Fodor's Expert Review Hotel Capitán Suizo
Right side of Playa Langosta road, halfway between Tamarindo and Langosta, Playa Langosta, Guanacaste, 50309, Costa Rica
Nature, tranquility, luxury, and an unbeatably beautiful beach setting make this environmentally conscious boutique hotel the most elegant choice in town. Nestled in a tiny forest between Playa Tamarindo and Playa Langosta, the hotel offers a variety of room types. If there's ever been a place to splurge, it's on Room No. 75 with stunning hardwood floors, a private balcony, and a linen-draped canopy bed that looks onto the sea. Balconied rooms surround a large, curvaceous pool shaded by native trees and greenery. Enclosed by walls of glass, the airy bungalows have Jacuzzi tubs, outdoor showers, and sunken lounge areas. Second-floor rooms in the main building have high, angled ceilings and lots of screens, offering an ocean breeze as an alternative to air-conditioning (which the rooms do have). Lower rooms are smaller and a little darker, with terraces edging the lush garden, which is visited by iguanas, raccoons, howler monkeys, and birds. A beautifully decorated and romantically illuminated terrace restaurant, overlooking the pool and beach, serves upscale, contemporary cuisine and hosts beach barbecues (December 21–May) with live marimba music every Wednesday and Friday night.
- secluded beachfront hotel
- excellent restaurant
- lovely gardens and pool
- high sustainability rating
- not all rooms are beachfront
- no TVs (a con for some guests)
Rate Includes: Free breakfast, Usually closed for maintenance between Sept. and Oct.