I recently stayed at casa Chameleon in dec for 5 nights. It was part of my honeymoon and I had booked it about 8 months earlier. It is the most beautiful hotel that I have ever seen, and I almost cried when I got there, it was lovely! However the hotel has recently changed hands and the owner is different. When we were there there was one guy working there,and only two nights was there a chef. Apparently the regular chef had left and they were having trouble finding a new one. The one meal on the first night that we had was good but in no way was it worth 60 usd per person! I was quite disappointed after all the amazing reviews, I am a diehard foodie so was really looking forward to it! The same chef also cooked us breakfast the next day which for 12 dollars was good. Unfortunately he wasnt around for the rest of the mornings so when we did order breakfast once the manager of the hotel cooked it for us, and it was not really good at all! think cold scrambled eggs without any salt or pepper served with cold crepe filled with banana,jam and nutella. Not so nice. Therefore everytime we wanted something to eat we had to actually leave the hotel and drive into Santa Theresa 10 minutes away, there was really nothing available at the hotel, lunch was not available, nothing. If we wanted something to drink from the bar we had to ask Hua to come down from the main house where he was most of the time and serve us which didnt seem such an easy setup. There was no honour system and I certainly didnt feel like I could go and help myself to anything in the fridge! There was also a problem with the money transfer for the payment of the hotel which despite numerous emails to the booking agent in san jose, asking for confirmation of the payment before we left to get married in guatemala ,saying that we couldnt do anything about any problems after we left, and getting vague answers of "dont worry, it will turn up, we have never had a payment not turn up!, "suprise,suprise, they wanted us to pay again, 660 dollars that had not turned up!!! my husband dealt with it, and of course we didnt pay again,j ust eventually left it up to the hotel to sort out. But, it was a bit annoying and time on the phone to our banks ect,ect...All in all, I was disappointed when we left, based on the feeling that the service hadnt really been good, because there was no one to cook for you or to serve you drinks. We ended up getting beers and wines and juices and storing them in our fridge. It was much more of a self catering holiday then I thought it would be. And you have to have your own transport, the hotel is high on a hill and the closest town about 10 minutes drive away, on foot is simply not possible if you want to be mobile and get into town for food,ect. If Casa Chameleon got in a full time chef and a bar man, I would think it would be alot better. But it is absolutely gorgeous there, just dont expect to be really spoiled there, like I though I was going to be!! Of course this was a month ago, and hopefully things have gotton smoothed out and better!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chosen as one of the "Best 101 Hotels in the World" by Conde Nast Publications' Tatler Travel Guide, Casa Chameleon hotel Mal Pais is a favorite with honeymooners and couples looking to relax and unwind in an enchanted adult only environment. Casa Chameleon is vacation as it should be: a warm welcome, rich privacy, authentic experiences, and endless adventure. Regardless of which Casa Chameleon Hotel you find yourself enjoying, you can count on handcrafted cultural experiences and endless adventure. At each Casa Chameleon property, it is our priority to help you slip seamlessly into the best of local tradition and cuisine-from cooking fresh-caught seafood side by side with our in-house chefs to paddling the coastline to sipping a nightcap in your private pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Chameleon Mal Pais
- Casa Chameleon Hotel Costa Rica/Mal Pais