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“Warm and welcoming” 4 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Warm and welcoming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

From check-in to check-out, we were treated like cherished friends by the warm and humorous staff. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, with each deck offering a spectacular view of the sunsets. Our meals were terrific as well, chosen from a varied menu, and when one meal was less than perfect, it was whisked away without a question. Edgar, Eileen, Gilberto, and owner Robbie, all made us feel at home. The only caveat is that the tile floors are treacherous when wet, making footing difficult.

Room Tip: The upper floors have the best views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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amadrigalquepos, Front Office Manager at Hotel California, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Dobiemom12.
Thank you so much for your excellent review on this important forum, I love to read reviews like yours, and thank you for mentioning the names of some of our great workers and so glad you met Robbie.
We are so happy to hear that we meet your expectations about location and especially our customer service.
Due to the structure of the high ceilings when the hotel was built, makes it difficult when it rains and it could be slipper, we try our best to keep these floors dry as soon as the rain stops.
Thank you very much for your recent visit and looking forward to see you back in Manuel Antonio some time soon.
Alonso Madrigal
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Munich, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We really enjoyed our 4 night stay at Hotel California. The views are amazing, the hotel has a lovely pool, fresh water Jacuzzi, an open air ocean view restaurant. The staff is very friendly. We actually talked to the owner , a lovely lady from California and the rest of the staff members are very nice too and very knowledgeable, they informed us about things we could do in the area and even about other regions we considered visiting in the near future. The rooms are spacious, very nice and comfortable. The room had ac, tv, large beautiful and comfortable beds and the decoration was very pleasant too. We will defenitely recommend the hotel to future travelers and friends.

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the ocean view rooms in the top floor. The views are absolutely stunning.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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amadrigalquepos, Front Office Manager at Hotel California, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Vogel R.
So wonderful to hear from you and thank you so much for your wonderful review of our property.
We loved having you here as our guest and look forward to your return visit.

We are so happy that we met your expectations and thank you for sharing your experience on this trip advisor forum.
Alonso Madrigal
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

A hidden gem amongst the trees, we stayed in a wonderful room on the top level with amazing views. Lying in bed one night watching a thunderstorm roll out over the beach was truly an incredible experience which will stick with me. Quiet location well away from town, great staff very willing to help with anything we needed, breakfast choice wasn't over the top but it was really wonderful with fresh fruits and delicious omelettes available among other things, the pool was nice to take a dip in to cool off... just wonderful!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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amadrigalquepos, Front Office Manager at Hotel California, responded to this review, May 14, 2013
Hi sammy85h...
Thanks for taking the time to post the review on your stay in one of our Deluxe ocean view rooms
We're happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our staff took such good care of you and Lisa, from the amazing ocean view in the top level rooms to relaxing time just lying in bed, awesome experience.
Yes, breakfast not the top but we do have the necessary to provide you a great start of the day
Thanks, again, for staying with us and we'd love to have you back!

Alonso Madrigal
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halifax, nova scotia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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

Room Tip: Choose king bed with view room
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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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CANADA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 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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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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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 #28 of 48 Hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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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