The Pueblo Real was a nice and adequate hotel for our stay in Costa Rica. It was a bit remote which we didn't like as we had to take a taxi most places. The two bedrooms were apart from each other so our friends had privacy. Two bathrooms that had both been re-tiled in a lovely brick red color. Overall though, the place was a bit dated and tired. The beds were old, the sheets old and scratchy, and the blankets/comforter faded. Some money could be well spent upgrading these items.
A/C worked well and so did the fans. The room was always comfortable. We enjoyed the covered patio (we were in room 205). Water would often not be available in the afternoon. Just had to wait it out.
The pool was lovely and quite big. We used it every day. The chaise lounges were old, but the hammocks were nice. The pool maintenance house needs work as it was loud. The pool bar was so-so on drinks but the server was very sweet. One thing we did NOT appreciate was the young man who was using an old and loud pressure washer on the walkways by the pool EVERY afternoon! Too much racket! I felt sorry for him. Cleaning the same spot over and over. Not his fault of course.
Eat across the drive at Cayuga's. It's really good. The couple who run it are nice nice nice! Anna also prepares breakfast for the hotel ($3) daily EXCEPT on Sunday when there is no food to be had, so plan ahead to go into Quepos for breakfast or make something if you are taking the shuttle back to San Jose after checkout.
Know before you go:
-Bring beach towels because you can't use theirs.
-A sponge football would be fun in the pool.
-Bring drip coffee filters and snacks (no store nearby)
-Have lots of small bills (we used dollars) for tips and cab rides if you don't have a car.
-Bring bug spray, a hat, and one pair of long linen or cotton pants for at night to avoid bites!
-Bring cheap plastic ponchos for rain. You don't need rain jackets because it's too hot.
-Bring your own DVDS because their selection is quite old.
-The best beach is at Playa Manuel Antonio. Go to Mary's beach rentals which is the first rental outfit you come to in Manuel Antonio. Lounge chairs and umbrella is only $5 for the day. Rent a boogie board for $10 a day because the waves are good when the tide is coming in. I recommend you get lounge chairs under the tree up near the road because it's great shade and once the tide comes in, you will have to move your stuff if you are closer to the water. Order the Bikini smoothie. It's good!
-Book your tour of Manuel Antonio through the hotel and you will get a wonderful and knowledgable guide named Roger. He has a degree is bugs/birds and is a fun guy. Go early in the morning because it's crowded. People who are just going to the beach are loud and sometimes inconsiderate when passing. So the earlier you start, the better.
-Do the zip line!!! I was hesitant at first (okay, scared really) but looking back, it was my favorite excursion. Really great guide if you book through the hotel. Al and his gang were loads of fun and highly entertaining. It's neat to be up in the canopy of trees. We felt very safe. They had safety stops so you didn't have to use your gloved hands. They took tons of photos. Afterwards, we stopped and took a dip in the most beautiful waterfall /natural pool. It was incredibly refreshing.
-Don't do the catamaran trip (we did Ocean King). It was typically awful. Load music, poor snorkeling and other than seeing a hump back whale, boring. We were supposed to see dolphins but didn't. Be careful on the slide. I watched my husband go down it and it looked pretty rough. His neck was sore the next day from the wrenching. I would jump off the boat roof instead which seemed safe enough.
Where we ate:
-We loved Cayuga's across the drive. Anna sure knows how to cook Mahi Mahi so it's moist and not dry like many others we found. The fish sandwich was great. Her guacamole is good, too and I loved the posada plate with fish.
-Kukula's was the worst place we ate at. Ignore the reviews (except mine). It's not that the food was horrible, it was more that when eating your food, you were also inhaling filthy fumes from all the cars, trucks and motorcycles zooming by the open air restaurant. I hated it. It was loud and honestly, it was empty when we were there and we never saw anyone there when we drove by either. I couldn't leave quick enough.
-We loved the Bohemia Cafe and Boutique. The owner was a lovely woman and the food really good and interesting. Best of all, the only dessert on the menu was a recipe from her mother. Warm dark chocolate cake with chocolate glaze and vanilla ice cream. It was fantastic!
-L'Angelo's Italian in Quepos was another favorite. The service was extremely slow but we knew this ahead of time from other reviews so it was no big deal. The owner/chef makes each meal one table at a time. I had the spaghetti with pesto and my husband had the primavera.
When you leave:
-bring the remote controls with you at check out, otherwise, you will have to march back to your room and get them. I don't know why this was..
I brought a few too many clothes. You don't need Jackets or jeans or many shoes. I wore my flip flops mostly and my Nikes when we went to MA park and the zip line. Its really humid here. Sleeveless tanks, shirts, and shorts are perfect. Bring at least 2 swim suits. I wore skorts. Ladies, go to Athleta online and buy yourself a 'whatever' skort! You will never regret it! Guy's, get shorts with zippers for your credit card and money. Bring a hat. We wore our hats every day. Don't forget a backpack for carrying your stuff around during beach outings or excursions. By the way, our stuff was always safe during the excursions.
The Costa Rican people are lovely and eager to help. The hotel staff were friendly, helpful and kind. Overall, we can't wait to come back!!!
Well, I hope you enjoyed my review!! Have loads of fun in Costa Rica!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Pueblo Real Hotel Quepos
- Pueblo Real Costa Rica/Quepos