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“Off the main drag” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Playa Espadilla
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   300 metros antes de la entrada al Parque Nacional, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Off the main drag”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Rooms were a bit tired but adequate. Lovely pool and nice breakfast included. The property is on a side road off the main street, located very close to the national park entrance. Our room included a kitchenette, which we did not expect. The nearby beach is beautiful for sunsets. Walking distance to many restaurant options but the hills will give you a workout and public buses are an option to get into town. We thought this property was going to be on or nearer the beach since we upgraded from the Cabinas Espadilla, but that sister property is actually closer to the beach. Tip for visiting the reserve - arrive as early as possible and you don't need a guide. We hiked the park alone and made first tracks on the beach. It was magical, and as we hiked out all the crowds and groups were entering. Glad we missed that.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GVIL, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thanks so much for your comment. We are glad you found our services handy and helpful during your vacation, we will continue to improve day by day, and agree with you that our location is our best asset.
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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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Derbyshire
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25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

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.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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GVIL, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, February 28, 2013
So glad about this comment, we really appreciate that you had such a great time with us, and that you found our services convinient, that's our main goal here at Hotel Playa Espadilla, Thank you and have a good day.
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This was the second time we visited the hotel. Nothing changed :-). Friendly staff and along the pool they brought us water for free! In the morning we saw whiteface monkeys on the roof of the restaurant. The beach is nearby and the entrance of the national park around the corner. A perfect place to stay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GVIL, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
We appreciate a lot your comment and feel honored to have you as a guest for the second time hope is not the last, have a great day!!
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Very good location just 5 minutes from beach or the National Park. It has a nice patio restaurant with good food, and some lush gardens. But it is way expensive for what it offers. Family-owned (with extended members "monopolizing" the area), the staff seemed uninterested, even unhelpful. Rooms have an odd layout: surrounded by verandas providing limited privacy, and a bathroom added to the inner corner of the room.

Despite pricey, you may feel nickle-and-dimed at every corner (e.g., no shampoo, extra towels charged) - much under the disguise of an "environmental" orientation. If you don't mind paying more this might be a good option, but you can get similar options at a better price nearby.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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GVIL, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thanks so much for your comment we aprreciate a lot you choose our hotel as your option while stay around here, I know the proximity to the National Park and beaches made it very comfortable for you. Regards
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4 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Nice hotel! Really nice and helpful staff. Great location close to the park and the beach. Good bar next to the pool where we had drinks in the afternoon. It would be good if they provided some place to hang wet towels and swimwear though, we really missed that.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GVIL, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thanks so much for your comment we are so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Chester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights in August, good location close to town beach and entrance to national park.
Food at restaurant excellent and we were always treated to cool drink of water when arriving at the pool.
Standards rooms large and clean had everthing we needed. Reception staff book great boat tour for us.

Beaches in the park are fantastic and well looked after.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GVIL, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, October 29, 2012
Thanks for your comment we are glad you enjoyed your stay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed here as part of a Costa Rica tour (booked through Imagine Latin America who I would reccomend). The hotel is in an amazing position for access to the national park but is somewhat dated. We felt we were staying in a cross between a cabin from 'Dirty Dancing' and a village shop! The rooms were clean and large however and staff were really helpful and polite. The cabins that are across the road and are part of the hotel looked to be nicer than the main hotel but were not available for the dates we required. Public areas were clean - pool cleaned daily etc and you felt like you were in the national park itself as the hotel is surrounded by forest and you can hear the monkeys most nights. Manuel Antonio centre is quite a backpackers/surfers resort and is a bit shabby - this seemed especially noticeable after coming from a more upmarket hotel in Arenal. The area is def worth a visit though and I saw loads of sloths (my main aim for going there). The restaurant does expensive meals but they also do pizzas which are really good value as they easily feed 2 people. In summary, an average hotel in a resort that is a bit scruffy but worth going to for the park and it's wildlife.

Room Tip: The cabins appear to be nicer than the hotel's main building.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GVIL, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
Thanks very much for your comment, we are not familiar with the concept of "Dirty Dancing" hotel. Since the dirt dosen't dance around in our hotel. We are a 3 stars hotel, not a resort, according to the Costa Rican Tourism Institute so our services need to be understand and measure in this sense. However we feel very happy that you enjoyed our surroundings, cleanliness and service, and that you found our location handy for your trip. Our goal is to provide a decent place to stay were you can enjoy as much as it is possible the proximity to the National Park and beaches.
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Address: 300 metros antes de la entrada al Parque Nacional, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Playa Espadilla 3*
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

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