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Hotel Cantarana
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Playa Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 April 2013

My husband & I stayed at Cantarana Hotel for 5 nights. Nice place in Playa Grande for accomadations, restaurant meals, & the owners & staff could not have been any nicer.Owners are there to greet us when we arrived helping with luggage & getting us settled in our room. Quiet, relaxed & peaceful! Very beauituful gardens, nicely maintained & spotlessly clean from the rooms, restuarant, pool & even the kitchen.
The restaurant was open air nicely decorated & the meals were delicious. Breakfast was included with our room & started with Costa Rican coffee, juice, fresh fruit, breads, cheeses, yogurt & eggs if you wanted them or could fit them in. A 5 minute walk to the beach. Beautiful big sandy beach where you could walk for hours or just sit & enjoy the sunset.
The bar area in the restaurant was open to order any drink you wanted while sitting around the pool.
Would not hesitate to stay here again!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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Thank Rich_lushy
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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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Thank Marie M
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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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1  Thank Hapytraveler48
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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...
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Susan2013_13
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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 ;)
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank HermanCortes
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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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1  Thank Geraldine S
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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 Romantic Hotel in Playa Grande
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Grande
#1 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
Price Range: £54 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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