We stayed here for 5 nights having toured some of the country and initially thought we could have stayed somewhere better. However after we had walked around we realised that for the money and area this was probably our best choice. The rooms are very spacious and the resort is tucked away from the main street so very quiet. They have a nice albeit small pool but it is nice to come back to after a days trekking and have a cool dip. The hotel is also fringed by the forest so it not unusual to see the monkeys and lots of birds oh and the mischievous iguanas who climb onto the roof of the bar to steal the bananas from the trees.
The staff are very polite and courteous and when you do sit around the pool area will regularly come and bring you out a cold glass of water (no charge) and check to see if you would like anything else.
There is a happy hour late afternoon and if you partake you will also get free nibbles and salsa which was a nice bonus.
Food at the hotel is okay although we didnt eat there for lunch or evening meals we did have a pizza which we ate in the room and it was very good.
The bed was really comfortable and the room was very clean and more than sufficient for our needs there was also a fridge and a very large tv not that we ever use one on holiday.
The hotel is a few minutes walk to the main beach, shops, bars and also to the national park / reserve which we found very disappointing due to the amount of people trekking through it at any one time!
The beach at Manuel Antonio is a very long bay which is great to walk / jog along and when you pass the busy sun lounger area it is quite peaceful. They have a couple of beach bars which were very run down but still wanted to charge the earth for their food.
The food and service however at Harleys bar on the main strip we couldnt fault. The staff there are extremely polite and helpful and the drinks and food very good value for money although Costa Rica generally is not a cheap place to eat.
We also used the Marlin bar opposite but felt ripped off by the weak drinks served.
Would we go back - yes we would visit this hotel if we ever returned to Manuel Antonio.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located within a 2 minute walk from the main entrance of the majestic National Park of Manuel Antonio. Hotel Playa Espadilla offers well equipped and cozy rooms, in the best Costa Rican atmosphere. The hotel`s own Biological Reserve is a special area for those who enjoy to hike and get in contact with nature. Costa Rican owned and runned. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Espadilla Hotel
- Hotel Playa Espadilla Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park