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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 #12 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Cool Bungalows”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Santa Teresa was a surprise after starting our honeymoon in the Arenal area. It is very laid-back, and almost rustic feeling. It is what a surf destination should be. Manala was a great place to stay, the bungalows are very cute and quite spacious. I loved the large shower and the seating areas inside and outside. Since they were alerted by our travel agency that it was our honeymoon there were very pretty flowers on the bed and the towels shaped as swans, and some chocolates with a nice congratulatory message. The bed wasn't the most comfortable we had on our trip, but after a long days of activity we slept great all the same. I unfortunately came down with a cold at this point of our honeymoon, so we didn't get to explore Santa Teresa as much as we wanted to, and I was in bed quite a bit.

Our first night we did make it out to the beach, it was a very short walk. I come from the Pacific Northwest so the concept of warm ocean was pretty amazing to me. Unlike where we stayed in the Arenal area, (Tabacon), there were markets and restaurants and even coffee shops within walking distance from Manala. The two men working at the front desk while we were there were really friendly and perfectly happy giving recommendations and directions for restaurants and things to do in the area. One of them arranged a taxi for us for a more remote restaurant we wanted to go to.

The complimentary breakfast is really simple, but satisfying. We had dinner there twice, they have some pretty tasty pizza. The restaurant is right by the pool, so it was cool at night to watch bats swoop down and grab insects around the pool. I really liked that. We also saw some cool birds, butterflies and lizards on the property.

I think my favorite experience at Manala was during a heavy rainstorm that lasted quite a while, my husband and I sat outside in the seating area in front of our bungalow and just relaxed and read while listening to the rain.

  • Stayed August 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

We stayed at Manala 4 nights in mid august and had the most pleasant stay.
The location is perfect . Close to everything yet very quiet and just a few steps from the best surfing point on the beach.
The rooms are clean, specious and comfortable. The staff was great , friendly and helpful.
We will definitely come back to Manala in our next visit to santa teresa.

  • Stayed August 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MANALAHOTEL, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Manalá Hotel is located really close to the best beach break in Santa Teresa. We are glad because people like you enjoyed your days here. This is the perfect place to relax after surfing or after looking a nice sunset on the beach.
Thank you very much for your nice review. It will be a pleasure to see again at Manalá Hotel.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

After reviewing tripadvisor I finally chose manala hotel. Was tripadvisor right! It's a hidden Jem located at the best surf point in santa teresa. Know that it's not close to the ATM "in town". But there are plenty of restaurants and things to do near the hotel in walking distance. Clean, beautiful, well staffed. So glad I found this place!!! Check out Kikas down the road for some fresh caught fish, and olam for a healthy lunch. We will be back!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, July 24, 2013
Thank you very much for your nice review, we really appreciate it. We are glad too that you found our place. You will be more than welcome when you and your friend come back to Santa Teresa. We will be here to help you with everything you may need.
Thanks again
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The Manala Hotel is a great place to relax in Santa Teresa. The bungalows are very spacious and clean with AC, fan, and cable TV which kept my wife entertained when I was out surfing. A three minute walk, just across the dusty main road (which is the only road in town), you can find one of the best beach-breaks in the area. It’s a great atmosphere when the sun sets as everyone gathers at the beach with their dogs and kids, watching the surfers shredding the last waves of the day. The staff at the Manala are very nice and helpful and can assist you with their local knowledge to plan your activities. Just ask Ronald about a great route for a Quad bike tour. We followed his suggestion and had a fun and exciting trip crossing rivers, seeing animals, and new places. They rent quads but you can also look around other places. The Manala has its own restaurant called “El Pulpo”. Make sure you have one of their delicious pizzas.

  • Stayed June 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MANALAHOTEL, Recepcion at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Thank you very much for your comments and suggestions for next guest. We are happy to know that you and your wife spend a nice time in the Hotel and Area. We hope you can come back and enjoy of Costa Rica again. Thank you again and have a nice time together!
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Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My wife and I just spent two nights at the Manala, and absolutely loved it. The place is beautiful, well kept, and the staff is very accommodating. Air conditioning, wifi, TV, the works! There were howler monkeys the first morning in the trees surrounding our cabin. What a special treat.Of course, we spent most of the two days on the beach, which is a very short walk from the Hotel. Santa Teresa has great waves for surfing, but lots of other activities for those who don't surf. By the way, the pizza at the hotel restaurant is the best we've had in all of Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed June 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, June 16, 2013
Thank you very much for your comments, We really appreciate your honestly and how great you discribe your vacations, we are always open to recommend great stuff to do. We hope you come back next year and have a great time!!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Driving into Santa Teresa in a rainstorm was a bit of a shock,but the shock disappeared very quickly once we found the entrance to Manala. The staff were exceptionally welcoming and kind, with information that was genuinely useful and a very 'can-do' attitude.
The bungalows were clean, tidy and well appointed with all the facilities we needed, we actually so liked the shower that we have decided to recreate it at our home, including the tiles!
The food in the restaurant was excellent and well priced, the closeness to the beach excellent and links into the local surf schools and atv rentals kept prices in check too.
We will be going back, so if that isn't endorsement enough then I don't know what is!

Room Tip: I would go for bungalows at the top of the hill for choice.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 5, 2014
We really appreciate your highly recommendation. It would be nice to have you here again.
We have a Project Planet program that is an effort of this hotel to protect the environment through conservation of water and decreased use of detergent, also to avoid the innecesary waste of electricity and avoid the global warming.
At Manalá Hotel there are latest technology ACs, which get your room cold quickly (5 min), that is why we have a policy in our Hotel: "when we are 100% sure that the customer is out and leave the AC on, we will turn it off".
We are very sorry to bother you, we hope you understand us. It is just a matter of environment protection.
Thank you very much, hope to see you again.
Pura Vida !!!
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Munich, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We stayed at this hotel this year. The place is within walking distance of Playa Santa Teresa Beach, a breathtaking tropical beach that spreads for miles and miles with nothing but tropical trees, surfers, wildlife and ocean surrounding it. The hotel is one of the best hotels we have stayed at. There are only around 8 – 10 rooms, but each room is actually more like a Suite, tastefully decorated, spacious, luxurious, comfortable ( it reminded me like a tropical – Mediterranean style ). The hotel also has a large and beautiful swimming pool, its own restaurant run by local Argentineans or Italians, bar service. We also enjoyed the company or Laura, the owner, a young lady from Spain. Absolutely friendly and she really gave us some excellent tips like things to do, where to eat, where to go, Montezuma Waterfalls, where to go shopping, etc. The roads in the area are in pretty bad shape, but we really did not care, we had a 4x4 rental and I guess it is part of the adventure. Santa Teresa and Mal Pais ( a bit further south ) along with Montezuma are the coastal areas we enjoyed the most during our recent trips to Costa Rica along with the beaches in the South Caribbean. Manala, definitely recommended !!!

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  • Stayed February 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, Propietario at Manala Hotel, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
That´s amazing to read that Manalá Hotel has been one of the best hotels you have stayed at. We are really happy when our guests enjoyed of the days in Santa Teresa beach. As everybody says, it´s a nice adventure to be in this magic place.
We appreciate your Excellent review of our place. You and your couple or friends are more than welcome to come back.
Thank you very much.
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Address: 800 metros norte del campo de | futbol de Santa Teresa,Costa Rica, Santa Teresa 2640, Costa Rica
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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:
#5 Family Hotel in Santa Teresa
#10 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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