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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
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#1 of 2 hotels in Las Catalinas
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4.9
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5.0
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4.9
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4.7
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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Rlechter wrote a review Jun 25
Hollywood, Florida12 contributions1 helpful vote
A very magical place that together with the incredible staff and attention to detail makes it a wonder of a hotel! The beaches around the hotel are beautiful and very private. For swimmers the pool is amazing. For foodies the food is to die for. Thanks to all the staff for making us feel at home. Be thoughtful that they’ll know your reservation by your first name and that’s how they know you throughout your stay!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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JaimeGT77 wrote a review Jun 7
San Francisco, California18 contributions9 helpful votes
I just returned from a blissful week-long birthday stay at Casa Chameleon - what a complete and absolute treat. I have stayed at luxury hotels and properties all over the world and Casa Chameleon surpasses most due to the stunning setting and first class personalized and friendly service. The property is gorgeous, the rooms (I was in a sunset suite) have amazing views, the pool is so peaceful and the town of Las Catalinas is a short walk down the hill. Sentido Norte (the on property restaurant) has great views and the food is the best in the area (for breakfast, lunch and dinner!). We relaxed, we hiked (several great trails for hiking and biking steps from the property), we did yoga, we ate, we drank and we laughed - really a perfect vacation. But as with so many other reviewers, I have to pay special attention and give thanks to the staff at Casa Chameleon - so friendly, so responsive, so customer focused - I don't know that I've ever experienced such a welcoming and service oriented crew. The concierge staff was exceptionally helpful and was very patient with all of my repeated questions and requests leading up to and during the trip - many thanks to William, Herlan and Pablo! I found them all to be particularly patient given that I do not speak Spanish and they were all so adept with English which was so helpful for me. Really really special place. I can't recommend it enough.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Denise Leparik wrote a review Jun 7
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There are no words that could express the incredible experience my husband and I shared during our days there. The view from our room was breathtaking. The plunge pool was slightly cooler than a bath and was peaceful to spend time in. The restaurant had a thoughtful menu with a number of different options. We attended the BBQ on Friday night - excellent! Chef Jose shared how he prepared each of the five courses. He came around to the tables a couple of times. Every time he came to us, I was jotting down all the ingredients and how he made each item: roasted eggplant, portobello mushrooms, prime sirloin, short ribs, corn, sweet potato and pork ribs. He finished with plantains heated on the fire with vanilla ice cream. My husband enjoyed the variety of rum they recommended with the meal. Overall Exceptional! The people were more than accommodating, always with a smile and willing to assist. The people of Costa Rica are warm, generous and generally happy people who want to share their beautiful country with you. I would suggest, if you are not a physical/athletic couple, let them know you want to be closer to the resort. There are 22 rooms at Casa Chameleon. Our room was #20 and there were 81 steps to climb to reach the restaurant or reception area. If we had known, we would have definitely asked for a closer room when making the reservation. I mentioned it to Harlen, the concierge, and he said they would have accommodated our request. If you want a private getaway, with all your needs met, this is the place for you. Pure Vida!!!
