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Over Shawandha Hotel
PLAYA CHIQUITA. Shawanda is gebouwd als een primitief dorpje met 12 bungalows die harmonieus passen in de omringende natuur. Het uitzicht is op de jungle met Ceiba-bomen. Elke bungalow heeft een eigen, originele inrichting. Het restaurant staat tot ver in de omgeving bekend om de uitstekende keuken. Een mooi zandstrand ligt op ca. 200 meter afstand. Drie kilometer ten zuiden van het hotel ligt het schitterende Playa Uva.
- rust en natuur
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: Ruime bungalow met plafondventilator, kluisje en prachtig gedecoreerde badkamer met douche en föhn. Elke bungalow heeft een terras met hangmat.
Op 200 meter van Playa Chiquita gelegen.
- Restaurant (open voor ontbijt en diner)
- Zwembad met waterval
- WiFi verbinding
- Watersportactiviteiten zoals duiken en kayakvaren in de omgeving
- Tour- en excursiemogelijkheden zoals Canopy tour en Turtle Watching
Het veelzijdige Costa Rica is ook voor strandliefhebbers geschikt. Op de parelwitte stranden langs de Caribische kust komt u helemaal tot rust. In de schaduw van de palmbomen geniet u van een koel drankje, terwijl u prachtig uitzicht heeft over de tropische regenwouden, die direct aan het strand liggen.
We stayed last night in Room 11. Spacious with an interesting bathroom, down a couple of steps.The individual chalets are well set out in very lush grounds with lots of flowering plants. A 5 minute walk to the beach which is beautiful.
Lovely lodges in natural surroundings and we loved hearing the sounds of the birds and animals. Bedroom was rather dark even with lights on and bathrooms were downstairs which could be difficult to negotiate at night. Swimming pool seemed to be in total shade. We ate here once but the food was extremely expensive (unaffordable!) and although nice it was not worth the price. After that one evening we went a little way along the road and had a good meal, with more atmosphere at a considerably lower price.
We dined as a family (6 of us) one night while in Puerto Viejo. This is not a budget property, menu prices are high in comparison to other local restaurants but, you get what you pay for. Food was excellent as was the service. Just one comment - wine choices were not great and somewhat over priced.
"Dated, managed on an ultra tight budget, great potential with a little tlc and investment"
The property is spacious, lush gardens and has a salt water pool which we found was quite an attraction but ... it is dated in maintenance and menu. There is a a very austere environment. Breakfast is generous in fruit portions but it is limited to eggs toast and fruit. Oddly in the land of fruits and coconut trees, the only drinks on offer are coffee, tea and packaged orange juice. Although the bungalows are separate from each other one can hear the conversations from the other units as well as from the hallway. There did not seem to be much in the way of security and the reception staff was unable to assist with much other than standard - over priced run of the mill tours. The fooring and roof are not well maintained neither are the gutters around the bungalows, which accumulate fallen fruit and leaves and rot and there is a smell of rotten fruit sometimes. We had specifically requested a room with 2 double beds. The first bungalow we were offered had a double and a child's bed, which we rejected. The only option available was a room with 2 single beds. Not quite what was requested and paid for in advanced. We were not offered a partial refund, just a cocktail for thi inconvenience.
"Could be a nice hotel - let down by penny pinching management and a poor staff attitude."
This hotel was the 1st of a two centre stay in Costa Rica. The Shawandha Lodge did seem to be what we were looking for; quiet, relaxing, good wildlife, close to a beach and with a pool. We noted that some recent reviews had negatives to do with the staff; dark rooms and road noise, but generally the reviews were favourable so we booked direct. Booking was straight forward and when we arrived after a long minibus transfer (do NOT underestimate how long it takes to drive to here from San Jose. 140 miles = 5 Hours) the hotel seemed nice and as described. Reception area with dining area; a nice pool and then walkways leading off to the various rooms scattered throughout the grounds. We had requested room 14 as this was the furthest away from the main building and was excellent for wildlife watching. First impressions of the room were good. Large and clean with a decent overhead fan (we knew there was no air con). The mesh over the windows was good and we had no insects in the room while we were there. However we soon discovered that there were only 3 table lights in the whole room. It was so dark, even at midday, you needed a torch just to look in your suitcase; those reviewers were not joking. The shower was hot but had very little water which also came out at a very high pressure. There was no kettle or fridge in the room. The pool was very nice, but there was a good deal of road noise as others have noted. However it was well screened from the road and it was perfectly pleasant lounging around the pool. WiFi reception around the pool and dining area was good but very limited in the rooms further away from the main building. While the hotel was adequate, the staff were utterly abysmal. The tone of our stay was set when we were shown to our room. There were 3 water bottles on the table. As the receptionist showed us round, he removed one of the water bottles as there were only 2 of us?! On the first evening when we decided to have dinner in the hotel. We sat down at a table (no other diners). The â€œwaiterâ€ was standing at the kitchen hatch using his smart phone. After a few minutes we asked for and were served a drink. The waiter then went back to his smart phone and we waitedâ€¦.. and waited. Around 20 minutes passed before the waiter came over and offered us a menu. There was no chat, he did not introduce himself. From the menu the food looked good, albeit very expensive (even before the extra 23% added to every price you see in Costa Rica). We both ordered a chicken dish and when it arrived, one plate of chicken was uncooked.. quite raw. We asked the waiter if it could have a bit more cooking and he brought out a fresh plate of foodâ€¦ just cooked. There was absolutely no apology; not even a hint of one; no offer of a free or reduced price for the meal. Thereafter we ate out for the rest of our stay and did not encounter such rudeness at any other time during our stay in Costa Rica. But the staff issues did not end there. Breakfast at the hotel started at 7am. My wife had arranged a private wildlife tour with a local guide and was leaving the hotel at 6.30 am. Since there was no kettle in our room and no facility anywhere in the hotel for guests to make coffee or tea, we decided to ask if we could get a flask of coffee and a couple of Bananas so she could have something before she went off on a 4 hour hike. Well youâ€™d have thought we were trying to order freshly squeezed sea urchin juice, such was the fuss. The waiter said that it was not his job, ask at reception. Maria, the girl on reception, said it was the waiterâ€™s job. They all sulked and did not want to help. Eventually we got a flask of coffee and 2 bananas. On another occasion we pre-ordered a taxi to go to a nearby restaurant. When we went to reception at the appointed time, no one knew anything about it; no-one seemed keen to do anything about it. It was about an hour before one arrived. After this we gave up asking for anything from the hotel. We arranged our own transfer from Shawandha to our next hotel using the excellent services of #The Adventure Inn. To sum it up â€“ Basic hotel but could be made excellent by simple low cost things., â€¢ improving the lighting in the rooms â€¢ providing facilities in the residents area to allow guests to make a cup of tea or coffee in the mornings. â€¢ Teaching the staff how to smile There are better hotels in the area with better facilities and much more friendly staff - Avoid Shawandha Lodge.
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