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“WOW- What a place! And run professionally and personably by Juan, his wife and his team!” 5 of 5 stars
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Canaima Chill House
400 metros al este del Hostal Brunelas, hacia el monte | Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica   |  
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London, England, United Kingdom
1 review
“WOW- What a place! And run professionally and personably by Juan, his wife and his team!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I can't rate this place enough. Not only are the rooms beautiful; but the staff were absolute heroes all week. Their advice and warm welcome was excellent. The rooms are beautiful. When I stupidly lost the key to our car rental they bent over backwards to help me solve the issue; helping me deal with the rather tricky rental company (Alamo- I do not recomend).

It has high end style in an authentic and rustic setting.

Having walked thru many other places as well I can honestly say this is the absolute best place to stay.

Thank you so much!!

Charlie M and Kate T

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

I spent a whole week of summer at Canaima with my brother J, it was a long flight and then a bus and ferry to get to Santa Teresa, we were exhausted but when we arrived to the Hotel we had no question about choosing the right spot and the right place to stay! I was looking for a chill place to enjoy nature and disconnect from London´s hectic lifestyle while my brother wanted a place next to the a 'breath taking' beach to surf as much as possible. @Canaima we found that and much more, few hotels around the world has that unique style. Rooms are huge, amazing views from the cost and sea, owners are friendly and always willing to help, clean, safe, lots of small architectural details made out of stone and bamboo, hanging beds in the large terraces and a hot tub surrounded by Santa Teresa wildest nature! Definitely a place I would recommend to friends, family and colleagues.
Matias

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

I will come back sure!! Close to the Beach, and very beautifull hotel!!! It has been a nice experience.
I was there with my wife for a week and it was our first time in Costa Rica and visit other places, But the beach of santa Teresa Its one of the most beautifull of the country

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

I celebrate my birthday with friends And family. I will never forget this increible hotel and vacations.
Location close to nature and the beach.
Confortable and clean room and bathroom.
Incredible the nights and the Jacuzzi :-)
Hope I can be back Soon.

Awesome! Thank again Canaima!
Samuel

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We were excited to stay here because of the TA ratings and the lovely pictures. The sad truth of this place is that, while it still looks very nice, it is waaayyyyy up the mountain. The climb is extremely steep which isnt that bad if you're up for a big workout every time you go back to your place but it is extremely inconvenient. Packing a full day bag every time you leave is not very fun...especially since it means that someone has to watch it while you're in the water. Furthermore, the sound proofing in the hotel is awful. We could hear people's conversations even if they were talking softly... not the right place if you want romantic privacy... or any privacy for that matter. Most of the time we had to whisper so not to disturb our neighbors... or let them in on our conversations.

We elected to leave after 2 days of this torture... and the owner would not refund any money even though it was peak season and lots of people were around looking for rooms.. all in all it was a terrible experience and i would not recommend this place.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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canaimachillhouse, Owner at Canaima Chill House, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Dear guest,

First of all, we are very sorry to hear that your stay didn't go as good as you planned it. We apologise for the inconveniences.

I just wanted to suggest that when you are travelling and booking a hotel, you should get informed about where exactly the place is located. We do give precise directions on our website and acknowledge our future clients about the hill recommending them to rent all track vehicle. And if indeed you read our reviews on Trip Advisor, as you mentioned it, many of our guests talk about the hill and give their own recommendations. So it shouldn't have been a surprise.

About the noises and privacy, it is the location up the hill that keeps us away from the main noisy dusty road and town, making Canaima Chill House a magical place where outside the rooms the sounds of the nature and our sounds travel easily. The building of the hotel itself was built with anti-seismic walls, which are thick and resistant, which also make them soundproof. The outdoor decks are indeed outside, open to the jungle, and only a bamboo curtain separate one deck to the other - just like shown in our pictures.

About not returning your deposit, if you read our cancellation policy, we should have charged you the amount of your entire reserved stay, BUT we only charged you the days you stayed with us no more.

