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.
How to Get There
We enjoyed our two night stay here on our way to the Osa Peninsula. The room was large and attractive. Excellent food in the restaurant for us vegetarians. Beautiful setting. Only drawback for us was we didn’t have a car and if we’d wanted to go to the sea/beach we would have needed a taxi. As we had a prebooked tour this wasn’t a problem. Staff were lovely, laundry excellent and fast. Would recommend.
We were looking for a quality hotel at a sensible price, as most seemed to cater for surfers and were lower budget. Cuna del Angel was a good find. It has an interesting style and the second level has a sea view but hotel does not have beach access. However it’s located just a few kms from beaches, Uvita (the famous whale tail beach walk) and Dominical so we just drove a short distance on quiet roads, so no problem. Lots of things to see and do.
The rooms are good with A/C, hairdryer and coffee (we prefer tea) but pillows are lumpy and the shower pressure weak, so dropped a rating there. That aside we had a good stay, with very attentive staff. Breakfast is good and the restaurant is in a good setting and has an excellent menu, definitely recommended and a romantic setting. Waiters are very well trained.
We have a home in Los Sueños about three hours away , and so we decided to head south to Dominical and environs. It is a totally different vibe . We only stayed one evening , but it was very charming, had excellent food and the spa treatments were first class . A negative for some folks is that it is beach view , but not beach front . The staff is superb ! Highly recommended !!
We stayed at this hotel as a family of 4 in early November... it was one of the best hotels we encountered during our trip to Costa Rica. From check-in everything was smooth: the rooms beautifully decorated, each with the name of an Angel; the infinity pool with view overlooking the Pacific; and a wonderful restaurant, also with an unforgettable view that makes any meal feel really special. The breakfast was also at the same high standard level! Would definitely come back; look no further, this is probably the best hotel in the Dominical area. Thank you for everything!
I stayed for one week, and couldn't have been happier. Far surpassed my expectations. The staff was incredible. The food quite good. And despite a few people saying the food was expensive, I found it no more than I would've paid in the States. Wonderful open air restaurant where you can watch White Faced Monkeys in the trees while eating breakfast. Doesn't get much better than that. Am planning another trip in a few months to look at retirement properties....will be staying here again.