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“Dramatic views, welcoming staff and good location” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Costa Verde
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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90 reviews 90 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Dramatic views, welcoming staff and good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2010

We spent seven nights in a Studio Plus (12B) with beautiful panoramic views of the ocean, park and tropical hotel setting. Room was perfect for our family of two adults and two teenagers. Kitchen was adequate for breakfasts on the go but insufficient for those who seek to cook all meals on site. We were awakened each morning by different monkey families - often splashing at the pool below or stealing drying boxers from the neighboring rooms. Staff was very helpful with our daily tour planning, which included two trips to the park, mangrove, Rainmaker Preserve (a must!), and Villa Vanilla spice tour. Taxis are plentiful and food amazing in most cases. Hats off to Carlos at the Anaconda Restaurant and Zeke at the Reception Desk -- We can't say enough good things. Only negative comment would be about the road noise during the day -- no issue at night.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Shawnee, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2010

My husband and I and our 24 year old son stayed at Costa Verde from March 18th - 23rd. Loved it! We stayed in a Studio with AC in B-14 which is on the third and top floor. We lucked out and had a view of the ocean off to one side and the woods in front. From our landing we could see a lot of Costa Verde, the beach and the park. Costa Verde is designed like a camp, all the signs are wood like you see at many State Parks. The rooms are campy feeling too with lots of wood and plenty of space to move around.

The shower is a nice size with good water pressure. There is a full size mirror in the main room with plug nearby which helps to free up the bathroom. The kitchen had a 4 burner stove, medium size refrigerator and a coffee maker. Plenty adequate for our needs which were mainly breakfast and snacks. (Super Joseth is a good store 5 minutes before Costa Verde for coffee and other food) Had a few ants, but that's normal in places with kitchens of any kind in CR. Saw no other insects in our room. Our room was very clean.

The 2 Queen beds were comfortable and had regular pillows of various thicknesses. There was good reading lights next to both beds and a good overhead light that lit the room very well. Just your basic TV which was fine for us as we don't watch on vacation except for some news. The Air Conditioner is partially over one of the beds but the air direction can be directed up so it doesn't blow onto the person in the bed. My son kept turning the temp up because it was making it colder on his side of the room, so we used the fan over our bed to keep the air circulating which worked fine. Getting him another blanket solved the problem for all of us.

The balcony's are private and generous and we had 3 fantastic Costa Rican rockers, a slatted chair and a native wood table on our balcony. Lots of wildlife at Costa Verde. We even had 14 geckos on our outside landing because they were catching bugs at the light. Saw monkeys, heard howlers, had Iguana's in the tree next to our balcony, and saw other lizards. (Get up early for more Monkey sightings) Don't leave anything small on your balcony that you want to keep, I saw a Capuchin checking out my camera equipment one day.

The only down side to B building is that from the balcony you can hear some of the louder trucks on the main road below but it wasn't a problem at night since the AC canceled them out. But on the other hand we were very close to Anaconda Restaurant and the entrance to Costa Verde. It was pretty hot and humid when we were there so we were glad for the AC, but there are ceiling fans over both beds, so you can go without if you like.
If you have a car the parking lots for each building are close by your building. The Manuel Antonio Beach and Village are only about 5 minutes south by car. It's walkable if you're on a tight budget but watch the traffic.

The grounds are beautiful with plantings next to the paved paths, yet at the same time the grounds are quite natural and jungly. The adult pool area and view is very pretty and they have a bartender. The pool for B building is enclosed by jungle and is close enough to the Restaurant to get yourself a drink or something to eat. You will have to climb some steps to get there.

We ate breakfast at Anaconda and the food was good, but my husband thought it was expensive. The French Toast is some of the best I've ever had! The service is good, one morning we needed breakfast served very fast as a tour was picking us up in 20 minutes. They had our scrambled eggs, bacon and breads on our table in 5 minutes. The orange juice tastes fresh. The view from the restaurant is beautiful and serene. We had meals at all the other restaurants that are slightly off property. El Cantina was fine for the first night, not spectacular, but a pretty setting and they have music. El Avion was very good plus interesting. My husband had a National Hebrew hot dog w/potato salad at El Wagon which filled the bill because he needed something simple one day while my son and I were on a tour. They all have nice tropical settings.

We found everyone at Costa Verde to be friendly and helpful. Their advice for tours is very good. We did the Mangrove Tour and the Canopy Safari zip lines tour and enjoyed both very much. We also found the gift shop to be reasonably priced for some souvenir items. There are two computers next to the office under the porch roof which is a pleasant spot with comfortable chairs. You buy your time and then you can use it throughout your visit as needed. It wasn't much but I can't remember the price. Make sure you completely log off or somebody else can use your time.

