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Hotel Capitan Suizo
Ranked #3 of 22 Hotels in Tamarindo
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Located away from the busy section of the beach so you do not get lot of beach traffic in front of this hotel which is nice. Restaurant is small but has plenty to offer. Service is good. Pool and grounds could use better maintenance. Overall maintenance would be the weakest point of this place. Place is getting to show age. Get a great view of the sunset.

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Bettendorf, Iowa
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Very disappointed by the service. All of the other places we stayed at while we were in Costa Rica delivered top notch service. Unfortunately, this place did not. On the plus side, the breakfast buffet was good. The pool was also fun and we saw monkeys there. It's right on the ocean.

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Vinicio H, General Manager at Hotel Capitan Suizo, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Guest, we are very sorry that we didn’t meet your expectations on service. Your comments are undoubtedly very important to us. Therefore, we will appreciate if you can give us more details on the issues. My email address is vinicio@hotelcapitansuizo.com. Thank you for mentioning the pluses about breakfast, pool, wild life and hotel’s location. We hope to welcome you back.
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

We spent 4 nights (we wished it was more) at this beautiful resort. Both of us wanted a stay that felt connect to the natural beauty of Costa Rica and to the heart of its people. We found that here. We love the mission and philosophy of the owners....they believe in the stewardship of the land and all of the critters of nature. The beach access was amazing....grabbing a cup of coffee and walking out the back gate for a beach walk before breakfast was priceless. We believe that it is the people that make the experience even more, and they did not disappoint. We had a basic room, which was fabulous, but we were shown a private bungalow and we so want to try one of those!! We are planning a second trip and we WILL be at the Capitan Suizo.

Room Tip: If you want a fitness center, you will be disappointed...they had a simple universal machine outside...
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

My boyfriend and I traveled to Costa Rica ,sort of, spur of the moment. We are in our mid 20's and semi-recent university grads. We didn't have any set plans; we kind of planned things day by day. Thus, we missed out on cheap flights from San Jose to Liberia or Tamarindo. After dropping $700 on a 4-day rental 4x4 SUV (i didn't know what the terrain would be like getting here),soooo I wasn't sure if dropping $175 a night for a hotel would be best for us. So i read the reviews of hotels in Tamarindo. This one stood out among everyone else (in it's price range).

It is about a 1/2 mile away from the "downtown" Tamarindo area. This actually gives it an exclusive feeling. I think there are only 34 rooms, so it isn't overcrowded at all. We were greeted by friendly people at the front desk. Also, there are a few feral kitties that have made this hotel their home.They are very chill cats and hang out on the seats near the reception desk. We did watch one kitty hunt down a lizard. We also saw howler monkeys in the trees when we first got there. There are a couple babies too.

The rooms are lovely. We had a regular room on the bottom floor, #23. It was nice to have a normal shower. The bathroom was very big, the beds were comfortable, and there was a seating area in front of the bed.

There is a private access gate to the beach. This was one of the more convenient things about this place. You didn't have to walk far to get to a beach. PRO TIP- you can rent surfboards for a certain price BUT you can borrow the boogie boards for FREE. They are good quality boards, not some Styrofoam garbage. BUT, if you lose or break the boards, you will be charged $100 per.

The breakfast was great. It is a breakfast buffet, but there is an option to order specific items (for charge, of course). The quality of the breakfast was very good. They have fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, papaya, etc), Cheese/meats, Hot food (eggs, sausage, etc), pastries/breads, about 8 different jam/jelly options, several juices, and cereal.
Watch out for the blue birds... They like eggs and sausage. :P

To the person who gave 4/5 stars because of disappointing 'to-go' breakfast....
1. It isn't their fault you chose to have a tour at 7am.
2. I am surprised they even gave you a boxed breakfast. If fresh food is not kept at specific temperatures, you are at risk for getting sick. They could be held liable. Every togo breakfast I have had from hotels consisted of a packaged granola bar/muffin, banana/apple, and the like.


If you are a parent that uses the television to babysit your children, this is NOT the place for your family. There aren't televisions in the rooms, but the internet is pretty good. We were able to stream the shows we wanted to watch while winding down for the day.

This hotel is certainly worth the price; the atmosphere is very resort-like.

Room Tip: choose a room with A/C
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clarksville, Maryland
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This was the second stop (after spending 3 days in Arenal), we (a family of four - including 2 teenager sons) were greeted warmly by the staff. After we were given some vouchers for free drinks, we went to the bar which was not clean and waited for about 15 minutes. Finally a unfriendly and rude bartender came out and another 10 minutes later he made us some drinks. No smile. No eye contact. Later on we ordered some more drinks from there which were not so great yet the staff overcharged on our bill. So we decided to get some bottles from a local grocery which saved us $$$$.

On the postive note, the location was perfect, not too crowded and a 10 min walk to downtown. Rosa who worked at the coinceige and the manager (I think his name started with V) were very friendly and warm. We admired them.
Our rooms 22 and 23 were very well cleaned and easily accessible. No TVs in our rooms which was fine, instead we read books and checked emails via laptops. WiFi was great.

Overall, besides the bar incident, we enjoyed the entire stay.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We love this hotel. It was an incredible experience. Beautiful quiet rooms that if you can imagine are more beautiful than the pictures, kind helpful staff, a simple but delicious breakfast. You can have a private table on the beach for dinner and walk the peaceful sand beach all the way to the town of Tamarindo. Its perfect AND it has monkeys! Lots of howler monkeys come through and hang out in the trees. You can watch them all day. While it may be a bit of the splurge to the budget it is well worth it if you are looking for a romantic getaway with your love. We hope to be back one day.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I cannot fault this hotel at all except for the breakfast staff which we found to be unfriendly and unco-operative. The hotel is situated on the Pacific Ocean in a most magnificent setting. All the other staff were exceptionally friendly and bent over backwards to help us - except for breakfast. We had a wonderfull room overlooking the ocean. had to climb stairs to get there but that was no problem. The swimming pool was fantastic as was the food. One had the facility to eat on the beach at night. If one wants a relaxing holiday, that is where one should go. The town was 10 mins. away ifone went on the beach.
We were going on tour both days starting early in the morning (breakfast only starts at 7 a.m.) which is late. the first day we managed to have a continental breakfast, the next we were leaving well before 7 and asked for a boxed breakfast. We were disgusted to see that all they managed to put together was 2 slices of white bread with a slice of cheese with a bit of fruit. Certainly what we paid good money for. The management needs to attend to that. That is why I am giving this hotel 4 instead of 5 stars.

Room Tip: Try and choose a room overlooking the sea. To wake up to that view is just magic.
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Property: Hotel Capitan Suizo
Address: Playa Tamarindo | 2 miles from the local airport in Tamarindo, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Tamarindo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 Spa Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tamarindo
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tamarindo
#3 Business Hotel in Tamarindo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Capitan Suizo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Capitan Suizo is an environmentally conscious and future oriented beach hotel. It is an ideal place for relaxation that carries a tropical ambiance and lies amongst a lush garden. With a discreet elegance and a touch of Swiss quality that blends with an informal and joyful atmosphere, Capitan Suizo is an oasis where it is implicit that nature and animals are integrated with love and respect. Capitan Suizo is located directly on the beach in a privileged area 1 km outside of town and at the end of the bay. ... more   less 
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