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El Encanto Inn
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   300 Metros Oeste Delegacion de Policia, Cahuita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 19 Cahuita B&B and Inns
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We absolutely loved our stay at El Encanto! We had a wonderful time visiting the National Park, the town, the beach, etc., but the best part of all was returning to El Encanto and resting by the pool every afternoon. We looked forward to breakfast every morning. The fresh fruit and homemade bread were delicious. Alex will host dinner for hotel guests upon request, and the homemade pizza is fabulous. All of the reviews about Alex and how wonderful he is are absolutely true. His hospitality is like none other. His personality and charisma made our stay that much more fun and enjoyable. He helped us plan our activities and was able to answer all of our questions. Although the bunaglow rooms don't have air conditioning, it stayed cool enough at night and we were comfortable with the fans on. It takes around 5 minutes to walk into town - we never felt unsafe walking after dark. The National Park is pretty much attached to town and was fun to explore. We were also able to take the bus and enjoy a day trip to Puerto Viejo. This was the perfect place for a couple looking for quiet and relaxing Caribbean retreat.

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This was our first trip to Costa Rica and we were so happy to start our trip off in Cahuita. The rooms are set in a tropical setting and beautifully manicured gardens. It is a small complex but does not feel crowded. This is a great place to just relax and sit on your hammock and listen to ocean. The manager was great and friendly, offered recommendations for local food options. Encanto is a short walk to the village and just across the street from a beach. There is secure parking in the compound . The rooms were immaculately clean (I have stayed in chain hotels that have not been this spotless) Downside is there is no air conditioning which may be off-putting to some as it does get hot. Breakfast was pleasant.Overall is was a great place to relax and escape.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Uppsala, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

You just can't stay at a better place than this! it is a wonderful little oasis in the dusty, charming town of Cauhita, with a small and slightly wild-growing garden, wonderful pool, incredibly nice and helpful manager (as well as the rest of the personnel);, good and rich breakfasts, cosy pizza restaurant some evenings, clean and very nice rooms - there is simply nothing NOT good about this place (except possibly that beds were a bit too hard - but never mind). Alex, the manager, also arranged trips of his own that were really interesting.
We did not want to leave after a week - and we definitely will try to come back!
Very warmly recommended!

Room Tip: We stayed in a lovely, ground level bungalow - very nice and perfect for us. If you have more money...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

What a surprise to find such a wonderful spot in Cahuita! That was the most beautiful (and huge) room we have ever stayed in, and so convenient too. After coming into Cahuita in the dark, we were not sure what we were in for, so it was more than a pleasant surprise to find such opulent lodgings.

Alex, the manager, is delightful, very outgoing, fun, and friendly. Alex went out of his way to help us, since we both got an intestinal bug there, bending over backwards to help us in our misery.

Before we got the bug, we enjoyed the excellent food. We could not get over our rooms, how beautiful they were, and the grounds and pool also. We loved our time there.

Room Tip: We had the suite, and it was the most beautiful room we have ever had, anywhere.
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Nice place, set in beautiful gardens. Jut off the main strip so peaceful as well but only 5 minutes away rom restaurants and bars. Great for a couple. Very very relaxing. The room is really nice and cozy, perfect size for 2. Glad we found this place and cancelled our other reservation.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We recently spent 3 nights at El encanto and would definitely stay again if back in Cahuita. The staff are very hospitable and the garden is lovely. This all provides a good relaxed and chilled out atmosphere. The hot tub in the garden was also a bonus. Location less than a 5 minute walk into the main street of the town and even less to playa negra. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - thank you to all the staff.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I just spent last night here and what an unexpected surprise! Very nice, clean, comfortable, very friendly staff, can hear the surf from our room. Restaurants on premises and near by. Quaint little town with plenty of bars/restaurants to choose from. Quite enjoyable and relaxing!

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Address: 300 Metros Oeste Delegacion de Policia, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Encanto Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Encanto is a small first class bed and breakfast inn located within 5 minutes walking distance from the village of Cahuita on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It is close to the Cahuita National Park where sloths, monkeys, birds and other types of wildlife can be seen. The closest beach is within 100 meters from El Encanto. The inn has four tastefully decorated bungalows and a fully furnished house with three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, living room and dining room. Each bedroom has a private bathroom and balcony. El Encanto is renowned for the quality of its personalized service, the generous and healthy tropical breakfasts, the beautiful surroundings and artwork. Above all, it is admired for the peace and serenity of its garden. It is a place that appeals specially to those for whom harmony and well being are priceless. ... more   less 
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El Encanto Hotel Cahuita
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