Costa Verde is definitely where we'll stay next time we're in Manuel Antonio for it's value, natural setting, wildlife, and proximity to the park and beach.

Two of our favorite outside restaurants were Agua Azul and Marlin's in Manuel Antonio Village across from the beach. Do get into Quepos, good shopping and an interesting town.

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 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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jessejean
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119 reviews 119 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

I enjoyed Costa Verde, but was expecting more. The staff wasn't overly friendly or helpful especially compared to other places we stayed in Costa Rica. Also, it isn't walking distance to Manuel Antonio, at least not a nice walking distance. We had a car and I can't imagine being there without one. The pool bar closes at 6, which I think is a little early.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Durham, NC
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

Unfortunately, Costa Verde only had one night available when we came to them at the last minute, so we were only able to stay for one day, although we would have liked to stay longer. The staff was very helpful and led us on a tour of the property to help us decide where to stay. We stayed in the room closest to the main reception area, which had views of the gardens. I really liked the fact that our room was almost entirely surrounded by windows and that we had a little kitchen area in the room, but my partner didn't like the fact that the (gorgeous hardwood) floor was sloped. We would rather have stayed in the nicer suites with unparalleled views of the ocean, but they lacked air conditioning, which is needed in March when we were there. One of the highlights of our stay in Manuel Antonio was watching the sunset from one of Costa Verde's pools. The pool had a panoramic view of the beach from a high elevation above the water, which was one of the most gorgeous views of our trip and possibly of my partners' life (this is what he says). We also liked the romantic, upscale atmosphere at the Anaconda restaurant, which is on the hotel's grounds. I wasn't crazy about the size of the complex - it felt a little impersonal - but overall, the price was very good for the area and quality of amenities.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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miami
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

stayed in the airplane room for three nights. Monkeys every morning, good meals each night. Beautiful hotel that made us feel very safe. Beds a little hard but after climbing all day and night up and down mountains we still slept like babies(the good sleeping kind of babies).

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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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new york city
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2010

I found out the man who owns this hotel is a cheap guy who has his staff lined up and inspected everyday. NO ONE who works there is happy about it and it shows. There is a sense of sadness seeping from everywhere in the hotel and Costa Rica is known for how happy the people are. The location is nice but for less money go to Byblos or any of the other smaller hotels down the street. My friend and I went to Byblos for our third night and EVRYTHING was better. The staff was so friendly and of course it turns out the owners are as well. I would never stay at costa verde again. A vacation should be fun.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

We recently stayed at Hotel Costa Verde for 1 week with our 2 children ages 10 & 12. We could not have been happier. We booked an efficiency room and after much research we requested building D. We were told they could not guarantee but they would do their best. When we got there we wee delighted to have been given D3.
We arrived after dark so we could not see the view but the room was adequate, lots of wood, huge heavy sliding patio doors and a decent sized balcony. The bathroom was on the small side and had only a shower, no tub but we only shower so that was no problem. The beds were very firm but we still slept fine. My biggest complaint was that the air conditioner was extremly loud. We did not say anything as it didn't bother us too much so they may have rectified it if we had.
Now the best thing about D3 is the view! We were looking straight out to Cathedral Point and the ocean! If we looked to the left it was rainforest. We had a mama and baby sloth in the tree right outside and also had monkeys come through twice.
It was a short walk uphill and then up stairs to Area B pool and we went for lots of quick swims to cool off after the beach or after dinner or anytime. The pool was definitely warm but still refreshing.
The hotel is convenient to the beach, we always walked to the beach and to MA Park (all downhill) but took the bus back up. The bus stops right at the Cantina restaurant. We also walked to several restaurants which were up and down several hills. We walked to El Avion and did not like the food there at all, Salsipuedes which was very good, Byblos Pizza, excellent pizza, and Agua Azul which also had pretty good food. We found the walking to be fine. I've heard many people say there are no sidewalks but there are some and almost all the time there was a big enough shoulder to walk on though sometimes we had to cross over to the other side.
We had dessert several nights in Anaconda which was good and very reasonable.
Housekeeping always had our room done in the morning. Even if we left for an hour and came back it was always done when we got back.
The view from the adults only section is spectacular but I could not stay there without ac, not in dry season anyway which was very hot and humid everyday.
We loved it at Costa Verde and would maybe stay there again but there are so many hotels in the area that looked good that we may try somewhere different if we go back to MA.
We will definitely go back to Costa Rica! The country is beautiful and friendly and all the towns we visited had such a nice vibe. We loved it.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Costa Verde 3.5*
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