We thoroughly enjoyed our stayed here except for all the steps to get to our fabulous room. We arrived during the night along with a hard rain. We were met out front by the security guard and one of the restaurant servers. Umbrellas were given to us and we headed down MANY stairs in the poring rain, very little light, and carrying our small bags. The unfortunate security guy had to carry our larger bags. The steps were slippery and I felt very unsafe on them especially without any handrails. It rained a lot of our time there so we had this problem often.
The unsafe, long climb was our ONLY problem, though. The place is beautiful and has fantastic ocean views from up the hillside. Our room was the Estrella and it was one of the most beautiful rooms I’ve ever stayed in. There is a living room, bedroom, and a large bathroom. The patio has sitting areas and a large infinity plunge pool. Fortunately you can have your breakfast and dinner delivered to your room (for a fee) which we took advantage of when it was raining.
The BEST thing about this hotel is Chef Pabro Sanchez and his staff. He has created many delicious and creative dishes showcasing local cuisine. He cooked our dinners every night and for all the other guests. They only serve guests so it’s very intimate. The server explained each dish and answered any questions we had. When we had our dinner brought to our room, Pabro also came and described each dish which was such a special touch. On our last night we asked to be sat at the bar in the restaurant which looks into the kitchen and the staff gave us the best “show” of everything being cooked along with a lot of history and stories about the food. That ended up being one of my favorite things we did in Costa Rica!
I would like to stay here again but next time I will forgo the “best” room in the hotel to one much closer to the lobby, bar, restaurant.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
- Casa Chameleon Costa Rica/Mal Pais