I recently stayed in one of the studio apartments and while the location is good, I'd say I wasn't overly impressed. Having travelled to many places, let me say the good things first. MAE has a great pool with pretty scenery, and is good for being close to a bus stop to take you up the hill to Manuel Antonio. Perks include the usable kitchen in the apartment with a decent fridge, sink, and stove. Bathroom is decent. It is within walking distance to places in Quepos. Negatives were walking in the first day and needing to buy air freshener at a grocery store due to the musty smell of the place. Another negative is the very steep hill to walk up once you enter the grounds in order to get up to the apartments. Considering my boyfriend and I are very in shape 24 and 25 year-olds, that's saying something. Another downside was finding just one small towel to use, and being told that we should buy towels for the beach. Just go into it knowing that because we've stayed in beach-area rentals before and expected at least a couple towels for drying off with at the pool or beach. Last thing we had an issue with was the fact that part of the windows aren't covered by their window treatments, so you don't feel like you have a lot of privacy. Also the AC unit is on the other side of the big room and so sleeping-wise you had to crank the AC pretty low to feel cool enough to sleep...which doesn't go with the Costa Rica vibe of eco-friendliness. Overall I'd say for the money it's a pretty good value but a few things turned us off from going back. Sorry to have to say this!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villas, homes and condos at Manuel Antonio Estates, offering rentals by the week for all group sizes & budgets! All villas offer private pool, blue Pacific Ocean views, proximity of the bustling fishing village of Quepos, spectacular famed beaches of Manuel Antonio nearby, monkeys, 180 species of birds, essence of luxury & pure tranquility. Peacefulness awaits in our lush tropical jungle w/world class Spa. Our accommodations suit every need and taste from cozy eco condos for 1-4 people to premier/deluxe homes for 18 of your closest amigos. Exciting Tours! Rainforest Canopy, Horseback, Mangrove Monkey, ATV Sportfishing, much more! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Manuel Antonio Estates Costa Rica/Quepos