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“Don't chance it!” 1 of 5 stars
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Nature's Beachfront Aparthotel
Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Alberta
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Don't chance it!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2011

If you get one of the 'good' rooms and they aren't bug infested, the location is nice complete with monkeys. However, it's difficult to get in and out. We got the smallest room - no a/c, less than basic, complete with biting, flying flea-type bugs which were in between the bed sheets, under the pillows and flying around in the room. Also, Carol/Anna has a personality disorder and is impossible to deal with if you are having a problem - like being bitten in your bug-infested room. Our room would not have even been available if the people in it hadn't left after one night. We didn't sleep over but found another room and left within a few hours. The pictures are all of the penthouse on the top floor - which was somehow 'not ready' so we couldn't move up there from our infested room. Our room was the size of the normal bedroom and the 'kitchenette" was an old sink, an ancient hot plate and a few old dishes. You couldn't cook there. You might be lucky - or you might be frantically trying to find another room like we were. Just avoid it. There are other, much nicer places for a similar price (e.g. Le Posada - nearly same price with an actual kitchenette AND monkeys, walking distance to restaurants, the park, etc.).

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Spokane, wa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2010

This was not the most luxurious hotel I've ever stayed at, but it is in a developing country. When I go to places like this, I'm not expecting American standards of penthouse. If you want that kind of luxury, go somewhere else.

If you do want great beach, a hotel right on the water, and the closest wildlife you'll see in MA this place is for you. The beach was stunning. We literally saw more wildlife sitting on the porch than the actual park .We had monkeys come right up on the porch. We saw huge lizards, birds, etc. AMAZING.

The rooms are adequate. Nothing to write home about. They could use some softer mattresses on the futons, but nothing I wouldn't deal with for a few days to be that close to the beach. The first night there we walked along the beach down to get dinner. It was lovely.

Do yourself a favor and rent a 4WD with a GPS to find this place. Oh, and take a headlamp for the night excursions on the beach.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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San Francisco, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

If you want no a/c, bugs in your room (i'm talking about things that looked like roaches), crazy owner, dangerous parking area, dirty rooms, rooms used by the owner (anna - we think she changed her name from carol, the previously used name in the older posts), and gun shots. The the posts from 2006 and 2007 accurately describe the hotel. I have no idea what the people in 2010 and 2009 saw, but the bath towels she gave her were old and had holes in them. Some were colorful and some were dirty white, which leads me to think that they might have been her own. She left two used pieces of bar soap in the bathroom. Shampoo and conditioner was not provided. I thought she forgot so I asked her for them. She gave me some used bottles, and offered to share some of her own if it wasn't enough.

When we arrived, we found our 'luxury studio' looked more like a large walk-in closet. So we upgraded to a 'villa,' which resembled a crappy studio. I had to slaughter four bugs that looked like large roaches. I think she has been using the kitchen before we got there, since the rice and cooking oil I saw was removed after we left to give her some time to tidy up the room. Also, our car was parking right ouside off the gate, but was broken into overnight. They tried to steal the car stereo. Our final nite, we heard some crazies roaring around in a car and then two gunshots. We thought we were going to die. We found out from anna that the neighborhoods had shot their guns to scare off the crazies.

We also had to unlock and lock the padlocked car gate each time we entered/left.

We would have left after seeing the place had we not provided our cc info and authorization to charge.

I paid $112/nite. This was not the kind of bargain I was looking for. I'd rather just pay much more than make the mistake of staying here.

I guess for some people, it might be a deal to stay at a beachfront hotel that is more of a 1 to 2 star rating with it lagoon (swamp) and natural setting.

We also staying at Mountain Paradise ($85/nite) in Arenal and Hidden Canopy Treehouse ($245/nite) during our trip and those places were awesome. Yes, both were awesome relative to what we paid.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

