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“So peacefull” 5 of 5 stars
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Villas Tranquilas
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   Quepos, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #6 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
St jean de matha Quebec Canada
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“So peacefull”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

We we're there for a month for a month in february 2010. The staff was so eager to please us and make our stay unforgettable and even help us with our spanish . The villa was super , the ranchero(pool and deck) was always clean and peacefull. Maria and Diego were always helpfull in panning our stay.The ground are clean and the monkeys and hummingbirds are always insight.
We are going back for 2 months next year.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Redwood City, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

Our family (mom, dad, 2 young kids) spent 4 weeks at Villas Tranquilas. The purpose of our trip was to immerse our family in the Costa Rican culture by enrolling our kids in elementary school and trying as much as we could to live as the locals. I can't say enough about how great our stay was. It was perfect! We'll be going back next year. I'll start by addressing the items that I was worried about before our arrival.

Comfort/Cleanliness: The air-conditioning and fans kept both floors of our villa comfortably cool throughout the day. The showers had hot water and good pressure. The beds were comfortable, closets were spacious, kitchen had all the basics you would need for a 1 month stay. I'm very sensitive to mosquito bites and don't like bugs in general so I'm pretty tough with my opinion on whether a place is has a pest problem - we had a couple non-scary spiders, a couple cute geckos, no mosquitoes got in (we were disciplines about keeping the doors closed), and didn't see a single cockroach. The place/towels/sheets were clean and well-maintained.

Location/Convenience: The villas are conveniently located off a main/paved freeway, near a brand new large grocery store, 5 minutes driving distance from the center of the town of Quepos, 10 minutes drive from Manuel Antonio beach. It's in a quiet and peaceful location. I would strongly suggest renting a car. If you don't want to rent a car, a cab drive to the middle of Manuel Antonio is around $10. There are grocery stores and restaurants that deliver. You could walk to a bus stop, but it would take about 15 minutes and you'd be walking along a a busy road (there are other pedestrians that on this road). Many excursion tours will pick you up at the Villas.

Safety: We had nothing stolen, no intruders, and no scary animals. Actually, as would be expected in a clearing of the jungle, there was one snake in our outdoor closet. Luckily, our housekeeper monitored everything and, upon finding the snake, made sure it was quickly and safely removed. There is 24 hour supervision by very friendly security guards. Our daytime security person was English speaking and very resourceful in terms of helping us set up weekend excursions. Our night-time security people were really personable and always made us feel safe. They constantly walked the grounds to make sure that we had no intruders. There is a lock box in each Villa. Even though it was recommended to us to not keep any shoes/clothes outside, we sometimes did... and nobody took anything.

Health: The Villas is 5 minutes driving distance from the Quepos hospital and 5 minutes driving distance from a smaller/boutique 24 hour clinic. There are multiple pharmacies in Quepos and we especially liked Farmacia Economia near the main bus stop.

The people: The people who own and run the Villas Tranquilas really are the heart of what makes this place amazing. Maria, the main concierge is a wealth of information, trustworthy, and just plain real. It is refreshing to be in a place run by Costa Ricans who know and love their country and culture. Maria and Diego are both fully bilingual English/Spanish but we insisted they only speak in Spanish with us. Despite our slow/broken Spanish, they complied and helped us with our Spanish. Maria's sister, Raquel and her husband Roberto were also awesome! We were fortunate enough to stay there at the same time as one of the Villa owners. Each villa is owned by an individual or family and they all know each other. They seem like a great group of people who really care about creating a good experience for their guests. They seem to care more about giving back to the Costa Rican community and creating a good experience than being in it to make a profit.

