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“Manala Magic” 5 of 5 stars
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Manala Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   800 metros norte del campo de | futbol de Santa Teresa,Costa Rica, Santa Teresa 2640, Costa Rica   |  
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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“Manala Magic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed 6 nights at Manala and thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this very peaceful place. Set back off the dusty road, Manala is a little oasis with beautiful tropical gardens that are extremely well maintained. Rooms are spacious with aircon, fans and great size shower. We have travelled extensively through South America and Manala was one of the best places we have stayed at. Laura,Fabian and Ronaldo were extremely helpful and friendly. we went on a great fishing trip where we caught a record size snook! The restaurant staff very kindly cooked the fish for us for dinner. Ronaldo did some research for us and found a shuttle package back to the airport which was great value and included transfer, nights accommodation and airport transfer the next day. Highly recommend Manala as the place to stay in Santa Teresa..great staff, beautiful place!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thanks for your review. We appreciate everything mentioned and we will try to keep giving a good service to all of our guest. It´s great that you fished a record size snook!! Fishing is a really nice adventure and we are happy that you enjoy your holidays in Manala. Thanks again!!
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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UK
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Manala bungalows are awesome. Spacious both inside and the space between each bungalow is generous. The bungalows are private and quiet, there is a huge shower and super comfortable bed. We have stayed at Manala twice in 15 months, this trip 3 friends joined us as well and loved it so much they stayed extra time. Manala is virtually opposite a track to the beach where the best surf break is. The two guys at reception are especially helpful if you want to organise bookings and trips - the guide for my horseride was brilliant. The continental breakfast is perfect, the resturant has good pizzas and fruit smoothies.

Room Tip: Bungalows 7 and 8 are best furthest from the road
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Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Great! Thanks for this review! We are happy that you and your friends enjoy the stay. We hope there is a third time! Please let us know if you need any advise or booking for your next trip. We enjoy guest like you and we wish that you really enjoy your vacations. We are here to help you. Thanks again!!
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Manala was simply amazing and absolutely lives up to the reviews.

Without repeating everything that has already been said, we must reiterate how great the rooms are and how efficient and friendly everyone is. Laura and her team, especially Ronaldo, are super and nothing is too much trouble. From organising surf lessons, advising on restaurants and helping show us the area, they are extremely nice.

Rooms: The Bungalows are large and extremely clean (no bugs!). The wifi is fairly reliable. The bungalows go up in number with No.1 being closest to the reception and road and 8 at the top of the path.

Location: Hardly any hotels in Santa Teresa are beach side. Once you come to terms with the fact you are always going to be 100m walk from the beach, Manala is the obvious choice! The long dusty road through Santa Teresa can be a pain to walk along but for longer journeys to restaurants and going down into Playa Carmen Ronaldo will happily call a 4x4 taxi which is worth the extra $.

Surf: Ronaldo organised a great private lesson with an Argentian called Juan who was very experienced and can take you to secluded spots in his car if you feel like escaping the "crowds" on the busier beaches. Some amazing memories!

Restaurant: Fun and pretty simple. has a great stone oven for baking pizzas and some salads if you don't fancy pizza and pasta. Pool table is a bonus and a very chilled atmosphere. At breakfast, the staff are really sweet and friendly. Unfortunately cooked breakfast is a little extra but worth it if you have a long day of surf ahead of you!

Thank you to Laura and everyone at Manala for making this the best bit of our trip, no question!

