Hotel Capitan Suizo

, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Hotel Capitan Suizo

, Tamarindo
4 star

Rooms: 30

Playa Tamarindo s/n - Tamarindo - Costa Rica Hotel Website | | 653-0353
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10/10
So fabulous
Submitted by: Shannon in 21/04/07
  • Age Group: 26 - 30
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
We honeymooned at the Capitan Suizo and it was so lovely. It was laid back and elegant at the same time. Very quiet - the staff were friendly and courteous, but very much remined in the background, allowing guests to just really relax and enjoy the very beautiful hotel grounds and beach. By far my favorite beach holiday ever.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Capitan Suizo

s ship needs a little TLC

from cyberdouglas
The Suizo is a nice place. The grounds are beautiful. The pool is good. And the hotel was fortunate enough to be set on the nicest stretch of beach in Tamarindo.

A couple things of note: we were surprised that such an expensive hotel would have such a truly awful mattress — it was a rock. The bed also made shockingly loud noises anytime either one of us moved — waking me up on several occasions.

The hotel’s restaurant and bar menus list the prices in US Dollars, but the printed bill comes in Colones. I’m always leery of this move not just because I have no idea what rate they’ve decided to use to make the conversion. (To further this logic: If they want payment in Colones, the price should be given in Colones and vice versa.)

Finally, upon our check-out, we told the guy at the front desk that we were driving straight to the Liberia airport to catch our plane. We had a pleasant conversation and he told us to have a good trip. Only at the airport did we learn that — instead of waiting in the 45 minute line to pay the exit tax at the airport — the Suizo is one of a few hotels in Tamarindo that can process the exit tax as a service to its guests. The departure process from Liberia can take 2+ hours in sweltering heat — a process made easier if you don't have to wait in the exit tax line. I will never know why Mr. Front Desk didn’t offer his assistance.

In review: A nice place, a nice pool but not without some problems.

Laid back and relaxing

from MemberinNJ
My husband and I went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon and our first stop was the Capitan Suizo. What a delightul place and very reasonably priced! Being city people, we were a little surprised by the gekos in the bungalow at first, but got used to them and all the wild life around. In fact, that is one of the endearing qualities of this place. We saw monkeys 2 out of 4 days at the hotel. Very nice beach. We went the first week in December and the weather was perfect, not too hot and not rainy. The restaurant is excellent...be sure to try a Caipirinha at the bar!

What a great place

from A TripAdvisor Member
We returned a month ago from Hotel Capitan Suizo and it was outstanding. We got off to a rough start as the power went out on the first night because of a storm and when it did come back on our fans were not working. Not too worry because the staff sent someone down in the pouring rain with a fan. The next morning the manager found me at breakfast and apologized for the inconvience and bought us lunch. The staff was very accomodating.

Now, we stayed in one of the private bungalows which were nice but let me make a recommendation to everyone. AIR CONDITIONING! The bungalows are spacious and private but regardless of when you are there it is too humid to enjoy yourself. Our clothes were always wet and we were sticky when we would get out of the shower. Not exactly how you want to feel on your honeymoon. I did however get an air conditioned room on our last night and despite its smaller size it was worth it. You'll save some dough and feel much better. The shower in our bungalow also did not have a hook to hang from so we had to hold the shower head the whole time to shower. Not that big of a deal but sort of annoying.

That is about the only negative thing I can say about this place. The location is just far away from the hustle and bustle of town but not too far so that you can't get there with a 10 minute walk on the beach. There are lots of great resturants to eat at in town. However, the hotel had probably the best food we ate down there. Definitely the most expensive but great for a couple of nice meals during our stay. Breakfast was great and the drinks were nice. I would recommend the Michelados prepared by Melvin and the crew. Ice, lime juice, salt and tasty Imperial Beer. Good stuff.

