Le Cameleon Puerto Viejo4.0 out of 5.0
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We stayed for six nights and loved every minute of it. The hotel is beautiful, rooms sublime and the property really provides a full range of experiences. Walking to breakfast along a short jungle path way complete with a sloth resting nearby transports you without requiring any real effort. The beach house and waterfront is a place to wile away an afternoon, a day or a week! The food at the beach house and the umbrella drinks make it an easy place to relax. The staff's attentiveness and generosity were second to none. They can arrange horse back riding (Raul was amazing), rafting adventures and restaurant reservations (although their restaurant is great for dinner). Breakfast is included and is fresh and offers a great deal of variety as well as excellent coffee, juices, fruit and baked goods. All staff were amazing but we'd like to give a particular thank you to Carlos and Jocelyn for all their help and service. The concept of Le Cameleon is that every day is a new day and they deliver on a new experience every day with colour changes and details that delight. The location is also delightful - a tropical paradise away from the busyness of Puerto Viejo but close to excellent restaurants, attractions (Jaguar Rescue Centre) and beaches. We will be back!
In summary: Poor service No running water on several occasions Expensive General lack of maintenance Beautiful setting, especially the beach, shame about the rest .... The hotel complex, which is very appealing, is sat one side of the coastal road, and the beach complex the other, although the road is not particularly busy. It appears the hotel was built very much on a low budget. The room(s) seems to have been kitted out with stuff from Ikea: fixtures and fittings are flimsy and second-rate quality. The 'superior' room is actually a standard room, and is dressed up on the hotel website to be something special. It isn't! Our bed is by far the smallest of the four hotels we have stayed in during our circuit of Costa Rica, and the least comfortable. Occasionally the bathroom, and also sometimes the bedroom, smelt of drains, which was unpleasant. There was one of those scented spray things in the bathroom that hissed every so often, no doubt to assist in keeping the smells at bay, but unfortunately this was not 100% effective. Clearly management are aware, and are unable or unwilling to come up with an effective solution. On the subject of the bathroom, there were three occasions we were without water. This appears not to be an isolated instance as I read in another TripAdvisor review someone else had encountered a similar experience. On one occasion we were that desperate, as we had booked a restaurant elsewhere, we had to resort to having a dunk in the swimming pool. Not ideal! While the room, and much of the rest of the hotel, is painted white, and gives the impression of clinical minimalism, it actually highlights the dirt and lack of general upkeep and maintenance. Staff at the hotel are the least friendly, and most lacking in English, of all our encounters with the locals of Costa Rica, which was a shame. Maybe this is just a Caribbean trait, but in any event, this was a disappointment. Service during meal times was therefore not the best of experiences, and at times we struggled to make ourselves understood. In addition, staff at the hotel seemed to have a low level of competency: when you made a request, it took reminders and time to get anything sorted. I would suggest this is probably down to poor (or maybe non-existant) management, as we saw little evidence of any managerial presence. There is a lovely breeze by the beach, whereas the poolside can be hot and humid, with little in the way of moving air. The beach area is actually very pleasant, with the beach bar within easy reach. There is a shower and toilets within this area, so visits across the road to the hotel or rooms are not always necessary. The pool itself is relatively small, and only has half a dozen or so sun beds and two parasols, although there is additional seating around the extremities consisting of chairs and deck chairs. The food we ate at the hotel for breakfast/s and one dinner was pleasant and very palatable, the downside being the efficient service (or lack of it), but that has already been mentioned. Overall, not a particularly inspiring stay or good experience, especially given the very high accommodation cost. Had we been able to, we would have switched hotels, but given this is supposedly the 'best' hotel in the locality, we didn't feel we had that option. Would certainly not recommend, especially given the significant expense ... As an aside, we did complain to the hotel manager, and while we saw a slight improvement in service levels, and no disruption with the water supply, two of the lights in the room/bathroom were not fixed 24 hours after having been reported.
