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“Can't wait to return!” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Cook
Tamarindo, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 22 hotels in Tamarindo
aPEX
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Can't wait to return!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

This was our first international vacation, so we weren't sure exactly what to expect. We selected Casa Cook based on all of the great reviews. We were not disappointed! In fact, by the end of our stay we had visited other areas around Tamarindo, and saw other accomodations within Tamarindo, and there's no place we'd rather stay in Tamarindo than Casa Cook. We did not rent a car for this trip, but instead had Marie book our transportation to and from the Liberia airport. In fact, Marie took care of anything we needed during our stay from booking our canopy tour excursion, ordering food for delivery, checking out the giant spider (which turned out to be a crab) by the pool, to buying delicious banana bread from the German bakery truck that stops by twice per week.. Marie made our stay perfect! The entire staff at Casa Cook felt like family, by the time we had to head home. The beach is very private, and immaculately clean. Antonio must clean the beach every morning! There are many really good restaurants in walking distance, with a variety of cuisines to choose from, yet Casa Cook sits just on the edge, where you can enjoy privacy, and solitude if you choose. It just doesn't get any better than that.

Room Tip: The cabinas are perfect for couples, though would recommend the Casita for families.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Bedford, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This place was home away from home in the truest sense of the word We stayed in one of the beachside cabinas during Green Season and it was tranquil, comfortable and low key. Steps to the beach. When Ruthann said this was the best part of the beach she was not mistaken(quiet with very few necklace/bird chirp vendors). It is a 10 minute walk to restaurants, grocery, banks, and the center of town. Antonio and the staff are very accommodating and the nighttime security is a great thing to have. Though we booked our own excursions, Marie was essential in my decisions for which ones to go on. We loved Tamarindo, plan to return and expect to stay nowhere but Casa Cook when we do. Hopefully it is with our Mahi Mahi catch of the day BBQ'ing fish tacos in front of our cabina with Buddy the Cat.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

Loved this place. There are only 4 units plus the owners home. It is right on the beach and far enough down from the hustle bustle of the surf shops to have some peace but close enough for an easy walk down the beach for the restaurants. The units have kitchens and the grocery store is right down the street. Ruth Ann has a fullmtime staff of several people even though so small. They are always cleaning the grounds, rakingnthe beach, wiping down chairs. They will carry the chairs out to the beach for you. The property is gated, so very secure. 24 hr patrol so very safe.

Room Tip: The cabins are good for 2 people. We are a family of 4 so we took the casita for more space.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh
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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

This is an exceptional setting in Tamarindo. We stayed here as a family of four. The booking process via e-mail with Marie worked well. The villa is right next to the beach at Tamarindo and offers great sunsets. There are 2 cabinas, which can sleep 4 but suit a couple and the lower floor of the main house, which we used. It was perfect. The staff were very helpful, especially Marie. The owner, Ruthann, was also charming. The rooms have fans and A/C and are comfortable. There is a pool in the middle of the garden, which is perfect for a dip on a hot day. There are body-boards you can borrow and it is just straight out the gate to the surf. We organized surfing lessons, which were delivered from the villa. They also have a very good laundry service. The villa is patrolled at night and the gates front and back are locked making it feel secure. There are many excellent restaurants within 10 minutes walk and it is fun returning along the beach at night with your torch watching the hermit crabs scurry around.

The stay was cheaper, and nicer, than many hotels. If you get the chance to visit Tamarindo this is wonderful place to stay.

Room Tip: The lower floor of the main house is best for space.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, GA
1 review
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

I took my wife to Tamarindo a couple of weeks ago for a very significant Birthday. For the first time in our travels together she said...When can we come back? And this was only a few days into our week long stay. She also said...Best Birthday Ever!!! As much as I like to think it was me- I think she fell in love with the warm water, beautiful beach, and as she describes it- Sunset Ceremony. Cocktails on the beach at sundown every night of our stay. Sunsets all amazing, all different. We also fell in love with Casa Cook. Staff was great- polite, helpful, HAPPY. Ruthann the owner is a dear, and her love of this part of the world is obvious and contagious. And can't forget Marie/Maria- who knows everyone and everything, and can "make a call" and make it happen- no matter the request.

My wife has done considerable overseas travel, but this was a first for me. I did a lot of research, including hours on trip advisor, both for destinations and lodging. Once I settled on Tamarindo, Casa Cook jumped out with the sheer exuberance of the reviews- and at the time I was planning our trip- not a single negative review out of over 50. You don't see that very often. Unfortunately that pristine record was broken shortly before our arrival in Tamarindo, with a negative review that I must take exception to.