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Justin wrote a review Jun 6
Washington DC, District of Columbia2 contributions
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We stayed at Casa Chameleon for 7 nights to kick off our two week honeymoon in April and had a truly amazing time. The property is beautiful and the views are stunning. This is an ideal place for those looking to rest and relax and the personalized attention from the staff really sets this place apart. As other reviewers have mentioned, the resort and the immediate area are rather quiet - this is not a late night, party destination but if you are looking for a romantic getaway filled with great food, drinks, and beautiful sunsets, don’t miss Casa Chameleon. Getting to the property, we had arranged private transfer from Liberia to Casa Chameleon through the hotel. The driver was great and we were certainly glad that we didn’t have to drive the narrow, curvy road to the hotel and could simply sit back and relax during the start of our trip. We stayed in villa 20 which is a sunset villa and had amazing views looking out over the ocean while in a secluded setting that made you feel like you were really the only room there. Twice daily housekeeping was fantastic and staff always kept our villa in perfect order. While you can take the golf cart (or walk) down to the beach in Las Catalinas (and Casa Chameleon will provide you with beach towels, chairs, and a cooler) we spent the majority of our days enjoying the sights from the main infinity pool. Blas and the rest of the Sentido Norte team made sure we always had pineapple mojitos in hand and took great care of us while we lounged by the pool. Sentido Norte itself is really quite good. Breakfast each morning and lunch by the pool each day was fantastic. Dinner was very good and varied enough that even having stayed for 7 nights and dined onsite most of those days, we hadn’t gotten tired of the food. Many nights they offer specials or a themed dinner - the Guanacaste themed night which highlighted local cuisine from the region was some of the best food we had in our two week stay in Costa Rica. All of the staff are fantastic but shout out to Carlos and Andres for excellent repeat service at the restaurant. There are a few other restaurants nearby in Las Catalinas and we dined at Ponciana one night just to mix things up and they had surprisingly good pizza. We also had a casual meal and margaritas by the beach at Limonada one day. There are one or two other restaurants in town as well and a small “grocery store” that is really more of an expanded convenience store but it is nearby if you want to venture off property for any supplies without needing a car. Spa services: We did a couples deep tissue massage through the hotel (they partner with a spa/salon in Las Catalinas) and really enjoyed it. They set up their tables in our villa and while it was a bit of tight squeeze, the massages were very good. Excursions: We did the horseback riding trip and frankly would probably have skipped that if we had it to do over again (not the fault of the hotel in any way but the excursion itself is just ok). We also did the group catamaran trip which we really enjoyed. Even while the weather wasn’t ideal for snorkeling, the afternoon/evening on the boat was a lot of fun. A few other honorable mentions - Rose and William were two of our favorite people (and first impressions) - they both went above and beyond in welcoming us and always making us feel at home as we were coming and going. William was critical in helping us with our dining reservations, excursions, and various other questions throughout our stay. Again, if you are looking for a quiet, romantic place to enjoy excellent service, great food and drinks in a beautiful setting with outstanding sunsets and views, look no further.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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N-essR-ocha wrote a review Jun 6
Amarillo, Texas4 contributions1 helpful vote
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This place IS truly a 5-star hotel- But please read my entire review if you are really looking for certain things in a hotel. I will try not to ramble on, but feel the need to provide information for others that may have deterred us from booking this resort. #1 Casa Chameleon has breathtaking views! No doubt! BUT… #2 If you’re looking to get away for the first time in a couple of years and finally SEE people and socialize, this is not the place unless you come with a group of friends. We definitely felt isolated here. There were maybe two couples up at the restaurant at breakfast and a sunset dinners the restaurant is pretty full but most kept to themselves. We rarely saw anyone at the pool. Las Catalinas is just down the hill and was completely empty! It’s an little village they’re building, I assume for tourists to visit. The buildings are beautiful but again, so empty and quiet, almost like everyone is back in quarantine. I’m sure it will grow as more find out about it. There are a few restaurants but they also close fairly early. #3 Casa Chameleon does come with a price, as you know when booking, it is not an all inclusive hotel. Yes, breakfast is included, but you have to go to the restaurant to eat and they tell you up front if you want it taken to your room, you will pay for the meal plus the “delivery fee”. Meals and drinks are pricey! They do serve generous portions so you can save by sharing a meal and appetizer. #4 Viewing the sunset from the restaurant is a must! BUT you may not get a good sunset every single day due to the clouds and this is unpredictable. We were able to view one beautiful brilliant sunset, out of the four nights we were there. Other couples visited from other hotels, payed big bucks for the meal and drinks and unfortunately didn’t get a good sunset. #5 The staff were wonderful and accommodating, they’re all definitely happy to help with whatever they can! It’s pretty neat to see so many staff at the front desk, restaurant and bar ready to help. Whereas in the US, a fully staffed restaurant is still pretty rare. #6 Our room with the sunset view plunge pool (not heated) was beautiful and the bed was very comfortable. We only got in our pool at night. Bar closes by 10 and that’s all that there is left to do there at the hotel. There is not a spa or gym at the resort. I believe you have to get a golf cart ride somewhere maybe in Las Catalinas so we just decided not mess with it since it was not convenient. #7 Excursions We took the Rio Celeste hike and sloth tour. Highly recommend, just know it takes a while to get there as anywhere in Costa Rica. But the waterfall was worth the hike (4 miles total) and the guide at Spring Paradise Bijagua was super friendly and helped us get amazing photos! #8 also could be your #1… We found out quickly it was our #1! If you want to see and submerge yourself into REAL Costa Rica, jungle, volcanos, beautiful animals, stay in La Fortuna near the volcano!!! **We moved up to Tabacon Resort for a day pass and stayed at Nayara Springs resort and was 100% worth the 4 hour drive!!! You’ll find my reviews there!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Want some pizza? Get a ride (for a fee) to La Forketta-Just a short trip down the road!
