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“Rainforest Delight! Great Family Vacation!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Casitas Eclipse
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Km # 5, road to the Manuel Antonio National Park,, Manuel Antonio National Park 11-6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
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“Rainforest Delight! Great Family Vacation!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2009

What a wonderful vacation. We stayed in the hotels casitas so we had both floors and a small kitchen. Our casita opened to the pool. There were wonderful paths and a jungle trail right on the property. We left our room every morning and ran right into wildlife, iguanas, coatis, birds, frogs, monkeys and more. The hotel staff was extremely helpful in every way. We enjoyed coming back from a daily adventure and having a wonderful drink at happy hour with the pleasant bartenders and waiters. The breakfast every morning was a great start to the day.

What could have been better were the linens on the bed. They were a bit worn and uncomfortable but the towels and maid staff were excellent. The kitchen was not well stocked with items but we didn't need much to have snacks and a few simple dinners. Restaurants were a short walk in either direction (in addition to the hotels restuarant).

The accomodations worked well for our family with tweens/teens. We walked to the beach several days and made it to all of the local attractions. A wonderful country and Casitas Eclipse was a comfortable place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

We stayed at this hotel because we were running out of money and they had decent rates. It seems like at some point it was a nice hotel, but today it is not near the 4stars that it is rated under. Rooms should be renovated...but they are in decent shape, the bathrooms are okay...but could use some serious re-modeling. Outside of the rooms the place is really nice...it's like a mediterranean villa. It's very close to Manuel Antonio and the staff was very helpful!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

Wildlife has its own agenda but in our first three days at this hotel three varieties of monkeys swung through the trees. Every day we saw a sloth and once even a mother and infant. There were resident birds and the unexpected- such as a toucan visit. All easy viewing from our balcony. There were at least 8 varieties of palms in my view- yes I counted them- surrounding the pool. The architecture and landscaping did indeed give a mediterranean image and was very pleasant to the eye- yet the forest was just over the wall. The spacing of the buildings , ours with only an upper and lower room, gives one personal space. The staff was friendly and helpful, and we too enjoyed the towel art. Within walking distance was a wildlife refuge with the most incredible day tour. We went for adventure, nature and romance- found it all.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2009

I went to this hotel with a spanish group from my school. It was our last hotel and I believe it was the best. My room was a floor in a small two floor building which remained quite cool even without the air condtioning. The room had beds, a kitchen, a bathroom, everything a room would have. It had cable tv which i didn't realize until right before i left but i didn't need it. (a previous guest changed the tv settings).
The hotel consists of many of these white buildings which reminds me of the Mediterranean. They are all connected with walkways with the lobby through the plantlife. The only real negative is the distance and the maze like quality of these walkways. It was a little annoying to walk to my room. The pools are nice and clean and perfect to cool off in. There are also interesting sculptures along the walkways.
It is located near the Manuel Antonio Park which contains a lot of wildlife which means there were many lizards and birds in the hotel. This even includes a stray cat which i made the mistake of feeding. :)
I read the other reviews and for the two days I stayed there, there was no loud music of any sort. There are two restaurants nearby and short distance from the beach and Manuel Antonio Park. Although, there is no beach view.
Overall, this was my favorite hotel I had stayed in when i was in Costa Rica. This is clearly a perfect hotel if you aren't one of those people who demand that every hotel be luxurious. If you go to Costa Rica for the normal reasons, which is to see the wildlife, then this is the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2007
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2009

A little bit of an older resort with a dated room.

The toilet never worked the entire time we were there (3 nights) and wasn't really worth the money, even with the free night promotion.

Would not stay again.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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juankala0072006, Manager at Hotel Casitas Eclipse, responded to this review, June 7, 2009
We are sorry to discover that you have a bad experience in our Hotel. We always asked our guests to notify immediately any problem that may occur, before the Check out. We don’t have any report about this inconvenience.

Our pictures are real and most of our comments are good. Our Hotel is a Mediterranean style, so that is why it doesn’t look fancy. Mediterranean style is conservative and not dated.
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forest hills, new york
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for three nights and found the staff to be so friendly (especially in the restaurant). The view from the bar across the way was incredible. The pool was very enjoyable, and the forest in back of the hotel was also an amazing view.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2009

I stayed at this hotel with a group of 14 people ages ranging from 7 to 72. Very different kind of hotel. If you are looking for a 4 or even 5 star hotel this is not the place for you. I liked the architecture of the hotel. It looked like you were staying in a villa . The rooms where all in different levels and you had to do a lot of going up/down to reach the different parts of the hotel. There were 3 pools in the hotel. We used the one right at the bottom and the one next to the restaurant at the top. The look up from the bottom pool was pretty good. We did see some wildlife - iguanas were the highlight - we did see some monkeys just outside the hotel though not in the hotel premise.

The rooms were very comfortable but nothing spectacular. The bathroom fittings were quite rustic and did not always work in the most optimum manner - functional at the best. The room had an AC which was a must as the place was really hot. The room also had a safe so you could keep your valuables there. Maid service was daily and they kept your room clean everyday. Each room had a balcony and the room I stayed in had a swing as well. There is no internet access in this hotel.

The front desk folks were very friendly. We did not use any of their services for planning trips as I had done this before coming there. The restaurant was pretty good. We had breakfast everyday there ( included in the price of room). The chef cooked up a good special dinner for us one night as most of my group were vegetarians and our choices were limited. The food was very good.

The hotel is located in the main road leading to the manual Antonio park. IT will probably take you a good 20-30 min to walk to the entrance. Lot of hotels and bars line the road. THere was a bar (noisy) in this restaurant - I did not visit it. They played loud music till pretty late in the nite. Even though I stayed right under the bar the music did not bother me as the AC was quite loud and also that the rooms had concrete walls which did not permeate the sound.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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:
Ranked #38 of 48 Hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Casitas Eclipse 3.5*
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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