Once again, we want to apologise for not making your stay as you expected.

Pura Vida

Juan Carlos Lascaray
Owner and manager of Canaima Chill House
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Panama City, Panama
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We have been there in September 2012 for 5 nights. The hotel is not directly on the beach but a little bit up the hill (5 min. walk to the beach). The owner, a spanish guy who moved to Costa Rica to fulfill his dream of his own hotel was very helpful and was very keen on his guests to feel comfortable. You can feel the passion that has been put in the hotel when being built. Unfortunately some things should be fixed or renewed again.
The rooms with a nice atmosphere are quite big and have private bathroom, shower, fully equiped kitchen, iPod-docking-station, private terasse with table, chairs and a bed hanging down from the ceiling. It so is the perfect place to relax yourself (that's what the name says). There is no AC, but under the mosquito-nets over the bed there is a fan for a cool night. There are several geckos taking care about the insects, yelling from time to time. If you want to have breakfast you have to tell them the afternoon before, it will cost you $ 10 (we never had breakfast, but bought something for ourselves at the supermarket). Otherwise there a several Supermarkets, Cafés and Restaurants in walking distance (The manager has some good advices where to go).
We have arrived one day after a bigger earthquake (7.6 on Richter scale), which was the reason why it was not possible to use the pool - we though could use the hot-tub. Due to the damages from the quake the road was affected, especially on the day after arrival when it was raining for 16 hours. We were a little worried that there could be a landslide because of the loose ground due to the main earthquake and the multiple daily occuring aftershocks, especially then when there was no electricity one night. The manager was reassuring himself that night, that we feel comfortable, he came to our room asking us if we needed anything, before he again took care about the hotel (draining the water around it).
All in all we enjoyed our stay, still our room could have been a little bit cleaner, we also did not like the real low water pressure when taking a shower and the blocked sink of the shower. While my girlfriend enjoyed the presence of the two german shepard-dogs, I kind of did not really like those smelly but well-tempered dogs (if you don't want to have them around, just tell them to leave).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

We stayed here two nights (kicking ourselves for not staying longer) and could not have been more pleased. AMAZING rooms with a huge front porch area (including a hanging bed), you can make it as open-air a possible. Could not believe how the place looked...it was like something out of dream. Absolutely gorgeous bungalows on top of a hill. Yes, it is a little bit of a hike, but my fiance and I managed to hike up and down on foot many times. Lord knows we could use the exercise! If a hike isn't your thing, get the atv. You'll need it to explore/get the most out of your trip anyway!

Another thing...the customer service is absolutely top-notch. Super attentive and friendly staff, not to mention Juan is such an amazing host. He gave us so many spot-on, fantastic recommendations for dinner/things to do. Even suggested a quick trail/hike up the mountain, that my fiance proposed to me on!

Can't thank this place enough for showing us such an amazing experience. Completely out of this world. There are a few great places to stay in the area, make this your #1 to check out!

  • Stayed August 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Canaima Chill House

Also Known As:
Canaima Chill House Hotel
Canaima Chill House Hotel Santa Teresa
Canaima Chill House Costa Rica/Santa Teresa
Address: 400 metros al este del Hostal Brunelas, hacia el monte | Playa Santa Teresa, Santa Teresa 60111, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our "rustic boutique hotel" is a jungle oasis, only 500 meters away from one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica.In Canaima Chill House, luxury is experienced in harmony with nature and simple sensations such as, relaxing on a bamboo hanging bed, listening to the amazing sounds of the jungle or chilling in our “pillow swimming pool”.Sensations which are hard to explain, sensations which are simple to feel.- 4 suites (for 2 people)- 4 suites-loft (up to 4 people)- Swimming Pool- Chill Deck- Outdoor Jacuzzi- WI-FI- Personalized services- Cocktail and smoothie bar- Room service breakfast (optional) ... more   less 
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