Hotel Capitan Suizo
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Great Staff, Great Location, Dirty Rooms
We just returned from our trip to CR. We did a lot of research for our hotel choices and were disappointed in the Capitan Suizo. Let's start with the good stuff: The beach was absolutely beautiful and the water was perfect for a leisurely swim-best of all it was just a few steps away from the hotel. All of the staff was warm, friendly and very helpful. The grounds of the hotel were also well kept and were very pretty. It was delightful to see the wildife; iguanas, monkeys, geckos...etc. Now, for the not so good: The bathroom was old and dirty. In fact, I would not step into the shower without slippers! Not only the bathroom but the room itself had its own wildlife - mosquitos, flies, lizards, spiders, red ants, black ants...all over the place; worst of all there were a variety of fleas or bedbugs in the bedding! In addition, the cuisine that the hotel boasted about, was not really anything to boast about. The chicken cordon bleu that my husband had was dry and burnt. The spaghetti bolognese was too salty. However, the continental breakfast was loaded with fresh fruit and pastries. Don't forget to keep an eye on your things on the beach, it is very common to have "passer-byers" take your things - leave as much as you can in the hotel safe that the hotel provides. In summarization, our stay was OK - but I would not return to the Capitan Suizo.
Heaven on Earth!
From the front desk to the bartenders everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly! We stayed in a bungalow which does not have air conditioning but it was perfect - the roar of the ocean and the call of the monkeys was not to be believed. We absolutely adored Capitan Suizo and cannot wait to return!!! Any questions, I would be happy to answer them!
They gave away our room
Our family of five (children ages 8, 7, and 2) reserved a bungalow at Capitan Suizo 5 months in advance. When we arrived, there was a misunderstanding and our bungalow was given to someone else. After a long period of "arguing", they acknowledged their error, gave us a free dinner, and put us up somewhere else (which was much cheaper and inferior). Even though we saved a little money, we put a lot of time into researching hotels and felt very disappointed because we really wanted to stay there.
Best Trip Ever
This was my first trip to Costa Rica and we stayed at the Capitan Suizo in Tamarindo. It has to be the best trip I have ever taken. The hotel staff were friendly and courteous and our room was great. The food was also excellent. Lots of different foods on the menu and all of them were very good. The beach was for the most part devoid of rocks which was nice, also it was only a short walk on the beach from town. Only complaint was that the first night I was awoken by howler monkeys, but that is nothing that the hotel can control and it added to the experience. Wildlife is also a great part of the hotel. Overall it was fantastic and I would return in a heartbeat!
An excellent experience....Captain Suizo
We stayed in the bungalows at Captain Suizo for 6 nights in March. I was pretty aprehensive based on some reviews I had read here and tried to change to Sueno del Mar or Cala Luna. I am so glad they were not available. My major concerns were lack of a/c ( which I hate anyway but it was really hot) and noise. The bungalows would not be for anyone who loves a/c...the fans were great for us and I don't come to the tropics to seal myself in so problem 1 did not surface. As to noise there was a little from the restaurant and that would be from most rooms but nothing to speak of and quiets down about 10pm. No loud music at all. We found it a very quiet and relaxing location. The service was excellent and the food at the restaurant was also top quality. We ate many meals there. We did try some in town and they were good too...Lazy Wave and Dragonfly would be good choices. The howler monkeys are very fun but they did wake us up one morning about 5am but no problem. Saw more monkeys here than in Manual Antonio last year! There were a fair amount of families arriving as spring break approaches but the large pool gave everyone space. Definitely not a place for those than like mega resorts with all the bells and whistles...no games in the pool...no tv in rooms...no evening entertainment except for Sat. BBQ which was very nice. In speaking with other clients staying there everyone seemed to like it and not want to leave...we will return....never looked at the clock for 6 days. Also did look at Sueno del Mar and it looked very nice (B and B style) and Cala Luna looked very beautiful but more like Palm Springs with a pretty good hike to beach...too country club for my taste in Costa Rica.
