My wife and I are transplanted New Orleanians teaching in Costa Rica. For Thanksgiving, with visiting in-laws and an uncle in tow, we shopped online for a place that could handle the five of us in one space. La Posada's owner, Mike (a U.S. expat who came to Costa Rica and never left), had just recently moved out of his onsite apartment for the express purpose of accommodating groups such as ours.
For $150 a night (off season, high season goes to $225) we enjoyed a spotless two bedroom, two full bath (with good water pressure and plenty of hot water) apartment with an enormous living area complete with two couches, two foutons, a 55-inch TV and a full kitchen. Then there was the screened in porch from which we spotted any number of birds, deer, coatimundi (sp?), and, of course, monkeys from the national park that borders the property. And, oh yeah, that included five breakfasts daily.
We joked with Mike that we suspected he wrote his own TripAdvisor reviews; now we can vouch for the place personally. A short walk gets you to the beach or the park, and the staff is remarkably friendly and helpful with recommendations for area dining and attractions. If you're not up to venturing out for dinner, do like we did one night and stay in for the hotel's homemade pizzas.
We never even ventured into the private jungle bungalows, so we can't vouch for those. But the apartment is a great value.
A final note: Mike had accidentally booked us at high season rates. We didn't even think to question, figuring that our three-night stay over the Thanksgiving weekend, though technically still the rainy season, must have merited the bump in price. Mike volunteered his mistake upon our arrival, putting $225 back in our pockets that we never would have missed otherwise.
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- Also Known As:
- La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- La Posada Private Jungle Hotel
- La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park