The facilities: The grounds are beautiful. It's manicured but very natural. There are animals on the complex (monkeys, frogs, geckos, beautiful birds). The driveway is not paved but the potholes are maintained and you drive less than 1 minute on a dirt road to get to your villa. The two pools are clean and the temperature of the water is perfect (I don't like cold pools). There's a central meeting area with outdoor tables for outdoor eating. There's a large grass area for kids to run around on. Wifi and phone were available in each unit and satisfactory. The villa - you might want to know that each unit has 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms with walk in showers, 1 bathroom has 2 sinks. The kitchen has a medium sized fridge/freezer, an electric cooktop, oven, double sink, dishwasher, coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave and plenty of storage space. The closets are large. The whole unit is tiled. There is cable tv and DVD players. I'm not sure why, but our ipad 2 had trouble getting on the wifi. We had a mac and our friend had a PC, both had no problems getting on the wifi. Each unit has 2 sliding/lockable/screened glass doors. The windows have shades that let the light in as soon as the sun comes up. You can hear the animals (crickets, frogs, birds) through the glass doors (it's so cool!). We were there 1 month and had one water outage (the whole town had an outage due to the town's main supply doing maintenance) but the Villas Tranquilas had their own back up. We had one power outage due to a monkey getting electrocuted. The outage lasted a couple hours.

With complete honesty and openness, I give this place 5 stars!!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2011

Beautiful proprety, amazing staff, exactly what we thought it would be.
We had a 2 bedroom unit, with 2 bathrooms. We enjoyed the freedom to shop in town and make our food or go out to eat. Very quiet and relaxing place, a few minutes drive from Quepos and about 15 minutes to Manuel Antonio. I cannot say enough how friendly the staff was: willing to let me practice my Spanish on them, answering all my questions, and the coordinator ( Maria) was simply the best. She made us feel right at home.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

A relaxing family environment, a bit off of the beaten tourist track, but close enough to the many local sights and visitor activities by inexpensive and readily available taxis. We went to Quepos for a destination wedding and both bride and groom's families stayed for a week at the Villas. We found it to be the perfect location for spending time together between the scheduled wedding and group events.
We found the townhouses to be very clean, comfortable, and well stocked with everything needed for an extended stay. The ground with the various flowers and plantings are georgeous, and we all enjoyed the spider monkey visits several times a day. The two pools and covered Lanii provide an ideal setting for kids and adults to relax and share meals. The staff (concierge, cleaning crews, grounds keepers) were extremely friendly and helpful and contributed immensely to our memorable stay..

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 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, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

My husband and I travelled to Costa Rica 2 weeks ago for a stay of 10 days . This was our first time in Costa Rica.
We flew to San Jose and headed to Quepos in a 4x4.
We rented a Villa just outside of Quepos , in a gated community called Villas Tranquilas.
We were greated by the Concierge who was waiting for us and by the property Manager, Mr. Ronald Sanchez, who quickly took us to our villa (UNIT # 1)
He was very nice and he even had some cold drinks waiting for us; he showed us around offering his services for everything we needed while we were there. We Loved the Place! Beautiful, Tastefully decorated, warm, cozy, we felt like we were home!
From the bedrooms upstairs we could see the monkeys jumping in the trees.
Very secluded and peacefull although just 2 Kms away from Quepos, Manuel Antonio,etc
We had some good and relaxing hours by the pool in the times that we decided to stay in.
Good price, amazing facilities, clean and fully equipped with all we needed.
We had an amazing experience , we strongly recommend!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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carlsbad, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

I've stayed at the Villas 3 times now and would not stay anywhere else in Costa. The accommodations are clean and comfortable. Daily maid service offers fresh sheets and towels just like your typical hotel stay, only you're not holed up in a tiny hotel room. you have a spacious 2 BR/2 BA condo to kick it in! Of course, who would want to just chill inside when the lush outside landscape offers all of the beauty and solitude most travelers beg for in Costa. Around the property you will find many species of plant and flower native to this fertile land. The Tiki style patio and pool area allows the perfect respite from the Central American heat! there is even a BBQ available so you can get a firsthand experience at cooking your own Tico meal. I recommend the local pescaderias for fresh whole red snapper:)

It is hard not to let the ambience of Villas Tranquilas suck you in. If you're like me you still want to venture out. The Villas are located a hop, skip and jump from downtown Quepos, a quaint little fishing town filled with shops selling local goods and products. Stop in at the local market for a thirst quenching mango or better yet sit down at one of the many road side bars to sip on an ice cold Imperial - the beer of Costa Rica. The early morning brings to the streets an amazing aroma of newly baked breads and pastries from several panaderias. Quepos even offers a decent nightlife for the partygoer.