The Suizo has excellent staff that are very helpful, friendly and accomodating. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. The gardens are very tropical, with lots of varieties of plants and flowers. There were a lot of howler monkeys living in the trees and at least 8 iguanas roaming around. Not to mention the various birds. The chef is absolutely marvelous. Very delicious dinners especially. I think this is the best hotel in all of Tamarindo. We loved it so much we extended our stay here.
Lovely end to a trip!
We spent our last 4 nights here. The location is great because you are a short beach walk to town but far enough the you can climb the nearby ridge to the tide pools for a quiet walk along the beach. The staff was friendly and spoke (most of them) several languages. The breakfast pastries were excellent and the dinners were lovely. We attended the Sat night BBQ and the food was plentiful and good as was the performance of the local dance troupe. We loved our room! The layout was great.
A few hints/tips: make dinner reservations early, take your towel with you to breakfast to tag a poolside chair (they are claimed by 9am), take your camera with you everywhere - I got the best shots of birds, monkeys and iguanas on the way to and from breakfast/pool/room. A small fridge is provided so do a little grocery shopping and grab a cab back. A short walk down the road (exit out the lobby) - the Taco Stop is excellent and cheap for lunch.
Family vacation, excellent hotel
We are a family of 4, (kids ages 8 & 1), and have stayed twice at Capitan Suizo. Once with kids, once without. Having been to 34 countries on business travel, I'm familiar with quality hotels. Capitan Suizo is a great hotel for the money. I was amazed that there were no reviews of this outstanding hotel on this website, so I had to write one. The hotel is on the south end of Tamarindo, about a five to eight minute beach walk to "downtown". Both our trips to Tamarindo were the first week of September, which is during the start of the rainy season. Guanacaste is the dryest part of Costa Rica, and on both one week trips the rain was minimal at best, usually during the mid-afternoons when my wife was planning a nap anyway. The hotel staff is excellent, friendly, and speak very good English. The grounds and pool are beautiful, with monkeys often playing in the trees overhead. The food is very good, the German chef does a fine job. The water is ok, not very clear but certainly ok for snorkeling and swimming. I would recommend a room with AC as the humidity can get very high. We had no problems with insects or malfunctioning items in the rooms. Note there are no tvs or phones in the rooms. There is a small game room with foosball and air hockey, a rope swing at the pool, ping pong on the beach (in the shade). Our 8 year old loved it and wants to go back. Write if you want more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay Away From Capitan Suizo
The setting of this hotel is lovely. When you arrive it would appear as though you are in for a lovely stay. We reserved and paid in advance (as required by this hotel) a bungalow. The Bellman brought us to our room and explained that there is no air conditioning or television, I thought wow a real get away.
The first thing that one notices is that there are no windows only screens, which is great if you are in a quiet secluded place. At Capitan Suizo, your bathroom screens in all the bungalows are directly above heavily traveled side walks. The next thing that will become very obvious to you is that all of the bungalows are directly next to an inexpensive apartment building and the way that the bed is situated, your head is directly next peolple blowing their car horns and setting off car alarms at 3 in the morning (every morning).
And finally, when we expressed our discomfort with the managment they just didn't care.
We are frequent travelers, and have been all over the world including several trips to Costa Rica. This hotel is one of the worst I have ever experienced
A Laid Back Vacation
We just spent three nites at Capitan Suizo. What a lovely laid back vacation. We stayed in a bungalow (be forewarned they do not have a/c). They are screened on three sides and there was an adequate breeze. Listening to the howling monkeys and birds awaken at 5:00 am surely is better than listening to an airconditioning hum. The hotel is located at the very end of the beach; a real plus for those of us who crave relaxation. They have hammocks set up under the trees right on the beach. It was really awesome to have monkeys scurring right over your head. The food is average to above average. The wait staff is accomodating, altough service could be a little slow. But remember you are in Costa Rica (they are notorious for moving slowly)....Maybe there is something to be said about that. We were there to relax so there really shouldn't have to be any stress about being on a schedule. I would highly recommend Hotel Capitan Suizo.
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