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“Great place in Playa Grande”
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Hotel Cantarana
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Playa Grande
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Leiden
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“Great place in Playa Grande”
Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

We've spent the last week of February in hotel Cantarana and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Its location is perfect; very quiet and near an almost empty 3 mile beach. The hotel has a very good restaurant (try the tuna!) and friendly and capa ble staff (especially Lioba who makes you feel welcome very quickly with her warm hospitality). We will definitely go back to this hotel if we return to Guanacaste one day.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Hilltown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

My wife and I visited Costa Rica last week for the first time and loved it. We chose Hotel Cantarana in Playa Grande and are glad we did. Small hotel with 5 rooms which was just perfect for us. Clean pool, plenty of comfort and beautiful landscaping. The owners and staff were friendly and helpful with any requests we had. Food at their restaurant was very good. Staff was eager to help make plans for taxis, activities and dinner reservations. Only a 5 minute walk to a secluded beautiful beach. Lioba and the entire staff exceeded our expectations. Will stay there again our next visit.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Cantarana, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this review, 3 March 2014
Thank you very much for staying with us! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed not only our hotel, but also the beautiful area of Playa Grande and its surroundings.
We would love to host you again should you pass through our area again.
Pura Vida
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Brooklyn, NY
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Best part of the trip. the place is amazing, the staff is lovely. Even the wine at the local shop is of value (get the Malbac.) Really a nice place to stay.

the only downside we had was with commute from airport (not a hotel shuttle). This hotel is NOT in Playa Grande, but in Palm, which is a little bit away.

worth it....and what a value!

Room Tip: I would avoid the one under the restaurant, just for privacy sake.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We really can't say enough about Marko and Savina and their hospitality. It was hard to believe the raving reviews. But from the friendly way that they interact with their guests to the heartfelt goodbye, you truly do feel like family. Of course, they also run a wonderful hotel. The grounds were always immaculate, including the pool, and Marko makes some mean meals (not to mention Savina's baking). Breakfast is unbelievable (so much fresh fruit, yogurt, bread and cheese, eggs, etc.), and really jump starts your day of adventure.

We spent the last few days of our 10-year anniversary (July 2013) with Marko and Savina, and they made sure that we had access to all the resources we needed to make the most of it. They booked our Blue Dolphin sailing and snorkeling the first day, and arranged transportation to other local attractions like the white sand beach, Playa Conchell, and El Huerto for some delicious brick oven pizza.

Of course, they are located right there on the beach of Playa Grande, and are only a short water taxi from the touristy town of Tamarindo. On our last day, we even made the hike to the black sand beach.

Oh, and Hotel Cantarana is also just a short walk from Wilbert's store and bar, which is convenient for a bottle of water, beer, a snack, or whatever you may need. He had even just opened The Cave, a more clubby vibe addition. That was a fun way to end the week, actually for my birthday. I guess it is worth noting that everyone in the area speaks perfect English.

There has to be something not so great, right? Fine, people are right, the Wi-Fi doesn't quite make it to the rooms. But it works just outside, by the pool, and you are supposed to be enjoying Costa Rica, anyway! ;)

We spent the first half of our vacation at Hotel Mountain Paradise (volcanic region of Arenal), and we wouldn't hesitate to return for another stay at either location. Marko and Savina, you are the best. Thank you for making our anniversary trip effortless and enjoyable.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tongeren, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

Hotel Cantarana is a lovely hotel for people who like peaceful surroundings, a beautiful beach within 3 min walk, a good restaurant and attentive young staff.
You need a car to get around. Ask for the nice (and private) mangrove tour, really worth the money. Liitle shop within walking distance for the necessary things (sunblock...!). Buy a drink and walk to the beach for an unforgettable sunset....

Room Tip: room in the main building isn't bad, but the other rooms are nicer
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Cantarana, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this review, 1 February 2014
Dear Linda,
thank you so much for your warm words! We hope to meet you again in our small Paradise!
Pura Vida
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

This place is incredible!!…Any kinks mentioned in reviews below have been worked out. The staff was great! Very friendly and super helpful and genuinely interested in their guest. Rooms were clean, beautiful grounds, fantastic food (breakfast included – great value) and beach a short walk away. They provide beach towels, chairs and umbrella complimentary. Staff also continually provided us with ice as my wife was nursing a sprained ankle. Playa Grande was an excellent choice! BEAUTIFUL beach, very nice waves and just enough restaurant options for dinner and drinks. Lots of day trip options. Tamarindo is just a short walk/water taxi away if you desire to visit. Rented a board at their sister hotel down the street . The owners and staff made everything so easy ……..really one of (if not the) best places I have ever stayed and could not think of a better way to celebrate our (my wife and I) birthdays!! PURA VIDA!!

Room Tip: Rent 4 wheel drive vehicle!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Federico d, Propietario at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this review, 24 January 2014
Thank You so much for your review!!

We always look forward to making our guests stay as unique, as comfortable and as memorable as possible.

Thanks for celebrating your birthdays with us!

Pura vida,

Federico de Mezerville
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

The room was clean and lovely. The location is a short walk from the beach which is also the leatherback nesting site. There is nice pool and hammocks in the hotel too. The dinner was delicious and reasonably priced.
We could never find staff in the afternoon. As someone mentioned in the earlier review, it did seem like the staff was hiding. When we did find the staff they were friendly & helpful. The front desk gave us bad directions which ended up in us getting lost or long walks in the extreme heat. I understand she is new to the area, perhaps giving an employee orientation before assigning them work would help with this. We were told the walk to tamarindo on the beach was a short 15mins. It was more like 30mins each way and it was a very hot afternoon. On our way back, we looked for marker 28, which we were told was the exit from the beach to the hotel. Again this information was incorrect and we ended up in someone's backyard chased by dogs. We used marker 25 which was actually the closest exit to the hotel. It took us another 15 mins to find the exit out of the beach due to this.

  • Stayed December 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 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Grande
#1 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
#1 Romantic 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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