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“Tamarindo Paradise” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Ranked #2 of 21 Hotels in Tamarindo
Hendersonville, North Carolina, United States
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“Tamarindo Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We researched and researched only to come up with this hotel being our favorite.

We showed up at around 2:30pm local time and they were not busy at all. (check in at 3pm and checkout at noon) They immediately got us to our room. We stayed in bungalow #3. Every room has air conditioning, however you can purchase air conditioning for the difference and they have to give you the air conditioning remote. It varies throughout the year, but during the time we stayed, the difference would have been around $40. We didn't want to pay this since we already had paid nearly $300/night. It was comfortable at night, and scorching during the day. If we did it all over again, I WOULD get the air conditioning. My advice is, splurge on the A/C. The rooms in general were absolutely amazing. They were spacious and laid out well. the bathroom was almost the size of the bedroom. In the bungalows, they didn't have an indoor shower. (only the outdoor shower) They have a shower head on the inside shower but it is virtually impossible to take a shower inside due to the size of the bath tub. If you want to remove the shower head (it is a "portable" shower head) you will just end up getting your whole bathroom wet as there is no curtain. The fact that there was no TV didn't bother us at all. Wifi undependable in the rooms but it always worked for us in the lobby.

The pool area is very nice. The monkeys are in the trees over and around the pool and frankly all over the property. On several occasions, there was some monkey 'waste' around the pool area yet the staff cleaned it right up. Nonetheless, always watch where you're stepping. The wildlife is also abundant with lizards and birds and iguanas. The only bad side to wildlife is that there was also a skunk on premises.

We ate at the restaurant several occasions for lunch and only one for dinner. We also used our free fruit punch coupons they give you when you check in to get some drinks. Lunch was typical American food. Burgers and sandwiches. However, dinner was not nearly at good. It is an Italian/seafood style restaurant. We ate there on our last day and immediately didn't feel well the next day. It made 2 out of the 3 people in our party sick for about 5 days. I wouldn't recommend eating there.

Don't even walk in the gift shop unless you want to spend $40.61 on a tube of sunscreen. (not even joking)

The beach access couldn't get better. You walk out of the pool and during high tide, the ocean was feet away. They also have a ping pong table and pool table on the beach. Nice for a little family competition.

Overall, would we come back? Probably. But it isn't always easy spending $300/night on a hotel. Not worth that much to me, however we went during one of the more expensive seasons. I would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: We didn't have A/C but would recommend it. It gets pretty hot during the day.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A super vacation! Capitan Suizo is a beautiful resort with lush landscaping, amazing accommodations, a friendly and accommodating staff, and a great dining room. Monkeys, birds, and other wildlife roam the grounds and add to the natural ambiance. The beach is at your door step and a beautiful pool is also available. Can not imagine a more relaxing and reinvigorating vacation. A short walk on the beach gets one to town and sunsets are spectacular. Loved Capitan Suizo.

Room Tip: Bungalows are amazing. Rooms are also wonderful with each room having its own patio. Ocean and wildl...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Spring
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Small, quiet, quaint and cozy! No TV in the room was great, no internet in room another plus. This is a great place for couples to love one another and spend time. Lots of wild life, great breakfast with the bluejays (LOL). Personnel go above and beyond, we will be back for more!! Oh and the best bacon I have ever had.
Tropical grounds are beautiful, Eco friendly, and critter friendly
Rosa the concierge was incredibly friendly and helpful!
Pura vida

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

When our travel consultant Theresa from Costa Rica Vacations sent me the initial itinerary for our honeymoon trip, I came right here to Trip Advisor to take a peek at the reviews, and am happy to be able to write a glowing one of my own now that we're home! We stayed four nights at Capitan Suizo and found it to be a perfect spot to round out our honeymoon adventure.

Highlights:
-Best sunsets I've ever witnessed from the lounge chairs on the beach just steps away from the hotel
-Delicious food and friendly staff at the open-air restaurant
-Multiple visits from a family of howler monkeys and several iguanas (my husband's fave part!)
-Kayaking out to the little island (and finding an octopus in the shallows!)
-Easy walk to town for dinner or shopping, but located in a quiet, private spot towards the end of the beach
-Lounging with a book - at the bar, in the room, in the pool, on the beach... so relaxing!

