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Review of Magellan Boutique Hotel

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Magellan Boutique Hotel
Ranked #11 of 21 Cahuita B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2007

Beautiful grounds and a very nice room with plenty of peace and quiet. The staff are courteous and certainly responsive to requests but I wouldn't go as far as to say the service is friendly. Also, its quite a hike to Cahuita's famed and incredibly beautiful park and beach. Overall we'd definitely stay there again although I think I'd also consider locating closer to the park.

  • Liked — Beautiful landscaping
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sterling, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2006

During our 4-week July '06 trek around Costa Rica, we planned to spend some time on the Caribbean coast. We decided to pass on Limon as it just seemed a busy, dirty port city. We found ourselves at the Magellan Hotel in Cahuita & were pleasantly surprised.

Located just outside the sleepy town of Cahuita, Magellan has comfortable rooms surrounding a beautiful garden courtyard with swimming pool. (If you are looking for a true beachfront hotel, there are other options right at the National Park entrance in town).

Our Magellan room offered carpet, 2 dbl beds, ceiling fan, tiled bathroom & french doors leading to the patio facing the lovely courtyard. At first the room seemed too warm without A/C, but it turned out just fine. It was nice to be off of the beach & not have everything covered with sand.

Magellan serves a simple breakfast of fresh fruit, toast, coffee & juice. For dinner, I recommend the Bananas Restaurant located to the left at the corner -- it feels like eating in a scenic tree house. The German owners, Alfred & Andrea, are great welcoming hosts & create delicious, inexpensive dinners. She is an accomplished artist, be sure to look through her portfolios. Also, if the Magellan is too expensive for your budget, Alfred & Andrea run the adjacent Cabinas Algebra, with clean, attractive rooms starting around $20 USD.

Cahuita National Park has one of the prettiest beaches in Costa Rica. Admission at this town entrance is by donation. Bikes can be rented on the street & is a good way to get back & forth from Magellan and to explore the few Cahuita streets.

Gabby, the Magellan caretaker, was very kind & helpful & even allowed us to store beer & drinks in the hotel refrigerator. Magellan has a lending library and secure parking lot, too. Beautiful macaws are in residence in the reception area & the surrounding trees have plenty of monkeys.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Magellan & Cahuita!

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2005

A beautiful and charming hotel. We had a lovely stay of one week in this hotel. The taste and obvious love this hotel was made with, shows in every part of it. There is a definite European touch. The owners are a delighful couple with many interesting adventurous stories to tell. The place is peaceful, elegant, very comfortable and the food is amazing! All in all, we can't say enough and hope to return on our next trip to Costa Rica

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2005

been there with my wife for 2 weeks in holidays and can only say the best of this house. very kind staff, nice & very clean rooms and very, very good food. we feeled like members of the family and can strictly recomend this wonderful place to everyone who want good holiday times in Cahuita. a friend of us recomended Magelllan Inn to us and now after our experience there we can recomend it too to everyone.

Thanks to the Magellan staff for the wonderful time. See you next year again :-)

Marc & Rosemarie from Germany

  • Stayed March 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Calgary, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2005

The owner of the place ignored us and we felt unwelcomed and unconfortable. There were too many rules, like in a boot camp. When we expressed our concerns about the service, there was no apology. Instead we received a very defensive attitude, something you don't expect in the service industry. We paid for two nights but we left after the first one. No refund, no sorry, nothing. Stay away from this place if you are looking for a good time, unless you like...

Stayed January 2004
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, owner and manager at Magellan Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, June 19, 2005
As owner and manager of the Hotel Magellan Inn, I would like to answer and convey my feelings on this man's unhappy visit. I am very sorry that he found us so unfriendly. I was the person that he had direct contact with on his arrival and with his discontents. It was high season, the hotel full, but it was raining and it was he that wanted to leave because of the rain. I explained to him that he had made a confirmed reservation several months ago and that our cancellation policy in high season was nonrefundable 0-3 days before. This made him very angry. That is our cancellation policy as is most hotels in Costa Rica. Other clients who over heard the situation and his remarks, said I had handled the situation very well, that I was very nice and polite.
We are a small hotel with 12 years of experience and with high recommendations in the Guide Books,it is not my desire to make my clients unhappy but for them to enjoy their time, we give a very personal contact to everyone who stays here. I do apologise if in anyway he found me to be unpolite. It is nor in my desire or interests as owner. Terry Newton
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Additional Information about Magellan Boutique Hotel

Property: Magellan Boutique Hotel
Address: Playa Grande, Cahuita 70403, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Magellan Inn)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 21 B&Bs / Inns in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Magellan Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming, 3-star boutique hotel is an ideal setting for a leisure stay in the heart of the Caribbean! Only 150 meters away, you can enjoy a walk to one of the prettiest beaches in Cahuita. Just a few more kilometers away, all with in walking distance, you will find the Cahuita National Park and several blue flag beaches along the way. Located in a private jungle oasis, our recently remodeled hotel will delight the spirit, with decor inspired by the vibrant colors and life of the rainforest. A tranquil setting to unwind in, with tropical GARDENS, a POOL dramatically sunken into an ancient coral reef cavern, a YOGA studio with weekly classes, BARBEQUE area, and BAR/ LOUNGE area. The hotel features 6 stylish, recently remodeled guest bedrooms, with a comfortable atmosphere and modern amenities. ... more   less 
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Hotel Magellan Cahuita
Magellan Boutique Hotel Costa Rica/Cahuita

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