Man is this place beautiful. A bit outside The main part of town but it was nice to be out of the busyness. We stayed in a superior room and I was a little bit nervous it wouldn't be worth the higher price tag but it was worth every penny. We had a second floor room with a private balcony over looking the foliage and partly the pool (room 38). There was an iguana that was hanging out on one of the trees during our stay which was awesome to see. We named him Juan Carlos. We ate in the restaurant the first night which was very tasty and decently priced. I had the whole red snapper which was cooked to perfection. The only thing I could say against it is that the coleslaw had far too much cilantro, but I also hate cilantro so anything more than a sprig is too much for me. My friend had the tuna which he scarfed down before I could try anything so apparently it was delicious. I also had the lime mousse which was more like a panna cota than a mousse but still delicious and refreshing. Breakfast is included and I had something different every day we were there. Everything was very good and huge portions. But our favorite part of the whole place was their beach club, Noa. It's directly across the street and it has a huge garden with tons of seating and lots of hammocks and sun chairs. There's enough palms that cast shade for people to stay out of the sun. The beach is beautiful and at the end of Cocles Beach so it's not super busy apart from hotel guests. The waves are quite strong there though so swimming isn't a good idea but it's good enough to play in the water a bit. Julie is the best bartender ever. So friendly and awesome. She gave is lots of recommendations for things to do around town and even offered to take us around on her day off. If you can afford to spend a bit more money this place is definitely worth it.
I stayed 2 nights in the superior room from 2/26-27/2017… the hotel has a beautiful luxury rain setting with all comfort amenities and my room was spacious and clean; it definitely met my expectation. The staff was super helpful and nice. The beach was nice and clean, the ocean seem slightly rough, but no reflection on the hotel or staff.
White as the sand and green for the vegetation, tropical plantes. You walk in between the flowers and the small forest on top wood steps on the floor. These wood steps guide you to the beach or the bar or the restaurant. Cocles beach is titled as one of the most romantic of the area. Trees on the beach give shadow. There is a bar on the beach. The rooms are suites spacious white mainly with spots of colours like unexpected ones. The atmosphere is very relaxing. It is an unbelievable place to rest.
I was originally booked into this boutique hotel because the hotel I actually wanted to stay at couldn't accommodate me for the first two days of my holiday. I arrived at about half midnight after a 5 1/2 hour drive from San Jose, so went straight to my room and crashed. When I awoke in the morning the first thing I saw was the gorgeous jungley view from my window and a pristine white room with bright cushions and paintings to match on the wall. I walked along the boardwalks, surrounded by huge tropical plants to the outdoor breakfast area, which had seating around a large pond filled with massive carp, and little fountains, and again surrounded by huge tropical plants - it really felt like a beautiful jungle setting. Breakfast is a set menu with several choices and I guess if you are there for a long time it could be a little tedious, but I thoroughly enjoyed trying each breakfast each day. The pool area is stunning, serene and calm with contemporary loungers around. The beach club across the road offered fantastic enormous cocktails, and drinks, and a decent selection of lunch options. My ONLY gripe was that the beach club closed at 5.30 and then meals were in the restaurant from 6pm. I just felt that the relaxed atmosphere of the beach club would have been great all evening with some music and great lighting. After my 2 night stay I moved to the hotel I had booked for the rest of my stay in Puerto Viejo. Big mistake. It was awful and I was in a taxi and straight back to Le Cameleon with fingers crossed that they could accommodate me for the rest of my stay. They were brilliant and although they couldnt give me the same room for the rest of my stay, moving around was no problem and each room was just as gorgeous as the last. Each day they change the colour of the cushions, paintings and accessories in the room which is lovely touch. I found the staff to be really helpful and friendly and it was nice that they called me by my first name each time they saw me. They also arranged a couple of excursions for me, although the snorkling which I really wanted to do was cancelled twice because of the weather, which did turn a bit rainy towards the end of my stay. However, I did do the horseback riding along the beach which was a two hour ride, very gentle and safe, and back along the beach in the dark by starlight . Magical. All in all, this hotel made my stay a lot better than it would have been had I gone to my original choice and I would certainly go back.
The beauty of this property is unrivaled. The natural setting is peaceful and rejuvenating. For the most part we were very pleased with our 5-night stay. The staff was kind and accommodating, the beach area was well-maintained, and the breakfast menu (included) was varied. The room decor was white, with pops of color (which changed daily) - peaceful. Only 2 negatives, one more important than the other. The shower in our room delivered warm, not hot, water. Not really a big deal. The intermittent wifi connection throughout the property was terrible. If you're lucky, you can sit near the front desk and perhaps pick up a decent signal. Or not. Overall I would recommend this hotel, and hope to return.
