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#1 of 2 hotels in Las Catalinas
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2022 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
Casa Chameleon Hotel at Las Catalinas features 21 private villas with the most spectacular views of the Guanacaste coast and personal salt water infinity plunge pools. Eat the best of local ocean- and farm-to-table cuisine at our open-air cliffside restaurant Sentido Norte overlooking the ocean and sunset views. With seating for 40 it is an intimate and incredible setting to experience the taste of Costa Rica. Reservations required.
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fnct wrote a review Jan 27
Succasunna, New Jersey787 contributions228 helpful votes
This is our 5th time at this excellent hotel. They continue to have the best staff you can imagine. Every staff member knows your name and makes you feel welcome. The accommodations are excellent and you have easy access to the entire area. A new restaurant was added, La Pampas Grill Steakhouse. A great addition with outstanding food and service. The most comfortable beds you will ever sleep on. We already reserved our room for next year.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Sean S wrote a review May 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia12 contributions6 helpful votes
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We just got back from our stay at this amazing hotel and we're already thinking about when we can go back. Easily one of the best experiences at a hotel we've ever had. There's a lot to say about Casa Chameleon and what we experienced. TLDR: unreal, and can't recommend highly enough! But, if you've got a few minutes, here are some details (and some things to know before you go): SERVICE: I can't remember ever having better service at a hotel. Everyone (and I mean everyone, from the concierges, to the wait staff, to the cleaning staff) were incredibly friendly and charming. Most would call us by our names, and over the week we got to know many of theirs. Most went out of their way to help us with nearly everything--setting us excursions, service in our room, medical treatments (I got injured on the trip), etc. They even hooked us up with some of the local chili sauce that they serve in the restaurant that is crazy good. It's clear that the staff really care about the guests and the hotel's reputation. They even have A LOT of trainee staff (you can tell because it says "trainee" on their name tags) so they do take the service very seriously. Just want to give a shout out to the folks that I interacted with a lot who are awesome: Herlan, Christopher, Rose, Christian, Edgar, Diego, Jose. I'm sure I'm forgetting many people. LOCATION/BUILDINGS/ROOMS: It's also hard to overstate just how lovely the property is and how stunning the scenery is around it. Seriously, they picked the best spot for this hotel, on a hill overlooking a lovely set of beaches (both south and north), with a lovely cove to the north and small island directly west, with Las Catalinas island further west in the distance). It's picture perfect. What's really great is that the view to the west/north (which you get from the "Sunset" view rooms) has nothing else man-made in it--the cove and the mountains that surround it don't have anything else build on them. It's pristine. Now, there is Las Catalinas town next to the beach, but I don't believe it's really visible from any of the rooms. You can see it from the hotel lobby. We stayed in one of the Sunset villas (Prieta, #21) and spent easily more than half our time in it. The view was incredible, and made even better by the giant plunge pool we had. Now, I understand they are not all of uniform size, but ours was long and narrow. Easily 14 feet long. And right on the other side of its infinity edge were nice fig trees that obstructed some houses directly beneath us (we were at the bottom edge of the property), but perfectly framed the amazing view of the ocean/bay/islands. I'll include a picture here. The villa's bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was amazing. The shower has a glass wall so you get the fantastic view no matter what you're doing! FOOD: The restaurant at the hotel (Sentido Norte) is easily the best restaurant in the area. We did go to two of the "fancy" restaurants in Las Catalinas town (Ponciana and Pascual) and were underwhelmed by both of them--they're okay, but not as good as they should be for the prices. Sentido Norte stood above them all--figuratively and literally. The location is about the highest place you can go in the town, and the restaurant has no solid walls so the views are great from the main dining area and the bar next door. Breakfast and lunch are the stars, in our opinion. For breakfast, no matter what you order you get a nice fruit plate to start (and the fruit's fantastic). We really liked the local "Tico" breakfast, the breakfast burrito, chorizo and eggs, and the granola. But the standout was the "Knife and fork rancheros". Also, treat yourself to a "Morning Mary", which is their take on a bloody mary, but it's green. Very refreshing and different. Lunches are also very good. Don't miss the ceviche (either the fish or octopus), which were easily the best ceviches we had in Costa Rica. We also liked the Patacones, brisket burger, grilled fish sandwich, NOTE: do not leave this place without tying the "Calacas" chili sauce. It's a local sauce made from smoked chile de arbol. It comes with the breakfast burrito but you can get a side of it with almost anything. It's unreal--we bought two jars to bring home. Dinners are the weakest link in their meal offerings, but they are still very good. We loved the panko-cashew crusted tuna, fish of the day (mostly mahi mahi), and the steak frites. The calamari appetizer is different than any other fried calamari you've had, and was excellent. Oh yeah--this place SLAYS