I want to provide candid feedback on our experience at Arenas del Mar, so that other travelers will not be as disappointed as we were. Your hotel bills itself as luxury, and it, frankly, is not. For a budget traveler or a basic traveler, it is fine and the location is clearly a selling point (though Manuel Antonio is a VERY touristy area that I would not choose to visit again). We found the hotel to be outdated and musty -- in need of new furniture and heavy exterior cleaning. The beachfront restaurant had dirty furniture and overused plasticware. The rooms were ok and the bedding was clean and comfortable but the tiling and flooring and bathrooms could be vastly improved. Again it was basic, not luxury. The common areas were not appealing. The restaurant food was terrible and highly overpriced.
I don't know how this hotel has the reviews it does from Trip Advisor, Expedia and Travel and Leisure. We were fresh off a stay of a true luxury resort in Costa Rica and our experiences were literally night and day. Maybe it was just an expectations problem, but I do not think any traveler looking for luxury accommodations would be satisfied with this experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within walking distance of Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenas Del Mar is an extraordinary beachfront and rainforest resort catering to travelers looking for more than the typical luxury hotel experience. Stunning, luxurious, and sustainable, this hotel has 38 rooms with exclusive beach and nature views as it is nestled in eleven acres of rainforest with private trails and two tree-shaded white sand beaches. Unique among the hotels in Manuel Antonio, our carbon neutral property offers sustainable, luxurious lodging—the first Costa Rican luxury hotel to be awarded the Five Sustainability Leaf Award and a Five Star Award. Arenas Del Mar is the perfect base for exploring on your Manuel Antonio vacation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arenas Del Mar Beachfront And Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Manuel Antonio National Park