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“Needs a little TLC” 3 of 5 stars
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Jungle Villa
| Pacific Canyon Drive 1, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Winter Park, Colorado
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13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Needs a little TLC”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed here for a week in August. We had a party of eight so we rented the entire villa out. First of all let me say, Margarita, the owner is a lovely person and a wonderful host but she lives in San Jose and at the time of our visit, had not been to the property in some time. I am not at all a picky person (do all picky people say that?) BUT that having been said, the villa needed a good scouring. There was dust on everything, thick thick dust and grease. The dishwasher in the open aired kitchen was broken and it fell open and dishes came tumbling out and broke all over the floor. When we mentioned to Marta the housekeeper, she just shrugged. The bathrooms continuously overflowed and by the end of the week we had one working bathroom (and no one had flushed anything down them that should not be flushed). The upstairs basically has two large bedrooms that are chopped up to make sleeping areas. The first bedroom is very dark and has a double bed and then this wierd partition (like from an office cublicle) and behind it a queen sized bed, There is a small bathroom off of that. The next bedroon is large and has a king sized bed and then a waist high wall and two twin beds. This room has a huge bathroon that is really pretty. We did see several tarantulas and a GIANT horse spider in that bathroom. Some tarantulas came out of the drain in the bathroom ......ewwwww....the downstairs was dark and had several sleeping areas. It had a strong mildew smell.
The swimming pools were great! My kids loved playing in all three of them and they had a waterfall that flowed from one to another. Lovely! Jason would come and turn the waterfall on each morning. He also pointed out where sloths were and other animals. We found a small boa on the patio downstairs and he held it for us to llok at. Very cool!
Monkeys did come through the house from time to time and they liked to swing from the rafters, very cool. There was one male mono congo who hung out solo in a tree right off of the main area that was funny (and loud). There were tons of cara blancas and even some titis that would hang around in the early AM and the late afternoon.
Overall, this was an okay property. It is obviously an old hotel that has been turned in to a home. It is not by any means luxury but the price reflects that. My main problem with the property was that it had not been maintained well. Dust and grime we thick everywhere, the chains that held the lights above the dining table were coated with what looked like 3 inches of cooking grease. All of the hanging ornaments (of which there are dozens) are coated in dust and spider webs. Furniture is broken (the bamboo rotted and falling apart) and the rooms are dark.
When we returned to Margarita's bed and breakfast near the airport we let her know about the condition of Jungle Villa and she was really receptive. She said she was going to go there in Oct. and do much needed upkeep. So, maybe by the time you go it will be done.
The location is nice and on the bus line.The pools need to be painted again but are wonderful:)

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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margaritacr, Owner at Jungle Villa, responded to this review, September 27, 2011
Apparently these guests didn't realize that the name JungleVilla means
a villa surrounded by real jungle, real trees, animals and insects.

This villa is the only Manuel Antonio villa which has full-day maid service.
It is cleaned twice a day because the huge living space has no walls,
windows or doors and has a constant ocean breeze. Of course there may have
been some dust somewhere in such a location, but "thick, thick" seems very
exaggerated. The same applies for "3 inches of cooking grease" on the light
chains: these are 2 chains not 1 chain !!

We try to keep all bedrooms as dark as possible during daytime to keep them cool.

Our guests don't have to clean the dishes; that's done by our housekeeper.
I am sorry these guests were not informed about this service.

This unique villa is for tourists who love nature, the Costa Rica jungle and
animals. Its great location allows you to be part of nature.
The villa is very comfortable and very private.
For 5-star luxury we recommend our great local hotels.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2010

This property is also reviewed here on Trip Advisor as "Oceanview Jungle Villa, 3 pools, visiting monkeys". The place is amazing, especially for the price. One of the local guides told me that it used to be the outdoor restaurant and pools for the hotel above this property, which explains the unique layout. You go through two gates down a long, landscaped pathway to reach this HUGE open-air living space (the web site says 4000 sq ft and I believe it). There's a central kitchen just packed with dishes and cooking supplies that is all for the use of the guests there, and tons of separate little sitting areas... the TV area, the pool viewing area, the bar stools, couch seating, hammock, and several eating tables, one huge. To the left are the three pools (it's so hard to believe you get these huge pools just for the house!!) and straight ahead is the jungle and ocean view. On the right hand side of the building and down below are the guest rooms.

The property looks like it used to be swanky and is now maintained enough to be a fair priced house rental. Don't go here if you want pristine... the pools have some tiles missing, the pool furniture is well weathered, the decor is funky, fun... it makes everything feel comfortable. Amazing place for a party. Tons of space to spread out. We were two families there, four adults and three kids. The kids lived in the pool and it was great because you could watch them the whole time. We felt like kings and queens with this whole huge property to ourselves (most of the time). The wildlife viewing was amazing. We were indeed invaded by both capuchin and the endangered squirrel monkeys. We also saw a troupe of howlers with babies. We saw sloths, lizards, a chestnut billed toucan and more.

