My wife and I traveled to Manuel Antonio spur of the moment from Grecia area and brought a couple we met at our prior hotel with us. We found an available room at La Colina and jumped at it. We had an ocean view room with two beds that was overpriced to say the least.
The room was not very clean looking and the bathroom boasted a sign about not flushing toilet paper; instead we were to throw it into a trash receptacle in the bathroom. The room was small for four people.
After spending a great day at the beach we went back to the hotel to relax, have a drink, and eat dinner at the agave grill which is the hotels bar/restaurant. I met the owner Mike, a Virginia native, as well as the bartender who is from Toronto. While sitting in the pool we overheard the bartender complaining about some girls who ordered waters instead of drinks with their dinner. "Real big spenders" was his observation.
When the four of us decided to eat we took our seat and ordered our drinks which took around 20 minutes (even though only three other guests were in the lounge area). My frozen margarita was melted by the time he brought it to me. Our dinner took around 1 hour to arrive and our new friends received the wrong food.. They left the wrong portion and said that she would not have to pay for it. It was barely touched. The Ahi tuna was cooked well done which is ridiculous and the rice was a solid mass object that could have been used to divert angry dogs from attacking us. It seems this was the only purpose for the rice as it was inedible. After another 40 minutes of waiting or so the new piece of meat arrived and she no longer wanted to eat. She told the bartender she did not want the food. When we asked for the bill the reply we received was, "Wasn't a free meal enough?". I attempted to talk to the owner about the issue and he was not receptive.
Stay away from this hotel! The staff are not friendly and the $100+ you spend for an ocean view room is not a value whatsoever. As previously stated, "The two biggest jerks in the Happiest place on Earth.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel La Colina is perched on a hill overlooking Manuel Antonio Bay (The Pacific Ocean) and nestled in the rain forest, home to many tropical animals. Monkeys, sloths, toucans and iguanas are commonly seen on the property. You can lounge near the pool or watch the sunset from the NEW SteakHouse restaurant while having a cool tropical cocktail on the bar.The hotel is centrally located in Manuel Antonio, just off the main road, a five minutes drive to some of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and the World Famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Many shops and restaurants are nearby.Taxi service and public transportation is easily accessible from the hotel. All rooms have full size beds, A/C, cable TV, private bathroom with hot water,in- room safe, and high speed WiFi & Wonderfull Breakfast a la carte Included ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Colina Hotel
- Hotel La Colina Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park