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“Monkey Business” 5 of 5 stars
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Byblos Resort & Casino
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Regina, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Monkey Business”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Byblos is a FABULOUS hotel & resort. I have spent a number of days there now by the pool visited by monkeys of many varieties and served "the best" cold mochacchino ice cream drink I have ever drank anywhere in the world ! Davies has to make it and don't bother to ask for the diet version, because there is none ! The pool is clean & inviting, the pool side service is excellent, the pizza is delicious and the monkeys are just a wonderful piece of Byblo's & Costa Rica ! Tuesday Night Karaoke is Absolutely Fabulous !

Room Tip: Definately ask for a room overlooking the pool, the pool is beautiful, the poolside restaurant serv...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Just spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica and 5 days of that time was at Manuel Antonio. The trip so far had been organised by Gate 1 ( highly recommend ). However the last 5 days we were independent. Had a hire car and drove to Manuel Antonio from Samara. Took about 5 hours. We did not book in advance and wanted to see where would like and after trying a couple of places that were full we to the Byblos Resort. Wow loved it. We had a bungalow $130.00 a night including breakfast. The bungalow in the jungle, surrounded by monkeys 3 species, birds, iguanas and giant guinea pigs. Fantastic pool, out of the busy and a bit crazy beach at national park. We saw more wildlife at hotel than in the Natioal park. Staff very friendly.

Room Tip: 01 Cabin is a great position. The rooms may get beach view only slightly but on road and more expens...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sugar Hill, Georgia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

What a great place. Tucked away within the jungle on the side of the mountain right across from the Ocean is a great little place!!

The room was nice, the food good, the Bartender Davy fantastic. All in all a great place to be.

Breakfast was cooked to order in the morning before you head out to explore the area. The ziplining near there one of the best in the world!

Every morning and afternoon was Monkey time and other birds and animals were everywhere! We were there last April and have already booked another stay at this resort this May!!!

Cant wait to return!

Room Tip: Pay the extra money and get a bungalow!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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328 reviews 328 reviews
70 hotel reviews
Reviews in 113 cities Reviews in 113 cities
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

What a treat to spend several days tucked away in a rain forest bungalow! We got an upgrade on our original room so we could stay in one of the bungalows. (An additional $40 - including tax - for the 3 nights.) We were in #6 - overlooking the pool and restaurant. There was still plenty of privacy. The monkeys came up the tree right in front of our porch, over the roof of our bungalow and disappeared into the jungle behind. What a show!
The room is charming and spacious. The porch the best feature - perfect for sitting and reading or having a drink in the evening. The bathroom is small, but the shower and vanity area are adequate. Air conditioning is a must here - as it is hot and humid - and we used it.
We loved the pool - they keep it sparkling clean - and the restaurant is welcoming with very friendly waiters. The food is good, if a bit pricey. Happy hour does not include beer - so expect to spend a bit more for if you are a beer drinker. We did not visit the bar/club that is above the reception area - but there was plenty of activity there at night, including a DJ and ladies night.
The breakfast buffet had wonderful food - the usual abundant assortment. And the waiter prepared a special papaya smoothie without sugar just for us!
The location is excellent. We walked down the hill to the Manuel Antonio Nature Preserve, but took a bus back up to the hotel as the hill is a killer. We also drove into Quepos for lunch - in search of a good casado. There are all sorts of restaurants within easy walking distance - right across the street facing the ocean for a great view while you dine. But they can be expensive.
This stay was one of the highlights of our trip to CR - as this resort had a true a get-a-way feeling. A bit of heaven!

Room Tip: Get a bungalow if you can. Although we did not check out the rooms in the hotel proper, it looked l...
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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azle tx
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80 reviews 80 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

We are so glad we asked for the $12.00 a night room upgrade to a bungalow. Treetop view of monkeys and the beautiful gardens. Breakfast was cooked to order and the wait staff was great- fresh pineapple juice- delicious. Took the tour at Manuel Antonio- but left the tour at the beach so we could stay and enjoy the beach and do a hike. The hotel arranged for a spa outing for me that was fabulous.

Room Tip: We were in bungalow #1 which was the handicap model-I think it was the best because of the treetop l...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brainerd
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Less than three miles from Manuel Antonio National Park, Blyblos Resort is nestled in a mature jungle-like tropical garden. From the balcony we watched monkeys playing in the treetops. Tiny babies clung to their mother's backs as they jumped from tree to tree. Iguanas sunned themselves in the tree canopy. Toucans fed, flitting from treetop to treetop and a small mammal called an agouti fed quietly about the grounds. We found unusual frogs by the stream that meanders thru the resort. The rooms were huge and the beds comfortable. This isn't a luxury resort but is very good. There are some stairs. The restaurant was excellent. Best of all was the friendly staff who graciously went out of their way to be helpful and accommodating in every situation. We would love to return!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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73 reviews 73 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

Spent our first night at a place with a super uncomfortable bed and lumpy pillows. We needed a place where we could take our dog, so we called and found this place! It was AMAZING! They accommodated us with our small dog, and offered us the best room available for a great deal (since it was still green season). We had an incredibly cozy king bed, comfy pillows, and a big balcony overlooking the jungle where we saw monkeys and all sorts of birds. I'm totally stay here on my next trip to MA!

Room Tip: Stay in a bungalow room. We stayed in #2 which was close enough to the pool but far enough away from...
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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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Address: Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Byblos Resort & Casino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Byblos offers all the amenities and comforts of a three-star boutique resort, while conserving the essence of jungle style lodging. All rooms are spacious offering ample views of the local Wildlife and Garden Areas or Pacific Ocean. Accommodations feature air conditioning, telephone, cable TV, safe box, hair dryer, mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. Free gated parking and wireless internet access is available, as well as our poolside Bistro Pizzeria, Billfish Sportsbar and air conditioned Casino. Close to all tours, attractions, spas and local restaurants. ... more   less 
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Byblos Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
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