The real party, however, is happening just up the hill - another 5 minutes or so by car - in Manuel Antonio. The sloping route to the Park is lined with Restaurants which alternate amongst each other to bring the party scene to Costa Rica. Watch out for ladies night which brings tourists and locals alike out for song and dance.

If you're spending more than 4-5 days in this part of Costa, the newly built highways which run conveniently past the Villas allow further adventure down south to the surfing towns of Matapalo and Dominical. Playa Matapalo has consistently been ranked as one of Costa Rica's most serene and private beaches. The white sands are amazing and the surf is equally as good. The surf at Dominical is infamous. The pounding beachbreak demands the best out of those who dare challenge the waves here. Not looking for such adrenaline?, then just chill out under the Palms which cover the beach. The little town has its share of restaurants and bars where beers and pina coladas are aplenty. Try the pina colada out of a real coconut shell as it's to die for.

Whether its Quepos, Manuel Antonio or Matapalo and Dominical, all are an easy jaunt from Villas Tranquillas. The entire area provides all Costa Rica has to offer. I've enjoyed it all myself...3 times...and I will return time and time again. The Villas have officially took their place as my home away from home. Next time, I may just take it easy and let the Villas completely absorb me in their own paradise!

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

My husband and I lived at Villas Tranquilas #13 for almost 6 months while spending the winter in Costa Rica.

We pretty much have a thorough experience with the area and Costa Rica in general. My husband has been coming to Costa Rica for 5 winters now and this was my first one, it was also our longest continuous stay in Costa Rica.

We were looking for somewhere long term to stay, run our internet business from home and spend the winter here. We chose this place because it advertised modern amenities, privacy and 2 bedrooms with king size beds. Well the place we had did not have king sized beds and when we asked about it, we were told NONE of the places have king sized beds... That's simply not true. A few times we got king sized sheets when we went looking for new bed sheets from the maid... Most units also only have A/C upstairs in the bedroom which makes it extremely uncomfortable to spend time downstairs during the day. It gets VERY hot at the villas and a single fan does not cut it. We bought a large floor fan as well and it still didn't cut out the heat. The Costa Rica sun is strong and there are no trees to provide shade.

When we got here in Oct 09 the place was completely deserted, we were the only ones around (it was rainy season) and wasn't too bad. Unless of course you had a problem and needed to get a hold of someone, in that case good luck, because it was pretty hard. The internet went down (we have an internet business) and it took 3 days for someone to get back to us and finally bother coming around to look at it and fix it. The managers suggested that everyone in Costa Rica must have the internet down so there was no use going into town to the internet cafe's. We did and found everyone did have internet and only we didn't.

The grounds are nice, they do take care of them and it is nice to see some birds and squirrel monkeys in the forest behind the buildings. We found that the place was poorly ran and managed in general. It was very sporadic with having a guard at the front watching for anyone coming in, the managers were not around unless it was Dec and packed at the villas.

We had a lovely maid we became close with that took very good care of us and thoroughly cleaned our place top to bottom twice a week, and fed our cat (who was staying with us) when we'd go away for a short trip. She was very friendly and trustworthy and she was there up until January, when we found out she had been fired and so had everyone else at the villas. The only reason we were given was employees had been stealing from eachother and they were hiring new people. This really upset us because we trusted her and did not want random new maids coming in since we had a lot of electronics and personal items in the place. Every week we had 2 different maids show up, random times, we had to request several times for them to come twice a week, we even tipped extra every time and it didn't matter, they always did a bare bones job. We'd have to specifically ask for them to clean the floor, we'd randomly receive some replacement towels, they would give WAY too many hotel soaps and shampoos (which we did not need as long term guests) and they'd take away our personal towels or blankets and we'd have to go find them and ask for them back (which would take days to come back). We were very unhappy with the sporatic shoddy maid service after our trusted maid was fired. The reason the cleaning is actually a big deal is that living at sea level by a jungle you will get A LOT and I really mean A LOT of bugs crawling into your place. Tiny ants, medium ants, jumbo ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, flies, gecko's, crabs, frogs, toads... doesn't matter they will find a way inside your place. We eat a lot of fruit and let it ripen on the counter and this brings even more critters in the house as they eat the fruit and there were cockroaches in the drawers the stove the cupboards etc. So this is why we needed the place cleaned top to bottom twice a week every week to try to keep the bugs at bay and any food scraps away from the bugs. I have to say I have never been so enraged by cockroaches before, they will be everywhere and the villas doesn't do anything to keep them out, not even spraying which is weird for Costa Rica since they spray everything. (Pesticides are highly used here)

