We arrived at hotel Costa Verde with only one expectation: that there would be still more monkeys than people - just as it says on their website. The hotel didn't disappoint. Within one day we had seen two types of monkeys, a sloth, iguanas, bats and we hadn't yet left the hotel grounds.
The staff was the other highlight of our stay. Friendly, courteous and helpful. We traveled with our 7-year old and they offered helpful, relevant information about the excursions we were interested in. Mauricio at the front desk, gave us pointers from adequate attire for zip-lining with a child to the proper meal she should have prior to departure. Francisco was fast in getting us information on other tours and helped us choose the experience that was good for us, out of several similar options. Pablo knew our daughter's name from day one and staff would greet her when we walked by. Glen, at the Anaconda restaurant, remarked that it was great to see kids reading books when she pulled out hers and by day three he knew exactly what she liked. "Yo sé lo que quiere la niña!", he would say. All this in a genuine way.
The staff at Costa Verde deserves a 5 star review. They offer warm, genuine, attentive service. They don't want to please you, they want to offer you a solution. Aside from that, as a mom, it made me feel they genuinely are inclusive about kids. They don't cater to them specially, they integrate them in a very natural way. Kind and friendly, many of them mentioned their own kids in small talk. I see how they got the Trip Advisor Travelers' Choice 2014 in the Family category.
Having said that, let me say now that I had the opportunity to enjoy the adults-only area of the hotel while hubby and child went zip-lining. The view is gorgeous and I liked the pool bar - that will also order you food from one of the hotel restaurants. Quiet, sun, fresh fruit batidos and an amazing view of Espadilla beach: pura vida.
The room at the hotel was adequate. Spacious, no-frills, clean. We stayed in room D3 and had a spacious, beautiful balcony from where we had a view of the ocean and we could see monkeys in the early morning.
The room is equipped with a fridge, pots and pans and a portable electric range, good for heating and simmering but won't allow for real cooking. It was more than adequate to warm up leftovers and to cook some pasta.
As noted on other reviews, the hotel rooms and studios spread out over a hill, so be prepared to climb more than a few steps - think of it as cardio towards the fresh fish, delicious fruit and drinks you'll have later in the day.
Back to the title of this review: having travelled extensively, we arrived at Costa Verde just interested in their promise of wildlife - which we saw in abundance and at close distance. The setting and the people won me over. This is no RC (which I generally do not favor) but the caring service and the direct access to wildlife is a luxury in itself. A real luxury. The kind that builds memories and makes your life richer.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Verde Hotel
- Hotel Costa Verde Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park