cocktails. Every single one we had--from their own creations, to standards, to ones we just had them create--were excellent. One last food thing: if you're there on a Friday, ABSOLUTELY make reservations to the "Grill". They cap reservations at 12 for this grilled feast. It was insane--several courses of grilled meats and sides that was easily the best meal we had the whole time we were there. The picanha was the best we'd ever had, and the beef short ribs and the pork were also unbelievable. Don't eat lunch that day because they will completely stuff you. Overall, as you can see we were in awe and will absolutely go back! THINGS TO KNOW/AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: So we do feel the need to include some caveats to fellow travellers and some recommendations to the team at the hotel. Again, we can't recommend the place highly enough. That said, there's always room for improvement. 1) Sunset Rooms: These rooms are on the west side of the property and get a full sunset view. It's amazing. But the sun is an absolute killer, so be prepared. And there is not outdoor sunscreen or shade to protect you from it--it's very had to enjoy the plunge pool in these rooms from about 3pm to sunset (6pm for us), unless you're slathered in sun screen. There is a blackout shade within the room, but there is nothing that partially filters out the sun. A slatted shade outside above the plunge pool would have helped. 2) Room furnishings: Apart from the bed in the room, there's really no place else to sit inside. This normally wasn't a problem as we were outside on the deck with the plunge pool, but in the afternoons with that sun, we couldn't be outside so had to just chill on the bed. 3) The hike. We had one of the lowest rooms on the property--the Prieta room (#21) on the sunset side. This was great for our view--we didn't have to see the roof of any other room on the property (as some of the higher rooms do). But it meant a lot of climbing--from our room there were about 80 steps to get up to the main pathway that links the lobby with the restaurant/pool. That's a lot in the steamy heat and if you have any mobility issues. This wasn't well communicated when we booked--we knew that they had golf carts on the property, but they don't really go to the rooms (just from the lobby to the restaurant, or from the lobby to the town down the hill). Again, not a big deal, but just be mindful if this might be an issue for you and plan accordingly.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Ghada S wrote a review Jan 15
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Great service, attention to details, excellent food and relaxing atmosphere! It was a WOW factor! Loved every minute of our stay. You can go down to the town where you find shops, restaurants and of course an easy access to the beach.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SeattleNoi wrote a review Dec 2022
Bellevue, Washington50 contributions25 helpful votes
Wonderful room with a nice plunge pool. Rose was very good at giving us a lot of information about the possible hikes around the hotel. Tasty food at the nicest restaurant for sunset. There was a different entertainment every night. Very relaxing hotel with a stunning and large infinity pool. Recommend having a drink at the bar at sunset. A few tables seem to be reserved for the guests.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Be aware that there are a lot of steps to the rooms. We were in Luna. 75 steps.
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Jenncarv1031 wrote a review Dec 2022
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Myself, husband, mother, & son enjoyed sunset & dinner here last December and were amazed by the location and experience. We all thought it would be great to be able to stay here but the hotel is nowhere near our price range. This year I lost a loved one who unexpectedly left me some money so I thought I'd love to share some of it with my family and booked 2 rooms for 2 nights to cap off our annual December family Costa Rica vacation. We arrived early as we planned on spending time at the beach while the rooms were being prepared. I had previously contacted them to let them know we'd like to be somewhat near each other & that my son was blind. They accommodated us easily. Before we went down to beach we asked Daniela to show us where our rooms would be and she did stating we were in room 5 & they in room 6. After we came back from the beach we were told our rooms were ready early, great! Upon arrival at our room we noticed their suitcases were in our room and our suitcases were in their room. We had clarified which suitcases were going in which room before we went to beach. Obviously there was a disconnect with either the concierge or the staff who brought the bags to the rooms so we said to make easier we'll just switch rooms. We asked the gentleman who showed us to our rooms to make sure that the credit cards were associated with the correct rooms now that we've switched. He assured us he would and called us a few minutes later to say it was all set. Well it was not...we noticed at dinner the rooms were screwed up. At this price point I would not expect the concierge to screw up payments and room assignments. We had to spend time the night before we left straightening out the room charges. I was not happy I had given him a good tip when he obviously did not follow through. I thought this to be a big issue as if it wasn't family I would not want my luggage mistakenly put in someone else's room, Never mind my credit card. The rooms...nice but I was sold on the advertisement of leaning on the edge of your personal plunge pool while watching the sunset. This was a small option for room 5 "peek a boo" & room 6 had zero view from the pool. Foliage around both pools was very over grown. I contacted the concierge who offered to move us to the bay side which we did not want. I asked to send someone with