First the good, and there is a lot of that. the room was quite large, pretty clean (a little musty, but not criminally so), had a nice little patio off the pool area which was great for evening socializing, the A/C was very strong, TV signal included at least on english station (CNN, I think, but who is here to watch TV?). Breakfast was worth the price of the hotel. Not in the sense that the food was over the moon, although it was delicious. What clinched breakfast as classic for us was that breakfast is served outdoors on a spacious patio with about a 25 foot tall ceiling. Surrounding the space is jungle, and during each breakfast, troupes of monkeys came to visit the area, which was wonderful and entertaining. Sometimes, monkeys can be a bit naughty, and steal stuff and basically be a bit of a headache. Not these guys. The roughly 20 of them played together, and checked out the humans, but not too close by to be worrisome.
Now, the bad. The rooms have a big sliding glass door. It has a lock on it. the latch can appear to keep the door locked, but if anyone simply pushes on the middle of the glass of the door and attempts to slide the door open, the door comes open. We mentioned it to the manager (who speaks very good english, so it was not a communication problem) and also showed him how easy it is to break in, and while he smiled a lot and reassured us nobody would break in, and then, while he promised he'd have it fixed right away, he did nothing to resolve the security problem any of the days we stayed there. While there is a small safe in the room, be aware that all of your other stuff is totally vulnerable.
Of course, now anybody can read this review and know how to break in to any room with a sliding glass door at that hotel (I tried it on numerous vacant rooms, and they all opened), so don't say you didn't know when your stuff is stolen. Sorry, but my hope is that management actually gets off their chair and makes the rooms safe. Theft is Costa Rica's biggest problem.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Plaza Yara Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park