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Hotel Cantarana
Ranked #4 of 7 Hotels in Playa Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Port Alberni, Canada
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125 reviews
113 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Loved this place. We stayed three nights in an upper floor room, which I would recommend as it added just a little more privacy. The room was spacious, immaculate, and nicely decorated. There was a small fridge and a safe. It would have been nice to have a coffee maker as we are early risers. The pool is lovely and so refreshing after a stroll along the beautiful beach in the hot sun.
The restaurant is very good. As others have said, what makes this place exceptional is the wonderful hospitality of the owners and staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

As many before have said in their reviews for this hotel it's not just the nice setting and sandy beach, it the hosts and people that make it one of the best! The couple that owns Hotel Cantarana are the nicest and most caring and really want your stay to be second to none. They gave great suggestion for day trips and area insights. My fiance' and enjoyed the great breakfasts and had a spectacular dinner from the on site restaurant and also went on a night turtle sighting adventure. The beach is a five min walk away and is great for longboard surfing and was never crowded and your never bothered by vendors selling local items. Thank You! Paul and Marcy

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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208 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

It is hard to add to what others have said but I will do my best! We stayed 4 nights at the Cantarana and could not be happier with our visit. This is the quiet, romantic Costa Rican vacation... not the party resort town version. After a few days of mountain hiking and New Years Eve in Liberia, we drove down (easy!) for some beachside relaxation. The Cantarana is cozy, clean, and romantic with a friendly staff you look forward to seeing each morning for the large and delicious breakfast. There are only 5 rooms here so it's more of boutique. The pool is lovely as are the grounds. The beach at Playa Grande (which is spectacular) is a short walk away and the hotel supplied beach towels if you need them. Rooms are very comfortable with mini-frige and large bathroom. They very much deserve their high ratings.

The inn is not in a town really... more of an expat residential area. Very quiet. Stay for more than just a night!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

Perfect location for a very relaxing beach vacation. Very friendly staff and easy access to the beach or town. Restraunt is small but very good and a relaxing environment. Would highly recommend this hotel if you don't want a large noisy resort.

  • Stayed January 2013
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canada
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was our first time to Costa Rica and we started off with 8 days at Cantarana. The spectacular sunset viewed from the beach upon our arrival set the scene for our whole trip. Sabine and Marko and their staff were wonderful and made our stay so relaxing and interesting. The tours they recommended were fabulous. The room was private, very comfortable and nicely kept.The property was immaculately kept and the breakfast was a delicious three course meal that kept us satiated till dinner. The beach was fun for surfing and body surfing and for long walks to adjoining beaches and I always enjoyed the hotel pool to cool off. My favorite activity was to go down to the beach at 6am for a long walk and look for turtle tracks and watch the really good surfers.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Huntley, Illinois
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21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

My husband and I began our first visit to Costa Rica with three nights at Hotel Cantarana and we were glad we did. We were in the good care of Sabine and Marko and their staff so we could relax around the pool or at the beach or go exploring and come back to a comfortable room and a nice meal. Playa Grande, like most Pacific beaches in the Guanacaste area, has great sunsets. One morning I got up for the sunrise and enjoyed that as well. I was able to see the nests dug in the sand where Leatherback Turtles, the largest sea turtles, laid their eggs in the night. We also went on a tour, recommended by Sabine, and saw a Black Sea Turtle actually laying her eggs on a beach. In summary, a nice place to stay and a good home base from which to explore the area.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Wolftracks
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Cantarana, Owner at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thank you so much for your great review.
This review will help our future guests, to get a better idea of what to do in our area.
It's so worth it, to get up early (5:00 am) and hope to see little leather-back turtles hatching on our beautiful Playa Grande.
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

What can I say that hasn't been said? Let's see. First the staff is wonderful, the property is nice, not overdone, the beach access for surf couldn't be any easier. Oh they better put that pic up of the restaurant , the little marketing session. Fresh Lobster Tail for my farewell dinner!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank lpbob3
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Cantarana, Owner at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Good to hear from you!
We are working on it. We will put that awesome picture with that awesome guy on our website! Promise!
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Property: Hotel Cantarana
Address: Palm Beach Estates | 50308 Cabo Velas, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
#1 Romantic Hotel in Playa Grande
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Cantarana 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our small Boutique Hotel is situated in the Northwest of Guanacaste on a peninsula bordering directly on Marino Las Baulas National Park. We are 100m from the almost deserted endless beach of Playa Grande. In our beautiful double rooms & tropical garden you will find tranquility & relaxation in soothing seclusion. Our atmospheric restaurant invites you to tasty culinary excursions for your eyes and taste. Our experienced team looks after you with great care, doing their very best to make your holiday a pleasantly unforgettable one. ... more   less 
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