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Hotel El Manglar

Palm Beach Estates Lot 147, Playa Grande 50308 Costa Rica
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#2 of 2 inns in Playa Grande
Location
4.7
Cleanliness
4.5
Service
4.5
Value
4.5
Hotel El Manglar is proudly managed by three costarican brothers and sister, that will make sure you have an enjoyable experience during your vacations. The hotel is suited with all you need to experience the beach life, enjoy nature and the beauty of life. We look forward to making your stay as unique, as comfortable and as memorable as possible. We’ll be delighted to share and show you all the beauty of our coast, enjoy surfing, our country and make sure that our favorite phrase is accomplished……all our friends always come back… PURA VIDA
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Coffee shop
Beach
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Spa
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available
Happy hour
Couples massage
Full body massage
Massage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
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Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
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Sofa
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Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
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Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Languages Spoken
Spanish
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Mobile38465143382 wrote a review Jan 2024
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Beautiful place and people. Most friendly and helpful staff at hotel and nearby restaurant, fantasti place. Great food and fun community all walking distance. Even Tamarindo if you like. Recommed the Grateful for evening entertainment . we will b bac. Pura vida
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Janine G wrote a review Dec 2023
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The bedroom smelled really strongly of mold!! The staff was not great. Yorda or the female with the name that starts with a Y was EXTREMELY RUDE!! I would never stay here again!! Very disappointed! And it has zero amenities!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Traveled solo
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Lori C wrote a review Nov 2023
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Warning about pet policy! I received a welcome email from Hotel Manglar which I read in its entirety prior to arrival. It did not state to call the hotel if you are traveling with a pet, nor did it state any pet policy. I also did I see anything online or any website about a policy beforehand. Only that pets are welcome! I drove 4 hours and I arrived to check in, they asked if I was aware of their pet policy, and I said no. One of the rules are no dogs are allowed on the furniture. I told them I was concerned about that rule. They explained that if the dogs get on/sleep in the bed, I would be responsible to pay for new bedding. I was told I should have called the hotel to ask about the policy. It wouldn’t have mattered at that point because I had already booked the room at a non-refundable price. I had no reason to cancel this reservation as I had 2 meetings the next day. I have never had to call a hotel beforehand if a hotel states it is pet friendly and I travel a lot and never had an issue with my 2 small dogs. I was shown to my room and one of my dogs jumped up on the bed right away. I only stayed in the room about 5 minutes and returned to the office to talk with them because I was concerned about the policy. The room is very small and with only a double bed I was worried they might jump on the bed while I was sleeping. No problem keeping them off while I am awake. I explained my situation and told them I thought it would be better if I went to a different hotel with less strict rules. I was trying to be honest with them. I kindly asked them if I could cancel the room and receive a refund and they said that it was non-refundable and that I would have to contact Hotels.com. I left the office and called Hotels.com, and they said they would try to call the hotel to get a courtesy waiver under the circumstances to get a refund. I started to check around to find another hotel within one hour and nothing was available. I went back to speak with them and explain I only have 2 options now, sleep in my car with my dogs or return home which is a 5-hour drive at night so I asked if I could just get my room back and she said she had already cancelled my reservation and were now fully booked. I asked again isn’t there anything you can do for me I am basically stranded now, and she said if I find you a room it’s a new reservation and I would have to pay again! She was not empathetic to my situation at all. Their policy does state at the bottom: “If the hotel administration (rules) is not respected, the owner of the dog is free to suspend the service”. I was only trying to be honest with them and let them know I was concerned about the furniture policy. I didn’t want to stay worried about my dogs for 2 days and lie to them and say they didn’t get on the bed. If I had known ahead of time, I would never had booked with them. I also would have been happy to pay a deposit on top of the $10 per pet, per night fee which should include sanitizing and cleaning the bedding anyway. Their excuse is because of people who are allergic. Who would stay in a pet friendly hotel if they were allergic? When I asked again how much it would cost to replace the bedding, she could not give me a direct answer only that it is “very expensive”. If that is the policy, they should have a direct cost of how much the bedding replacement is otherwise who knows what they can later charge your card? Hotels.com tried to get my money back, but the hotel has refused even though as a courtesy they could sign a waiver and make an exception to refund the money. My credit card company said that since it was booked as non-refundable there is nothing they can do. This morning I have searched their website and many other sites, and they do not have this policy posted anywhere. You do not find out until you check in or if you call them ahead of time. I ended up driving back home which took 5 hours during the night and I’m out my money even though they booked the same room to someone else. Beware if you are traveling with pets!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Do not stay here if you have pets!
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AU S wrote a review Sep 2023
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Here are why I was so disappointed and left the hotel: In the first room they gave me, there was no wi-fi connection. Also phone doesn't get the service. Guy in the reception adviced me that wifi is working on third floor, like I need to go there at every time. And the girl in the reception said, wifi is not working because a cable was burned and then she stopped, suggesting no solution. I said when it's going to be repaired, she said Monday, three days later that is time I'm going to leave and she knows that. After my insistance for a solution they start to speak Spanish in front of me where they can both speak English. They didn't want me to understand what they are saying. After that they offered me another room on 3rd floor, a room that is made in the attic. She said only difference is the window is smaller, I said fine. I went to room to see that the room was smelling like sewage, it is too hot (a/c needed to run for an hour to bring it to an acceptable temperature) and wifi was still disconnecting. I went to the store since they even don't offer drinking water, shampoo, any kind of food or drink. When I came back I found 3 large geckos just in front of the room, one small gecko inside the room but also big black ants were continously getting inside from the window. I saw 4 of them git inside in 10 minutes. And wifi was still get disconnected. I went to the office again and they told me there is nothing they can do for things above. They didn't allow me to talk with their supervisor. I said I'm leaving (in the middle of the night, under rain, and roads are terrible there with a lot of potholes) and went to room to get my stuff. They followed me and got in the room, girl first told there is no gecko in the room, yes because these animals don't stand still also she started a youtube video telling me that the wifi is working. The problem was it's not working, it was repetive disconnected. So she imply that I'm lying to them. They also wanted me to bring the pool Towel that they gave it to me to bring to the front desk from the room when I was carrying 3 things already. When I told them no service and wifi problem is important in case of an emergency, she said I can walk downstairs to the garden and make calls, this is her solution if somebody falls and brakes a bome or getting a heart attack then, climb down to the garden! Also the room gets too hot in a very short amount of time and it has been raining all day, if power went off I would bake. She couldn't find anything to say. But the most annoying thing is that they were in all defensive mode instead of solving the problems and implying that I was lying to them.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Don't book this hotel at all!
