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“Fabulous!!!!”
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Hotel Celaje
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cabuya
Utopia, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous!!!!”
Reviewed 30 August 2013

Excellent Hospitality! The owners came to Costa Rica on vacation, fell in love w/ the area and decided to purchase & run this place. They are wonderful people who are very welcoming and speak English, Spanish & Dutch. Great Food! They have a wide variety to choose from on their menu, as well as a continental breakfast! All the food is fresh and cooked to perfection. Also, if you go fishing and catch anything, they will prepare and cook it to your liking! One evening, a guest had caught Ahi and we had excellent sushi!! Perfect Location & Beautiful little Bungalow!! The bungalows are very beautiful and unique, made with lots of raw wood and natural materials and decorated w/ local items from nature and the beach! Hotel Celaje is located just outside of one of the larger little towns were you can find local art/artists, shopping, excursions, restaurants and more!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2013

Wow, this place is cool. Its like the raw Costa Rica from years ago. Clean cabinas and uniquely decorated. (Down side: dark, no mosquito net in ours). Beach is not swimmable at times, but get a kayak and have fun. The island with the cemetery is so worth it. Take hammocks and have the island to yourself. The restaurant at Celaje is fantastic. Breakfast was delicious. The fish and the steak were the best. It's true...we live in Costa Rica and we had the BEST steak at Celaje. Head up to Montezuma and hike to the waterfall. Wonderful. Head over to Mal Pais and see the Pacific surf. Perfect for families would like to be off the beaten path. We'll be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Super relaxing. Beautiful cabins, Beautiful grounds. Great food. What more do you want. This is also a bit of the beaten track just after you leave all the tourist noise behind. Added fun for us was that the owners turned out to be Dutch, as we are formerly from the Netherlands we really liked that. The nearby park is a bit more relaxing as well, not as many tourist but lots of monkeys.

Room Tip: There is no fitness centre and we didn't use room service, but trip advisor doesn't allow me...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kemptville
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2013

My husband and I needed to relax so decided to spend our 3 week holiday here at the Celaje in Cabuya, a small sleepy fishing village in Costa Rica. Cabuya is a 15 minute bus ride
(7 kilometres) from Montezua which has a large variety of activities, shopping, restaurants and sand beaches.

First I will start with what we loved, our bungalow was very private and cleaned everyday by the discreet cleaning staff. The upstairs bedroom was very roomy and had an overhead fan, hardwood floors and comfortable mattresses with great bedding. Downstairs had a small fridge for our cold beverages and the owners thoughfully supplied us with a coffee maker as we were early risers and long staying guests. In the front of the cabin was a private porch, with nice hammock and chairs and table to enjoy the view of the ocean.

Breakfast was plentiful and hot, serving eggs, pancakes, fruit, gallo pinto, juice and coffee. It was served under the large rancho with a lovely view of the pool and beach. It was buffet style so you could enjoy it at your own pace.

The pool is partially shaded and in the heat of the day was still cool and refreshing, ideal for those hot Costa Rican afternoons. The grounds were kept to high standards with the daily work of Ciego, who raked and watered to create a lovely tropical environnment. There were a variety of chairs and loungers to relax on while chatting to other guests or just reading, enjoying the free internet or sunning by the pool.

Meals were reasonably priced and the fish with the mustard sauce was one of our favourites. Great hamburgers and fries, beef tenderloin was delicious and the beer was always cold. The service was great, always a smile!

The owners, Marco and Carola along with all the staff went out of there way to make us feel welcome and part of the Celaje family and we will treasure our memories of this relaxing holiday.

Now for the negative, the day the that we had to leave and return to the frozen north:(

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We loved the grounds. We loved the pool (although it needs a thorough cleaning-the water is not clear, algae). We loved the breakfast, it was excellent. The bungalows were cute and private. We liked the hammock, swinging chair and outdoor table and clothesline. We liked the location - easy access to Montezuma and Mal Pais/Santa Teresa area. The bungalows were clean.

We hated the pillows (bring your own, seriously). We found the owners to be a bit on the cool side, not unfriendly, but not warm or inviting. The bungalows back right up to the road, as other reviewers have mentioned, can be loud.

I would probably give this place 3 stars if there seemed to be better options around, but there didn't seem to be much competition.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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1 Thank TraavlBug
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Brantford, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2013

I stayed at Celaje for 2 wks and got to know the place quite well.The cabinas are quaint and clean (which was important to me), the bar/dinning area has beautiful custom made chairs/tables of wood and leather from a local artist.The grounds were kept impecable,it was hard to believe sometime you were actually in the jungle.The view from my bedroom was like something out of a romance novel.I loved the size of the pool and hot tub. You could swim in the ocean at high tide if you wanted to..This is the spot to go if your looking for a relaxing vacation.They offer yoga and aqua fit classes and moreIf you are looking for a little more excitement you can always go to Montezuma for a visit..Everyday there was a hot buffet for breakfast included with your room and a full menu that ranged from french fries to full steak dinners.The staff even though they didnt speak much English were always smilling and friendly.The owners were very helpful to me when I had health problem.There were a few locals that would stop by for a beer or smoothie and a swim.I would recommend this place to singles and families alike.Great Vacation
Thanks Marcos & Corola

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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roquefort les pins france
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56 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

We stayed 3 night at Celaje and really enjoyes it.
The bungalows are spacious but would need some renovation, the electrical hot shower is a bit dangerous, I got a few electric shocks...the mosquito nets have some holes. The garden is really pretty and the beach is right there.
Celaje is a bit away from Montezuma or other restaurants but the food served here is very good at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Celaje
Address: | Peninsula de Nicoya, Cabuya, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma > Cabuya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cabuya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
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