The rooms upstairs are pretty basic, a bed and two night stands and a closet, you need to buy your own hangers or keep your clothes in your luggage. The beds are rock hard and the springs will dig into your back. The screens in every room are ripped at the bottom and have holes in them so mosquitoes will come in and bite you as soon as the sun goes down at 5:30 generally, so at night we used the ac and fans and kept the windows closed because the mosquitoes are intense.

There seems to only be 1 internet connection for all 16 units and they piggy back another modem off of the first one. The modems will freeze up for no foreseeable reason several times a day and have to be restarted or else you are out of luck. This can be a real pain.

I would not suggest coming here in a peak season because it can get really crowded and noisy here when people are partying all night, playing loud music by the pool and getting drunk. A group decided to have a wedding here and some drunk people decided to come and bang on our windows to try and get us to join them and would not leave us alone while we were eating dinner and politely declined.

The power WILL go out for no apparent reason fairly regularly. This happens in all of Costa Rica but it is particularly frustrating when you're out in the middle of the jungle and can't tell if it's just your complex or the whole town has no power. Sometimes it's 5 minutes sometimes it's 2 hours. During the other guest's wedding reception the transformer to our unit and other unit blew up and we had no power for the rest of the night while they finished partying. Not sure if there was too much power being used for lights and music.

Someone turned off the hot water heater for our place for the last month, not sure why. We asked about it and they claimed it was working and then ignored us when we asked again. Hard to wash dishes in the dish washer with cold water...

The appliances are pretty poor quality, the fridge makes a terrible buzzing sound constantly which people can hear on a phone conversation, the dish washer button barely worked, only after pressing about 6 times. I think this poor quality is standard for Costa Rica, but still frustrating that they don't work properly.

After staying there for almost 6 months we really did not feel like we were treated well at all. The only person who did was our original maid who was always kind and helpful and went out of her way to tidy and organize things for us without being asked. Anyone else we needed help from it seemed a big ordeal and then it wasn't always followed through and we were left waiting and waiting for someone to get back to us or come over.

The scenery is nice here, the pool is nice in the morning before it heats up too much from the sun and it is quiet and away from the noise of Quepos (like cars and dogs barking).

I would only suggest people spend a short time here since you will be treated better if you're like a hotel guest and none of the frustrating things like excessive heat, bugs, power outages and internet going down, will likely not drive you crazy. And not in a peak season would help too, the pool is too small when families are playing volleyball in it to have any room to take a dip.

I hope the management company makes some improvements to how things are run and taking care of customers here. For the longest time you would have no idea who to contact or when something was going to be fixed. We also did not know we were supposed to get 1 free maid cleaning a week and we had been paying extra for this the entire time and we did not know until the end either. Some sort of cockroach control would be a great asset too, if it were just a few it wouldn't be so bad, but 1 out of every 3 times you open a drawer you will see one.

If you're going to stay here I would also suggest renting a car so you can get around, you cannot walk anywhere nearby and it gets too hot during the day or rains so it's not practical.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Quepos, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Tranquilas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tropical rainforest retreat in Quepos/Manuel Antonio Costa Rica. Four plantation style villas in each building offer two bedroom, two bath contemporary custom accommodations. Every town home sleeps up to six guests with a fully equipped kitchen. We have two pools for our guests and are one of the most affordable rental communities in the surrounding area. ... more   less 
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