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“expensive for what you get” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Vela Bar
Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Ghent, Belgium
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101 reviews 101 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“expensive for what you get”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This hotels features rather large rooms, which are clean, but they are somewhat worn and old fashioned. There are fans and airco, and the bathroom is clean but again old fashioned. There are no thick curtains, so if you are used to wake with the first light, you will wake early (not so bad time for visiting the park, but before 7AM nobody over here will serve breakfast). Our room had a very small porch where you could sit in the evening. Overall, this hotel is OK, but for this price we expected much more. The location of course explains why prices are high.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Friendly Tico run hotel with interesting small apartment style rooms which were like a very old traditional house and a great restaurant serving Tico breakfast, Casado lunch 3500c inc tax and nice dinner choice. Overall we like it as it protected us from the horrors of Manuel Antonio Village which is an overdeveloped overpriced sewer with horrible shady characters hanging around harassing tourists although it's nice and safe once in the park.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

My lady friend and I had a lovely dinner here after a long day on the beach. The food was good. I personally really liked hanging out with the dogs and cats that came to visit, but I was raised in such an environment and I think it might have put off some people.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Innsbruck, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Located near The Beach and Park entrance it is a Great Hotel. Cosy rooms in a Garden Setting. Ideal Location to Explore Manuel Antonio national Park and The Beach. Food and breakfast is average. Breakfast at The Hostel costa Linda next door is better value. All in all Great tough and Would stay again

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

The room is clean and basic. It is 5 min walk to the beach and to the Manuel Antonio National Park Entrance. Great location! It was great value, although breakfast can be improved.

Front desk was helpful most of the time.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dresden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Visited Vela-Bar twice during our stay in Manuel Antonio for dinner because we stayed vis-a-vis at Cabinas Espadilla. Quality and variety of food was very good - I recommend fish and pasta (I still hear the waiter's voice "the natural tomato sauce" ;-) and: cocktails (you can get cocktails to go, too)! If I remember right children got paper and pens for drawing and colouring.
The restaurant's ambience is relaxing, music is not flashy and the waiter was very friendly.
To resume: it's a good place to spend a nice evening with family or friends.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This was the second time we stayed at this hotel. The last time was three years ago. The hotel has not changed at all since were last there and now, being more familiar with the area, there are a number of hotels nearby that offer more for the same price. The grounds nice and clean and the hotel is located down the road from the beach and from the National Park, making both walking distance. Staff were not particularly friendly or helpful.

The rooms are located in a separate building from the office/kitchen and are on two floors, with the exception of a couple of rooms. They have small patios along the front, or balcony if you are on the end floor, with chair and hammocks. The rooms are average in size and a little worn and rustic. The beds are hard and uncomfortable. There is air conditioning and a fan in the room, but no TV or radio. The bathroom is average with nice hot shower. The downside is that ceiling/floors are wooden, so if you are on the main floor, you hear every step the person above takes or everything they move a chair. There is little to do to entertain your self here so we opted to have dinner later and walked around the main strip afterwards to kill time. A bus is available and runs regularly if you opt to go in the town centre.

Parking is free and is available right inside the yard, which is nice. There is an internet computer next to the front office which you can use for a cost of 500 Colones/half hour. Breakfast is not included, but we tried it. It was not good and very expensive. The omelet was grease covered and rubbery, the toast was dry. The second day we chose to go to subway in town.

There is a grocery store, pharmacy, shopping, and dining, all within walking distance. I apologize for know having the names of the restaurants we ate at, we took photos of them, but our camera was stolen by locals on the beach. Our teenage son’s swim shorts were also stolen by staff at the hotel at 6am while we had them hanging out on the hammock to dry overnight. We confronted the woman at the front counter once she arrived but she told us it was likely another tourist. When I advised that were awake and no one was walking around yet, she said well it wasn’t us and left it at that.

We at dinner at a restaurant on the right hand corner of the main road and the road to the hotel. It was very good. We also ate at the airplane restaurant and again, it was very good and if you get there early enough you can get a seat overlooking the water with a great view of the sunset.

All in all, even a budget traveller can do much better that this nearby.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Vela Bar Hotel
Hotel Vela Bar Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
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#2 Best Value Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#24 Romantic Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

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