The negative review was from someone who stayed (for a couple of days) in the Casita, as did we. They started off by griping that they thought Casa Cook was a Bed and Breakfast and were surprised to find it isn't. There is nothing on Trip Advisor, Casa Cook's web site or anywhere else that mentions breakfast, or any dining or bar service so I don't know why they got the B&B idea. Then they went off on being shown an "Office" with no privacy- windows everywhere- thin curtains, and unenclosed bedroom, etc.

Let me properly describe Casa Cook, and the Casita in particular. Forget B&B. Forget Hotel. Think Guest Apartment on your favorite Aunt's country estate!! Where you are close to everything, but away from it all. Where you can have fine dining (or a fish taco) in 10 minutes (really 5) in either direction down the beach. Or- you can shop for groceries ( a cab is a few dollars) at the Alta Mercado at the other end of town, and prepare your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen- not an efficiency- a real kitchen. No dishwasher- but guess what, the housekeepers do your dishes every morning. Where you can have coffee and a wonderful fruit smoothy for breakfast overlooking the pool. Where occasionally you run into some of your favorite Aunt's other friends in the pool, and compare notes on adventures and dining experiences and recommendations.

It is true the Casita has a lot of windows. Guess what- open the windows during the day and the Casita stays wonderfully cool- even when it's 90+. We only used the air conditioner a little at night. The window treatments are a sunbrella type fabric. Terrific because they provide privacy while allowing you to see out and allow the sun hitting the water in the morning to gently wake you.
I suppose at night if you had a light on on the bedroom and walked in front of it you might be silhouetted in the window, but who cares- you are spending most of each day in the water or on the beach with little clothing anyway.

The entire Casita is relatively open- like a lot of tropical buildings, they use partial walls to help with air-flow and it really works. There is a large bedroom enclosed by these walls and a living area with two futons that opened to the kitchen. It was perfect for a couple, and we plan to take our teenage kids next time- but may not be right for people that want to shut themselves up in a bedroom. The bath was plenty large enough (shower for two?) and everything clean, clean, clean- every day. Oh, and by the way- we thought the bed was very comfortable. We have a temperpedic at home and like a firm supportive mattress- and slept great every night.

Casa Cook is on the beach. I mean ON THE BEACH. You can watch surfers from the pool. You don't have to schlep "stuff" to the beach. You can leave your towel (and cervesa) by the pool, play in the ocean, and get back before the cervesa gets warm!! The tides in Tamarindo are amazing. High tide- the waves wash over your feet as you sit just outside th the gate. Low tide- the water is 50 yards out- uncovering to either side of Casa Cook the most fantastic surface of the moon landscapes of lava rock, with coral, urchins and small fish in the captured tidal pools. But in front of Casa Cook- just more beautiful sandy beach- one of the few spots along Tamarindo Bay with absolutely no rocks at low OR high tide.

We planned to take a few excursions during this trip- maybe the volcano, hot springs and a river ride- but have to admit- once we got there, we just didn't leave- for anything. Just alternated between the ocean, the pool, the hammocks on the beach- a walk to town. We purposely didn't have a car- and really didn't miss it at all. Well- I did take a gyrocopter ride over the beach. Highly recommended- absolutely a blast- saw ton of fish, turtles, SHARKS and rays- mostly down by Playa Grande

Like many others have said- it's tempting to try to keep this place a secret- but that isn't fair to Casa Cook- or to you- the next guests in Auntie's guest house.

Room Tip: The Casita is roomy, cool during the day, and has a lovely outdoor dining area overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012 via mobile

My family and I went to this hotel and loved it. It was the perfect spot after four very active days at Arenal. The service is superb. When my son had an ear infection, the owner of the hotel offered to send out Antonio to get my son medicine. The location is perfect as you are steps from the pool and steps from the beach. Do not worry that there is no bar or restaurant at the hotel as they are all within a one minute walk. I highly recommend this place if you want a small hotel which is right on the beach. It is like having your own little private villa with a staff. I also highly recommend the surfing flessons which the hotel books for you

Stayed April 2012
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North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Stayed at Casa Cook last year and again this year. A pleasure to be back, really felt like I had never left, same friendly people, same great view, even Buddy the cat was waiting for us. Dont think you could find a better place to stay in Tamarindo.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Cook

Address: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
#5 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Casa Cook Tamarindo
Casa Cook Hotel Tamarindo

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