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“Excellent Stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Carretera Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 6130, Costa Rica   |  
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Huntington Beach, California
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“Excellent Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

We drove to Manuel Antonio with no hotel reservations and happened to stumble upon Villas Nicholas. We asked for a tour of the property and they happily took us to the different available room types. We opted for one with a huge balcony that overlooked the hills and ocean. It had a hammock that gave it the "vacation" vibe. The room itself was basic, but nice. I have to say the appeal really was the feeling of being on a tropical vacation. Views to die for, a room that was open and had nice accomodations, and good location. There was even a cat that I believe to be the resident cat, that liked to come visit with us :) This is not a place with lots to do. The pool is small with a small outdoor bar, but breakfast was delish and was walking distance to good restaurants and a really cool airplane bar. The beach is a few minutes down the hill, as well as the National Park (a must see) We only stayed in Manuel Antonio for one night, as we were sight seeing as much of Costa Rica as we could. Would definately return!

Room Tip: Rooms with large balcony have to die for views!
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We travelled here as a family of four and had 2 bedroom suite with kitchenette that was fully equipped with utensils, blender, toaster, oven microwave, pots and pans you name it. The main bedroom had the air conditioning unit and rest of suite was cooled by ceiling fans. We save money by making our own meals, but have to agree that the restaurant (only serves dinner) served us one of our top meals on our trip (the other was Ginger in playa hermosa, guanacaste) and having worked in the restaurant industry for many years I can be fairly critical of good cuisine, cocktails and service. The menu selection is simple, yet executed very well. The service was more like what we're used to in the states, as the servers were very attentive, in comparison to the laid back service we'd received in our other experiences. Try the macadamia pie and baked banana deserts, those will be stored in my memory bank for years. I was very impressed with the restaurant overall, made me happy to find a spot that was doing good by the guests. They also serve free breakfast every morning, Tico style - beans and rice with eggs, scrambled or fried, and choice of toast or house made tortillas. The pool was deeper than most and Luke warm, not like the hot spring pools we went in up in Arenal, but not frigid. They store the lounge cushions overnight so they're in good condition, but there are limited chairs. There are many monkeys that have their daily routines through the jungle right below you, bring ear plugs as they are vocal through the night and early morning. We got to see a family of white faced monkeys from our balcony in the morning climbing up through the trees. This place is certainly a nice, quaint spot for those who like the outdoors, animals, and happy go lucky people like my family. My mom booked it, and said that this was actually her second choice, as she had wanted a hotel closer to the beach, but it was booked already. That is the only downside of this place, that the beach is a walk away, but the bus was not difficult to ride and the walk there is downhill. Being a food snob, I'm happy we stayed here and got to experience the yummy foods :)

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
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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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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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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 #11 of 27 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
Hotel Nicolas
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