We booked the Le Chameleon for the last 4 days of our Costa Rica whirlwind adventure as we wanted somewhere to unwind after a lot of driving. It was definitely quite a bit more than what we had been spending on accommodation but in the end it was worth it. When we arrived we were greeted with drinks and our luggage was taken to our rooms and when we fist walked through the luscious garden like pathways we knew it was going to be awesome. When we entered our room my wife and I looked at each other and smiled as it was spacious, comfy, and cool which was great after a long drive from the Pacific coast. Our second floor room had a large deck over looking the jungle with a couple of chairs and small table so it was perfect for chilling. On our last morning there was a sloth in the tree not 20 feet from the railing which was super cool. Breakfast was good however you order from the menu which is alright but they were going to charge my room for an extra egg so that was annoying. Also, I don't think we ever really got exactly what we ordered as it was like pulling teeth to explain what you wanted to the wait staff but they were really nice. We didn't use the pool while we were there but it was nice but it really could have used a hot tub for relaxing after a long day. The beach area for the hotel called the Beach Club is great as it is right across the road and it offers longer and hammocks with drink service if you want it. There was another sloth there as well which was great to see. The beach itself is alright however it is very shallow so if you want a good swim you have to battle the waves and walk out quite a ways though the bottom is all sand. There were a couple of small things that were negative as we had asked for a small coffee maker in our room on day 1 however it didn't show up until day 3 as they told us our room was the type to have it because it was on the low end however when you pay that much for a room they should serve you coffee in the morning. Also, there was a dog barking non stop from one of the neighbouring properties but I guess that is out of the hotels control. The room was also not very clean and the white walls and floor really made the dirt stand out. Not a big deal. All and all a really excellent choice and it was a nice way to end our trip.
I will give Le Cameleon a great review with a couple of areas for improvement... The hotel is unique and charming, also elegance in a jungle type setting is quite remarkable. It all goes, it's beautiful, it's quite, it's refreshing and appearance all around; at check-in, the pool, restaurant, grounds and room itself will leave You saying "Booking.Yeah"... The location is superv. My experience with check-in was quite pleasing, I felt welcomed and wanted, there was no issue at all with check-in and I especially appreciated the smiles from the receptionist and my welcome drink! It set the tone for my stay. The room was absolutely one of the best, I think any hotel taking a chance with the color white, through out, shows that they are not trying to hide in terms of cleanliness. And immaculately clean it was, the set up was incredible, everything worked, wi-fi was excellent and the balcony was the place to be as You will find yourself surrounded by jungle, sounds and feel of nature, peace and no worries in the world! Even the soft rain that came brought with it a heavenly aroma&feel that was unlike any other place I have been... ... There is always areas of improvement though, I did not see a coffee machine with a good Costa Rica coffee packet ready to go, which I thought was odd, for a room that amazing and quite a bit more expensive than the average in the area, this should have been an automatic. Having the right amenities can add enjoyment to any room and any guest's stay. Also, for the price, there was not a bell person greeting me at check-in. I think the utmost and proper welcoming any guest is to take their luggage from them that they have been lugging around traveling to your place. I did not use the phone to access the hotel services therefore I cannot comment on that aspect. All in all I give Le Cameleon 4.5 stars out of 5 and also, I have already booked a return to Le Cameleon for July2017! This time I plan to use the beach area, that just because I had so many tours going on😊
Excellent hotel... It is expensive but it totally worth it! The rooms are very nice and clean... everything white and simple. Breakfast was included and consisted of a selection of different dishes very tasty from clasical local "gallo pinto" to french toasts and fruits and coffee... really good! Also they have a beach club in front of the hotel... just crossing the street... where you can relax at the beach or take a drink
Located in Cocles within a mile (2 km) of Talamanca Family Art, Le Cameleon Puerto Viejo is within 2 miles (3 km) of Foundation Jaguar Rescue Center. This 23-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. It's also close to Black Sand Beach and Jaguar Centro de Rescate.
Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. Enjoy dining at the hotel's 2 onsite restaurants: Le Numu specializes in fusion cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner; La Sula Sea Lounge offers relaxing ocean views. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.
Le Cameleon Puerto Viejo's 23 individually decorated rooms provide furnished balconies or patios, MP3 docks, and refrigerators. 32-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Other amenities include minibars, safes, and phones.
Guests staying at Le Cameleon Puerto Viejo enjoy access to a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. A stay here includes free valet parking. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and free newspapers.
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82% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 619 reviews