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“'Motel feel'” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Plaza Yara
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 322-6350, Costa Rica   |  
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“'Motel feel'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights in July. Spacious family friendly rooms. Front door out to main MA road, which can be noisy. Back window and balcony overlooking small pool and jungle. Great breakfast. Car advisable, as several kilometres to MA or strenuous walk down to the beach.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We spent 2 nights at the Plaza Yara at the end of our 2 week stay in Costa Rica. Staff were friendly and helpful and the room was huge with a microwave, coffee maker and crockery and cutlery. Our balcony overlooked the small pool and the jungle and on the second afternoon a troupe of monkeys came through and played in the trees on the hotel roof for 15 - 20 minutes. There are some restaurants within walking distance but it is over 3kms to Manuel Antonio beach so a car is very useful. Only a small deced area and small pool at the hotel so you do need to get out and about. The breakfast was prepared to order and was very good. A nice hotel for a short stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My wife and I were reminiscing about our trip to Costa Rica last year (February 2012). We were discussing all the hotels we stayed in and I couldn't believe that I didn't writer a review for Hotel Plaza Yara. This place way exceeded our expectations.

To start, the rooms are really big and very clean. We felt spoiled by how much space we had for just the two of us, and at a fraction of the price that we payed for hotels in other cities. Our room had a balcony facing some lush rainforest and on our first night, we spotted a sloth in a tree right outside our window. We watched it for about an hour, and we even went down to the pool area to get a closer look. In the mornings, we saw White Face and Capuchin monkeys.

The hotel offers free breakfast served in an outside, but covered dining area that also faces the rainforest. The service and the meals we're always to notch!

The location is just a short drive from the Manuel Antonio National Park, and it's very close to a wide assortment of restaurants.

I definitely recommend this hotel if you're staying in the Manuel Antonio area. Also, the restaurant with the big airplane was really good, reasonably priced, and has fantastic views of the coastline.

Have a great trip!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at Plaza Yara so much we extended it by a day. The staff was friendly and helpful, the rooms are beautifully designed and comfortable, and the location is terrific. The backyard is the jungle and the main road passes by out front, but it's never noisy. One morning however there was some noise on the roof--it turned out to be an enormous troop of squirrel monkeys that stayed about half an hour. Breakfast is delicious and is presented on the patio facing the jungle. We were very happy with this hotel and highly recommend it to anyone visiting Manuel Antonio.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed here 2 times during our recent trip to Costa Rica.
The rooms were enormously stylishly decorated with a little kitchenette. The bathroom was tip top with a walk-in shower.
Everything was very clean and outside the windows (or balcony) you could sometimes watch travelling monkeys.
The staff was very nice and helpful.

This was by far the best hotel (of many) we stayed at in CR. It's located near Quepos (5 mins) and the beaches and Manuel Antonio national park (10 mins) with the frequent bus.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at the Plaza Yara in December. The hotel is immaculate and the rooms were huge. We had a newly decorated one which opened out onto the pool, it was lovely. Very clean rooms,bathroom & communal areas. The staff at Plaza Yara are exceptionally friendly and helpful and the breakfast were great. Would recommend having a vehicle though as not walking distance to restaurants and bars.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

One of our best Hotels in Costa Rica, the rooms were clean, had everything you need (AC, fridge, coffee machine...) and last but least we had big windows with a beautiful view in the dschungle. Especially Javier from the office was very helpful - Special thanks to him!

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 322-6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 49 Hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Plaza Yara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Plaza Yara is located only five minutes to Manuel Antonio National Park. Hotel Plaza Yara offers all suites feature custom made bamboo furniture,queen size beds,kichenettes and spacious baths. relax on the balcony and enjoy the jungle views with variety of wildlife with passes daily including monkeys,sloths,iguanas and exotic birds. Hotel Plaza Yara offers the possibility for you to enjoy your stay in comfort,casual elegance and in tune with nature. ... more   less 
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