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“Excelent place, excelent food, excelent hosts.” 5 of 5 stars
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Apartado 392, Quepos 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Quepos B&B and Inns
San Jose
1 review
“Excelent place, excelent food, excelent hosts.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

Your place is excelent, we had a great time and loved the food. You are very nice hosts and the breakfast was amazing. We liked the commoun area, the dogs and the flora you have its nice, too. Thank you for all.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Overall, this is a tasteful place to stay. Mike and Paul were inviting and well organized. We enjoyed their dogs and the open, "rancho" style outdoor living area.

The rooms were nicely decorated--we stayed in the first two. The lower one (closest to the street) with one queen bed was well-designed and comfortable--definitely my favorite out of the two rooms. The second room (two queen beds) was darker and harder to cool. (The AC seemed to have a governor on it and would only change one degree Celcius per 30 minute period). There was an overhead fan closest to the AC, but the other side of the room stayed noticeably hotter. This was an issue for my mother whom recently completed treatment for lung cancer and required AC. Mike did come down and look at the controls, but the air temp never regulated.

Definite positives for this location:
Landscaping and the eventual pool. (we had hoped it would have been done prior to our arrival)
The dogs were well-behaved, spoiled gems.
One spot for secure parking.
Mike was well-organized and suggestions were perfect.
Paul was a gentle giant and offered nice breakfasts.
Internet access provided.

Negatives:
AC in room No. 2
At times the noise from the street was loud especially around 5 am--bring some ear plugs.
Beds were on the very firm side.
We had to ask for hand soap and wash clothes. Only towels were supplied in room. (There was soap in a dispenser, but that was inside the shower)
The towels had a slight mildew smell--like they had been left wet in the washer too long.

Once the pool is complete and cooling issues corrected in room 2, this location would be a venue where I would return.

Room Tip: Room 1 closest to street is nicely designed. Room 2 AC requires attention. Call to ask if pool is co...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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coyabatropical, Owner at Coyaba Tropical Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
Hello again Bill thanks for taking time to write comments about your recent stay with us. We take pride in giving our guests personal attention, by being on-site and available for when you need something. Not everyone uses a wash-cloth or bar soap which is why we don't put these in our rooms, however both items were provided for your Mother when requested. Your comment about a "mildew smell" in our towels is quite surprising as we take considerable effort to ensure all linens are thoroughly dry before storing them after cleaning. Since dampness and humidity are a fact of life in the Rainforest we also re-check our towels when making up the room.

The A/C unit's in our rooms were newly installed less than 2 years ago and we selected these for their multi-function capability. By using the hand-held remote guests can enjoy either cooling or heating, or just de-humidify their room. On checking the cooling issue in your Mother's room we discovered the unit was set to heat and re-programmed the unit to "auto" which gradually cools the room and maintains a constant temperature.

Our B&B is a restored Spanish Colonial property located near the road to Manuel Antonio National Park which is one of the busiest tourist areas of Costa Rica. We have done considerable modifications to update all rooms with new windows, doors and split-unit A/C, however we realize not everyone likes an early start to their day and some people are more sensitive to noise which is why we share this on our website as well as remind guests when they check-in.

We expect our new pool should be ready by mid-April.
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

I visited Coyaba Tropical the last week in February with my friends Shane and Wayne. This was our first trip to Costa Rica. Last year we we went to a large all inclusive 5 star resort in Mexico and decided that the impersonal sameness of the place was not what we wanted. We looked for a small friendly B&B . On the recommendation of our Travel Agent we found Coyaba Tropical.

If one can have a perfect vacation this was one.We are still talking about the great memories. Paul and Mike went out of their way to make us welcome. The rooms are very beautiful. well maintained. Cleaned daily by smiling ladies. The breakfasts, cooked by Paul, reflect his culinary training and were wonderful, fresh and varied.
To me what sets Coyaba Tropical apart is the fact that I felt like family not like a guest. Paul and Mike know the local places to visit and to eat at. In fact, we asked them to accompany us on a couple of tours and to local restaurants. Just sitting around relaxing sharing stories of local events,, gossip, history or whatever the mood took us was great.
We are already planning our return next year. The pool which was started while we were there will be done and will be a great addition
I hope that nothing changes as I loved it as it is.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

My partner and I stayed at Coyaba Tropical in March 2012 and had an absolutely delightful stay. Our room was very comfortable and well appointed. The breakfast each morning was delicious. And Mike and Paul were great hosts. Coyaba Tropical is close to great restaurants and bars, as well as a very quick trip to the beach. We would most definitely stay there again when visiting Manuel Antonio. Coyaba Tropical is also very reasonably priced and of great value.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Flemington, New Jersey
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

We loved spending time in Manuel Antonio and the highlight of our stay was having met Mike and Paul. Their cozy place is welcoming and all the guests we've met are friendly. Next time we're in town, we will be coming back.

