Having stayed at several high quality hotels en route to Espadilla, it was a bit of a return to earth when we opened the door of our room to find something reminiscent of a 1970s motel, with a kitchenette devoid of aesthetic virtue. In short, high on function, low on creature comfort. Tired, somewhat past its sell-by date, hideously noisy AC units, could really do with some investment.
On the very plus side, and this is a very big plus, while the room may have been disappointing, the amenities around the pool, bar and restaurant compensated superbly. Thank you to the staff who offered us endless iced water, great happy hour cocktails, and a rather wonderful fillet mignon the night we ate at the restaurant.
Finally, as others have said, the location is superb. Yes get to the nature reserve early, although on balance, I'd say pay for a guide, as they do seem to have a real knack of spotting stuff.
- 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