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“Only just short of 100% satisfaction” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel California
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   200 mts east from Blue Monkey Hotel, Manuel Antonio National Park 139, Costa Rica   |  
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halifax, nova scotia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Only just short of 100% satisfaction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed here apr.24th and 28th, 2013 as part of our 2 week vacation. It was recommended to us by the owners friend who owns a working horse ranch in the mountains of baru where we stayed for the remainder of our trip (19th-29th). I'll take the opportunity to put a plug in for her place now as well. It's called rancho tranquilo.
We were looking for a little break from the mountains as well as a place to stay for the last night putting us that much closer to the airport and time to see manuel antonio.
We could not have been happier with this choice as we had booked a room elsewhere and looked at a couple of other spots and there was no comparison. We quickly cancelled our previous booking. I very seriously did not want to leave. It is smallish but so cozy with breakfast included and i tell you it was breakfast and delicious. Views of m.a. Beach from our rooms and pool/bar were beautiful. All staff we dealt with were exceptional. Feel like you want to single everyone out but Gilbert and Lewis (Louis) at the bar could not have been more hospitable. Such very non-assuming people going out of their way to make you comfortable. I really hope that american owners of these hotels appreciate people like this who make their properties a success. They deserve recognition. The same goes for administration people we dealt with...eric, another guy who has a daughter named michelle with 2 l's lol, and a pretty, slender with beautiful eyes young woman who we also did not get a name. I got the diareah thing the last day and she insisted before leaving that. I go back to the bar to get a chamomile tea with cinnamon very interested to bring me relief which for the record helped greatly...very comforting. The young man who got me the tea at the bar was also very concerning which is something i noticed about costa ricans in general.....very sincere.
The rooms were extremely clean, everything in working order and decor very inviting...big rooms. The only thing that makes my review fall short of 100% is the first night we had a room with a queen bed and it had to be the most uncomfortable bed i have ever slept in along with the dead pillows. The second night was a king..much better but regardless i would still go back again and do hope to. I respect other reviews opinions but not sure what the location problem is. Never crossed our minds. You would have to walk or drive from the other nearby accommodations as well?????
You do have to watch carefully for little sign to take you up a dirt road. We saw sign but missed getting there at first.
Very strong thumbs up. Will remember it fondly

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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amadrigalquepos, Front Office Manager at Hotel California, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hi Michele16
Wow....what a review.....thanks for all of the details......we're so glad that you enjoyed your stay in one of our rooms, and that our staff in reception made a effort to change you to a better room that was suitable for your needs.
Thank you for letting us know about Luis and Gilberto and other staff members were helpful by taken care of all the details, but so sad to hear your sickness while you were in Cost Rica.
Special thanks to Rancho Tranquilo and their referral to us, we'd love to have you back!

Alonso Madrigal
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Nice hotel, in between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Not much in the immediate area. It is a good enough place to stay, but know that it is inconvenient.

The room was nice, it had a balcony was clean, but seemed disorganized when we went to check in.

There was AC in the room, needed with the temperatures in the area!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I found this hotel because of a groupon, and it was in the area where my friend was getting married. Upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised by a staff that was more than helpful. The front desk staff checked us in quickly, and walked us to our room. Within the first 5 minutes we saw monkeys jumping from tree to tree and we knew that we were going to be happy here!

The pool area was small, but uncrowded. Most of the time there were just the 2 of us here. Breakfast was included, and although simple, it hit the spot. And they even had a pool side happy hour.

The views were unmatched, and the beds were comfortable. Not super deluxe, but very comfortable.

I would stay here again without hesitation.

Room Tip: Higher floors give you a better water view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tualatin, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed the last couple of days at Hotel California between Manuel Antonio and Quepos. It was the highest quality and very attractive hotel on our G Adventures tour. Spacious, comfortable, clean, with A/C and nice touches and good beds. The staff from reception to the pool restaurant/bar were all friendly and attentive. We ended up spending more time here than expected because it was so resorty and relaxing, with a nice pool and good food and beverages.
Muchas Gracias!

One small quibble: the wifi didn't reach our room.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stratford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Hotel California was a very pleasant surprise at the end of a long day on our tour bus. A bit of an adventure, just getting off the main road, where we had to exit the bus so it could get up the sharp and steep turn to the road to the hotel. Room was clean and spacious. Nice to have air conditioning, since the temperatures were getting warm. Pool area and bar attendants were good and the pool itself was fun. Breakfast at the pool...nice! The igauna that crawled around and into the breakfast bar was a nice touch. Great view out to the ocean over the trees from our room. Overall, good place.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wallkill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Make sure to catch the perfect end of a day and two for one happy hour. Also beautiful tappas, great price and quality, like fresh tacos, burritos, and ceviche! Awesome sunsets! We will definitely return, just ask directions a little hard to find.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Our group of 9 with G Adventures stayed here January 2013. Room was large, mini fridge, a/c, and patio. No ocean view but it didn't matter. Very clean, however a/c was a little noisy. Nice pool and jacuzzi. Open air restaurant had a great ocean view and food was excellent. Service was great. Monkeys on the balconies were a bonus! Two minute walk to bus stop, and ten minute bus ride to Manuel Antonio Beach and National Park.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Address: 200 mts east from Blue Monkey Hotel, Manuel Antonio National Park 139, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 48 hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel California, Ocean View hotel !!! Great place to experience the peace of paradise and the thrill of local attractions. Located in beautiful Manuel Antonio with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean from our 12 Deluxe rooms and mountain view from our 15 Standard rooms.Our rooms are very comfortable & spacious with complete privacy, balcony, air conditioning, satellite television, telephones, hot water and mini- refrigerators.The hotel features a variety of services including honeymoon packages, surfing and sport fishing, canopy tours, Estuary Tours, White Water Rafting, Sailing Tours and can arrange for any other activities you might be looking for during your vacation in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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Hotel California Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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