My girlfriend traveled to Costa Rica to visit me for my birthday. I searched all the hotels I could in Manuel Antonio, and this one was the most reasonibly priced with vacancy. I called to make a reservations, and was greeted by the owner herself. When we arrived in Quepos the next day, we took a 4x4 from the city, down to the hotel. Although the road was a bit bumpy, the location was spectacular. The rooms were quaint, and the owner Anna took very good care of us. The hotel faced a private little strip of beach about 5 minutes walking from the local market with lots of cool stuff and delicious restaurants. It was also about 10 minutes from the entrance of Manuel Antonio park. After walking around for a while, we noticed most of the hotels were not on the beach, unlike this one. Later, we came back for a shower, and asked Anna about any nice places to eat. She was able to tell us not only about nice gringo restaurants, but also good local places to eat and drink. We had a blast at all the places she mentioned. If you are looking for a place close to everything, and want a nice, quiet time directly on the beach, this is your place!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Riverside, California
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2010

This place was absolutely amazing! 3 friends and I went there at the end of April of this year and stayed in the penthouse. The view was gorgeous and lady that worked there was an absolute delight. We walked to breakfast and dinner every night which was only about a 10 min walk on the beach. The beach wasn’t crowed and it was very peaceful. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a relaxing time while in SM. Thanks again CC you were awesome!

*hannah

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2010

This was the best place we stayed on our trip by a long shot. You are right on the beach with a private lagoon great for nature watching. On our trip we backpacked around so we did not have a rental car. The place was somewhat difficult to find at first but we eventually did. Since we did not have a car it was necessary to walk along the beach to get there because the road is much to treacherous to try to pass by foot, we did attempt and greatly regretted it. (Once you are on the beach walk west and you will run into a large rock look to the right and you have found it). We had intended on staying in the small studio with a walk to a bath but, since she did not have the other nicer studios booked she upgraded our room for no cost which was very nice of her. We stayed 3 nights and choose not to cook so it was a bit of a walk each night to get dinner in Manuel Antonio but well worth the amazing location. I would most certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Charleston, SC
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2010

We arrived after dark; which is not recommended by the manager of Nature's Beachfront, and we learned why. It is a bit difficult to get to by road. Expect a long, winding, bumpy road that leads you down to the beach. At night you are not able to see the beauty and absolute nature's paradise that awaits you. I went with my dad and step-mom, who were both very skeptical the night we arrived. As soon as the sun was up, we were pleasantly awoken by the sounds of the jungle. We woke up to the sounds of waves crashing on an absolutely beautiful beach and were excited about all of the birds, iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards, monkeys, crocodile, etc we could see from our porch or laying in the hammock. We all agreed we slept the best at this location. It does not have A/C, which my step-mom quickly thought would be a big problem. We learned to take multiple cold showers during the day (there is a great shower outdoors if you stay in the room that sleeps 4) and wear our bathing suits and light clothing-which is expected when staying on the beach anyway. We had fans blowing at night and honestly all slept the best we have in a very long time. We found the accomodations comfortable, but if you are looking for luxury this is not the place. If you do not have a car (we didn't), it is only a 10-15 walk on the beach to town and about a 20 min (easy) walk to Manuel Antonio National Park. We did not like walking the beach at night, because we felt a bit unsafe out there where no one else seemed to be (this was probably our nerves being in a foreign country), but felt completely safe at the aparthotel. The room we stayed in had a nice stove, sink, and coffee maker.I slept on the foton (which was comfortable for a foton) and my parents slept in the bed. The bathroom was nice, but did not offer a whole lot of privacy. We walked to town each day to have meals. Anna, the manager/owner?, was very helpful in organizing any tours that you may want to do. We relaxed mostly, but there are plenty of things to do in the area. We took a sunset snorkeling cruise with dinner on a catamaran and hiked the MA National Park with a private guide. Our highlight of our 10 day trip (half in the MA area, half in Arenal area) was the Nature's Beachfront Aparthotel, because we had a troop of about 20 white faced monkeys visit us for half of a day right there!!! They were climbing the trees, walking around the property, and sitting on top of the hotel. If you are a nature lover or a bird watcher, you cannot find a better place to stay. We can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 48 hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Listen to waves & enjoy the monkeys while staying right on the beach. Enjoy outstanding beach & ocean views from our three room two bath Penthouse suite and studio apartments. We’re situated in a secluded area on the edge of a tropical bird sanctuary forest with a river stream running alongside the hotel. We’re within walking distance to Manuel Antonio Park (13min) but only a stone's throw away from the white sandy beach and blue waters. ... more   less 
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Nature`s Beachfront Aparthotel Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Natures Beachfront Aparthotel Hotel
Nature's Beachfront Aparthotel Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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