We had a generally positive experience here. The rooms were very nice. Both of our rooms had fantastic balconies with great ocean views (although, in this case, ocean view also equals road noise) with small but decently equipped kitchenettes. One of our rooms (B2) had a shower where you could open the curtains and essentially have an outdoor shower - kinda cool! The beds were fairly comfortable but the blankets are very rough. The various buildings are basically cut right into the jungle, so it's a very natural, relaxing experience. Depending on which room you're in, be prepared to get a workout walking around - lots of hills and stairs.
The pools were nice. Sometimes crowded but nevery annoyingly so, and people came and went constantly, so we often had it to ourselves or just a few others. The adult pool has a great ocean view. We spotted quite a bit of wildlife during our week there (although definitely not "more monkeys than people") - capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, a sloth, an iguana; we heard others saw toucans. And you can't miss hearing the howler monkeys.
The hotel website's description of how close the hotel is to the beach is pretty misleading. The very southern limits of the property might be a "ten-minute walk" to the beach, but for most of the rooms it's much farther. And walking along the road, although a lot of people do it, feels pretty dangerous, especially with kids (there are no sidewalks in the direction of the beach). However, it's very easy to get to the beach on the public buses. The bus stops right in front of La Cantina restaurant across from the front desk, costs only about 50 cents, and quickly gets you down to the beach. We couldn't quite figure out the schedules (I think there are several different bus companies) but during the main part of the day, they came much more frequently than the "every 30 minutes" you see quoted.
The bus is also very handy for going to other hotels and attractions (for instance Fincas Naturales and the butterfly garden), the village of Manuel Antonio which has some restaurants and shops, and the town of Quepos. The bus routes end at the bus station in the middle of downtown Quepos; there are numerous restaurants and stores in the downtown, including a couple of grocery stores right next to the bus station. Taxis are also easy to get. In Quepos, they line up near the bus station. We also hailed them along the road near the hotel. And the hotel's front desk can call a cab for you. They are very reasonably priced. Cost about $6 to get into Quepos and they take American dollars.
The main issue we had with Costa Verde was the service. Most of the waiters and waitresses we had at the various restaurants were friendly and good (Anaconda less so), as were the maintenance and cleaning staff that we encountered. But the front desk staff definitely has some attitude issues. Some are nice. Sometimes. But on the whole, they were not terribly helpful or friendly, and often were dismissive or condescending. One of the clerks at the gift shop took about 30 seconds to finish writing a text message while I stood there, rather obviously, waiting to buy something.
We booked all our excursions through the hotel, just to simplify our lives. We were very happy with all the companies that they used. We did a mangrove tour with Safari Adventures (big plus that they don't feed the monkeys), ziplining with El Santuario, and ocean kayaking with Iguana Tours.
All in all, a great experience. We really enjoyed our week here.
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