The staff was great. Marlon in the souviner shop booked two trips for us and they were great. I would recommend the rafting and canyon trip with Warren just be ready for the rapids. Carlos was great with the horses and every employee went out of their way to make your stay the best. Melvin teaches great surf lessons and boogie boards are always available.

Costa Rica is a beautiful country with lots of nice people. I wouldn't rent a car if you can help it. The roads are pretty tough and gas isn't cheap. Other than not having air conditioning, this was the greatest place. I would go back in a hearbeat.

great location...nice

from travelgalTN
We just returned from a trip to Costa Rica, including two nights in Tamarindo. There were three of us women - and we had a large three-bed room on the top-floor with no a/c. You would think that would be bad...but it was actually pleasant! The doors are all screens and there were two fans. The hotel property was lovely, right on the beach with a great pool, nice beach and nice poolside bar. All the staff was nice and their mascot kitty, Missy, was a love! There were many iguanas on the property, but we didn't see any monkeys. The balcony had a beautiful view of the gardens. When it is low tide, you can walk on the beach into town - it takes about 8-10 minutes. High tide, means walk the dirt road or taxi - and since it was the rainy season, sometimes the road was a little muddy! I didn't get into the surfing, but my friends did - they took a lesson and had a great time. There were some nice souvenir stores in town and we had two good dinners. One at Niguie's (on the circle and the beach) and one at the Lazy Wave Cafe. Nice hotel.ci

Capitan Suizo a paradise - so beautiful and so well run.

from Dyer
We returned to the states on May 31st from a 6 night stay at Hotel Capitan Suizo and it was awesome. The desk staff were always available to call a taxi, recommend where to go in town (8 minute walk - only needed taxi's if it were or had been raining or if you were going further than downtown). The restaraunt/bar staff were so much fun and informative. The bungalow was neat, I was a little fearful due to upper half being screens (curtains to close for privacy) and no air conditioning but it was so peaceful. You could hear the ocean. The howler monkeys did not wake us up like some former posts mentioned. But there were racoon and bird sounds that made you feel like you were in the wild. Our young adult children just loved the hotel accomadations and staff. On other posts I read that for gifts that it was hard for Costa Ricans to get dark chocolate so I took that in my carrying on bag. In this travel talk sight, the Maldonados from Texas told us to bring Lindts white chocolate balls to Jorge - the reservationist. So we did. He is the friendliest man. We took English color books, beginning English educational books that had a CD included and the Tica and Tico staff really appreciated anything for their children or children they knew. Hotel Capitan Suizo is a Swiss owned hotel so when I gave out Swiss Dark Chocolate (not knowing who I would be giving it to) Ursene who seemed to live at that front desk was very pleased. I saw her share it with the staff. We all will come back to Capitan, with friends, the kids with their friends and someday their families. It is a paradise - and ON the beach.

Fabulous stay at Capitan Suizo

from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from our trip to Tamarindo and are ready to go back. We flew into Liberia and stayed our entire time, seven nights, at Capitan Suizo in Tamarindo. I cannot say enough about the staff at Capitan Suizo. They were friendly, helpful and professional. William, who works in the restaurant, became our immediate friend. We also enjoyed Maxwell, our nightly bartender. We highly recommend the Caipahenia's (not sure of the spelling) that they make at the bar. A true Costa Rican treat. The grounds were immaculately maintained and the pool was so relaxing. Breakfast was delicious but we only ate in the restaurant for dinner once. The food is very good but it is more expensive than the restaurants in town. I found the rooms to be very clean. I do recommend the first floor air-conditioned rooms. We stayed in both types. Although not necessary, the air-conditioning is wonderful this time of year. In addition, the upper rooms are noisy because they are open to all the noises of the jungle. They are also less convenient to access because you have to go around the back of the building. We did not see inside any of they bungalows but they looked charming. My only complaint of the rooms was that the beds were not very comfortable with only two pillows. However, I think we are just spoiled here in the states.

