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Hotel Capitan Suizo
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Tamarindo | 2 miles from the local Airport in Tamarindo, Tamarindo 5159, Costa Rica   |  
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“A wonderful hotel!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

My wife and I spent a week here. It is a very special and beautiful hotel. It is well maintained with beautiful woodwork and gardens. The pool area is quite large and inviting. The open-air restuarant has excellent food and a great view of the ocean. The staff was very professional and helpful --- it was quite easy to arrange activities in the area. I also liked that the rooms do not have televisions which led to a more tranquil and restful experience. Before making the reservation, I was a little concerned that the hotel was not located in the heart of Tamarindo. But it's a very pleasant 10-15 minute walk, either along the beach or the road, to the shops and restaurants in town. It is actually nicer to be slightly removed from town. I really can't say enough positive things about my experience with Capitan Suizo, and I hope to return some day.

  • Stayed October 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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sigrid32, owner family at Hotel Capitan Suizo, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Dear guests
Thank you for all your feedbacks we have received over the last few weeks and indeed for the whole of 2012. It is also wonderful to see that the year 2013 has started so great and with a lot of positive comments from so many guests. Many of you wrote how beautiful our gardens are and how well maintained the grounds are. You mentioned our nature friendly approach and the fact that many animals, such as howler monkeys, porcupines, racoons and many birds, are visiting our hotel regularly and are feeling quite at home here. You also remarked on our excellent restaurant with its ocean view, the quality breakfast buffet and the excellent location of our hotel directly on the beach. Several of you commented on our helpful, friendly staff and the amazing service they provide and that you enjoyed the ambience at the hotel. It is wonderful to hear that so many of you are planning to come back to Capitan Suizo in future and all your comments are very much appreciated. Thank you all so much.
Sigrid Engel – owner family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

The hotel consists of several bungalows surrounded by loads of greenery. After a minutes walk you arrive to the secluded area of the beach, which is full of pelicans nd terns which are busy fishing. You may also organize to have dinner on the beach which is very romantic. The members of staff are very friendly and will go out of their way to make you happy. The grounds are also visited by howler monkeys and raccoons. Having dinner and drinks here is also a good idea. Loved it

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

We stayed her first on our honeymoon. This was after two very price, highend resorts - And Hotel Capitan Suizo was our favorite by far! We've been back two more times. Great location and quiet end of the beach and easy walk to town. Delicious food in the restaurant lots of extras to keep you entertained like kayaks and boogie boards. Clean crisp rooms. Friendly staff. Perfect for families we went with our son at six-months-old and this last time with our 3 and 5 year-old.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This was the last hotel we visited on our 3 weeks trip to Costa Rica. We had an AC Bungalow and loved it very much. The bungalow was very spacious and we loved the outdoor shower. On our last night, I was having my shower while the monkeys were climbing around in the tree above me. It was definitely a special experience.
Apart from monkeys there are a lot of other animals that can constantly be spotted on the hotel grounds. The funniest incident was certainly with a porcupine which literally fell of a tree right next to us while we were playing Yatzy outside our apartment in the evening. I do not know, who was more shocked, the porcupine or us, especially since we did not have the slightest clue what kind of animal was standing in front of us.

The hotel has a great garden and is well outside Tamarindo, which is already a bit too touristy to our liking. You could rent surf boards or use boogie boards and the waves in front of the hotel were just perfect for beginners like us.

The restaurant was very good and we were served a huge chocolate cake for my husband’s birthday the last night. The only downside is that it is a bit pricey and we have visited hotels where the value you get for your money is better.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is from Sept. 2009. We spent 3 days here relaxing after visiting Arenal and Monteverde. We didn't leave here for 3 days straight! The food was great and staff very accommodating. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The pool is beautiful and they embrace a nature friendly approach, so expect to see animals/creatures around the pool/dining area. This is one of the few hotels directly on the beach which is a nice plus.

  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Leaving today from paradise and going back home. This hotel is located in the perfect location to explore Tamarindo Beach in Costa Rica. The beach may not have perfect white sand but it is amazing. It goes on for miles and at some points becomes a black beach due to the volacanos located in Costa Rica.

The hotel is built in 1994 by Swiss family. Spend the extra and get a bungalow on the beach like room 4. You should also try to get room 7 which is very close to the beach and quite room. Do not get a room in the front of the hotel because it is located off a street and you will wake up early due to traffic. But in all honesty you still wake up early because the sunlight or monkeys wake you up. What is important is to stay here and just walk and relax on the beach.

The staff is great and accomidating. When my wife and I had problem with the original room they gave us a new one. The breakfeast which is included is great. However, pass on lunch and dinner and just take a 10 minute walk to town via the beach. One day you must and I say must eat at the Langusta Beach Club which is a five minute walk from the hotel on the beach. It is run by a frech couple and the food is amazing.

The only things to do here is to get a tour and see the giant green turtles. That tour runs from 530pm to 930pm. Also get surf lessons this is the place to learn because the waves are small.

But most importantly, bring down some books and read and watch the waves go by you and see the beautiful sunsets. Also, there are no televisions located in the hotel because the swiss owner wants you just to relax.

Room Tip: Go for the bungalow near the ocean.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Spent New Years at the hotel the staff treated us very nice and the people in the hotel were families and nice couples. Will go back next year!
The New Years party was fun.
Swimming pool with good service and the pool bar serves amazing drinks.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Playa Tamarindo | 2 miles from the local Airport in Tamarindo, Tamarindo 5159, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 Spa Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Capitan Suizo 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Capitan Suizo is an environmentally conscious and future oriented beach Hotel. It is an ideal place for relaxation that carries a tropical ambiance and lies amongst a lush garden. With a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is an oasis where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Capitan Suizo is located directly on the beach in a privileged area 1 km outside of town and at the end of the bay. ... more   less 
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