I chose Casa Cecilia because of good reviews on Tripadvisor and it exceeded my expectations and blew me away. Don, the manager, helped my boyfriend and I settle into our vacation the moment we stepped off the plane in Tambor. Don knows all the local activities offered and can help you book if you want to do something in addition to swimming, surfing and hammocking. I know it's hard to find activities listed online in the area and even TripAdvisor is somewhat limited but Don knows all the local offerings. It seems like people will do what they love everyday regardless (surf, fish, dive, hike, farm, etc) but will take you along for a fee. All the locals are very friendly and honest-to-goodness want you to have a pleasurable experience.
Our room was beautiful and very very clean. I have a minor bug phobia and even though the hotel was literally on the beach and adjacent to the jungle, there was nary a bug in sight in our bedroom. Splendid! The new renovations gave it a spa-like atmosphere due to all the wood detailing. The room was equipped with Wifi, AC, mini-fridge and safe. They provide towels and soaps. Bring everything else with you. They are also dog friendly.
The location of the hotel was slightly outside the main Santa Teresa strip which my boyfriend enjoyed because it was quiet. However, both slightly upscale restaurants and cheaper local cafes ("Sodas") line the street behind the hotel within walking distance. A nice beach bar and grill, Rocamar, is Casa Cecilia's beach neighbor. We went during high season where it is very dusty on the main road. The best way to do anything outside of the immediate area next to Casa Cecilia (Santa Teresa town, Mal Pais, Cabuya, Montezuma) requires a car, taxi or ATV. Ask Don for booking rentals and also food recommendations. He gives me the impression he is a foodie at heart. He cooks an excellent and plentiful breakfast and uses locally sourced and often organic foods. Try the local yogurt + granola! It's glorious. Also, try all the local condiments.
A wonderful experience through and through. We will try our best to return next year!