We stayed at the Blue Monkey after we discovered how far out of town the Blue Banyon Inn was, and the owner of the Blue Banyon called the Blue Monkey and made sure we had a place to stay. At that point, late in the day, we were in no position to do any research, and while we were grateful to have a place to sleep, we agree with those who gave the hotel fairly low ratings.
The building itself was architecturally interesting, with different levels and balconies, and lots of plantings. The rooms were minimally furnished, the sheets were threadbare, and one didn't want to look too closely at the pillows and mattresses. The top of the toilet in one of the rooms was cracked, and the fixtures generally were only moderately clean. As in many Tico bathrooms, there was no hot water in the sinks, but the shower was good and hot. There were window air conditioning units, which did work. The rooms were just plain dark and depressing.
The restaurant was a pleasant space, and we found the service to be fine and the food adequate. We were there to go to the park and didn't use the pools, so can't comment on that. As far as location goes, it's definitely a drive, rather than a walk, to the park.
We were pleased to see that proceeds at the gift shop go to kids saving the rainforest, as was true at the Blue Banyon. That project, among other things, has hung ropes across the road in Manuel Antonio so that the monkeys can cross rather than trying to use the electrical wires and being electrocuted. And the waitstaff at the restaurant made a point of calling our attention to the monkeys when they came by.
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Because of the layout of our hotel, we have many different room-types available with different prices, amenities and opportunities for outdoor views. To help our guests enjoy the lush surroundings of our hotel, we recommend reserving a room with an outdoor porch of which we have many.
Another point that we want to make is in regards to the location of our hotel in relation to the National Park. There are only a handful of hotels that are within walking distance to the National Park. We don't recommend walking on the dangerous roads in our area and the few hotels located next to the park are often are more dangerous since they are located next to the public beach which can be a little unruly at night.
In reviewing your comments, we would like to add that we have spoken with the maids responsible for cleaning your room and are in the process of improving our room-by-room cleaning checklist. We have also recently bought new high-thread-count sheets and will be making improvements to the mattresses and bedding.
Thanks again for your comments, we are doing our best to keep making improvements to the facilities and services that are offered at Hotel Mono Azul.
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