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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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Ranked #13 of 26 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Everything about Manala Hotel was perfect. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and couldn't have had a better experience. The service was first class and started before I arrived and lasted through the day I left. Whether it was lining up a car from the airport, a surf lesson, atv rentals or recommendations for a good restaurant, the service was outstanding. Manala is located on a beautiful piece of property with easy access to an amazing beach. The bungalows are spacious and extremely clean. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and I can’t wait to get back and stay at Manala!

Thank you Laura, Ronaldo and Fabian for making this first time trip an unbelievable experience!

  • Stayed March 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, Recepcion at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Hi, Thanks for your great reviews, We are glad that you appreciate our effort and enjoy of our recommendations. Costa Rica is very nice if you know where to go, that´s why we give tips to people, so they know where to go. Thanks for your review of the Hotel and we hope this is not going to be the last time you come to Costa Rica. Pura Vida!
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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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Burlington, Vermont
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

This property is absolutely gorgeous- from its location just steps from the best stretch of beach in Santa Teresa, to the exquisitely designed villas, immaculate grounds, clear swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens, and the most friendly staff... all of the creature comforts are provided- comfortable bed, A/C, wi-fi, etc. Beautiful breakfast and lovely terrace to sit right outside the room... We would recommend this to anyone coming to Santa Teresa! The always smiling Ronaldo (as he said, I wish I could play football like Ronaldo but it is pronounced Ronald) was super helpful and always a pleasure to see! It's all right here, don't think twice!

  • Stayed May 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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MANALAHOTEL, Recepcion at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank you for your reviews and nice comments, we appreciate every single word and we are very happy that you had a great expirience! Hope you can come and visit Santa Teresa again.
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Manala is definitely one of the best beach hotels we have stayed at. It is a small family run luxury hotel located at just steps from the beach of Santa Teresa, north of Mal Pais. Laura the owner or manager is a gentle lady, very knowledgeable and friendly. We stayed for 4 nights during March. The hotel has a gorgeous pool and garden setting. There also is a small restaurant with great food, Pizza, Pastas and more. Our kids had a great time. The beach is located approximately 100 yards from the hotel, great surfing. The hotel also has a list of trips. We took the horseback riding trip to Montezuma Waterfalls and a fun quad tour. We payed U$ 480 for the four nights + the additional for our kids. The roads in the area in pretty bad shape, but since we had rented a 4x4 Jeep and had no problem with it. Highly recommended hotel @ a very good price too.!!!

Room Tip: All the rooms are the same. we stayed in a room in the upper part, far away from the front desk, alt...
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  • Stayed March 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, April 27, 2013
Thank you very much for your nice comments about us and the Hotel. We are going to be more than happy for having you back and enjoy of this great place one more time. Thanks
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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is simply amazing. The bungalows are very spacious and elegant. , the shower is huge and beautiful. You have 100% privacy in your bungalow. The hotel is perfectly located, since you cannot feel the dust from Santa Teresa's road. The service is great too. Everybody is willing to help you and recommend the best places to go. Besides, the restaurant, "El Pulpo", has the most delicious food. It was an amazing experience for me and my girlfriend, we forgot something at the hotel and they took care of it and sent the belonging back to us. Definetly you should visit this hotel.

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
Thanks for this review. We appreciate your positive comments about our Hotel, service and Restaurant. We will help you in any occation, becuase for us, the comfrt of our guest is our priority. Thanks again for chosing us and you are more than welcome anytime!
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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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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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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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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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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