Stayed at this resort hotel w/ my buddy for 2 nights during our trek up and down the Central Pacific coast of CR. We wanted to wing it on this trip so we asked a local bartender on the beach in MA for a referral and he pointed us towards San Bada. Western/beach facing rooms are pricey @ $300/night but we wanted a view & amenities. We got just that. Keep in mind that most "beach front hotels" in CR are set back a bit from the ocean, especially in Manuel Antonio. We had a 5 minute walk to the beach, but the elevated views from our 10th floor room were stunning.
The hotel seemed quiet during our 2 days there. There are 2 pools. The rooftop pool is small, but has a private bar that caters to adults and has ample seating and gorgeous views from the top of the hotel. It's definately a couples locale & view since some of the many seats are chaise lounge chairs/cabanas. You won't find many other comparable views of the sunset in CR than you'll find at this resort. La Mariposa in MA & Vista de Olas in Mal Pais (Guanacaste province) are similar, but this view is equally beautiful. The main pool is sprawling and includes numerous waterfalls over faux caves. There is a large concrete slide and overarching walkway, hot tub & pool-side swimup bar. The only negative here is that I'd be careful using the slide. My buddy & I both tried it twice and the quick turn in the structure can flip you over which can give you whiplash. I was kinda shocked at how scarey this slide was since it's super quick. If you're not spry enough to flip yourself over, avoid the slide at all costs. It's not the smoothest ride at the end :(
The staff & amenities set this hotel apart from most. The front desk staff & maids are 5 star all around. The maid knocked on our door the first night to give us candy. I don't care if you're sucking up....the effort alone is a bonus in my book. Customer service is #1 w/ me since I run a service business.
Overall, this is a large & beautiful property in MA. The entire staff are awesome! The roof top pool bartender made us the best LI Iced Teas. We saw him again at breakfast and he was equally as friendly with handshakes & hugs. Great location at the base of the national park & along the breathtaking Central Pacific Coast!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel San Bada brand new Hotel located right next to Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, and a few steps to Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica.Rooms with National Park jungle and ocean view balconies. Discover the wildlife from your balcony and listen to the ocean. The biggest pool in the area with water slide, waterfalls and a pool bar. A private pool for adults at the terrace, with ocean and jungle view, perfect sunset spot! Our amenities:-Restaurant-Access to the public beach-Pool bar-Power generator in case of electricity shortout-Elevator-Biggest pool-Kids pool-Adults pool with ocean view-Snack Bar-WiFi-Free spacious parking, no driving needed once you are at the resort, everything is in walking distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel San Bada Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park