Room Tip: Try to book in advance as rooms in the back of the property tend to fill fast as they're further...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

I cannot begin to describe how wonderful our stay was at Coyaba Tropical was. From the moment we buzzed the door and stepped in the gate we felt like this was someplace special. My partner and I have traveled a lot and stayed at many bed and breakfasts but this was something that we are still talking about. Mike and Paul make you feel like you are a part of their extended family.

We arrived in the evening and Mike reccomended a GREAT restaurant right down the street. The next day Mike and Paul invited us to go with them to town to take care of a few errands and showed us a beautiful spot on the water that used to be a hotel but was now a place where locals like to hang out. The next day they took us to an incredible beach with a friend of theirs. We were even treated to fresh coconut on the beach thanks to Paul. We also went out to dinner with them one night in town and had a great time.

We have NEVER had B & B owners who were this incredibly attentive. Paul went with us the Vanilla Spice farm and a day trip to San Isidro. The drive through the mountains was incredibly beautiful (and a little scary). We spent the afternoon walking through town with Paul as our guide. (Paul is an incredible cook and breakfast every morning was better than the day before. We never had to eat lunch because breakfast was so great and filling)

I could go on and on about how wonderful this place is and the kind an caring owners but suffice it to say that we CANNOT wait to go back. When we were leaving we both felt a little sad and gave Mike and Paul a big hug and told them we would be back.

My partner and I are still laughing about all of the good times we had while we were there and can't stop talking about our two new friends!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

Staying with Mike and Paul was like staying with family - they were warm, accommodating and incredibly knowledgeable about the area. They are always eager to help and more than happy to suggest local attractions, tours, restaurants, etc. Their knowledge and personal experience was invaluable and helped make our trip an unforgettable one! They are truly gracious hosts.


The B&B itself is inviting and lush and will soon be outfitted with a pool. Our room was clean, comfortable, and spacious. It featured a free in-room safe and a comfortable lounge area. For a couple the bathroom was a bit cozy but the balcony and Paul's delicious home-cooked breakfast more than make up for it!


For those who want to relax, Mike and Paul have an awesome open-air outdoor theatre area where you can enjoy a selection of movies and sample a local beer or sip on some fresh juice (a small additional cost).


Within walking distance there are a ton of restaurants, stores, shops, farmer’s markets, places to explore and even the beach! If you're interested in a great meal/romantic dining experience, we would strongly recommend Victoria's. Also, even if only for the experience, you MUST visit Pali – it’s the local grocery store. It has a good variety of both local and North American brands. We also found it to be a great place to pick up inexpensive gifts for those back home (coffee, jams, spices, Lizano salsa - a favorite local).


For those seeking a bit more than beach-relaxation, here are tons of local attractions and tour to be had. There are tons of taxis and rent-a-car places but if you’re on a budget or just want a more authentic experience, most of Costa Rica is accessible by public transit! We took a variety of day-trips to the surrounding area – all of which (ranging from $30-80 USD/pp) included pick-up/drop-off at Mike and Paul's and many also included a meal. Villa Vanilla - a local organic spice farm - was by far our favorite outing. We got to see where/how the spice grow, sample culinary delights made with the farm's spices and have a guided tour through a stunningly lush tropical plantation. Another favorite, was our zip-lining adventure with Mid-World Costa Rica. Mike and Paul also arranged a guided nature tour of Manuel Antonio National Park – our guide Roy was fabulous. He even returned my camera to me, when I left it in his car.


No matter what you do or where you go, people are friendly, prices are good and you never feel unsafe. As a gay couple we were a bit worried, but found our concerns totally unwarranted – the locals were tolerant and we never felt unsafe. Honestly, we cannot say enough positive things about Cayoba Tropical, Mike and Paul and Costa Rica in general. We will definitely be coming back!!!!

Room Tip: Given that we went during rainy season (green season), it does rain daily. However, that definately...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Address: Apartado 392, Quepos 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Providing travelers with modest priced accommodations and casual elegance. Our guests enjoy a cooked breakfast each day including fresh tropical fruit and home-made bread, as well as complimentary wi-fi. We have parking if you rent a vehicle during your stay, otherwise public bus service is very reliable every 30 minutes and the stop is just outside our gate which goes Manuel Antonio National Park and the Beach or into the Port town of Quepos.We are very knowledgeable on local tour attractions, and can also help with pre-booking Park nature guides, adventure tours and arranging transfer services, so please feel free to e-mail us with any questions or if you would like assistance planning your visit to Manuel Antonio. ... more   less 
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