clippers which they did. So we then spent at least 30 minutes watching them cut it down instead of relaxing. Maintenance was great so we tipped them but we shouldn't have had to. This was a management issue. If you're staying in room 6 you now have an unobstructed sunset view as advertised. We noticed other rooms were overgrown also. The outdoor space is AMAZING. Larger than I expected as is the pool. Room service breakfast on the patio was perfection. The bed is very comfortable. I think the bathroom should be noted that it is not private at all. The wall between the bedroom & bathroom does not go up to the ceiling so you can hear everything, no fan. If you have to use the restroom in the middle of the night you can not put on the light because the bathroom light will flood into the sleeping area disturbing your partner. Poor design. Also there is no iron in the room so ask them when you check in to send one if needed. Main pool area is beautiful, though not much shade. It's definitely worth viewing sunset from your private pool & also the main pool. If you have mobility issues the main and private pools can be difficult to get in & out of as There are no steps or railings. There is a step down ledge though. Private pools have the same set up, even the accessible handicapped room. I noted this in case it's an issue. If you only have 1 night choose dinner at Sentido Norte as opposed to the other restaurant. They have a great staff here. Shout out to Mikail & Andy & Victor(trainee). They give you chairs to head to beach but unfortunately they are camping style chairs and not beach chairs. All this being said Casa Chameleon is a wonderful place with breathtaking views that will make you want to come back again and again. I expected to have zero issues here and at this level I was extremely disappointed that there were a few. Just an honest review. Pura Vida
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Higher rooms have the best views. Ask for iron when checking in, if needed.
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Cheri O wrote a review Nov 2022
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We stayed 1 week in November '22 (rainy season.) Whatever issues other reviewers before us mentioned have clearly been resolved. We were beyond impressed by every aspect of our stay here! Casa Chameleon is an absolutely beautiful boutique hotel in a prime location, with breathtaking grounds, views, and 21 private casitas. A gorgeous open reception area with free filtered hot and cold water, as well as coffee, and a staff member are all available 24/7. During the day, you're more likely see at least 5 staff members, all very helpful, smiling, and polite, ready to make change, hand out beach towels, or help you to arrange transportation or activities, or just hand you an open umbrella if they see you're in need. A nice walk away on the very top of the hill are the open air, highly rated Sentido Norte restaurant and bar, which overlook the Pacific on either side, as well as the infinity pool, which is only open to hotel guests, and is nicely situated to give guests some privacy from diners above, yet close enough to the bar to enable easy access. Down over the cliff, in the lower part of Sentido Norte, is a brand new steak restaurant, called the Grill. We had dinner at both several times, and we highly recommend the calamari, the tuna, the short ribs with mushroom risotto, and the shrimp and risotto at Sentido Norte, and the ribeye, flank, and strip at the Grill were all cooked to perfection. The grilled veggies, mashed sweet potatoes, and homestyle fries were delicious, as were the desserts. Breakfast is included, and there was plenty of delicious food to fill us up. We enjoyed the very talented live saxophonist, as well as the mix of pre-recorded music in the evenings here. We stayed in casita 12. It was a sunset view casita just a couple of short flights of steps down over the hill from the restaurant. As well as the fantastic and unbeatable views, this casita was beautifully decorated and appointed, and the king bed was very comfortable (I suffer from insomnia, so when I can sleep all night, the bed is a good one!) A sliding barn-type of door closes off the bathroom when needed. The huge walk in shower with its rainfall shower head will easily fit 2, and is walled by 2 huge sliding glass doors on it's closed side, one of which has a privacy shade. You can watch the sunsets from here, if you like! It is floored with a real pebbled surface, which feels good on the feet and keeps the floor from being slippery. The supplied organic toiletries include a nice sized bottle of insect repellent, and some samples of face cleanser (loved it!), aloe vera, and SPF 45 sunscreen, as well as beautifully scented shampoo, conditioner, and body soap. The large double sinks have plenty of space for personal items, and the toilet sits behind a half wall. Two waffle weave bathrobes hang on a "branch" at the far end of the shower, with a matching hand towel bar near the sinks. Ladder-like towel racks made of actual wooden branches hold wet towels both here in the bathroom, as well as outside on the patio, and are nice for hanging towels, swimsuits, etc. There is no tv in the room, contrary to the hotel description on this site. They do supply a nice Bluetooth speaker though, so you can listen to your favorite playlist via your phone. The wifi worked well for us here. The minibar and fridge are very nicely stocked with everything from good vodka to smoothies, and plantain chips to chocolate bars. The cupboard and drawers hold wine glasses, champagne glasses, towels for spills, silverware, a corkscrew, and even a couple of mini candles and matches. One side of the wardrobe holds hangers, while the other is fitted with deep shelves and a safe. A 4 drawer dresser sits beside it, and we had ample room for all of our clothing. A big basket, great for taking all of your stuff to the beach, and an