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“Beautiful friendly place to stay in Manuel Antonio” 5 of 5 stars
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Villas Nicolas
Carretera Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6130, Costa Rica   |  
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“Beautiful friendly place to stay in Manuel Antonio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

This was our first trip to Costa Rica - we chose to stay at Villa Nicholas in beautiful Manuel Antonio. We loved this condominium hotel. We had a wonderful view of the Pacific - the villa was really tastefully decorated and very comfortable. There were monkeys in the garden. The staff at the hotel were outstanding - very helpful and friendly. I really can't say enough about the hotel staff!! Villa Nicholas is centrally located - we didn't feel we needed a car as the bus service was good and there were lots of taxis. We were traveling with teenagers - we found that renting two villas (6 up and down) gave us lots of space. The gardens were beautiful, the pool was warm... in short we had a fantastic holiday and would highly recommend it to others. The little restaurant serves really good food!

Room Tip: The rooms with ocean view are worth the difference in price.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tel-Aviv
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

Staying here was definitely a good surprise for us! We couldn't believe such a beautiful and relaxing place exists in Manuel Antonio, and were definitely surprised that the price was that low. We would have paid double for staying in that place !

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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Clearwater, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

A lovely vacation spot made more special as each of the villas are individually owned and their own special touch with artwork and pottery. Staff was friendly and attentive to our needs. The grounds are very well tended with a lush tropical feel, a georgeous pool in the middle of it all. Lots of birds and the occasional troupe of monkeys passing through. Breakfast is provided with the price, very tasty and filling. I would also highly recommend the restauant for dinner. Had the blackened tuna which was one of the best meals I had in Costa Rica.

Room Tip: Lower level rooms have full kitchens and are a bit larger, also don't have a lot of stairs to cl...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Port Washington, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Villa Nicolas was a wonderful place to stay. It's centrally located, beautiful and everyone is very friendly. We loved the fact that it was fairly small which made it personable. The deck was fantastic, the landscaping was beautiful and the monkeys came around during the day, which was fun. The bed in the room was very comfortable and there was a small refrigerator and dishes so we could buy some snacks or drinks to keep in the room. We also loved the pool and the restaurant was delicious.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

I stayed here with my mother from 3/31 to 4/6 and really enjoyed it. We had made reservations elsewhere, but when we arrived we found they had raised the price and the room was not as advertised. We've stayed in MA in the past and heard good things about Villas Nicolas, so we took a cab there and the very friendly security guard put us in a room for the night. The next day the staff were very friendly and wonderfully helpful and were able to arrange things so we stayed 3 nights in 2-up, 3 night in room 10, then I stayed 2 additional days in Oasis 1.

The prices are very reasonable for the area, both rooms were lovely and clean, with art, pretty bathrooms, and great terraces with hammocks! The restaurant was great, the fish is amazing but I also recommend the mango mozzarella salad. "Breakfast included" was both a blessing and a curse (it was delicious, but we also love the breakfast at Cafe Milagro right up the street).

The amount of wildlife visible from the room was incredible. The monkey bridge across the road is very close, and we saw squirrel monkeys, howlers, and capuchins, in addition to several bird species and a sloth!

Location is also wonderful, right near the bus stop for the $0.50 bus to the beach, across the street from a nature reserve with a butterfly garden and awesome night-time frog tour, and walking-distance from the grocery store, spa uno, and several bars/restaurants.

Definitely coming back!

Room Tip: We stayed in 2-up, 10, and Oasis 1(one of their apartments). The villa rooms were both very clean...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

5 minutes away from Manuel Antonio National park, walking distance from good food and good places to hang out, pretty, large and comfortable room with a stunning ocean view, howling monkeys on the hotel property, guard in front of the hotel at night, excellent breakfast in the morning, friendly and useful staff, Villa Nicolas is the total package for a perfect trip in Manuel Antonio!

Our experience was well above our expectations.

A hint : Even the large amount of good restaurants in the area, you have allow you one diner at the hotel. The chef is excellent and he masters fresh fish (new handpick fishes everyday) like no one.

We'll be back at any time!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

I read the amazing reviews for Villas Nicolas on trip advisor and they are all true! Villas Nicolas is a true gem! We drove to Manuel Antonio from La Fortuna to pull up to this hidden mirage! From the moment we walked in to the moment we left (with very sad faces) the staff here exceeded all expectations! We stayed in a type 2 room that had a view I will never forget and would like to get back to very soon!
The hotel itself is very small and the staff gives all the guests the attention they need! Evelyn greeted us and helped with our bags to our Villa as did she help recommend restaurants to eat at while we were visiting. Julio also was extremely helpful with recommendations and answering any questions about the area.
We spoke to a few of the other guests staying here and they have been visiting for 15 years plus and still love the hotel. So whatever they have been doing they're doing a great job in my book!
The restaurant here is called El Rancho located in the courtyard by the pool. Breakfast was delicious every morning! We'd enjoy fresh orange juice and delicious coffee along with eggs any style with bacon rice and beans or huevos rancheros not mentioning a number of other options! We had dinner here one night which was also delicious and reasonable! It was probably the best meal we had the entire trip! I ordered ahi tuna with a mango salsa which wasn't on the menu but was suggested to me by the waitress and my boyfriend had the steak which was cooked so perfectly and melted in your mouth! Kudos to the chef and staff at El Rancho!
In the afternoon after wondering Manuel Antonio we would sit by the quiet pool to read and watch the monkeys come out and swing in the trees around us!
Our room was just perfect for us! Large patio with a hammock over looking the trees and the ocean. In the morning we'd wake up and watch birds I have never seen in my life fly around. We were also greeted by a large frog waiting for us one evening on the stairs. All rooms have a small refrigerator that we stocked with some wine, juice, and beer for the evenings. Also nice that there is an air conditioner and NO tv! I've heard people complain about bugs but it comes with the territory so bring spray or just don't come to Costa Rica :)
The location is really great! Just a short walk to the beach, National Park, Restaurants, and Bars. When originally looking at hotels i was hesitant on the 15min walk to the beach only to find out all hotels in Manuel Antonio are not located on the beach.
Villas Nicolas Thank you so much for making our stay even more enjoyable! We definitely will be coming back! (I miss it so much already!)

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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Address: Carretera Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6130, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas Nicolas is a small 18 room condominium style hotel.We are located on the Manuel Antonio mountainside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.Our hotel is comprised of 5 rows of terraced rooms (approx 4 rooms per row)surrounded by gardens and jungle....all with oceanviews. Villas Nicolas is designed for the independent traveler who prefers "small & intimate" to the "all inclusive" resort type experience.Our Type 3 suites have full kitchens for those who wish to take advantage of the local produce and fresh fish that this area provides.We offer on site management and all night security. ... more   less 
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Villas Nicolas Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
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