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Hotel El Manglar

Palm Beach Estates, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Ranked #2 of 7 Playa Grande B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Unna, Germany
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Hotel El Manglar for the first time this year and have to say that I was overwhelmed. I loved the beach (Playa Grande), which is almost private, since the only entrance to this part of the beach is located on private property, which means that there are times of teh dayx when you have the entrie beach... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

El Manglar is a gem of a place in Playa Grande. We stayed there for almost 2 weeks in their Villa. It has a one bedroom (with AC) suite with kitchen. Nothing fancy or ornate ... but very clean. Staff is great and the grounds are kept up well. It is quiet and safe. Love that they had secure parking... More

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Montreal, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We stayed two nights at El Manglar. We had a basic room with a fan. The room could have used some work and a paint job but it was really clean. The site itself is exceptionnel, lots of trees, beautiful pool amd a kitchen area. It's 30 seconds walk from the beach wich is awesome. The staff was nice and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I had heard many things about traveling in Costa Rica, the bugs would be bad, the rooms would be terrible, it would be dangerous for two young girls traveling alone. Needless to say upon my arrival I was quite intimidated... Then the Hotel El Manglar opened up its gates and I was greeted by a friendly smiling face. The 3... More

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Carpinteria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We loved this small intimate hotel/hostel/pension run by an amazing family of warm and welcoming people. They have a restaurant nearby at another hotel they own, that rivals any 4-5 star restaurant in Santa Barbara where we live. Everything was fresh and made from scratch. The atmosphere was beautiful each night while we dined. We left for Monteverde and then... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

This place is amazing! This is what I search for when I travel! The beach and area speak for themselves. Incredible waves, secluded beach, clear water! And since the surrounding area is a protected national park it is pristine and largely un-interfered with by humans. And the people working in El Manglar are soooo cool. They are the type of... More

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Federico d, Gerente at Hotel El Manglar, responded to this review

Dear Cody, Thank you for choosing us for your Holidays! We really appreciate your time to share your trip! with us! it was a pleasure to have you around! Best regards, Federico de Mezerville More

Paranagua, PR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

EL Manglar surely is the best hostel I've ever stayed. Beginning with those who work there, always friendly, attentive and willing to help. The hostel is located in a quiet place, a bicycle, you make a lovely ride to other beaches. The rooms are large and all have private bathrooms. The hostel is always clean and organized, several times a... More

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Hola Nicole, Muchas gracias por habernos escogido para disfrutar sus vacaciones en Playa Grande Costa Rica. Pura vida Desde Costa... More

Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

A group of work friends and I all stayed in one of the apartments and I have to say our stay was so much fun! Def a good mix of family environment and young chill hostel to socialize at. Perfect location from the beach, it's actually in Palm Beach, which is a gated community, so I felt very safe. There... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We were coming from Tamarindo which was very crowded and touristy, so Playa Grande was a nice change of scene. They had a double private room available for $25 pp / night so we decided to book it. When you first enter, there is a beautiful outdoor terrace + pool with a shared kitchen, surrounded with palm trees. The rooms... More

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Taganga, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

We planed to spend 3 nights, ended up spending 5 nights. It was perfect and a very, tranquil, nice atmosphere. The staff& owners are very helpful and friendly. As there is not much to do in playa grande, we spent our time with surfing at the nice beach just 1minute walk away. The kitchen of the hostel/hotel is great to... More

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Address: Palm Beach Estates, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
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Hotel El Manglar is proudly managed by three costarican brothers and sister, that will make sure you have an enjoyable experience during your vacations. The hotel is suited with all you need to experience the beach life, enjoy nature and the beauty of life.We look forward to making your stay as unique, as comfortable and as memorable as possible. We’ll be delighted to share and show you all the beauty of our coast, enjoy surfing, our country and make sure that our favorite phrase is accomplished……all our friends always come back… ... more   less 
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