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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Capitan Suizo Hotel
- Capitan Suizo Tamarindo