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Matt L. wrote a review Jun 2023
Bloomington, IN, USA9 contributions5 helpful votes
Our home away from home. From Javier, Andrea and Englebert to the entire staff...everyone is amazing. Great location, accommodations and amenities. Surf lesson with Javier was the bomb! We've been coming for three years and can't wait to get back. Pura Vida! Matt
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Trip type: Traveled with family
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Oliver K wrote a review Mar 2023
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Can’t believe they advertise this place as a 3 star Hotel as this is a 2 stars at best. First of all, like advertised there is no restaurant on site, the restaurant is a 2min walk away and has very low quality food. No breakfast is included when staying at El Manglar, not even a continental breakfast. When it comes down to service, a big zero. They “clean” the rooms every other day and that’s not what I call cleaning. They NEVER changed the bedsheets in our 10 day trip. all the “cleaning” crew does is give you 3 new towels, broom the floor and that’s it. I have had cleaner rooms at Holiday Inns even at Motel 6. The place is branding itself as a Surf Hotel but will charge you to borrow a surf board, charge you to borrow a bicyle (while all other hotels around offer it for free to their guests). They do not provide you with any free water, you have to buy bottled water and theres nothing around the hotel. Let’s be honest, El Manglar is a mix of an Airbnb & Motel but nowhere near a 3 star Hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Liberiana1972 wrote a review Dec 2022
Liberia, Costa Rica50 contributions15 helpful votes
I had the trip reserved and payed and when I showed up at the hotel reception they had given my reservation away to somebody else. I had told them I might enter on the date of my reservation at night after a party or the following day very early in the morning. It did not matter to them. They even sent me a Whatsapp telling me everything was ready, my room number etc. I finally decided not to come at night but the next morning and they had given my room away. The one that was reserved in August, 22, paid a week in advance and confirmed by Whatsapp by me and by the Hotel. Nothing mattered. It was not there when I arrived. Awful way to start vacation. Unworthy of respect.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Room Tip: Do not trust your reservation.
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Condi wrote a review Sep 2022
Jasper, Indiana15 contributions40 helpful votes
The pressure during shower left us wanting. WiFi was also not good strength. Prices charged are reasonable. There is a beach within short walking distance. All in all, good place to unwind with your loved ones.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Hannah L wrote a review Aug 2022
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I would never recommend this hotel to anyone. Don’t bother wasting your time. It is not as advertised. Don’t let it ruin your trip, like it did to ours. The hotel claims to be 1.4 miles from Tamarindo, which is incredibly misleading. What they fail to tell you is that a crocodile infested river separates the property from the town. It is inaccessible by foot and can only be reached by a water taxi (which stop running at 4pm) or by a 45 minute cab ride. We would have NEVER booked this property if we realized that simply going for dinner in town was going to cost us a hefty cab fee and a 45 minute drive each way. When we came to the hotel, it was still under renovation. We wanted to sit by the pool, but there was still work being done around us. There is a “gate” meant to keep the property secure. However, the code we were given did not let us into the property. After a night out, we were left locked outside and unable to unlock the entrance. We called and messaged the property, and did not hear a response until 8:30am. We were eventually able to get back into the property by squeezing into a crack in the gate that had been left open. It was incredibly unsafe. El Manglar failed to take responsibility and said they had “no proof” we were locked out. I have attached screenshots of our messages with the hotel. We had intended on staying for 4 nights, but after our awful experience on night 1, we decided to leave. The hotel refused to give us any (partial) refund or compensation. They were initially unresponsive to both us and booking.com. When we eventually did get a response, they again, took zero responsibility. The bathroom in our room stunk of mould and there was a distinct mouldy residue on the bathroom door. The shower overflowed each time we used it. The toilet in our room did not flush properly. Simply put - DO NOT STAY HERE. Don’t let this place dupe you like it did for us. Trust me, I wouldn’t want anyone else to have such a horrible experience. Save your time and money and find somewhere else. I would give them zero stars if I could. The only reason they are getting one star, is because we liked the girls who worked at reception. Otherwise, it was trash.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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KAAndrews wrote a review Aug 2022
Green Valley, Arizona9 contributions3 helpful votes
This hotel is situated in a unique location. It's a small community with great access to the beach, restaurants, and Tamarindo. The rooms were comfortable and the air conditioning ideal. Extremely safe, great parking for our rental car, and tours if we wanted them or not. I would suggest bringing bottled water (if that's your thing), as the little grocery store may or may not be open.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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$71 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacastePlaya Grande
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel El Manglar
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel El Manglar?
Nearby attractions include Seven Cave Bar (0.05 miles) and Playa Grande (0.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel El Manglar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a spa.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel El Manglar?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel El Manglar?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel El Manglar?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel El Manglar?
Conveniently located restaurants include L'Estanco El Jardin Escondido, Cafe Mar Azul, and Restaurante Cantarana.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel El Manglar?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Hotel El Manglar?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Hotel El Manglar accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.