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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We visited twice just for good and drink.
The chef worked hard and the results were great.
The location is as described, minutes from the beach, from surfing etc and is well laid out. Nice view from the dining area and overall very pleasant.
However, they price in US Dollars, but provide the bill in Colones and convert it, then your change comes in Colones. No real issue with that but they forget the 10% discount offered by their sister business at El Manglar. The service charge is added to your bill.
Maybe just us but trying to account for your happy hour beers and food seemed so simple until the bill came and some staff definitely converted wrongly. This was challenged agreed and rectified by the manageress to the bewilderment of the server.
It never amounted to much but it just felt wrong.
The servers didn’t keep up with the chef who was on top of her game. Food prepared, bell rung but servers failed to act on it first time several times leaving freshly prepared food simply waiting.

So yes it was worth a visit but ask for and check your bill. Top marks chef :) and could do better servers although all perfecting nice.

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Federico d, Owner at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Hola,
Thank you for taking the time to review us! We glad you enjoyed your meal !
We apologize for the inconvenience and the confusion. We are always looking forward to improve our customer service.
This comment will be helpful for us !
Gracias y Pura vida

Evelyne Lariviere
Hotel Manager
Hotel Cantarana

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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in room #5. The room was very clean and a good size for us, and the bed was very comfortable. This particular room is directly under the restaurant so there is some, very minimal, noise during open times, but not bad at all, and honestly their open times were during our awake times, so no issues with it keeping us awake. The grounds and pool area were beautiful and we enjoyed spending afternoons lounging by the pool. There are only 5 rooms at this hotel, so we usually had the pool all to ourselves. The staff were friendly and speak excellent English as many of them are from Canada or the US working there on a work away program. The only issues we had were one unsatisfactory dinner at the restaurant, but we enjoyed other delicious meals there after that, so it was a one-off. The other, more bothersome, issue was a dog, apparently owned by one of the workers, that was allowed to roam free and was very aggressively barking and following my husband and I as we walked from our room to the office. The owner was yelling at it from the worker’s quarters but did not actually come to retrieve the dog for several minutes. The same dog found me alone on a lounge chair early one morning and once again began barking at me in a threatening way. I am uneasy around dogs I don’t know and this really bothered and frightened me. In my opinion, a dog that is that untrained should not be allowed to roam free around your guests. Other than the unfortunate encounters with the dog, our stay was wonderful. We really enjoyed it here and would definitely stay again.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Federico d, Owner at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Hola
We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks so much for writing about your experience here, and we appreciate your compliments!

Nothing pleases us more than to know our guests are looking forward to their next visit and we look forward to seeing you again.

Sincerely,

Evelyne Lariviere
Hotel Manager
Hotel Cantarana

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Spent Christmas week in Costa Rica at Hotel Cantarana. It was our first time visiting Costa Rica and we couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

The hotel itself is quite small (only 5 rooms) which my fiancé and I were not used to, but it ended up making for a really memorable experience. The staff is incredible - just very accommodating, friendly and helpful making it a welcoming place for all.

The food and bar were also great. While there are a few other restaurants/bars within walking distance of Cantarana (all of which are good), we found ourselves wanting to eat most of our meals at the hotel just because the food was THAT good. Breakfast each day was freshly prepared and included with the cost of the room. They changed up the dinner menu depending on the day, but there was always a lot of diverse options of both local, and international, cuisines.

While Cantarana does have a small pool, it is a less than five minute walk to the beach and the hotel has towels and chairs for you to use. The beach itself was fantastic given how close it was to the hotel, quiet, safe + beautiful sunsets.

Stayed: December 2017, travelled as a couple
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Federico d, Owner at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Hola !
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. We are glad your first experience in a boutique hotel was amazing!
We hope to see you again for your next vacations in Playa Grande.
Pura Vida
Evelyne Lariviere
Hotel Manager
Hotel Cantarana

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Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

My wife and i were there for five days. Very friendly staff Evelyn Jenna and Lorraine. The hôtel was nice and clean. Exceptional beach for sunset an paradise for surfers.

The breakfast at the hôtel were so good. We needed a quiet place To relax the all day music was the birds
Signing.

We went To Tamarindo by the beach it was a 20 minutes Walk under the sun . People are nice and friendly with tourists. Food is fresh tasty an good.

We are planning To return To the Cantarana hôtel for my next vacations. Playa Granda beach got us.

The Rio Celeste tour is a must. The staff Kindly guided us with the best
Activities To do . The sunset Cruise was so nice the food the music the snorkling and the staff on the sail boat everything just wow !

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Federico d, Owner at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Hola Roger !
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. Our guests experience is really important for us !
We are glad you enjoyed your vacations with us and we hope to see you very soon in Playa Grande.
PURA VIDA
Evelyne Lariviere
Hotel Manager
Hotel Cantarana

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

This is our 3rd time visiting Cantarana and it feels like home! The staff is really the best thing about this place (although there are numerous BEST things about this small cozy hotel!) Jenna & Evelyn are Fabulous! They make you feel so welcome and are always ready to help with directions, ideas for your stay, loaning a beach chair, yoga lessons, or just telling stories. Each morning you are greeted with smiles, endless good coffee and a wonderful breakfast. They've also added a very accomplished chef, Theresa, making delicious breakfast and dinners. The owners are 3 local brothers making it a very special Tico experience. The rooms are small but clean, and all you need. The beach is just a few short steps away. Beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas are available for use. The pool is always clean and very underused. They've just added a few beautiful covered swings and a canopy bed. We will be back again and again.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Francine B
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Federico d, Owner at Hotel Cantarana, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Hola Francine and Thomas,
What a pleasure to have you again ! We are glad your vacations were exceptional.
We can't wait to have you again.
Cantarana Team

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