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Hotel Cantarana
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Grande
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Brampton, Canada
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5 reviews
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“Beyond expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2013

My husband & I stayed here for our 5th wedding anniversary for 1 week. Cantarana was amazing from breakfast to dinner. Our honey room suite was immaculately clean, spacious, I loved the washroom as it was big! The breakfast was delicious, they served us fresh fruit, fresh bread with cheeses, yogurt & eggs. We ate there for dinner almost every night & we had the best food of our lives! I am vegetarian & the chef was accommodating to my personal tastes. The grounds were beautiful & clean. The pool was peaceful & warm with natural plants surrounding it with a huge gazebo beside the pool. The owners, Sabine & Marko truly know the key to making people comfortable & happy. They are amazing people.
The walk along the beach to Tamarindo is 30 minutes. You can take the water taxi or at low tide walk across!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

We didn't stay at the hotel, but ate at this fabulous restaurant twice during our stay in Playa Grande. It was definitely the best dining experience of our stay! The restaurant easily accomodated 10 of us, and the service was excellent. This is the finest dining in Playa Grande by far! The hosts are Canadian expats, and very helpful in recommending activities while in Playa Grande.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Sacramento
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

Wow,
When one could pay a lot for luxury but you will find that Hotel Cantarana is Luxury without the cost. Nestled among homes along the Playa Grande shoreline covered beneath a conopy of trees Hotel Cantarana provides you beauty and comfort while exploring the North Coast of Costa Rica. The Beaches are pristine and full of Picturesque sunsets and sunrises. It is away from the noises of Tamarindo to the south which is divided by a river. The Hotel hosts, Sabine and Marco are wonderful hosts as they provide fantastic 5 star dinners in their resturaunt on the property. Gated for privacy and security you will experience a sucluded time of refreshment. The pool is a wonderful way to just refresh yourself after a long day of exploring the beaches and the area around Playa Grande. The grounds are full of tropical flora and fuana with walkways sifting through them that lead to your rooms. Groomed with a rake daily they are free from anything that would take away from the serenity of the property. We found a Diamond among the beauty of Costa Rica in the North. If you plan on traveling to Playa Grande I recommend making this a stop along the way. You will not be disappointed......

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Cranbrook, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2013

Hotel Cantarana is a dream come true! It's a small bed and breakfast hotel that offers very clean accommodations, immaculate grounds and pool, delicious breakfast and best of all the feeling of "coming home". It's small (5 rooms) so you get to know the other guests in the hotel which is great. The restaurant serves oustanding meals for a reasonable price. The owners, Sabina and Marko go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure your stay with them is a wonderful experience. The beach is a quick walk through a nearby trail and is a great spot to enjoy the ocean....especially at sunset. We highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is traveling in the Playa Grande area as you will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: All the rooms are equally as lovely and quiet as the next one. The fans and A/C work great and ther...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

lovely place for couples!..nice to get away from the capital and expend some time in a beautiful place with great service!
great breakfast! :B
ask for the tours, if you want to do activities like horse riding, BarraHonda park visit and more..

Herman&Jennifer

Room Tip: ask for the anniversary pack ;)
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, CA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2013

Hotel Cantarana is an adorable bed and breakfast type hotel in a quiet beach community in Playa Grande. The beach is indeed about a 2 minute walk away, beautiful, unpolluted and usually quite sparsely populated. It is about 10 times nicer than the beach in Tamarindo which is quite nice itself. The owners are a sweet and helpful couple who went out of their way to help us plan trips and activities and set us up with a great kayaking guide for the nearby estuary.

Breakfast was included in our stay and not a buffet but a lovely series of "courses" including fruit and yogurt, a bread and cheese plate, eggs cooked to order and sometimes a little breakfast cake. We ate dinner twice at the restaurant, and it was outstanding. I would say it was comparable to high-end places I have been in San Francisco.

Some points to remember: Playa Grande is a much quieter area than Tamarindo, especially at night, so if you are looking for "active nightlife" this might not be the place for you. If you go to Tamarindo during the day, the water shuttle ($3) stops running around 5-5:30 and a regular taxi back costs about $30.

General for Tamarindo/Guanacaste: If you're interested in day trips or spa appointments, try to book them in advance because some trips only go certain days of the week or when there are enough people. That being said, there is so much to do in the area that if something doesn't work out, you can usually find a great alternative activity.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Calgary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2013

Clean, bright and nicely appointed rooms. The efficient AC in the room was welcomed after a hot day at the beach. The grounds are immaculate with a lovely shaded pool area. With only five rooms and a limited number of guests, we felt welcomed as part of the family. The restaurant served the best food we had on our Costa Rican holiday. We were able to bring back Mahi Mahi after a fishing trip from Tamarindo and the chef at Hotel Cantarana prepared a gourmet three-course feast for us. Absolutely fantastic - dish presentations and flavours were perfect! The breakfast included in the price was more than sufficient to get us through to dinner most days.

Playa Grande was nearly deserted and we enjoyed the gorgeous sunsets and beach walks. We were so grateful to have booked in this area instead of the noisy, congested and dusty Tamarindo area. No vendors on Playa Grande and very clean, but no shade available on the beach so the hot sun got a bit much for us after a few hours. We were grateful to be able to come back to the pool at Cantarana to cool off.

Above all, Sabine and Marco are so friendly and more than accommodating. They went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable. We highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for quiet, peaceful and classy accommodations and we can't wait to return.

Room Tip: All rooms seemed to be nice. We were in the ground floor rooms which were very convenient to the poo...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Cantarana
Address: Palm Beach Estates | 50308 Cabo Velas, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Region: 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
#1 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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