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“A Great Value”
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Hotel Plaza Yara
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Houston, Texas
1 review
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“A Great Value”
Reviewed March 14, 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed in this hotel from Dec. 26- Jan. 3. This is the high-season period where most hotels double and even triple their rates. Plaza Yara was still affordable. This hotel is a great find. It is located close to Quepos and the Manuel Antonio Beach. It is located next to the Gaia Hotel and Reserve on the main road in Manuel Antonio. The two things that I would change about this place is the mattress on the bed and attitude of the lady who brings the fruit to your room in the morning. First, the mattress is really thin and makes for an average to less than average sleep. Second the lady who brings your breakfast to you in the morning is not friendly. A simple good morning and a smile would go a long way.

But do not let that discourage you. This is a Great ALL SUITE Hotel. There are less than 20 rooms and the hotel staff (besides the breakfast lady) are very friendly and will go out of their way to make sure that your stay is an enjoyable one. Stay here...YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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nelsonmonge, General Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, April 5, 2011
Thank you for your review and recommendation of Hotel Plaza Yara. It was our pleasure to have you stay with us.

Pura Vida,
Nelson Monge
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Harvest, AL
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Reviewed March 8, 2011

My family of 4 just returned from a 9 day trip around Costa Rica, and staying at the Plaza Yara was one of the highlights. We stayed in Suite 4, and it was more than enough room for all of us. When we arrived we were welcomed by the monkeys swinging in the trees, but the highlight for us was watching the mother sloth and her baby outside our breakfast area every morning. They deliver breakfast to your Suite every morning, at a time of your choosing, and it was more than enough for the four of us (which includes a hungry husband, and a 15 and 11 year old). In fact, we loved the fruit bread so much I wish I had the recipe! The rooms were cleaned immaculately every day as well. We also enjoyed the Pizza di Marco next door very much, especially after a long day exploring the area. P.S. If you pay in cash, they won't charge the local tax for your room, saving you 13%! I would highly recommend you consider a stay here part of your vacation!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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nelsonmonge, Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, March 10, 2011
Thanks so much for your kind review, "is excellent in every way".
It was a pleasure to have you and your family with us at Hotel Plaza Yara.

Kind regards,
Nelson Monge
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed February 28, 2011

This hotel was wonderful. Our patio was just what we expected from a costa rican experience - full on jungle view with monkeys. The room was very quiet. We thoroughly enjoyed the escape on our balcony. Javier (check-in) and Nelson (manager) were really nice and very helpful. Would Definitely recommend to anyone!!

  • Stayed February 2011
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nelsonmonge, Gerente at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, March 7, 2011
Thank you so much for your review of Hotel Plaza Yara. It was our pleasure to welcome you to Manuel Antonio and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay.
We look forward to your return to Costa Rica and to Hotel Plaza Yara.

Kind Regards,
Pura vida!!!
Nelson
Javier
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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed February 27, 2011

We stayed at Hotel Plaza Yara for 2 nights in February 2011. Nelson was unbelievably helpful, friendly and welcoming to the hotel when we arrived. As I checked in my boyfriend watched the squirrel monkeys use "the monkey bridge" to get across the street right at the hotel. Pretty cool! Jonathan showed me to the room which was spacious and clean. We stayed in room #5 which was spacious and looked out over the jungle in the back. I was able to see a mama sloth and her baby from our room hanging out in the tree right by the pool deck. Nelson signed us up for a guided tour of the National Park in the morning with Juan. He was great very knowledgeable and patient. We saw lots of sloths, a howler monkey, iguanas, toucans, lizards, a gladiator frog, and other various birds. We spent some time down at the pool (no bar) with our own cocktails. It was very relaxing and we had to all to ourselves. We met some other couples on the tour and had a great time with them both at the pool and at other random spots in Costa Rica.
The first night the air conditioning worked well and my boyfriend was able to take a hot shower. We were unable to get hot water in our shower the second day and that night the AC was not putting out cold air. Also, the bed, while comfortable enough, only had a sheet and a thin sheet like cover. If you tend to get cold at night we suggest bringing something a little warmer. Overall the staff was great, the scenery was beautiful and the kitty was adorable! We ended up leaving a credit card in the safe when we departed to our next city. Nelson contacted me immediately by email to let me know. THANKS NELSON!!! ( :

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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nelsonmonge, General Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, March 3, 2011
Thank you for your review of Hotel Plaza Yara. It was our pleasure to welcome you to Manuel Antonio and we are glad that you enjoyed your stay.

