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“Extreme comfortable & convenient for a family of 4” 5 of 5 stars
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3.5 of 5 Villa   |   Quepos, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 19 Specialty lodging in Quepos
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“Extreme comfortable & convenient for a family of 4”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

What can we say, we're picky and we loved it! My wife cooked 3 days and the kitchen suited us just fine. Its modern, comfortable and clean rooms were an absolute delight especially after getting back in late afternoon or evenings after a long day out. The two bedrooms and full bathrooms were very well maintained and served the family of four very well.

Ultimately, the staff, starting with Maria, the housekeeping ladies, the security guards, gardeners all made us feel like part of their family. Besides Maria, no one really spoke English but they understood. Carlos, one of the security guards, was affable, friendly and tried to find us everytime he saw wildlife whether it was monkeys, toucans or other birds. Even if he was unsuccessful a couple of times, we loved his zeal.

The facilities, grounds were well maintained and the location was extremely convenient (3 kms from Quepos and right down the road from Maxi Pali supermarket). The pool was clean and, although small, not busy at all.

Ultimately, it is all about Maria!!! Concierge extraordinaire, travel advisor, front-desk, and everything else. She handled all our requests - planned and unplanned with amazing ease. She books the tours, car and not to mention the advice on how to navigate Quepos and surrounding areas. She advised us on a day-trip and we realized subsequently that she really understood our needs. The first day, she was literally suffering from dental pain yet she spent literally painstaking hour with us to get us settled and help us plan out our 3 night stay.

The only very very minor complaint is that you should rent a SUV type vehicle if you're going to rent and stay at Villas Tranquilas. We had a small sedan and the approach and entry to the highway gets a bit tricky with low cars.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We stayed here for 4 days as an alternative to the tourist-trap places right at Manuel Antonio. This condo is much better than advertised. Upstairs are 2 nice sized bedrooms each with their own A/C and a nice 3 piece bathroom. Downstairs is a full kitchen and another 3 piece bathroom. The living room area was nicely sized for our family of 4.

We used the common pool area every day and used the grill a couple times. The resort is well maintained the the staff are VERY friendly and helpful...shout out here to Carlos (love that shoulder pat he does for a greeting) and Maria our concierge was always available when needed. (Maria is good at local advice...like ignore all the parking guys on the way to Manuel Antonio as they all want you to park way before the park entrance!)

It may have been previously difficult to find, but thankfully it is well signed. You need to have a car here as you will feel isolated if you cant come and go as pleased. There is also a major grocery store about 1km down the road.

I would suggest if you are a family of 4 with a car, go here.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We spent a gorious week at Villas Tranquilas in March 2013. From the host Maria to the staff working there. We were made to feel totally welcome. It has to be one of the most peaceful spots in Costa Rica if not the world. The unit is very clean and well maintained. It was our first time visiting Costa Rica and Maria was like our personal travel agent. She hooked us up with tour operators and arranged for picking us up and dropping us off for each tour. She made our stay totally relaxing and care free. Highly recomend to anyone looking for a week away from the hectic pace of home.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Found this gem quite by accident as a last minute trip to Manuel Antonio found all the major hotels booked for the weekend. Had a 2 bedroom villa with everything you could want and more. Better than the "big names" in the area for way less money. The only downside was about 10 minutes to the beach which is no big deal.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Kemptville, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

My husband and I, along with some friends rented a condo at villa Tranquila. What a beautiful, peaceful place. It's located just a few minutes outside of Quepos, in a nice country setting. Very private and as the name says 'tranquil'. The units ate very clean and modern. It is guarded 24 hrs so we felt very safe. Maria is amazing. She booked two of our tours for us which was so helpful.
She also stayed late to welcome us to VT after our long drive from San Jose airport.
We needed some assistance after some of our valuables were stolen out of our car while we were parked in Quepos, so Maria kindly took us to the police station and helped us. We couldn't have chosen a better place to stay. It also is just a couple of minutes from the big grocery store (maxi-Pali) which was very convenient. The grounds are beautiful, with many beautiful flowers and trees and the grounds are immaculate. All the staff is very friendly. Carlos, one of the security guards was especially friendly, always wearing a big smile. This would definitely be our choice to stay if we ever came back.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Escondido, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Our trip to Quepos was fantastic- and we can credit Villas Tranquilas! As soon as we arrived we found the staff was able to provide that sweet spot between attentiveness and privacy that is so rare. On a sweltering day nothing was better than discovering that the condo was already cooled down and Maria was waiting to see what our plans are. Maria is integral to the success of the Villas- each tour we went on the guides spoke of her professionalism and she advocated for us whenever there was a 'glitch' and fixed it promptly. I also have to give props to the gardeners and housekeeper- the tiniest details were never overlooked, and they were so friendly! Also important to note was that the condo was top notch and comparable to properties in the US- no worries about compromised plumbing or limited electricity. I'd definitely go again!

  • Stayed October 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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baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Congratulations! If you have found your way to VillasTranquilas here on the net then you have guaranteed yourself a delightful, stress free visit to Quepos. It all starts with Maria. She is the general manager extraordinaire at VT. Even before we got to Costa Rica we were comfortable and relaxed. Maria had promptly and fully answered all our numerous questions before we left the states. The next evidence of her abilities was when the private driver she sent to pick us up from another hotel hours away up in the cloud forest arrived exactly to the minute at the time she said he would arrive. After an easy drive (with the stops and all the crocs we could ask for) we arrived at the conveniently located VT. Maria greeted us with a big smile and had already set up our 1st excursion. We told her our ideal itinerary (including our new years eve plan - a first rate dinner with friends old and new at Kapi Kapi resteraunt) and she made it all happen seamlesly and without any glitches.
We had set up dinners at VT and what a smart move that was. It turned out that our own 5 star chef who created his magic in our suite was none other than Roberto, Maria's husband! (I told you it all starts with Maria) He not only prepared perfect meals that were delicioso but took into account all of our food preferences and rules (one doesnt like onion another eats no pork etcc. ..). and timed everything so well that on our return from an excursion we found Roberto already in the suite working away. Afterwards not only did he clean up but he even left us the leftovers and extras (not only veggies but rice pudding and ice cream!)
Lastly VT is a beautiful site with a lovely pool, away from the crowds and traffic and in fact next door to rice paddies. We were rewarded with a visit from a large troop of squirrel monkeys that Maria called us out to see (There she is again).

The long and short of it is, that eventhough VT is not a hotel or a B&B or a hostel but vacation condos for rent with Marias touch you will find all you could ask for as to advice, planing help and in creating a perfect vacation destination.

Room Tip: They even have idividual washers and dryers with each suite
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  • Stayed December 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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Additional Information about Villas Tranquilas

Address: Quepos, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 Specialty lodging in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Villas Tranquilas 3.5*
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 
Also Known As:
Villas Tranquilas Hotel Quepos
Villas Tranquilas Costa Rica/Quepos

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