Hotel Cuna Del Angel
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- A curious blend of angel-themed, indigenous and colonial design
- Chef Guillermo Sáenz expertly prepares Spanish, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine along with tropical favorites
What To Know
- The hotel is near the road, but you’ll need a taxi or rental car for exploring
- Shower pressure and temperature can be temperamental
- The exuberant decor (think bright décor and butterfly and angel motifs) won’t suit everyone
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
A celestial sanctuary in the tropics. Whatever oddities you might notice in the multilevel lobby — the classical white columns, the fiber optic planetarium dome and the stained glass butterfly sconces — angels are the point. Thousands of ceramic, wooden and gilded cherubs appear throughout the property, and some surfaces are painted to resemble a heavenly afternoon sky.
Bed and Bath
Each room is named for a different angel and decorated with imported furnishings, including golden duvets and lavish drapes. The top feature, though, is the balcony or patio, on which you can relax on a wicker chair and look out over the well-kept gardens and infinity pool; the Pacific is just visible in the distance. Bathrooms are equipped with regal granite sinks and large tubs, but the shower temperature and pressure can be temperamental.
The palapa-topped restaurant was constructed to mimic the ceremonial dwellings of Costa Rica’s indigenous Borucas, and dining in its open-air rotunda is a divine experience. A vast selection of international wines is expertly served in sturdy blue glassware, and the completely gluten free menu includes Spanish, Mediterranean and Italian dishes, served on floral ceramics from Mexico. I loved the trapiche Malbec with the beef carpaccio and then the ossobuco risotto. Downstairs, the pebble-studded spa and salon offers a raft of treatments, including the ever popular Angel’s Dream — a chocolate scrub and body wrap that includes a massage and a milk bath.
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The restaurant is excellent . I was delighted to discover that the food is completely gluten free . My husband has Celiac and was able to order anything on the menu . On the first night of our stay , we enjoyed lobster ravioli . All of the foods are also organic and grown on the owner’s farm . We enjoyed dinners so much that I didn’t want to eat anywhere else . Breakfast was included with the cost of the room . It was buffet style with ham , cheese , eggs , fruit , yogurt , cereal, and homemade bread. Traveling with celiac can be challenging and finding an all gluten free restaurant made the trip even more special .
Everything 's perfect... Alles Bestens.. AAA +++Welcome(Reception) by a very pleasant staff, a clean very well placed and hyper hotel.Really nice lunch.We saw many animals...Monkeys, birds, iguanas, butterflies since the terrace..
I was first here about 9 years ago, and several times since. This is a beautiful hotel with two sections. The upper section overlooks the pool and is modern and new. The lower section is much more rustic.
The restaurant may be one of the best in Costa Rica. This may be the only place to eat beef.in the country. A must is the avacado spring roll. It is worth a 4 hour drive just to have it. I have always enjoyed the leak and potato soup. They think I am nuts when I want them to chill it after preparation, but. . .
We love this hotel… Our room was wonderful the pool was great to refresh in after a long day of sightseeing the staff were always very helpful and attentive and the food was absolutely delicious. It’s perfectly placed in between a few little surf town is so easy to access all of them from here. I would highly recommend it.
The good: Parrots everywhere. It was like they were waiting for us to arrive. The view of the ocean is nice, though there's no easy way to get down there. The rooms themselves were quite nice and had space to sit on a couch and relax.
The not-so-good: The food. It's all gluten free. You don't have an option here. The menu insists this is healthier, but if you're not gluten allergic, it's not. So I would have to tell myself gluten-free bread for breakfast was fine while it crumbled in my mouth and I choked it down with water. Food service was for meals only; there was no chance to get any quick bites or casual plates to tide you over between meals.
Also, we were there on New Year's Eve and were told staying there obligated us to pay for a special NYE dinner (though other guests said they were not required to do this). This was the worst meal of my vacation; an unbearable four-hour crawl through meager offerings and a bait and switch the dessert at the very end. I don't know how you prepare a special menu for a night, not have what you've printed on that menu, and wait until you drop off unwanted food to inform people of that.
Of course, why not leave? Because it's so secluded you need a 20-minute car ride just to get to the nearest village. The ocean is visible from the resort but you have to essentially find a hidden path to get down there and hope it doesn't get washed out by rain. The staff was happy to arrange transportation for us, but it's a pain to do that for simple things.