First the good. This hotel literally butts up to Manuel Antonio National Park entrance. The walk to the beach takes only 2 minutes. Shops are nearby to buy souveniers. Hotel restaurant has excellent food, lots of it, for a small price. But it is the employees here that make this hotel what it is. Elias is the most incredible waiter; humble, kind, enthusiastic, helpful and just a really, really hard worker. He is superior! Maykel always has a smile and is truly accommodating, as is Enrique and Leo. These guys bring the stay up to average instead of just so, so.
Now the bad. Our room, although very nicely decorated, looked out onto impoverished locals' back yards where their laundry is hung and the landscape is unkempt. Our room did not have a clock or an alarm and no bedside lamps. Only one of the two lights in the room worked. We asked for a 5:00 a.m. wake up call, and when we received it, I got up, took a shower (in the tub that drained so slowly that it filled while the water was heating), got dressed only to discover it was 3:45 when the phone rang. UGH!!!! Although there is an adult area with pool and bar, don't get excited! The bar is only open 2 hours out of the day and the pool could be one you'd find in a house built in the 1960s. The seating area has worn upolstery that was faded and had holes in it. Very uninviting. The wet bar in the main pool is only randomly staffed.
Although this hotel has great potential, it lacks sorely in management vision.
- 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