Tamarindo is a charming surfing town. There is not much in the way of shopping but we had excellent meals at the many different restaurants. I would recommend the Dragon Fly as my favorite "fancy" restaurant. The atmosphere was so romantic and the food was incredible. It was the most expensive meal we had and still only cost $25 American for the two of us. We also loved Pedro's and ate there twice. It is literally a shack on the beach with picnic tables but the food is fresh, delicious and inexpensive. We were able to walk to most locations for dinner from the hotel via the beach.

The beach at Capitan Suizo is right out the back of the hotel and was very nice. It is flat and easy to walk on. The water is very nice to swim in and the hotel will rent a variety of water "toys" such as boogie boards, surf boards and sea kayaks. Just be aware that when the tide is in, there are some rough rocks that are not visible. Once you see where they are at low tide, they are easy to avoid. You can walk on the beach all the way into town to the north at any time and to the south when the tide is low. One point we figured out quickly is to make sure you have bug spray on before the sun goes down. Mosquitoes are not bad during the day but they come out with a vengence around dusk so be prepared.

As far as activities, we did the canopy tour in Tamarindo. The hotel can make these reservations for you. It was a blast and I am usually very afraid of heights. I also heard that the Cartegenia Canopy Tour outside of town was very good and for $35 they will video tape it for you. We also did the horse back tour from the hotel. It was a lot of fun and we saw monkeys and beautiful views of the town and bay. Make sure you watch the trees. There are howler monkeys everywhere and they are very quiet and easy to miss. We had such a good time watching them. We also drove up to Rincon de la Vieja National Park one day. I highly recommend this. We did the 2 hour loop hike through the jungle and it was beautiful.

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail them to me. Just put something to identify them in the subject line so I don't erase them.

Remember, in Costa Rica it is always Pura Vida!

A very happy place.

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at Capitan Suizo for 6 nights the first week in May and had a wonderful, relaxing time at this very happy hotel. I had a hard time chosing from Cala Luna, El Jardin del Eden and this hotel as all of them looked fabulous. My deciding factor were the reviews from this website. We checked out Cala Luna for dinner one night and it was just lovely and the food was pretty good. What ticked us off about Cala Luna is that we took the hotel taxi back to Capitan Suizo, and it was about 400 meters away, (it was dark and there were no lights, so this is why we took a taxi) and they wanted to charge us $5!!! Then we tried El Jardin for lunch and it was really a lovely hotel and restaurant. The only problem we would have had with this hotel was getting to the beach.

Capitan Suizo has beautiful grounds and it is kind of shaded so the intense heat is not baring down on you constantly. The pool was wonderful and also partially shaded. It was a great pool for kids. The staff at the hotel were very helpful and courteous. The food was some of the best we tried throught Tamarindo, and we did try a number of other restaurants, including Stella which got rave reviews but we found to be overpriced and not very good at all. The breakfast at Capitan was amazing. The previous poster stated that they thought eggs should be provided, but the chef is German and we were having a German breakfast--a wonderful one at that. In addition to the food on most mornings there were monkeys eating mangoes above us, what a treat!

The only negative thing I have to say is that our room needed a little refurbishing, but it was nonetheless a very comfortable, spacious room with a wonderful balcony.

Beautiful Hotel - a real treat.

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I ended our 10 day trip by staying here for 3 nights. What a way to end our trip. It felt as if we were on our 2nd honeymoon. The grounds were beautiful and the walk to the beach is barely a walk. The rooms were great and we even had our own sitting area with large sliding glass doors as our front door. The staff was wonderful. The room did have some bugs, but it's Costa Rica - all of the hotels we stayed in had some bugs in it. So I do not blame that on the hotel. My only complaint was the complimentary breakfast. It was a buffet of fresh fruit, pastries and bread. I expected a lot more from a 4 star hotel. You had to pay for eggs, pancakes even rice and beans which were given out freely at all the other hotels we stayed in Costa Rica (which, by the way, ALL served eggs for free as well - even our budget hotel in Monteverde). It was pretty disappointing. Other than breakfast, we never ate at their restaurant so I can't say what their other meals were like. We prefered to dine out and explore. Definitely dine at Lazy Wave - their menu changes nightly as they cook with fresh catches of the day and their price is very reasonable for what you get. Be sure to look up into the trees. We didn't realize there were howler monkeys hanging out up there until the 2nd day. They were very mellow. Overall, wonderful hotel - a great place to stay if you are willing to splurge a bit.

