The 400 meter walk up is like a stairway to heaven- long but worth it! Hotel Canaima is simple, but beautiful. The room we had was eco-inspired, and stylish. Moreover, with the great food in Santa Teresa, I really believe that the walk up kept me from gaining 10 more lbs. throughout my stay in Santa Teresa. If you are the type who's really looking for a place to just sit and relax, you could always rent out an 4-wheel ATV around the area, which is well worth the price- it takes you up to Hotel Canaima, and you can have fun with it driving around the town.. plus feel cool about it and all. I believe riding an ATV should be part of the experience in Santa Teresa. The area is excellent; the beach is downhill, and is stunning!
Ricardo and Gonzalez were very accomodating receptionists- whatever questions I had, they were always able to help me- whether it was about where to eat or where to go drink and hangout at night. Juan Carlos, the owner, is very nice as well.. very genuine person. You can take up surfing lessons with him for an exclusive Hotel Canaima Rate; he teaches well and engages you approppriately with the level of skill you're at.
I stayed at Canaima with 3 others. We initially booked 3 nights, but then extened it for an extra night. I wish I could've extended it more for four more nights. Unfortunately, I already prebooked a place in Tamarindo which I paid for already. We stayed in Costa Rica for a total of ten days. When I come back, I'd go back to Hotel Canaima and just stay there in Santa Teresea for my whole trip.
-Mark Cimafranca, New Jersey