers) - Great amenities, pool, pool table etc... - Great location - Food/restaurant/bar is good Cons: - rooms need updating, very dirty and dated. - Shower didn’t work well (always cold) - Bed was mediocre, not that comfy. - Bathroom light rarely worked - wifi was OK, kept cutting out
Tyler, ca4 night trip
Poor 2,0
They do not clean the rooms everyday. Stayed last week doe BPM, and will never not come back. Cost 1000 dlls per week, I bet you can find better options
Danny, ca6 night trip with friends
Poor 2,0
Absolutely doesn’t correspond to the description and pictures. The service at this hotel is careless
ca2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10,0
Great place! Fun and good energy!! Only downside we booked the queen bedroom and the bed is terrible its not really a bed. Other than that, everything great!! Very good location also!! Take surf lessons with Jonathan he is the best!!
us3 night trip
Fair 4,0
Serves a purpose but would not recommend
Hotel pictures on any aggregator site (i.e.,, ect) are very deceiving. The picture of the rooms or the angles they are taken from or the age of them do not truly reflect how the rooms look. Our bedroom smelled of bathroom/toilet water. The shower edges had mildue on them. The floor was dirty. The bedroom was made up, however, the comforter did not appear to be something you wanted to lay on. As a result, we pulled it off the bed. The staff at the front desk were reasonably polite. I did not receive our free breakfast coupons. However, after inquiring about them at a later time I reveiced them. The breakfast itself was pretty bad. I ordered a continental style breakfast that consisted of a bowl of pineapple and papaya. My wife receiver the same thing with eggs. Both took approx 35 or so minutes to receive, when the lounge area was barely filled with anyone else. Overall, we only stayed for one day, which was MORE than enough. Call it age or just a higher standard, but hotel/hostel was not up to snuff. If you are a college student looking for a cheap stay with a group of friends or even solo travel, this may suffice at the lowest level. Beyond that, I would probably look elsewhere.
us1 night trip
Exceptional 10,0
Cute spot! Everyone was very friendly. It was right next to beach which was great, as well as close to the center of town! There’s also a restaurant, bar and pool equipped with chairs, umbrellas and games. Can’t beat the price either!
Vanessa, us1 night romance trip
Exceptional 10,0
Definitely someone who made a huge difference was one of the staff members, Jonathan. He gave us the best service that you could imagine! He should get a raise like for real...
Dan, us5 night trip with friends
Good 6,0
First, this hostel works well for any traveler looking for a fun and lively stay. It certainly is designed for younger or solo travelers. Despite not being advertised, this is a hostel. It is quite loud and busy from 8am onward. Wary travelers looking for a respite will be disappointed that this is challenging to achieve here if your are not up before 7:30-8:00am. For instance, the bar/ restaurant was bumping music during my 8:30 am breakfast. Fun when I was 18, not when you are 30 and trying to catch up with friends and family back home or read a newspaper in peace. However, the staff was incredible. The rooms clean. Although again, even the single rooms are hostel like... bare bones, a bunk bed in a closet. But, the AC was fantastic! Check in and out was seamless. Highly recommend this place to the 21 and younger crowd!
us2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10,0
First time in a Selina and was a great experience! We stayed in the deluxe king room with private bathroom which was clean and the ac was nice and cold! I cannot review the share bathroom because didn’t use it! The staff was great and helpful... location is great and common kitchen was clean and large! Overall I love the experience in Selina Tamarindo
Jose, us7 night trip
Good 6,0
The VIBE in the place is effectively a positive point... no hot water, parking lot flooded and on the last day surprise! No water! Great for a Sunday where people have to leave for long trips (May 26th 2019). Accommodation is ok and the cafeteria is really good. Another negative point is the security at night super rude and treating people like if everyone was trying to break rules or something like that. Definitively an experience not to repeat.
us2 night trip

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