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Meg M wrote a review May 2022
Lexington, Kentucky14 contributions
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After rescheduling our honeymoon twice in the pandemic, our stay at Casa Chameleon more than made up for lost time. Incredible hospitality, villas, & amenities. Thanks especially to William & Rose for their concierge service that made everything from booking excursions to beach outings a snap, and tips to enjoy our experience. We’ve never felt so pampered by authentic warmth from a resort team by everyone from servers to grounds and housekeeping staff. Food at Sendito Norte was amazing (try everything you can but the octopus ceviche was one of my favorites). Whether we were exploring volcanic activity on a hike or lounging by the infinity pool or in our private plunge pool, our experience was the vacation of a lifetime. 100% worth every penny and would give 10 stars if we could. Thanks, Casa Chameleon team, for making it amazing - Pura Vida!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Robert J wrote a review May 2022
308 contributions26 helpful votes
The resort is very new. It obvious that details were important to the developers. I literally lost my breath walking down the trail to the restaurant. We were treated to exceptionally well prepared food. A cross of French cuisine meets Latin infusions. You can’t explain this place. It’s a must see! Must try! The road up is as rough as a night in jail. But worth the journey. Service is over the top. Can’t miss spot!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Sean S wrote a review May 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia11 contributions6 helpful votes
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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Ryan O wrote a review May 2022
Victoria Capital Regional District, Canada3 contributions6 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed here for part of our honeymoon, and it was an A+++ experience. A small small issue arose and the manager went above and beyond to remedy the situation; we were so very impressive by this service and hospitality. Additionally, the hotel was such a beautiful setting. We will always remember this trip.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jessica F wrote a review May 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida8 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent 4 glorious nights here, could have stayed longer! The villas are so beautiful, impeccably clean, the views from the private plunge pool was magical. From the minute we arrived until we sadly had to say our goodbyes, we enjoyed every minute. The service and kindness of the staff is what really made this place special. Our excellent bell man: Grevien was amazing! Every meal in the Sentido Norte restaurant was so delicious. You have to try the ceviche, Tico breakfast ad huevos rancheros, the Mahi served in the plantain leaf on the Punta Arenas night was increbile. All the servers were excellent; special ones were Blas and Danny. Two nights in the restaurant they had really fun live entertainment! We just enjoyed relaxing, hanging in our private plunge pool and taking in the unforgettable views! Pura Vida. We spotted a howler monkey in the tree by the resort infinity pool! That was really cool! The food, the service, the location, the villas are all 5 star! (all staff speak excellent English)
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Date of stay: May 2022
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$673 - $860 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteLas Catalinas
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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 Potrero Beach (1.6 miles), Playa Flamingo (2.9 miles), and Monkey's Bar & Restaurant (3.8 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.