My tips include: ample sunscreen application, sign up for a catamaran tour, and watch out for the breakfast-thieving birds, they're cute when they hop on the back of your chair or your shoulder, but you'll be missing that fried cheese they snatched right off of your plate!

Overall a wonderful experience - we've been home less than a month and my hubby is already asking when we can go back!

Room Tip: We were glad we chose a room with A/C - it was quite toasty outside and was refreshing to go back to...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stayed here 7 years ago and have been eager to go back ever since. This time we stayed four nights - and swore to each other that we'll spend more time when we return to lovely Costa Rica.

This hotel has an incredibly nice atmosphere with friendly, attentive and very competent staff. The garden, one of its main attractions, is big and full of old trees that were there before the hotel. It is maintained without chemicals and the animals are well cared for - which is why you'll most likely see more animals from your poolside recliner than anywhere else in Costa Rica.

The rooms are really nice with all amenities. Most rooms don't have AC (for environmental reasons) but are built with natural airing and efficient fans. We were quite happy without it.

The breakfast buffet has everything a person can wish for - even banana milkshake in a jar. Our son couldn't get over that!

Tamarindo is a dirty and overrun place (however, it does have a certain charm), but Capitan Suizo is just far enough away so that you're not bothered by it, yet close enough so that you can reach it by foot along the beach. The hotel concierge is competent and friendly and will book any activity you wish for. Surfboards and boogieboards can be rented at a very fair price.

The only downside I can think of is that the lunch- and dinner menus are rather dull, but that will never keep me away from this wonderful place.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Astoria, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was our first time going to Costa Rica, and traveled from Arenal to Tamarindo. We wanted to relax and do some excursions, but mostly just lay around on the beach and surf. Capitan Suizo is in an amazing location, away from the craziness of town so you can relax but close enough to walk. The grounds were beautiful and animal friendly, with 4 resident cats living there and greeting guests. Howler monkeys also hang around the trees, you are pretty much guaranteed to see them and to definitely hear them (they are loud!!!). You will also see many, very large iguanas that are surprisingly great swimmers.

The staff at Capitan Suizo are amazing, most particularly Juan Carlos, Max, Eddie and Katherine (there was one other woman who worked at the restaurant that was amazing too, but I didn't catch her name). They couldn't do enough for us, they even helped us learn some Spanish! The hotel was clean, but also very wildlife and eco friendly. This means you will see bugs. You are on the beach, in a somewhat remote, tropical area; bugs thrive in this environment, so you will encounter them. Also, watch out for the birds that steal your breakfast (White-throated Magpie Jays). They are beautiful, but don't leave your dish unattended.

As far as excursions go, if you do nothing else make sure to do the Blue Dolphin Catamaran; one of the highlights of our trip! As far as food goes, the hotel restaurant was excellent. We ate their quite often since we were there for 7 days, but we also wandered into town and had many great meals there. We walked back on the beach at night with a flashlight (no later than 11pm), we never felt that we weren't safe.

Lastly, the sunsets are AMAZING.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Katy, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Like a few others said, we wish we would have stayed a little longer. We stayed here on our last night of our Costa Rica trip. We loved playing out in the surf. It was nice to be able to take a long walk down the beach and then to see the beautiful sunset.

The staff was pleasant and even though we arrived at noon, they tried to make sure we enjoyed the facilities while we waited on our room. We really enjoyed staying in the bungalow. At first we were a little disappointed because there was no tv but after a while, we knew we had no need for it. There were lounge chairs on our small private balcony and an oil lamp. It was really peaceful.

You can tell that the hotel is green. There are recycle trash cans that are easily accessible. The exercise equipment is outdoors in a really serene and beautiful area. The rainwater showerhead was awesome! It was great.

We did have some food at the bar that was delicious. Watch out for the kid's chicken meal. The portion was huge!

Only complaint is I was not able to do any laundry before we left. They have laundry service but since we were leaving early the next morning, we could not make use of it.

I would highly recommend the hotel for a vacation.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Tamarindo | 2 miles from the local Airport in Tamarindo, Tamarindo 5159, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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*
Number of rooms: 35
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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