Our stay did not work out the way we had anticipated. We booked two different places in tamarindo just to get a different feel, one a small bed and breakfast and the other a larger resort. We absolutely loved the B and B, called Sueno del Mar, but were looking forward to trying the Capitan Suizo.
Unfortunately we showed up on the day it reopened from being closed for a while. We had to wait about 2 hours until the room was ready which was ok, because they have an outside bar, a big pool and beautiful grounds. Our bungalow was very nice, spacious and inviting. Unfortunately the bathroom is not air conditioned like the rest of the room and is pretty hot and sticky. I didn't mind, but the wife wasnt thrilled. The room was very nice and modern.
We went to dinner and the craziness began. I must say, we were very, very underwhelmed with our meals. We are not very picky people when it comes to food. I am usually happy with most meals. All of our previous meal in costa rica were very good, just not this one. The food was not bad, just OK. One of the charming things about this place is the wildlife.....lots of racoons and monkeys, but it was out of control. During dinner Pepe, a local racoon jumped in my wifes lap and onto the table. It was a real cluster. This happened numerous times. He got into our food and spilled hot, scalding coffee on the wifes lap.......Not Good! The shooed him away numerous times. He got pretty pissed off and tried to bite. A guy scruffed him and took him away, pepe screaming all the way. Now my wife rehabs wild animals and loves animals more than 9/10ths of the people on the planet, but this was crazy. One day someone is going to really get a nasty bite. Coco, the smaller one is much more gentle. You have to understand that these are wild animals. You cannot keep them off of you, as they are continuously fed.
Well, after dinner, pretty shell shocked, we went back to the room. The toilet then broke and they were unable to fix it. That is a deal breaker. They didn't have another room. We were hosed. I called and then went back to Sueno del mar where we stayed the rest of the trip and were thrilled.
Ok I do want to be fair. The people there were very nice and extremely helpful as well as horrified by our experience. Before the dinner experience, the manager gave us free dinner and a free nights stay do to our wait for our room. Then the toilet thing happened. They felt terrible, but not quite as bad as we did. Part of the problem was bad timing when we arrived. I did love the room and the grounds, as well as their dedication to taking care of wildlife. I dont know if i would go back, not because of the place, it is beautiful and there are nice people, just don't know if I would chance it again. Maybe the food is good and we just didn't get a good meal.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Capitan Suizo is an environmentally conscious and future oriented beach hotel. It is an ideal place for relaxation that carries a tropical ambiance and lies amongst a lush garden. With a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is an oasis where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Capitan Suizo is located directly on the beach in a privileged area 1 km outside of town and at the end of the bay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Capitan Suizo Hotel
- Capitan Suizo Tamarindo