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Villas Nicolas
Carretera Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6130, Costa Rica   |  
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San Diego, California
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“Awesome place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

This was our last stop in C.R. of 4 different geographical area - from N. Caribbean to Arenal, Monteverde to M.A. over 2 weeks. This was both my favorite area and the best place we stayed on the trip. The rooms were just beautiful - full kitchens, living room, adequate bath (low water pressure) and ocean views off the patio (also large, with table chairs and hammock). The only ding on our particular room was it was open from the living room area to the bedroom. Would have been nice to close it off (like a true suite). Staff very friendly and helpful. I would absolutely recommend Villas Nicolas in all respects.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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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  • Cleanliness
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Ottawa, Canada
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I have stayed at this hotel on some trips and not stayed there on others. I just returned from a trip where I came back to this condo complex after a couple of years. I felt like I was home. The grounds are beautiful, as is the pool and the restaurant is beyond compare. The rooms are fabulous and it is absolutely safe. You may be awakened by howler monkeys but that is one of the pleasures of Costa Rica. All to say I will not stay elsewhere if I am in the Manuel Antonio area. It's such a pleasure.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We were so so pleased with our stay here! The villas are very spacious and beautiful! Amazingly large patio with hammock boasts a beautiful ocean/ jungle view. Breathtaking! Close to many shops and restaurants! Julio and the rest of the staff were so accommodating and welcoming! They booked all of our tours too! Walking distance to the Manuel Antonio national park and beaches ( a nice 20 or 25 minute walk.. Hike on return!) we also would recommend the ADR tour for a thrilling and adrenaline adventure of zip lining and repelling !! Absolutely amazing!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that is higher up to get the better views! All rooms have great views but the one up...
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  • Stayed December 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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Ogunquit, Maine
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Since 1999 I have travelled to Manuel Antonio/Quepos Costa Rica and stayed at Villas Nicolas
It is simply one of our favorite places in the world to go! This is my ninth trip to this resort area in the Pacific region.
Going back to Villas Nicolas is like visiting an old friend: warm, comfortable and always welcoming.
Villas Nicolas is a collection of cheerful "hotel villas" that are situated on the top of the "hill" in Manuel Antonio overlooking the jungle and Pacific ocean. When travelling to Manuel Antonio the best place is to be on "top of the hill". Close to dining, nightlife, transportation and shopping. Yet looking out the back terrace all you see is lush jungle and the Pacific Ocean.
Units are rented daily/weekly or by the month.
Many of the "villas" have a small kitchenette, a well appointed bed room, sitting area and out side terraces. Units are decorated with art work from local artists. There is a wide variety of units from budget to deluxe. We like staying in a unit that boasts a small kitchenette.
The grounds are a mix of native tropical plants, with three different types of monkeys that travel through the thick jungle canopy everyday. Everyday we see and hear a variety of primates at our door step!
Chef Pato, a well known chef in Manuel Antonio holds court everyday (except Sunday) at El Rancho, a gourmet boutique restaurant located on the grounds of Villas Nicolas. The open air restaurant is casual, and very affordable.
Overall the Villas Nicolas is clean, quiet and well managed. Much of the staff has worked for the organization for many years.
It always feels like home, Can hardly wait for next year!!

Room Tip: sunsets are remarkable. Eat at the Rancho restaurant located on the property. Most rooms have ocean...
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  • Stayed January 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I was referred to Villas Nicolas by a friend who stayed here in the past. I was not disappointed at all. The hotel ground we beaitiful and we felt safe. They have a security guard walking the grounds at night. Service was very friendly, and our rooms were great for the cost. A little small, but we didnt spend a lot of time there anyway. The balcony with the hamock overlooking the ocean is a must! it makes the trip and you can see amazing sunsets.

They have a dog and a few cats which are the grounds keepers pets. One kitten kept us company during our stay and lived on our balcony.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012 via mobile

Traveling with my adult son, had checked in at another hotel just outside of Manual Antonio in Costa Rica:
The WiFi did not work
The room safe had no key
The bathroom flooded
No other rooms had two beds
Ants in the new rooms

Villas Nicholas to the rescue. For $28 more per night we have:
Superior bathroom that does not flood with great hot water
Excellent WiFi
Porch with hammock overlooking the ocean
Much better location nearer the beach
Huge room with kitchen and sitting area

Would stay here again

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

We reserved this place online during the low season (July). I had wanted to stay at Tulemar or Makanda by the Sea, but settled on Villas Nicolas due to the cost. When we arrived in MA many places were advertising low rates due to the low season. I think we could have gotten a better deal somewhere else had we shopped around. The appeal of Tulemar and Makanda was the private beach. We didn't come to lay on the beach (we did hike around the park at MA which was beautiful), but the main public beach in MA reminded us of some place in Mexico. Lots of "official" looking guys trying to tell you where to park and many guys walking around the beach trying to sell you stuff. VN says they're walking distance to the beach, but it's about 20 mins walk on the main roadway. We drove. If you want a relaxing beach vacation, stay somewhere with a private beach.

The villa itself was nice and clean. At the end of an almost 2 week trip, it was nice to have a kitchen and we cooked dinner two nights. The pool here was good, although the Jacuzzi was not heated. There were many problems with the Wi-Fi, and only worked in our room the first night. We had to go to the pool area for access. We felt safe here and there is parking right in front for your car. We did get to watch an amazing thunderstorm one night that rattled the windows!

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 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 #10 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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