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“IT'S LIKE GOING HOME!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Carretera Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6130, Costa Rica   |  
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“IT'S LIKE GOING HOME!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We have vacationed in Costa Rica for over 15 years and as part of our annual travels throughout the country we have stayed at Villas Nicolas for over 10 of those years. It has been consistently wonderful. We always say that it’s like going home.
The views from the extra-large private balconies are spectacular. Overlooking jungle and ocean you will see 3 different kinds of monkeys, exotic birds and an occasional sloth.
On the road side of Villas Nicolas you can catch a bus of taxi in one direction to the bustling town of Quepos and in the other direction to the beach and national park. We also do a daily walk from Villas Nicolas down a country road to the beach, then along the beach to the park. Villas Nicolas is within walking distance to many restaurants, bars and coffee shops.
We love to cook in and Villas Nicolas offers in its lower units full kitchens. When we don’t feel like cooking, the restaurant at Villas is second to none. Just make sure to make reservations at least a day ahead of time.
A big thank you to Sheryl, Julio and the rest of the staff for making our stays at Villas Nicolas consistently enjoyable.
We will be back, many times.
Tim n Zoe

Room Tip: Lower units have full kitchens.
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  • Stayed February 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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  • Sleep Quality
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

This hotel was recommended by a friend. We spent 3 days here and it was great! The staff was friendly, the ladies who cooked our breakfast were great, and the location was also good. Monkeys came onto the property almost every day, and the view was great too! I only give 4 stars because the maid constantly moved our stuff to complete opposite ends of the room. Other than that, I'll stay here again!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Spent two days at villas Nicolas at the end of a very active (for us) week in Costa Rica. It was perfect for what we wanted. Spacious, comfortable, room with large balconies for sitting and enjoying the atmosphere. Beautiful outlook and friendly staff. Would recommend having at least one meal at the on site restaurant, but close to many other great options for food. Bus just outside the door for the ride down to park and beach, or into Quepos. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This was our third visit to Villas Nicolas, each time we expect things to be different from the past trip, but this place is always the same, always fantastic. The staff are always friendly and helpful, the rooms are always clean and pleasant. The El Rancho restaurant always makes the best food at reasonable prices served by the friendliest staff. The pool and grounds are always well maintained and the location is perfect, close to everything, restaurants, bars, beach. We like Villas Nicolas so much, we have already reserved for next winter.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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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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Ottawa, Canada
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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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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!

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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
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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 #12 of 27 Specialty lodging in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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
Hotel Nicolas
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