For clarification this is not a four star hotel by European or American standards but saying that it is a nice hotel in the Dominical area (and considered by locals as the most upmarket hotel in the region). So actually it was neither 'Very good' nor 'Average' as it depends on how you judge it. I would just say it is 'Good' and it's important to note that we stayed in an angel room within the main building not the jungle rooms which are a walk away from the main building and in the vegetation! (would not want to be making my way back to one of these after dark!)
The room was adequate, it was clean, spacious, the bed comfortable, it had a fridge and air conditioning (which was loud), TV with satellite channels but they seem to get switched off at some point in the late evening sometimes midway through a film, the bathroom was a bit disappointing but again everything was clean and adequate. The hotel is friendly, the staff helpful and easy to converse with and the lobby layout is nice with an open air feeling. Both the restaurant and lobby are open this means that insects can access these areas but we only saw a few in the nights we were there - even with an insect phobia I was ok sitting using the internet in the lobby for a short while. The wi-fi service is not available within the bedrooms but speed is good in the lobby and restaurant.
The location is about four kilometres from Dominical which itself is a little village (4/5 restaurants and a wonderful ice cream shop - Ruby's which gets a huge thumbs up, Bryan the owner is warm and friendly and will let you try the flavours first!). The road from Quespos is now paved and is very fast if dull - giving you two choices of how to get there from San Jose, it's probably best to do one on the way there and the other on the way back (over the mountains of death!!) to see both as they are hugely different; the intercontinental highway is shorter but twisty and can be slow due to lorries negotiating the mountains twist and turns. We believe it is worth a day trip to Manuel Antonio national park - get a guide as you arrive as without one it is extremely difficult to spot all the amazing wildlife which you know is watching! A day trip to San Isidro is also a suggestion as they have a nice farmers market on Thursdays and it gives you a sense of the life lived by the locals.
The hotel offers 'spa' services, but you have to book an appointment with a therapist who comes in from outside, if they're not busy. There is no 'spa' as you would expect it but there is a decent pool. This hotel is nice and makes a great base for exploring this interesting and pretty area of the country, however it is pricey for what it is so unless you want the safety and security (especially regarding the bugs!) you might want to look elsewhere for a better bargain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cuna del Angel is an exclusive and cozy boutique hotel that is committed with high quality standards in service and sustainability, its facilities are comfortable and intimate with an atmosphere of tranquility and romance surrounded by exuberant nature in the South Pacific of Costa Rica. Cuna del Angel is the ideal scenery for honeymoons and fantastic adventurous vacations. Located in Bahia Ballena, at the amazing South Pacific of Costa Rica, where the resplendent green of mountains can be admired year around. The name Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay) is to honor the yearly arriving of whales to the region; these impressive mammals can be easily seen year after year when they come to mate and give birth to their calves. Bahia Ballena is considered a strategic location to visit and explore important tourist attractions such as: Manuel Antonio National Park, Marino Ballena (Whale Marine) National Park and the worldwide famous Corcovado National Park, besides a wide variety of exciting activities in the vicinity ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cuna Del Angel Hotel
- Cuna Del Angel Dominical
- Hotel Cuna Del Angel Costa Rica/Dominical