We originally had a reservation at a cliff side hotel on the other side of town but realized immediately that it would make for too remote a stay in the area. Hotel Casitas Eclipse is located right on the main road into Manual Antonio park and is thus well positioned near restaurants and stuff. While trying to select an alternative accommodation we popped into many properties and can say with some authority that this one is a winner.
Laid out like a Greek island village, the property is multi-tiered with foliage and pathways and art and a pool. You could easily get lost in the labyrinthine design looking for your room. Trees grow thick and verdant between the rooms and buildings with enough space between them to see the ocean. An early morning wake up (thanks Howler Monkeys!) gifted us with a stunning view of the suns rays being strained between leafy branches into the thick, misty air.
Breakfast was passable and sufficient but not noteworthy.
A couple of tips; though the restaurant directly across the street lures diners in with the well placed husk of an actual US Military cargo plane (it was used in '71 to bring weapons in during iran/Contra), just look and move on; the food and service are like a Chili's without a manager. Just down the hill a few steps is another place, this one with a train car (same owners) that is way more convivial and serves up some great brick oven pizzas.
Also, when you visit the park you will be engaged (read harassed and lied to) by alleged park employees. The shirts may look official but they are NOT working for the park. They are trying to get you to spend about $42 USD per person on a guide. They will also cause you to park further from the gate than you probably need to so they can get you out of your car and make their pitch. If you wish to have a guide wait until you are at the gates of the park and hire an actual official guide there. Or, my advice; skip the guide completely. As you walk the paths in the park you will see plenty of people with guides and those guides will be pointing out wildlife and you just need to look where they're pointing. I think i just paid for your dinner, so you're welcome!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casitas Eclipse is an exuberant Mediterranean - style hotel, located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Just in front of the hotel, the main road that heads to Manuel Antonio National Park and to the beach.The hotel is surrounded by exotic gardens which combined with their strategic location right next to the National Park, enables guests to enjoy within premises, the occasional visits of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, birds, colored frogs and other wildlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casitas Eclipse Hotel
- Hotel Casitas Eclipse Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park