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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Overall, our experience at Casa Chameleon was excellent. One thing they cannot control is the construction. Our first villa looked directly upon a patio roof that was under construction. This was not what we had in mind for our 20th Anniversary Celebration. Roberto went to work on this right away seeing our complete frustration that we had selected this resort only for us to be in the direct line of construction. Prior to arrival, I had written the hotel to PLEASE put us somewhere where we would not see or hear the construction.
We were moved within a few hours and it was better. Here's the thing, unless you are on the side that looks at the road, you will see and hear construction. The major town, Las Catalinas is under a tremendous growth spurt. In a way, I wish we had booked a villa or condo right in Las Catalinas. We could have used more of the amenties that way - including the fitness center which is not available to the resort guests.

We had a sunset pool room. It was smaller than we expected it to be but was very beautiful and you can't beat the view at sunset. The small beach by the town is very beautiful and there are a myriad of hiking trails around this bay. Be sure to bring water!

There are several things I think this resort needs to do to really make it a 5- star:
1. Change the menu up a bit. Every day and night it is the same thing and it is very limited.
2. Guests of the hotel should not have to pay $50 per person to attend the evening sunset party.
3. Outsiders are granted "passes" for $75 per day per guest however, they can use that toward food. So, chairs by the pool are not reserved for Casa Chameleon guests only. However, when we were there, it wasn't a problem.
4. To only be offered a $120 roundtrip option to go to Tamarindo for dinner is ridiculous. The resort should offer a shuttle that is complimentary a few times per day.
5. There really is nothing to do there. There is no entertainment, no music in the bar or dining area, no TV, etc. I think this resort could definitely up it's game by offering something in the evening whether it be music, game night with guests, a local storyteller - SOMETHING.
6. No one talked to us about the excursion options. They would do well to offer one or two a week for their guests.
7. This may seem small, but coming from the top resort (Nayara Springs) to this resort was a complete let-down! Had we gone to Casa Chameleon first, it would have been great. One of the little things that bothered us was we were charged for any snacks, soda, drinks that were left in/on the mini bar. At Nayara Springs, all of that is complimentary. For the price, and the fact that there is nowhere on site to buy this stuff, they should definitely offer at least the snacks/soda/water as complimentary. Speaking of water, 2 bottles a day are left, only if you already drank the other bottles. Two bottles in the hot sun is not enough for a day.
8. The food was okay. Not great, not bad. This could be improved.
9. When a guest calls to say there are an army of guests in their room, the night manager should not say "well, you are in the tropics". When we complained the next day, they sent someone to spray. This was an ongoing problem in the bathroom. We were in Villa 15. We liked it very much and ended up ignoring the ants or killing them when we saw them.
10. Finally, they don't clean the bar sitting area. When people leave, dirty glasses and dishes sit there. It is also not well staffed. This was really annoying because staff was talking to each other rather than being attentive to guests. I went up to the bar and asked for a server and you would have thought I was completely offending them! They were oblivious.

Advice - rent a car. It will be much less expensive if you want to drive to the nearby towns. We really regretted not having done this. We missed out on some great restaurants that weren't too far away but we didn't know about them until we took the drive to Tamarindo. Tamarindo is overrated. The beach has restaurant after restaurant and it is a major tourist city with tons of t-shirt shops, crafts, etc - you get the picture. It really was not worth visiting at all. Would have preferred going to some of the smaller towns. And, the locals call it "Tamagringo" and they are right. It has become a major tourist destination not a cultural destination.

The restaurant on the beach in Las Catalinas has very good food and a great place to watch the sunset. The shop nearby has excellent ice cream!

We used a lot of a spanish in Costa Rica in general. We are better than beginners in that we can read and understand menus, directions, etc. The people are very happy to help you with your spanish. I would recommend learning some basics before you go.

A shout out to Roberto and Oscar - two of our favorites! With my above recommendations, we still had a very good time but we wouldn't go back.

Room Tip: Villa 15 is a good location for sunset view and you don't have to walk down 150 steps!
  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 15degrees
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was by far one of the most special hotel experiences we've ever had. The private pool and view are to die for. Do yourself a favor and book. AMAZING. The staff are all super sweet and attentive. And the outdoor massage was perfect. We had a fabulous stay. Thank you.

