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Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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16 hotel reviews
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect place, great location, great staff. Agree with all good things already written. Breakfast is basic but also served with a smile. People make you feel like at home. Very comfortable beds, , nice hide-out after a day at the beach. Would not recommend Room 7. It is very nice inside. clean and everything, but it has windows all around with people passing by without the possibility to close the shades to make it really private.
Danika=Super!

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Remember location location location. close to the beach and national park, very scenic, friendly staff, nice happy hour, relaxing pool, comfy beds, next to an ice cream/smoothie shop, I was thankful that I chose this hotel to stay at!!

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

location location location. I stayed in the modern rooms. Simple. Clean. Wifi. TV. AC. Room safe (although it opened by itself when I was gone which I've never experienced before). There is dedicated parking next to the ice cream place (so if driving park in front of hotel and they will show you). The road is narrow and if you come during peak times like sunset or early morning it will be hectic and you will like the idea of ditching the car. Breakfast was fresh and tasty (I applaud they read these reviews because they had cereal and yogurt which were two complaints in these reviews ). Location alone makes this a winner.

Stayed April 2015, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The photos I saw of Vela bar before visiting it, don't do justice to this place.
It has got a great 'resorty' feel to it. Their pool is awesome and everyone is very helpful.

4 mins walk from the beach and 6 mins walk from Manuel Antonio national park.

Nothing to complain about. Recommended.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015


A simple hotel with a part modern and another more old , clean pool and quiet , good cleaning of rooms, basic breakfast rather monotonous without yogurt and oat flakes , bars with adequate Prices. Special location to visit the park since its open 7 am

Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Accommodation in this little village is some of the most expensive I've seen anywhere. There're very few places I've been (New York, London, Paris) where US$150++ gets you just a basic 1 or 2 star room.
This place is conveniently located in a quiet street just off the main road, about 3 minutes walk to the beach or the park entrance. It has some off street parking, but 2 of the 3 nights we were there it was full, and finding a park on the congested, narrow streets near the hotel was no simple task.
There're 2 types of rooms here; older bungalow style, and more modern hotel units, which we stayed in. These rooms were basic but comfortable, with safe, fridge and flat-screen TV with a few English channels. They appear to be wheelchair accessible, with no-step access from the street, large shower and rails either side of toilet. Due to the design of the bathroom there's quite a bit of light comes into the bedroom soon after sunrise. Air-con is quiet and effective. Internet is free and fast.
Breakfast is very basic; just eggs with choice of toast/beans/pancake, a single glass of juice and a very small plate of fruit (no cereal, yoghurt, etc), with no daily variation.

Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This hotel has a fantastic location next to the park and close to the beach. The included breakfast was great and the staff was attentive and friendly. I believe I had one of the older rooms, but it was decent for the area and honestly we weren't in the room all that much.
The hotel was very quiet as well - it's so relaxing!
Manuel Antonio has become one of my favorite places on Earth so when I come back, I'll definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Comfortable Beach hotel located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio Beaches in Puntarenas Quepos, just 200 meters from the entrance to the most visited Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park, characterized by beautiful beaches, stunning National Park views, incredible sunsets, where you can admire a unique nature, few of his steps to admire the beauty of a troop of titi monkeys, or delight your ears with the murmur of the howler monkeys or the acrobatics of white face monkeys, in order flora and fauna within your reach in a natural setting. Come and enjoy it and remember Costa Rica is "PURA VIDA" ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Vela Bar Hotel
Hotel Vela Bar Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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