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“Not so much the second time- sad” 3 of 5 stars
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Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Carretera a Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Ottawa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Not so much the second time- sad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2008

I went to this hotel 4 years ago and loved it. Love the area. Brought my husband along this time to enjoy it again with me.

Not the same- owner still very friendly and accommodating. The property is for sale and seems to have been neglected significantly since the last time I visited. The breakfast used to be outstanding- customized by your appetite by their very own French chef- now simply mediocre. The lack of air conditioning is hard to sleep with.

It's too bad- location is wonderful and everything is close by. The park is a short bus ride away for ~40 cents. And the owner is so nice!

  • Liked — Location, staff, nice pool
  • Disliked — negelcted gardens (they used to be so nice!) no internet access, no air conditioning
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Heerlen
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2008

This hotel is for sale and the owner told us that she wants to go back to Germany. We booked the hotel by a Costa Rica agency and booked a double room with breakfast.
In the hotel the restaurant was closed and there was no breakfast at all( which should be included ) The room was very small ( in fact one personroom )and by paying another 60 us$ we got a bigger room. We booked for two nights but because the many ants ( walking across the beds), insects and a frog inside the room we left. We didn't sleep at all. We didn't get any money back. The rooms are not very clean, basic with old furniture.

Stayed February 2008
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NYC
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

We stayed here for 3 nights. For us it was fine, but I could see how some folks would not like it. They have built some new rooms...which I think are 2 BR units based on some of the other reviews. These units looked to be pretty nice from the outside. There is also an older hotel, which is more run down and basic. The rooms in the "old hotel" are fine if you're just looking for a basic place to sleep at night. They have not been well maintained, but they cleaned our room every morning. I never felt like our room was dirty. Alex, the guy at the front desk was helpful and friendly. There is a restaurant right in front of the hotel that has live music. We were there on New Year's and they had a nice little party. I was worried people would party all night...but shortly after midnight, things really quieted down quickly.

You should know this hotel is closer to Quepos than Manuel Antonio, but the bus stops right in front of the hotel and it's about a 10 minute ride to the park. The hotel has a nice pool which is outside the newer units...however all guests can use the pool.

  • Stayed February 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2007

My wife an I had an excellent time at Manuel Antonio!
Body Surfing is good.
With my binoculars I was able to identify 15 different species of birds right from my pool side chair in about 30 minutes.
The squirrel Monkeys were every where in the trees of the hotel.
Rooms were clean and service was good.
The jazz band at the Bambo Jam as well as the food were the best in the area.
Alex the hotel receptionist was a great host and helped us set up our local tours. He knew alot of information of the area and Costa Rica.
I will probably go back with the kids for there summer vacation.
The hotel and the area is a must !

Stayed March 2007
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San Francisco
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2007

The hotel room was below our expectation. The decoration was very basic. It looked like a hostel. The bad thing was that there were many ants in the bathroom at night. We did not know how it happened. Probably they did not empty the trash can and the ants were looking for food there. So, I did not sleep very well because of that. Also, there was a band singing at the bar one night and it was so noisy that we could not sleep.

  • Stayed December 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2006

I was once more in this lovely hotel, they finished the rebuilding of the house by the
pool. There are now 4 apartments with 2 bed rooms, each 2 doublebeds, 2 bathrooms,
full equipped kitchen and oversized living room. They used a lot of nice wood like teak and bamboo and other. The furnitures are a surprise. CableTV, A/C, Tel and fans give you a luxury feeling. All apartments have nice view over the pool, the realy tropical garden and oceanview.
Even the little jungle villas let you live in the middle of the tropical paradise.
The staff is more then friendly and helpful, and “Noche” the dog and “Leo” the parrot are playing with the guests..
Hundreds of plants, flowers and trees make this big tropical place unfogettable. You can watch a lot of Monkeys, Slots, Iguanas and several kinds of birds.
All over all the hotel “El Mirador del Pacifico” is quiet and clean, for me one of the best places in Costa Rica for all tourists and families.
A special word I like to say about the restaurant “Bambu Jam”. In a rsurrounding offers the chef “Luca” from France and his team an international menu with frech tuch, what you will not find elsewhere in Manuel Antonio. Every Tuesday and Friday they have live music, sometimes with international stars from all over the world. It is a must to visit “Bambu Jam” when you are in Manuel Antonio

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nacogdoches, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2004

Stay here one night in October because they are dog friendly, had a pool and jacuzzi, and beautiful wood interior. The pool and jacuzzi was closed and men were working at 6:20 am around the pool below our room spreading cement, laying stones, and working on the pool, plus you have to hike many stairs to get to the room or use a 40 yr. old pulley cart that they are using to pull the stones up the hill side. We were disappointed. We booked over the internet and the owners never informed us of the pool and jacuzzi being down. Will not stay there again. The restaurant was delicious (Bamboo Inn). Highly recommended!! Excellent breakfast and dinner. Courteous staff. Live Music on the weekend.

  • Stayed October 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas

Also Known As:
Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
Address: Carretera a Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The entire property is covered with beautiful flowers and exotic plants from all over the country. There are plenty of places to take memorable photos with the family while being surrounded by flowers. Rooms come in several variations and categories, in order to accommodate every need. ... more   less 
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