We stayed at Casa Cook for seven nights, and our stay was quite enjoyable. Casa Cook's location, on the south edge of town, is perfect: an easy walk to the shops and restaurants in town, but far enough away that the busier sections of the beach don't intrude. The beach itself is free of the large lava rock formations that dot most of the surrounding shoreline. The ocean is warm, and the waves gentle, and the bottom is virtually all sand.
I would rate our cabina as adequate. We were able to cook several meals in the kitchen, and a gas grill is available, although we didn't use it. The kitchen and dinette front on the ocean side, the bedroom is in the back, and there is a small seating area in between. There is a small TV, oddly placed high on the wall in the dinette area, but we weren't there for that so it didn't bother us. The bed was comfortable, although the pillows are hard and flat, in definite need of upgrading. There is a safe in the bedroom closet. The small seating area has a futon and chair, neither of which are particularly well suited to comfortable sitting. The air conditioning in our unit was not adequate for the 90 degree plus outside temperatures we experienced. I'm guessing the temperature inside the cabina never got below the low 80's.
The pool area, behind the cabina, is very nice. The pool is not large, but plenty big enough for the small capacity of the property, with enough furniture to accommodate all guests. The surrounding grounds are well kept, and the pool itself is clean and refreshing. There is a land line available in the pool area to call anywhere in Costa Rica. The management requests that users of the phone leave a dollar for each call made. While hanging out at the pool we saw howler monkeys and iguanas, as well as lots of birds.
Marie and the grounds staff were extremely helpful and responsive, arranging taxi's and transfers, assisting us with our luggage and groceries from our shopping trips, pointing out wildlife, and moving pool furniture out to the beach if we so desired. As far as I could tell, the grounds/security people were on duty 24/7, and because the property is small they were never far away. The property is gated at both the street and the beach, and gates are locked after dark. When we returned to our cabina after dark, we rarely had time to get our keys in the lock before the staff would beat us to it and unlock the gates. Maid service is provided each day, and towels are replaced every couple of days, or more frequently on request.
Sharon and I prefer small properties such as this when we travel. The few shortcomings I have noted above aren't a big deal for us, as we don't spend much time in the room, and the personal touch of the staff is of great value to us. We would be happy to stay here any time we visit Tamarindo.
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