Definitely select the upstairs rooms if available. Also a funky cool layout, it was great for our two families. There space can be divided in two with a shut door, and each side has a full bath. The larger side had a king bed, and then a half wall dividing off a section with two twin beds. There was a crib too if you needed it. Ceiling fans, lots of windows but overall a bit dark, tile floor, long curtains... kind of a Spanish feel. I liked it. The smaller side is again divided with the partial walls, and has two full beds. One funny feature is that the bathrooms only have swinging saloon doors. They lock I think but don't go all the way to the floor. The smaller side's door has an etched topless woman in it. Cheesy, not tasteless, but our young boys (and Dads) thought that was pretty interesting. Again, funky fun decor.

We did a walkthrough downstairs and it reminded me a bit of a college dorm. There are like 4 bathrooms and 5 or so sleeping rooms down there? Some really hodge podge furniture and some kitchenette features. Still, I would stay down there if upstairs were full because we were almost never inside. The upstairs living areas and kitchen are shared, as are the pools. When we were there a couple came and stayed downstairs. I thought that would be weird but the space was so big it was easy and comfortable. It might not be great if the other people were big partyers and you weren't, or something like that.

Speaking of big partyers, the one thing that surprised me is how in the middle of it the location was. It's just below a very popular bar and restaurant, so there was a bit of noise when going to bed but it wasn't bad. The location is a couple of doors down from Si Como No resort, tons of restaurants walking distance. The grocery store is also walking distance, but a bit long. The bus to the beach is super easy to catch and cheap.

Oh, and there are staff always on the property, two during the day one at night, for security, cleaning and advice. I think the property has room keys but they told us not to bother using them. We did put our computers and stuff in the small safe when we left, but they seemed to think that wasn't even necessary. Mostly they stayed out of the way, but were friendly and helpful when needed.

Overall, Manuel Antonio was our least favorite place to visit in Costa Rica because it was SOOOOOoo crowded. In the park there were three guides and 40 tourists to every one lizard. The restaurant above the house felt like you might as well be in Southern California. Just packed with Americans. The wildlife viewing was absolutely like no where else, and the beach was good, but not the best. If you want to go there, this house is ABSOLUTELY the place to stay!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

we spend our honeymoon travel in a few places and of course the jungle villa which was the highlight of our trip, when we arrived there 2 of the staff members of the villa helped us with settling down and of course Ad and margarita the owners made sure we arrived and everything is ok.

I must say the view is just amazing, and the villa was so big , many places to chill , great ocean view and the jungle is just in front of you, we had our buddy sloth visiting the tree in front of us during our stay there, and of course we saw 2 big iguanas on the tree, the monkeys will pay a visit in early morning, so rise up early if you wanna see them .

there are lots of activieits to do around, the stuff members gave us a full color folder with all the info about many activities around the area, we decided to chill and just do the beach ( Playa Manual antonio, amazing like it was taken from an episode of survivorman ) and we did the national park, but mostly chilled in the villa, you can put your own music from laptop or ipod and you can hear it all around the villa, just amazing.

the swimming pools are great, nice cool water, and every morning everything is being cleaned and maintained , the staff there was so nice, it was a pity we couldnt speak spanish but well...... with talking hands everything is possible.

the room was great, very big, lots of clean towels to use, and also the airco which we didnt use it much as the outside breeze that comes from the ocean is so fresh.

if you want to have food around, make sure you go to do your shopping in the PALI supermarket in quepos, its really cheap and 6 min ride with a car down town, and dont miss the great pizza place in front of the villa over the other side of the street, Ad recommended on that place and he was right..... it was amazing pizza but i gotta say the hamburger there is just to die for , and of course you can cook in the great outdoor kitchen and bar in the villa, i love cooking and it was amazing to make breakfast with the view and sounds around.

we really enjoined the villa and we were very sad to leave....... but for sure we will come back. i would advice honeymooners and families to come to the villa, it is suitable for both.

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Tempe, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2010

Jungle Villa was a highlight in Costa Rica because it offered us a chance to have close encounters with Capuchin monkeys. They visit the Villa at least twice per day so you need to have bananas ready for the interaction. Be sure to secure your food at night, or it might not be there in the morning since the monkeys feel quite comfortable raiding the kitchen. The Villa has a beautiful common area for just relaxing in the hammock, swimming, dining, or watching TV and playing with the free WIFI. The location of the Villa offers restaurants within walking distance and is close to Manuel Antonio National Park which offers pristine beaches in which the trees actually meet the water’s edge. If you enjoy longer hikes, take the Catedral trail in the park and you will not only see the beaches, but you will encounter monkeys, sloths, raccoons, and many species of wild birds.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: | Pacific Canyon Drive 1, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Very private rooms in a great villa in Manuel Antonio with ocean and jungle view, visiting monkeys, 3 pools, airconditioning, wifi, cable tv, 4 rooms, 2 staff.Paradise resort in the heart of Manuel Antonio where Ocean, Jungle and Western comfort meet. Truly the Pearl of Manuel Antonio. You love nature, you like to wake up with the sound of the monkeys in the trees around the house and with the smell of fresh coffee. You like to hear the sound of the jungle and its many inhabitants. This is the only villa in Manuel Antonio with 2 full-time staff members in daytime to maintain the villa and pool area and to keep it clean. If you love pure nature, this villa is the perfect place for you. You will never live and sleep closer to Mother Nature than in the great Jungle Villa. ... more   less 
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