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Casa Chameleon
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Punta Barrigona, Mal Pais, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 hotels in Mal Pais
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“Makes you feel like a star!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

This is what I imagine a famous person feels like when going to a hotel. They offer personalized service, it's feelt as if every drink and every morsel of food was prepared especially for me. The menu changes daily and the food is prepared with love.

Our room was gorgeous! With our own pool. Loved everything about it.

This place is not cheap though - at all - be prepared to spend some dough and have a fabulous time!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Hola! We are glad you felt like a rock star while staying at Casa Chameleon!! Our goal is to make every guest feel special, and it sounds like we succeeded! We hope to see you back at Casa Chameleon, we will be ready and waiting to pamper you!
Pura vida!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Woking, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed in the Villa Pochote, in short the whole place was amazing - the villa itself, the views, our own private pool, the restaurant I could go on.....

The staff especially the girls on reception (Karen and Raquel, sorry if we spelt the names wrong) were really helpful and had some great recommendations, they also organised all our taxis and restaurant reservations without question. The other staff were also great and very friendly.

The villa - amazingly decorated with its own private pool, great terrace and outside shower. The room was really spacious and it was a shame to ever leave it although Mal Pais itself was a great little town to look around.

The Restaurant at Casa Chameleon was excellent. The chef Rob was exceptional, we live in London and he would grace the finest restaurants there.

Would highly recommend this place, expensive but well worth the money. Best room we have ever stayed in!!!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Hi! Thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers! We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Chameleon, and that it made the trip all the way from London worth it!! We will be sure to let Carol, Raquel and Rob know about your kind words -our staff takes great pride in serving our customers!
Pura vida!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the hotel for 5 nights in 2 different villas as we booked our trip at the last minute. It didn't matter. The staff was so accommodating and made the transition seamless. Moving did not impact our experience at all and it was actually fun to try out different villas. They each had their own pool and amazing shower. Pechote and Estrella were both unbelievable! The best part is that the hotel is perched high on a hill overlooking the ocean. It is nestled among the trees and we woke up to the sounds of birds and howler monkeys! The best food, the friendly staff, beautiful pools, comfortable beds- everything was so worth it!

  • Stayed February 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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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Hi! We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Casa Chameleon, and that you got to experience two of our one-of-a-kind villas!! Thank you for the wonderful review -our staff works hard to make sure that our guests have the best experience possible!
Pura vida!
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

My husband and I spent 9 nights at the Casa Chameleon. It was amazing. The food, service, people, room -- everything was great. We simply could not have had a better time. We ate every breakfast and every other dinner at the restaurant. That worked really well for us. The food was amazing.

We rented a car, which I would HIGHLY recommend. It was easy to drive to all of the beaches and other sites in the area.

Room Tip: All 6 of the rooms seemed great. Some had a fair number of stairs, so if you have difficulty walkin...
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  • Stayed March 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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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Hola Kathy!
Thank you for sharing your experience at Casa Chameleon with fellow travelers! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you back at Casa Chameleon in the future!!
Pura vida :)
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Victoria, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

A truly beautiful setting up on the hill above the beaches combined with warm hospitality and wonderful food makes for a fabulous stay. Staff are attentive and knowledgable. Not cheap (comparable to silmilar luxe inns in NA or Mexico) but excellent value.

Warning re roads - in the dry season be ready for bumpy, dusty roads all over Nicoya. The road up to Chameleon is VERY steep. Bring a 4x4 with good ground clearance if you plan to travel any distance.

Room Tip: Villa Palma has the smallest dipping pool but is the cheapest.
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  • Stayed March 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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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Hi Julian
Thank you for sharing your good experience, we're glad you had a fabulous stay at Casa Chameleon!!
Pura vida!
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

my husband and I stayed here for a week in March 2013 for our honeymoon. it was unbelievable!
the food was the best I've ever had - so fresh and tasty. we had three dinners there over our stay, and the other night's we went into town - but no meal in town ever compared to what we had at the hotel. the chef Rob is brilliant.
the staff were all very friendly and looked after us very well. the views are incredible, and it is the place to be for the sunset.
we stayed in both Villa Estrella and Villa Sol. Villa Estrella was incredible - the beautiful infinity pool with the most stunning view. it was so private and luxurious and exactly what we were after.
Villa Sol was great too - great view of the sunset, although it certainly wasn't as private as Estrella. although it was nicer being closer to the restaurant etc.
you will need a car to get around the town - it was a bit further from santa teresa then we realised.
thank you casa chameleon! we'll be back!

  • Stayed March 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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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Hola Meg!
Thanks for the great review!! We're glad you and your husband had such a lovely time at Casa Chameleon, and that you enjoyed the creations of our kitchen staff!! We pride ourselves in using the freshest available ingredients together with our guests individual preferences to create all of our dishes. We will be waiting for your return here in paradise!!
Pura vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing hotel with incredible staff! My wife and I stayed 4 nights in the Ultra Villa.

Room:
- incredible views
- huge glass doors which open to the infinity pool
- very clean room
- gorgeous pool
- very comfortable bed

The only down sides we found was that there was no phone in the room therefore if you wanted to room service etc you had to go to reception. Normally I wouldn't mind however you are exactly 134 stairs from the reception area. (This is the only negative thing we could say about the hotel).

Resort:
- staff were always friendly and extremely accommodating to our requests.
- food was just great. Wide variety of choices daily and Chef Rob never dissapointed.

Oscar is by far the nicest and will make sure your trip and drinks are always flowing! His milkshakes are out of this world!

Definitely go visit!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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CasaChameleon, Owner's Rep at Casa Chameleon, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Hi Josh! We're glad you had an "incredible honeymoon experience" at Casa Chameleon!! Our specialty is romance and privacy, and the Ultra Villa is certainly one of our most private villas (which comes with a little price tag of a few extra stairs -we're glad it didn't put a damper on your experience!). Thanks for your kind words to our staff, we'll be sure to let them know!! We hope to see you back at Casa Chameleon!
Pura vida!
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Address: Punta Barrigona, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Mal Pais
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Mal Pais
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Chameleon 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chosen as one of the "Best 101 Hotels in the World" by Conde Nast Publications' Tatler Travel Guide for 2006, Casa Chameleon is a favourite with honeymooners and celebrities to relax and unwind in an enchanted environment. ... more   less 
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