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“A Perfect Relaxing Stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Carretera Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6130, Costa Rica   |  
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“A Perfect Relaxing Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I booked a type 3 room at Villas Nicolas after reading great reviews and taking advantage of an off-season 35% off special. Wow, what a great decision that turned out to be! We spent 3 nights in villa "6 down," which offered spectacular views of the ocean from our patio and a good amount of privacy even with its location next to the pool.

The comfortable balcony really was the stand out - with its hammock, reading chairs, and nice dining table. We were able to watch monkeys from our balcony (sometimes just feet away) each evening. The living room/kitchen was also very useful and comfortable. The main bed wasn't large, but was comfortable. There was another bed, so, with the couch, we probably could have slept a family of 4.

The complimentary breakfast in the mornings was simple but good. The pool was wonderful. The location is also very good, walking distance to a number of restaurants and the grocery store - although a bit far for walking to the beach.

Finally, we used the hotel to book a guided tour of Manuel Antonio that was great! Henry was the best and definitely worth it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

My daughter and I spent 4 nights at Villas Nicolas celebrating her 30th birthday. It is a very intimate hotel with a small open air bar and restaurant and a refreshing pool. The villas are individually owned so the decor and layout varies slightly, but all villas that we were able to see were great!

I was originally placed in the villa at the top of the hill, closest to the office. My daughter was in the villa just below mine. It was either 11 up or 1 up, can't remember. I had a very difficult night- the street noise is very loud in this unit, and you can actually see the buses zooming by from the bathroom window. Also, across the street there is a new club that has a loud event on Mondays and some Fridays. I was up all night due to the music and loud drunken crowds moving to and from this club. Even with the a/c blasting and my sound machine on full blast, it was impossible to sleep through. I notified the office first thing in the morning- and they took care of my concerns immediately. They showed us every villa available and allowed us to choose which we would prefer. My daughter, by the way, was right below me and heard nothing. Almost all villas are built into the side of the hill and the acoustical differences are amazing! We moved to 7 up and 7 down. The rest of the trip was completely quiet and tranquil- save for the howler monkeys!

The sun sets around 6 and rises around 5, so if you are light sensitive bring your eye mask!

7up was definitely the most beautiful of all the villas. Though we met folks at the pool who swore by 3 down! It is spacious and gorgeous. There is a bathroom with a large open tile shower. Bedroom area with very comfortable bed. A sitting area and full kitchen. The porch is wonderful with a hammock and table and chairs. We spent many hours on the porch watching the monkeys, tucans, and other wildlife as well as the beautiful unfettered ocean view. My daughters room just below was just as nice but smaller with no porch but big open windows across the wall.

When swimming in the pool we were lucky enough to have a group of white faced monkeys playing right over our heads in the mango trees! The dinner meal was delicious and fresh. The bartender was a great guy- don't leave without indulging in a cacique sour!!

The location of Villas Nicolas is perfect! You can walk in one direction to several great restaurants and the local grocery store. The neighboring hotel on the right- Si Como No- has several little gift shops. It is a pretty hot and sweaty walk down the hill to Manuel Antonio but the bus stops are clearly marked and cost one dollar. The beach in the national park is totally worth it- gorgeous, stunning and on the quiet side of the island.

Tours- we signed up for two tours of the rainforest. One all ziplining and one that had ziplining, monkey drop, and water fall rappelling. Both were reserved by the front desk who had good suggestions for us. Both also included lunch which were the best meals we had the whole time we were in Costa Rica- very authentic made by family members of folks running the tours. Both tours were great! The double zip line on the first tour - sorry I don't remember the tour group names!- seemed like a good safety measure but once we were into it, didn't feel like we needed that. If my younger kids were doing ziplining it would probably make me feel better though!

We ate at several places throughout Manuel Antonio and all of our meals were amazing! My young son had us make a list of all the new foods we tried and whether we liked it or not so we were very adventurous! Cafe Milagro had the best gazpacho I have ever had. We enjoyed the sunset view and drinks at La Mariposa- both great! Could live without the food though and service was actually pretty terrible. Bring your suit and you can enjoy the sunset from the pool bar.

Overall, this was truly the trip of a lifetime. We felt like we found the best place to stay in Manuel Antonio- the perfect mix of quiet relaxation, convenience and comfort. I cannot wait to come back to Villas Nicolas!

Room Tip: Avoid the rooms closest to the office- they are also closest to the street. Request a room build in...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed here earlier this month and had a small suite overlooking the ocean. Very nice balcony with hammock, dining table & chairs, and two rocking chairs. Suite was equipped with stove, microwave etc. and internet in the rooms. Nice swimming pool and complementary breakfast. There is a small outdoor restaurant independently owned that is open for dinner and the food and service is excellent. If you are taking a guided tour of Manuel Antonio the guides will pick your up at the property. Nice beaches in the park (bring your swimwear) or you can go to the beaches outside the park. (About a 5 minute bus ride). If you take a cab make sure the cabdriver has his meter on or the ride will be very costly.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Good location between Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Good view and tropical grounds. Restaurant was great! Kids couldn't get enough of the Banana desert!

Each morning on our large balcony, we were visited by white faced monkeys swinging through the trees and eating leaves and fruit.

#9 had a full kitchen, two beds for the kids and two queen beds in the main room. The bathroom was large.

Occasionally, there was some noise from the road but it was expected since we were close to the main road.

It was convenient to many of the restaurants and bars in the area.

This was my second visit - I'll return!

Room Tip: Rooms with ocean view and balconies are perfect. #9 or #8 have the best view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

We ended up here by accident when the rental blew up on it's doorstep. We LOVED it! The place is stylish, with plants everywhere and wandering paths. The rooms are spacious with kitchenetts and have an ocean view. One of the closets has been transformed into a giant safe, very handy for keeping your bags safe. Many rooms have large balconies with chairs and of course, a hammock! Monkeys pass through and I saw several toucans. NOT handicapped accessible as it is built on a hillside with lots of stairs. There is a pool and a jacuzzi, the restaurant is excellent! It is not beach accessible, there are plenty about a mile down the road.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

My second trip to Costa Rica, but Villas Nicolas will always be my first choice of places to stay. The grounds are well maintained as is the pool and adjacent area. The restaurant serves tasty cuisine at reasonable prices. Chef "Pato" prepares many wonderful dishes to satisfy the most discerning palate, and his freshly caught Yellowfin Tuna is terrific!
The hotel staff from A-Z are informative, helpful and attentive, and any questions asked were answered knowledgeably and always with a smile.
The rooms are spacious and immaculate. An Inviting decor makes you feel welcome. I have a balcony with a hammock and comfortable lounging furniture. My view has the jungle below and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. I highly recommend Villas Nicolas!

Room Tip: #12 upstairs is great
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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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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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
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 27 Specialty lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
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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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