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“beautiful suite beyond our expectations” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Plaza Yara
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“beautiful suite beyond our expectations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed here for 3 days. The staff were lovely and helpful with booking tours and chatting about where to visit in Costa Rica, the breakfast was huge and delicious. The suite was exquisite! We were expecting a nice hotel room but we walked into an enormous suite (suite 7). We thought that perhaps we were given a nicer room than we paid for but in fact they all looked similar. The windows faced the rain forest and monkeys came to play on the roof of the building next door. There were about 30 squirrel monkeys bounding on our roof and the neighboring roof for over an hour. We got more footage and photos than on any of the tours combined. Also, it looks like the hotel or locals have put up 'monkey ropes' above the hotel signs and leading over the road. We saw the monkeys using these to cross the roads during busy traffic. It was fantastic but so easy to miss if I hadn't seen them playing on our roof. The only negative is that the hotel is based along a main road and cannot build back into the rainforest (for obvious reasons), this means than you have to walk from your suite along the main road to get to breakfast or the pool. It's ok but I'd prefer an internal corridor. And if you want they'll bring you breakfast in your room. There is no hotel bar. But we had a wonderful stay and I would definitely stay again for the price.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge, New York
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145 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

I originally picked this hotel because of the cost and the reviews of other travelers. If you compare prices, you will find that you will save a lot of money by staying at Hotel Yara.

We found everything other travelers said about the rooms to be true. They are huge. My kids 11 & 12 felt very comfortable and at home staying there. It's not a traditional hotel but we quickly felt at home because of the excellent care of Johnathan, Javier, and others.

The shower, ac, everything worked great. The food was great. When Javier found out we were leaving early next morning for a tour, they brought us breakfast to our room so that we would have it for the next morning.

We were able to see a huge family of young spider monkeys play around the back patio.

We enjoyed swimming in the pool. It's not a huge pool but it was just fine for our family.

Johnathan noticed one of our tires was low on air. He called our car company to get advice on how to handle the situation.

They let us know when we left our battery charger and batteries in the room. They asked what we would like to do about leaving the batteries in the room since the post office won't accept batteries in the mail.

This is a very good place to stay. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a place that is comfortable, clean, safe. Most of all is the great staff. You will feel at home right away with the attention and care that you receive.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Linda147
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Seabrook, Texas, United States
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

This hotel was great. It is 5km to the beach and Manuel Antonio National Park. The staff was very helpful. Jonathan was awesome! Breakfast, included, was nice. Only 3 choices but plenty of good food. The rooms were very spacious and comfortable. We were in 6 & 7. There are soap dispensers but no shampoo and no washcloths. Taxis were more than expected, around $8 each way. We had a car but took a taxi one night so we could have a cocktail with dinner. There are two resident rescue animals, Bagote the puppy and Havana the cat, which we loved, but the staff is aware that not everyone likes animals and they keep Bagote on a leash until you say it's okay to take him off to play. I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Johnnie H
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Dallas, Texas
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28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

We stayed at Hotel Plaza Yara in June 2012 and enjoyed our stay there very much. The staff at the hotel (Jonathan, Javier and Nelson) are all very friendly and go above and beyond to help guests (calling us taxis or making restaurant recommendations). Havana the cat and Bigotes the dog also made us feel at home ;)

Breakfast is included in the room rate, and was delicious. You can help yourself to coffee or tea and juice, and there are three set breakfast options. The Gallo Pinto was my favorite. Breakfast was served from 7-9am.

Rooms are enormous - spacious with plenty of room for your belongings. Our room (#2) had a wonderful balcony/patio with ceiling fan overlooking the pool area. The rooms were clean (immaculate) and comfy. The A/C unit worked well and cooled down the room quickly. We had a little sitting area in our room, two large beds, large closet, and TV. Wifi was available for free. Kitchenette area had sink, fridge (which came stocked with milk for our coffee), coffee maker and coffee, microwave, and microwave popcorn! Silverware and dishes were provided as well.

Bathrooms were also large and spacious. The shower was very modern and the water was hot and water pressure was great!

The pool was very refreshing. We saw a group of Titi monkeys (squirrel monkeys) late one afternoon as we were sitting in the pool. They ran throughout the trees around the pool, and up onto the roof above us.

The hotel is very stylish with colorful mosaic tiled floors throughout. The main hotel office is inside an art gallery, Gallery Yara. The art gallery had some wonderful paintings, gifts, jewelry, etc.

There are several good restaurants in walking distance: Gaia, El Arado, and the Pizza de Marco next door wasn't bad. You can get a taxi for a flat rate of 3,000 colones (about $6) for anywhere within Manuel Antonio. There is a bus stop nearby too. Agua Azul restaurant was wonderful. Many restaurants have a fantastic view, so plan to get there before the sun sets.

We took a guided tour of the park one day, and spent the other day in the park on our own at the beaches. We did a zipline tour with Titi Canopy on Monday since the park is closed on Mondays.

Would definitely stay here again. A great value for the price!!!

Room Tip: Our rooms had balcony/patios (#s 1, 2 and 3).
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank kmh_8
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Colorado
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

When I walked into my freshly cleaned room at Manuel Antonio it was HUGE! I had read they were larger rooms but this was great! I also had a big patio overlooking the pool and jungle. I really loved my stay here - the staff was top notch - all of them. The art gallery downstairs was bigger than I thought and VERY cool. The breakfast area was really neat as well and I loved the house cat Havana. The breakfasts were big and very delicious. I was not expecting to be sitting by the pool either and having a monkey show go through the trees - about 20 of them. Totally amazing and there was a sloth hanging out too. I am a pretty picky person in terms of where I stay and Plaza Yara met all of my expectations and more. I would go back there in a heartbeat. I miss it right now thinking of it. Nothing like hanging out at the pool to monkey's going through the trees, exceptionally nice and helpful staff, clean rooms, and a lovely scenery. Thank you Plaza Yara!

Room Tip: I had room one - it was awesome!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank shellp27
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Singapore, Singapore
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150 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

Great hotel, and the staff could not have been more helpful. I traveled with my 78-yr old mother, and they made sure we had an easy-access room, up a ramp. The room was big, and clean, and we got free microwave popcorn! We ate at both the restaurants attached, and both were very good. The breakfast at the hotel was the best we had in Costa Rica--the gallo pinto was the best of all the varieties I had. Jonathan and Javier also helped us with every little thing we asked about--went out of their way more than once, even making sure we could get a good breakfast before our 6 AM pickup. Good water pressure, and hot water, which was NOT the case at many of our other hotels. We also got to sit on a great balcony and watch hummingbirds, sloth, and a whole troop of spider monkeys.
The public bus was a few minutes walk, so it was easy to get into either Quepos or Manuel Antonio. Beds were very comfortable--could have used a few more outlets, I guess, and wireless signal was stronger from the Pizza restaurant below us than the hotel, but other than those minor things it was fabulous!

Room Tip: We had Room #1, easy access to pool.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank TawnyaSingapore
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Dallas, Texas
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

Love the Hotel! Beautiful and spacious. Very clean. Convenient location, minutes away from Manuel Antonio. We took the bus to the national park, which only cost 50 cents. The staff, Javier and Nelson were AMAZING! Extremely helpful and nice, helped in planning/booking excursions and the rest of our trip. By far one of my favorite hotels. Would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank travelinGnat7
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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:
#3 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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