Room Tip: No. 4 is fabulous as it is far enough up the hill to be away from the road, close to the restaurant...
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  • Stayed December 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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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
This review is amazing!! Thanks for giving us the oportunity of feel proud if our Work, Team and Hotel!! This place is great to come for vacations! Here in town, there is a lot of ways to do activities, but our service is to give the best recommendations for guest and people that is in the area. We, also try to keep the Hotel in great conditions for the guests. And if something unexpected comes, we will do our best to help with the problem. Bungalows are really comfortable and is dificult to find something similar in town for the price we offer. Thanks for giving us this nice comments and we will be more than happy to receive you in other occasion again!
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I stayed here for 7 days in Feb. and this was my first time in this area of CR. The grounds of the hotel were very well maintained, the rooms clean and spacious, the pool very inviting and the restaurant very convenient. I found the restaurant staff to be quite friendly and engaging. The "Manala" breakfast was simple and tasty with fresh fruit, toast (that looked like little cookies, yummy) coffee and juice....just right (they also had a full breakfast menu). This was also a great place to have dinner as well. The 2 guys at reception, Fabian and Ronald, were just great young men, both spoke english very well but had a hard time with my very limited Spanish, which created some good laughs LOL. I rented a Quad (on site) for 5 days and these guys gave me great ideas and directions of where I could go exploring on this fun machine. I highly recommend renting one...they are a blast and you get to go to and see places you wouldn't otherwise. Would I return to the Santa Teresa area and stay at the Manala Hotel....absolutely!!! The beach is very close and beautiful, as was 2 others, Playa Carmen and Playa Hermosa all great for surfing and brilliant sunsets. To the Management and the "great" staff of Manala, thank you for the wonderful hospitality, you WILL see me again...PURA VIDA!!!

Room Tip: I had the pleasure of staying in rooms 6 & 7 during my stay. Both are very close to the pool and...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thank you very much for this nice comments about your stay in the Hotel. We are happy that you receive a very nice service and recommendations. Here is really good to rent ATV´s to go know the place. We are more than happy with El Pulpo here in the Hotel and that the good guest like you enjoy of their food. We will be here for your future vacation and gie you more good recommendations. Thanks also for the nice picture you took and sharing your reviews. See you next year!!
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We lucked out finding Manala Hotel available during high season and it was perfect - the bungalow was big, clean, the premises well kept, the pool area was nice - (although I wish there umbrellas for shade) the sun is really strong here. The rate was totally reasonable at $140/night.

Overall, the staff made our stay very comfortanle and enjoyable - Fabian and Ronald were so nice and pleasant, they were able to assist with booking tours, massages, flight check-in, car service, etc. - big bonus El Pulpo restaurant is on the property - they have a good variety and delicious cocktails, really good pizza and chicken Milanese (yummy) - the service was good too. The location of the hotel is ideal, access to Playa Santa Terese is very easy walk across the road, and short walk to supermarkets.

I totally recommend this hotel.
Mae, from NYC

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thanks for the revview. We are glad that you like your stay in our Hotel. We will try to find nice unmbrellas for our guest to put them next to the pool. We are happy that you like the service of the Hotel and Restaurant. I just want to clarify that our rate for this year is in $123, insted of $140, might be not to much difference, but for some people is important to know. Thanks again for your comments and we hope you can come next year.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Manala Hotel was an oasis. Right across from the beach access, the Manala Hotel was the perfect mix: easy beach front access for surfing, sun bathing and watching sunsets as well as a private, quiet and cool refuge from the intensity of the sun. The bungalows were really clean. "Il Pulpo" the restaurant was excellent; the included breakfast was a perfect start to the day and their pizza became a consistent way to end the day. The staff were all very welcoming and helpful. We felt well looked after and could have easily stayed longer.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thank you very much for your nice review. We are located close to the best beach break for surfing, where sunsets are gorgeous everyday in Santa Teresa. We are more than happy to help everybody.
It will be a pleasure to see you again in Manalá Hotel.
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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We stayed for 4 days but wish we could have stayed for 4 months. What a great place. So private and quaint. The staff and owner were so friendly, the bungalows were clean, bright and large. The breakfast was a good start to the day and the restaurant was superb-pizza especially.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you very much for the good review. We are glad that you enjoyed your days at Manalá Hotel. As you mentioned, our continental breakfast is a option to start the day. Pulpo pizza has the best pizza in town.
We will be glad to see you again in our place.
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Address: 800 metros norte del campo de | futbol de Santa Teresa,Costa Rica, Santa Teresa 2640, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#14 Romantic Hotel in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Manala Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eight mediterranean style Boungalows in a lush tropical setting; private bathrooms, hot water,air conditoner,wifi,tv, minifridge,ceiling fan, laptop safebox, parking area and 24 hrs security, restaurant and pool with jacuzzi. Our incedible location so close to the beach with the best beach break and our facilities, makes Manalà Hotel the perfect destiny for the best holiday ever. Open 2010. 800 meters North from Santa Teresa soccer fieldde fútbol de Santa Teresa ... more   less 
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