umbrella stand with two large umbrellas, are also very nice extra touches. The patio is half covered, and a table for two and lounge for two are under its roof, while two chaises and the infinity pool with waterfall wall are under open sky. The pool is not heated, but the sun (when it's out) heats the waterfall wall during the day, making the water more comfortable to use on warmer nights. The water is cool enough during the day to use to cool off in isolation-- heavenly! The turndown service, if you utilize it, sometimes includes little treats like specialty hot teas and little bites of pastry. The housekeepers are efficient yet very thorough-- they mopped the floors and changed the sheets after we'd been there just a couple of days. This is one of the cleanest places I've ever stayed. We absolutely loved this hotel, and its excellent staff-- the staff to guest ratio has to approach 8:1-- and every one of them is smiling, friendly, accommodating, and excellent at pampering their guests. I cannot recall everyone's names, but José, who works at the restaurant, Chef José, who is a very interesting, fun, and friendly man, as well as being your 5 star chef, and Michael, Fabian, and Scarlett were just a few of those with whom we interacted several times, and each went above and beyond to make us feel special and welcome. The town is a short walk down over the hill, or the staff will give you beach towels, if desired, and then drive you down in an open (enclosed in inclement weather) golf cart. At the entrance to the town/shops, which are only accessible by foot, is another staff member, who will call the hotel for you when you want a ride back. The beach path is visible after a short, scenic walk through the town, and to the left of the surf shop. If you go into the ocean, look for the green poles to guide you in, away from the areas of sharp volcanic rock, which can cut your feet. This was truly the most magical of places, in every way. Just go-- you won't be disappointed! ❤
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Date of stay: November 2022
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SLDampoux wrote a review Nov 2022
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My husband I stayed 2 nights to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The staff was amazing and attended to every need and detail. The room was very nice, even if there is not a lot of space to sit down. But the outside terrace with private pool made up for it. A big shout out to Alonso at the pool bar and Sentido Norte restaurant. The infinity pool is beautiful and the view of the Pacific Ocean is to die for. The restaurant is great and the sunset ceremony everynight is magical. Thanks for the wonderful vacation.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Keith V wrote a review Nov 2022
Temecula, California10 contributions
Didn’t want to leave and planning to go back. The private villas, restaurants and views are the absolute best we’ve ever experienced. The staff was awesome and extremely friendly and helpful. Would recommend Casa Chameleon to anyone thinking of Costa Rica. We will be back. Thank you to the Casa Chameleon and Costa Rican Vacations!!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rick R wrote a review Nov 2022
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My Wife and I spent our Honeymoon at Casa Chameleon. Every aspect of our stay was exceptional. The most notable part of our stay was the professionalism and friendliness of Casa Chameleon's Staff. They are the reason we intend to return to celebrate our anniversary next year.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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taylarcee wrote a review Oct 2022
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We spent 5 days at Casa Chameleon for our honeymoon and really enjoyed our experience. What really sets Casa Chameleon apart is the service and the food. The service was the best I've ever received; everyone knew our first names and went out of their way to provide amazing service whether it was at the pool, restaurant, or just walking around the property. Special shout out to Diego who helped us when we got stuck on our patio without our phones! We loved every meal we ate (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and we only ate off-site two times. We stayed in a villa with a plunge pool. Overall the villa was really nice, especially the plunge pool, but there were a few things that we didn't love - there is no seating inside the villa and the doors to the patio can be difficult, specifically knowing you can get locked out if you don't pull out the door tab completely. Our objective for the trip was relaxation, and we certainly achieved that here. We also did the rum tasting with Andres and Diego and really enjoyed that experience. The staff that we'd like to shout out are: Diego (overall amazing), Andres (best bartender), Charlie & Gustavo (awesome servers). I genuinely felt sad to leave these people! Overall, I'd recommend Casa Chameleon for a relaxing, beautiful vacation!
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Date of stay: October 2022
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$692 - $1,163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteLas Catalinas
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21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas
Which popular attractions are close to Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Nearby attractions include Playa Flamingo (2.9 miles), Potrero Beach (1.6 miles), and Playa Danta (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sentido Norte Restaurant, a'lo Nico, and Surf Box.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Las Catalinas.
Are any cleaning services offered at Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Casa Chameleon Hotel At Las Catalinas?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.