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“Clean, relaxing & Safe!” 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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Ranked #13 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
Calgary, Canada
1 review
“Clean, relaxing & Safe!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

My wife and I spent 6 nights (stayed 2 extra nights because we loved it there so much!) at Hotel Manala during our honeymoon.

We found the staff at Manala to be extremely nice and helpful. They booked all our activities for us and gave us recommendations on which tours were good and places to eat. They all spoke good english which was a big help as our spanish is very limited.

The rooms and grounds are very clean and maintained around the clock (when the regular cleaning staff was off duty (evenings and weekends) the security guard and owners could be seen occasionly cleaning the pool and tidying up around the garden).

One of the main things we enjoyed about Manala is the security they have. As soon as the sun goes down a security guard starts his shift. He regularly walks the entire grounds all night and sits at the only entrance in between time. My wife and I felt safe 100% of the time while we were at Manala.

At this point the only thing Hotel Manala is missing is a restaurant in order to make it the perfect place for us. Fortunetly they have one built and will hopefully have it up and running soon.

We very much enjoyed our stay and would definitely go back if we ever visit Costa Rica again!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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El Cerrito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

We stayed a week at this lovely hotel and will stay there again. The grounds, pool, and bungalows were meticulously and stylishly styled and cared for. The service was first rate, with reservation assistance, daily breakfast, taxi calls by the multilingual owner and front desk staff. We didn't rent a car, but rode our bikes around town and kept them, and our surf gear, on our bungalow porch. The hotel was quiet (except for the howler monkeys at times), very safe, and in a great location on North end of town, away from the central hub and dust, on a very gently sloping location and right across the street from the best sunset and surf spots. All the necessary stores, surf shops, and great restaurants are within a 3-15 min walk. WiFi available at poolside.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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Tiburon, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2011

Everything about this hotel is wonderful! The staff was personal, friendly & very helpful. The bungalows are clean, quiet & private. The daily complimentary breakfast was such a lovely & delicious treat. Most importantly, the location is directly across from the point break surf spot (best on the beach) where my husband surfed twice daily! Also, it is a great value for everything you get compared to other hotels in the area. We will definitely visit again! Just make sure to insist on one queen bed instead of two twins pushed together (with a large gap in between).

Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lolo, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

After looking around Santa Terisa for an hour my buddy and I were looking to spoil ourselves. We had stayed in hostels for the previous 3 years (except for Franks Place). We looked at 3 other places in the 180.00 range and they were either full or is was more for a couple. We found this jewel for about 115.00. Just off the main road and 5 min. walking distance to the beach. The waves were great for my buddy that surfs. Sometimes reaching double overhead. The staff was great Laura and Monica made you feel like friends visiting their home. There are 8? cabanas that are nice and quiet, clean, cool and a short stroll to the pool! If 115.00 is in your price range, do it, you won't be disappointed. Oh, breakfast served on your porch at whichever time you pre-arrange.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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graham wa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2011

We loved our stay at the Manala hotel. It is a simple, clean and peaceful place. The pool area was great well taken care of and the staff were very nice. It is walking distance to resturants and stores. The beach is only minutes away. I hope to go back someday we had a great time.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Aarhus, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

We stayed for three nights in Manala and realy enjoyed it. The location opposite the best part of the beach is perfect and the hotel grounds were beautiful and realy well maintained. The bungalows are spacy, clean and comfortable and breakfast is served on the terasse which is realy nice. Only draw back is the dusty main road that you have to walk on to get around in the town, but that is a problem all over Santa Teresa. The owner was very friendly and recommended the best places for surf classes, yoga and restuarants. I can highly recommend this place and the value is great.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2011

This place is in a great location. They serve excellent breakfasts right to your door where we ate outside with the monkeys. The rooms are very clean and they have great bathrooms. The service is great. This is definitely a romantic place to stay. There are several great restaurants near by. Kika's had the best food in the area. If you are looking for a nice lunch, Ginger Cafe was awesome, with fresh warm bread! You definitely get your money's worth at this place. The pool was very clean. I would definitely stay here again. They had four wheelers that we could rent so we could explore the country side. The only thing I didn't enjoy was geckos, but those you will have everywhere as long as you are in Costa Rica. Thank you Manala for making Costa Rica even better!

  • Stayed February 2011, 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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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
#11 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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