My wife, infant son and I just came back from a 3 day stay at Hotel Le Cameleon and overall it was a great time, mas o menos!
The superior room is great. Comfortable bed, A/C, nice layout, high quality furniture and bedding, nice showers and most importantly thick walls so you can get a good night sleep (trust me, this is rare on the Atlantic Coast)!
The pool is nice and the grounds, although small, are gorgeous, just plant life everywhere. A nice (albeit simple) breakfast and really nice restaurant staff made the stay enjoyable.
The staff (more or less) are really nice and hospitable. Fred, the general manager, "gets" it. He is a gem of a man and if you have any issues, just ask for Fred!
The only issue we had when we were there is that we had 2 nights in the "superior" (read: STANDARD) room and then we opted for one extra night in the "Junior Suite" (which is the next level up and almost twice as pricy). So we move to the junior suite and um...it was IMO a downgrade, not an upgrade. It's bigger, for sure, probably about 5 feet longer. However, it's on the first floor, so people walk right by the window by your bed (which is odd), the bathroom is smaller and outside the A/C unit is loud as hell, even with the patio doors closed.
So, for twice the price, we were in a room that was IMO worse. I asked to move back to a Superior room (even though I'd still pay for the junior suite room) so they could offer the junior suite "upgrade" to someone else. For some reason, the front desk staff kind of fought me on this, saying they're full, they have a group coming, it can't be done. I tried to impress upon them that I was OK paying the higher price for the smaller room, so they could offer the new guest a free upgrade (who wouldn't like hearing that news?) but for some reason they kept saying no no no. Finally I just said "let me talk to Fred please". To his credit, Fred understood and right away moved us to a Superior room. I was worried that maybe I explained myself poorly to the Front Desk staff and that's why they didn't get it, so I said "sorry for the misunderstanding" but they just looked at me like I was a terrible, terrible troublemaker and not a paying client. That was just weird and kind of ruined the stay a little bit (not a lot, but I felt the other staff I spoke with were less than nice on this issue).
There's nothing ugly about Le Cameleon. It is gorgeous. If I had to nitpick (so I guess I will?):
- There are maybe two parking spaces, there's places to park across the street, but the hotel itself doesn't have much parking. Not a big deal.
- The hotel does need a bit of maintenance - a few chipped pieces of wood, a loose pool ladder, some cracks in the roof of the hotel room. Nothing major, I mean we're in the freaking rainforest, but it does need a wee bit of work.
- The beach club restaurant is nice, but down by the beach that part isn't really thought out too well. There are three mattresses for "booths" but those are ripped up and there aren't many umbrellas to cover the hot sun.
So there's a few things that we didn't like, but overall I think it's awesome. If you think of it as a luxury hotel, you'll be disappointed, it's not luxury (there's no concierge, sparse amenities, etc.). But if you compare it to what's around there and just go to enjoy a relaxing time surrounded by beautiful plant life and nice staff, you'll be very happy.
When we go back to Puerto Viejo we will definitely check to see if there's space at Le Cameleon...provided it's a superior room of course ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel offers upscale beach accommodations within the tropical forest of Puerto Viejo, Limon. The 23 Rooms sit around the pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, across the street from its Beach Club. The all-white minimalist rooms are decorated with a touch of bright colours and have all the comfort expected in order to have a restful night after your day at the beach or for your afternoon nap after touring the region. All the rooms feature A/C, Satellite TV, WiFi, Rain Shower, Mini Bar, phone, Ipod/Iphone docking station and Yves Rocher amenities. You have a choice of King size, Queen size or two Full size beds. With its laid back attitude and Caribbean lifestyle, Puerto Viejo has it all: long walks on the pristine beaches, exotic flora and fauna in a wildlife refuge. Ask our tour desk about our tour options ranging from snorkeling or diving among the many reefs, world-class surfing ,kayaking horseback ridding, deep sea fishing, zip lining, cultural visits to indigenous communities and more. Should you prefer to hang around the hotel, we offer private yoga classes, Spa treatments in our 'tree-house' Spa, Nunu gastronomic restaurant, lap pool and cool water Jacuzzi, reading/lounging areas surrounded by wildlife and of course La Sula Sea Lounge with its day-beds, hammocks, lounge chairs, bar and restaurant service right on Cocles Beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Cameleon Boutique Hotel Costa Rica/Cocles