Stayed: March 2018
Thank Laura S
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

We visited Casa Chameleon with another couple and the trip exceeded all of our expectations. The grounds are beautiful and the views are breathtaking!
The rooms are clean and well decorated. There is no detail overlooked. From yoga matts and hand weights on the balcony to plates and silverware for snacking in your room. There is a fridge that is stocked with mini bar items. Upon our request they emptied it so we could put some of our own items in there.
The main pool is beautiful and relaxing. There are shaded beach beds that provide a nice escape from the sun. They serve delicious drinks poolside, and we also were able to bring our own drinks from our room as well. We had fun socializing and getting to know other guests.
The restaurant is delicious and has a fun atmosphere. We were their every morning for breakfast and twice for dinner. However, we enjoyed Limonada in Las Catalinas more so.
The walk into Las Catalinas is doable, but they will also drive you if you don’t want to face the stairs or hills.
They have wonderful hiking trails surrounding the town, just make sure you get out early before it gets too hot!
There is construction going on in Las Catalinas, and they work hard! They do a great job of containing it so it doesn’t interfere much with the experience. If this is a concern I would suggest reaching out to the hotel to ensure your room doesn’t have a construction view. There are a few rooms that have great sunset views overlooking the Pacific but there are a few houses being built right underneath.
The service provided at Casa Chameleon is top notch! They made multiple arrangements for us from excursions to quick trips into town. They work hard to provide you with anything you want, all you need to do is ask.
If you are looking for a romantic and relaxing spot, this is it! You will not be disappointed.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Keely C
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

This resort is magnificent. The rooms are romantic and beautiful with an enclosed patio, private infinity pool and rain shower with a view of the Pacific. The bar area and dining room are open air with views of the Pacific which are particularly mesmerizing at sunset. There is a constant breeze which keeps the temperature always pleasant.

Breakfast is included so we dined there every day. We also had three dinners at the restaurant after enjoying the sunset in the adjacent bar. The food is above average. I especially recommend the gazpacho and the other starters.

The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. We planned two excursions to the volcanic national park and Rio Celeste and were told that the tours began at 7:00 a.m. However, the dining room does not open until 7 and we preferred to have breakfast (and Costa Rican coffee) before beginning our adventure. The lovely woman in reception rearranged both of our tours to begin at 8 a.m.

The hotel is located at the top of a hill overlooking two beaches. The hotel provides a shuttle down to the little town (which is under construction) or you can walk down the hill. (I recommend taking a ride up the hill.) The hotel is generous in providing towels and the beach is quite private. There is one tiny beachside restaurant there with outside wooden tables. The food was credible and not terribly expensive.

However, it is truly lovely to spend the day at the resort. The main infinity pool has views in several directions and is the perfect place to take a drink into the pool and gaze at the Pacific. The atmosphere is serene and romantic.

Room Tip: Sunset Villas Rather than Sunrise (No. 5 Brisas had no stairs and great view)
  • Stayed: March 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank happyrelaxeddudes
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Federico G, General Manager at Casa Chameleon Hotel at Las Catalinas, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Dear happyrelaxeddudes,

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you can visit us again soon. Thank you!

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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

We had a great time at Casa Chameleon.
Villas are very nice and cosy. The best part is the terrasse with the private little pool with the incredible view .
Staff is extremely friendly, welcoming and respectful.
The new town of Las Catalina’s is charming and the black sand beach is so refreshingly wild with the monkeys and the chameleons!
The only thing you don’t realize on the website is that the hotel is not on the beach. You have to either take a golf cart or walk down to the beach and town.
There is a lot of constructions going on but we were not bothered by the noise.
Overall we really had a great and relaxing time and Costa Rican are such nice people.

Stayed: March 2018, travelled with family
Thank Flo S
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Federico G, General Manager at Casa Chameleon Hotel at Las Catalinas, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018

Dear Flo S,

Warm greeting from your Casa Chameleon family, thank you for your such a great review. We are happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay and that you weren't bothered by the surrounding construction noise we sometimes have due to the growth of the Town of Las Catalinas. We hope you can visit us again in a near future. Thank you!

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