Nice Place - Awesome People

from dmaldo2
Flying into Liberia, Costa Rica is the best route to go not only in location to resort but also getting in/out of customs. It was a breeze. Resort is located about an hour from airport. Tamarindo Beach is a small surfer town. April may not be the best month to visit as the heat was almost unbearable. On the up side, no mosquitoes.
We were greeted very warmly by the staff. We chose to stay in a bungalow. They are quite large in size, excellent patio areas and although it has an inside bath & shower, we chose to use our outside shower all week. The pool here is really large and resort is located right on beach.
Rosa (Tour Desk) is extremely efficient and a nice lady. Four months before visiting we had already scheduled our sport fishing tour since this is prime fishing area. Capulla is who we went through - chartered a 36 ft. Topaz. Caught fish right away - including a big 4 ft long Dorado who put up quite a fight. Staff was very accomodating and filleted the fish and packed on ice. German chef at resort did fabulous job of preparing it for us for dinner.
Canopy Tour - we went to the newest one that opened about 30 min. outside town - Cartahena Canopy. I tried to chicken out once we climbed the first tree but the guide said I would regret it and he was certainly right. As we zipped from tree to tree - I never wanted the tour to end. This is a must!
High Tide is who we went through for an ATV tour. You'll want to do this as well to see some of the country side. You end up on a bluff overlooking the whole area. Rigo, the guide, was a real sweet kid.
The resort restaurant serves good food. However we had a difficult time finding lunch options outside the resort that we liked. The day before we left we walked down the dirt road by the hotel, headed back toward town and on the right side of the road is a place with a Taco Stop sign. Wish we'd found it earlier - their tacos (nothing like in US) were fabulous.
This is important - due to the remote location of this town - they don't have access to malls as we do here in the US. Three months before our trip I shipped 2 large boxes of childrens clothes and toys. The shipping cost was outrageous, it took almost 3 months to get through customs and someone from the resort had to drive a distance to get them. I would encourage any of you who can afford this to please bring a 2nd suit case filled with new items for the kids. The resort staff couldn't stress how much this was appreciated as the kids have so little there and we are so blessed. Now, go get a pencil and write this down: Jorge Espinoza is the awesome guy they have in reservations. You can't meet him without liking him immediately. He will go out of his way to make sure all your reservations and transportation are taken care of before you arrive. We took a special gift bag for him filled with different items from our area with logo on it. I also included a box of Lindt Lindor Truffles - white chocolate balls. You can find these in the special candy section in Wal-Mart or possibly your grocery store. Grab as many of those as you can afford to carry on with you (they would melt if you pack in suit case) and take to him. He couldn't get over how good they were and it would be a nice gesture. When you get back and do your review - please keep this going so he's stocked with those. Tell everyone the Maldonado's from Texas send their regards and have a nice trip yourself. Oh! one more thing - we've never traveled anywhere else that we felt so safe and the local people were so friendly.

Wow Wow if you cant be happy here, you cant be happy

from A TripAdvisor Member
We routinely visit Costa Rica several times a year, even took a group of teens with us, and overall, we always stay at the Capitan Suizo. It is tropical, so there will be bugs in the rooms occasionally as one complainer mentioned, but the service, the sunsets, the incredible people, the weather, the terrific food, this is heaven and always has been, dependable service, etc. everytime we go.... it is the best there is, especially for the money!!!
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