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“Perfect for our Needs” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Casitas Eclipse
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Km # 5, road to the Manuel Antonio National Park,, Manuel Antonio National Park 11-6350, Costa Rica   |  
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LA, CA
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42 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Perfect for our Needs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

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!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank Cap'n_Crunchy
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CasitasEclipse, General Manager at Hotel Casitas Eclipse, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear Cap'n_Crunchy,
Happy New Year from all the Hotel Casitas Eclipse's Staff!
Thank you for your review of our property! We definitively are going to check the breakfast service, as we usually have very good reviews about it.

Thank you again,
Hotel Casitas Eclipse Staff
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Monument, Colorado
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92 reviews
85 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

When one arrives and walks from reception to our rooms, the well landscaped and maintained outside appearance gives one the idea that we are in an upscale hotel.
Once we insert the key into the lock and try to open the door the questions begin.
We had two rooms, bath, and kitchenette. All looked like they belong to the 1970s.
It was clean, well made up and the beds were fine, but the room just looked old.
The two major problems were the A/C - old and super noisy.
As the power in the city kept going out, the A/C would stop and not come back on.
Maintenance arrived and fixed this problem.
The shower ran all night, no way to turn it off, we could not hear it due to the A/C noise.
Our concern with this facility and too many locations in Costa Rica was the lack of internet throughout the facility.
After full days, we have to do our writing in the evenings to submit our material to the Internet late at night.
The hotel had internet at the bar and reception. One required us to walk 150 and the other 250 yards, in the DARK.
With the power constantly going out, the bar router was often out. Reception had no clue on how to reset theirs.
We ended up being the tech support - troubleshooting, unplugging, resetting and rebooting.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank vicbrasil
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CasitasEclipse, General Manager at Hotel Casitas Eclipse, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Dear Vicbrasil, first of all Happy New Year, and we wish you had a great time in our country!
Our hotel have been built in the mid 90's, in a simple but elegant Mediterranean style. As every hotel in the world - near the sea, and far from suppliers -, we have some issues... specially with electronic equipment. No excuses, just the way things are.
We are doing our best to improve our quality and services, and we really appreciate your comment.
Hopefully in a future visit of yours, we will have resolved all these issues.

Thank you again,
Hotel Casitas Eclipse Staff
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

During our trip across Costa Rica we spontaneously decided to spend one night in Manuel Antonio. We did not look for hotel before and we just selected Casitas Eclipse because of its nice location on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. The hotel was almost fully booked but we could get a nice, large room with view on the forest and close to the second swimming pool (really nice!). I do not know if we were particularly lucky or if it is a policy of the hotel, but we got a nice discount on the stay (ask for it, you might be lucky too!). The staff was friendly and helpful with some sightseeing tips. The restaurant of the hotel was quite disappointing, though: a pretty expensive Italian restaurant with a very poor service. Overall, Casitas Eclipse has a good price/quality ratio and is very convenient to explore Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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3 Thank Claudia C
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

Highlights-So the staff was amazing. The front desk lady was super nice. When my tour ran late she let me check out thirty minutes late with no charge. When my a/c was broken, maintenance had it fixed within ten minutes of my call. They even came to help.me when I thought I locked my bag in the safe. Also, there is wildlife everywhere and the grounds are very well maintained.

Lowlights-rooms smell SOOO bad of mildew. The shower head was covered in black stuff making water only come out of certain holes. The seals around the wood and walls is coming apart. The sink water never got hot and the shower knobs are backwards. There also is no WiFi in the rooms.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank deje1984
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Travelers are raving about these Manuel Antonio National Park hotels

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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Highlights - Iguanas greeted us most mornings. Howler monkeys right outside our window. Close bus stop and cheap bus ride to Manuel Antonio Public Beach with a short walk to the park entrance. That being said, none of that was due to the hotel or it's staff.

Lowlights - We asked for face cloths at the front desk. We were sent back to our room to wait for them but they never came. We asked for a fitted sheet that stayed on the bed (who wants to sleep DIRECTLY on a bed that so many others have slept on?!) that didn't happen. We improvised with sheets from another bed. Broken toilet seat, cracked windows, and worn out and moldy fixtures ....

There are so many hotels in the area others should be considered.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank SteamyRay
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012 via mobile

Highlights - Iguanas greeted us most mornings. Howler monkeys right outside our window. Close bus stop and cheap bus ride to Manuel Antonio Public Beach with a short walk to the park entrance. That being said, none of that was due to the hotel or it's staff.

Lowlights - We asked for face cloths at the front desk. We were sent back to our room to wait for them but they never came. We asked for a fitted sheet that stayed on the bed (who wants to sleep DIRECTLY on a bed that so many others have slept on?!) that didn't happen. We improvised with sheets from another bed. Broken toilet seat, cracked windows, and worn out and moldy fixtures ....

There are so many hotels in the area others should be considered.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank SteamyRay
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Thornton, Colorado
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

My boyfriend and I ended our trip with a 2 nights stay here. The over all experience of this hotel was worth the stay!!! The room was comfortable. Bathrooms were ok. The pool was nice. We saw toucans flying over us while we swam in the pool and another animal of sorts ran by the pool. We heard howler monkeys off in the distance and in the morning heard and saw monkeys playing outside our window and above us in the trees as we walked around. The restaurant across the street with the big plane has great food. We also ate at a little pizza joint down the road another night. And Manuel Antonio reserve is right down the road. It was by far the place we saw the most animals on our whole trip. Monkeys, slothes, snakes, raccoons (haha, true), frogs, and beautiful beaches. We found free parking near Manuel Antonio up a side street, so don't let the locals rip you off on parking. You will do A LOT of walking to get into the park so make sure you wear good shoes. I wore flip flops and wished I hadn't. We also brought a Eagles Nest hammock for the beach and hung our stuff up so the raccoon wouldn't dig in our stuff while we were swimming.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank tldarby84
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Address: Km # 5, road to the Manuel Antonio National Park,, Manuel Antonio National Park 11-6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Casitas Eclipse 4*
Number of rooms: 32
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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