We apologize for the air-conditioner and water temperature, both were repaired immediately.

We look forward to your return to Costa Rica and to Hotel Plaza Yara.

Kind Regards,
Pura vida!!!
Nelson
Jonathan
and Havana (the kitty)
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

There's lots to like about Hotel Plaza Yara, starting with the staff. Nelson, Javier and Jonathan are the best! They gave us great recommendations for restaurants, arranged for an excellent guided trip through Manuel Antonio park and a wonderful afternoon sailing. The rooms are HUGE and include a kitchenette, sitting area and outdoor porch/patio overlooking the forest -- we watched sloths and howler monkeys while eating breakfast, which is delivered room-service style. The hotel's location is convenient to both Quepos and Manuel Antonio. No beach views but we honestly didn't miss it.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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nelsonmonge, Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, March 2, 2011
Thank you so much for your review. It was a pleasure to have you at Hotel Plaza Yara for me and my Staff, we look forward to welcoming you back soon to Manuel Antonio.
Nelson Monge
General Manager
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed February 20, 2011

Stayed for 3 nights at the start of our trip. The reservation process was smooth and the hotel was very prompt in their communications by email. The rooms were gigantic, clean and contained a lot of unexpected amenities (microwave, fridge, dishes, coffeemaker with fresh coffee and milk in the fridge, etc). Rooms were cleaned daily and we had no issues with bugs of any kind. We felt safe at all times. The staff was great. Very quick to respond to requests, and willing to accommodate us when we asked for breakfast early as we had an early tour. They brought our fresh fruit, yogurt, juice and granola bars the night before. As it turns out, I was mistaken about the early tour time. Without even asking the staff showed up at our door promptly at 7am with fresh baked bread. Right on the main road (convenient for finding and for location in general, but a lot of street noise at night). Huge picture windows that looked out on the jungle (no monkey sightings though). Had 2 nice restaurants (typical and pizza) right next door that would deliver to rooms if requested. Had a pool, which was very small, but quiet and had a great deck for relaxing. We thought the price was incredibly reasonable for all that we received. Would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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nelsonmonge, General Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, February 21, 2011
Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to have you at our hotel and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Pura Vida!
Nelson Monge
General Manager
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

We were a little disappointed with my husband. The room had no balcony (but the room description said it would) and no sun light.The room was indeed big but when you spend your day outside it does not really matter. Service was okay but every question we had we got very vague answers and we have not been showned the Internet nor the swimming pool. Oh and yes. We got awake at 2 am by a phone call but no one was on the line. It's still unclear if it was the reception or if the phone in the bedroom actually had a separate phone number that would allow people from outside to call. We switched hotel after two nights.

Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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nelsonmonge, General Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, February 8, 2011
Thank you for your review of Hotel Plaza Yara. It is unusual for us to have a dissatisfied guest and would like to respond to your concerns.

Plaza Yara is a small all-suite hotel consisting of 10 suites. Eight of the ten suites at Hotel Plaza Yara have external balconies. Suites 6 and 7 are the largest accomodations and have three sets of sliding glass doors with railing but no external balcony we apologize for the confusion. All suites face east and have abundant morning sunshine through the trees of the rainforest. All suites have individual phone lines and there is no charge for calls within Costa Rica, unfortunately with private lines it is possible for someone to dial a wrong number.

We are currently reviewing our check-in policy. Many of the travelers to Manuel Antonio travel a distance to reach us and we have a rapid check-in. In place of a property tour each suite has a two page guest brochure which includes telephone, Wi-Fi, pool, and room service and other relevant information.

We apologize that you were not 100% satisfied and we hope that you will return on your next visit to Costa Rica.

Kind regards,
Nelson Monge
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Property: Hotel Plaza Yara
Address: Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park 322-6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Plaza Yara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Plaza Yara is located only five minutes to Manuel Antonio National Park. Hotel Plaza Yara offers all suites feature custom made bamboo furniture,queen size beds,kichenettes and spacious baths. relax on the balcony and enjoy the jungle views with variety of wildlife with passes daily including monkeys,sloths,iguanas and exotic birds. Hotel Plaza Yara offers the possibility for you to enjoy your stay in comfort,casual elegance and in tune with nature. ... more   less 
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