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Hotel Plaza Yara
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Mocksville, North Carolina
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awesome and Comfortable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

If you need a comfortable place to stay, great service and an awesome breakfast this is your place! The room was big and comfortable, the shower was really cool, you have 3 choices for breakfast, American, Typical and fruit and yogurt. Jonathan and Javier working the front desks were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. We were close to the top of the mountain but within a very short driving distance to Manuel Antonio National Park and to Quepos. There was a nice pool but we didn't get time to use it. Highly recommend staying here if you are in Manuel Antonio.

Room Tip: We were on the second floor, end room, can't comment on any other rooms, there was alot of traff...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank pebbles458
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012

We had an incredible stay at Plaza Yara! My boyfriend and I stayed here for 2 nights in July 2012, and it was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. First of all, it's true - the rooms are HUGE and BEAUTIFUL! Tons of space, very comfortable beds, sleek bathrooms with a large shower, and a kitchenette with complementary coffee, tea, and popcorn! The service was wonderful - Javier and Jonathan are both as charming and helpful as all the reviews say. They provided excellent advice, gave us great recommendations (and directions!), and were so helpful with everything from carrying our luggage to calling restaurants in Spanish for us.

The hotel itself is also beautiful. There is an art gallery next to reception with some stunning work by local artists, a pizza restaurant, that will deliver to the room and a very cute pool! (The pool is small, but clean and nice.) Breakfast was delicious, and served on a beautiful patio overlooking the jungle. Breakfast is made to order and there is a choice of eggs/rice/beans, eggs/bacon, or fruit/yogurt, all served with coffee, tea, fruit, and pastries.

Finally, the hotel is in a prime location, situated on the road between Manuel Antonio and Quepos. It's very quiet and in a beautiful location, with views of the jungle. The bus between Manuel Antonio and Quepos stops right next to the hotel, or a cab will cost $4-6 to Quepos, and maybe $8-10 to Manuel Antonio (although we just took the bus). We are so glad we stayed here, as opposed to a hotel in Quepos (not as nice or spacious) or closer to the park (too commercial). We are still raving about Plaza Yara! I really can't say enough good things about this hotel - we only regret we didn't stay longer!!

  • Stayed July 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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    • 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 schip322
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nelsonmonge, General Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Greetings from Manuel Antonio.Thank you for taking the time to review our Hotel and for your kind words and compliments.Our staff always gives the best to make our guests stay as pleasant as possible.We will let them know about your review and attach a copy to their files.They will appreciate it as much as we do.We are so glad you enjoyed our facilities,our breakfast sorrounded by the forest and our costa rican artist collection displayed in our art gallery.
Would be a pleasure to welcoming you to Costa Rica again!!!
Saludos y PURA VIDA!!!
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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121 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

My wife and I stopped here for one night while travelling between Monteverde and Corcovado. We arrived just as it was getting dark. We parked, and I walked to reception to check in. Javier was at the desk, and offered to help bring in our luggage.
I have a neurological condition that makes me quite unsteady, and while walking to the car, I fell down hard and hurt myself a bit. He helped me up, told me to go back to reception, and helped get all of our luggage into the hotel. He also showed my wife how to set the bright head lights so they would stay on. The manual was all in Spanish and we had not been able to find or decipher this.
My wife was looking for a store where we could get a sloth t-shirt as a gift for our son, and he called around and found one for us. We asked if he knew of the details of getting checked in for a boat ride to Drake's Bay from Sierpe as well as arrange for parking. He contacted a friend who provided this information. Because their restaurant was closed for renovation, he made recommendations for local eating establishment after asking what type of food we would like to eat. Javier's thorough helpfulness made us very glad that we stayed here.
The room was very large and included a comfortable bed, a small refrigerator and microwave, a balcony with a view of the jungle, and a safe. The air conditioning was very effective, and the bathroom was well stocked.
Breakfast was served on a covered patio overlooking the jungle behind the hotel. They offered 3 breakfasts: typical Costa Rican, American, and fruit/yoghurt. Those that we ate were good.
Though we only stayed one night, this seems to be a great place to stay, about halfway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio beach.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank David S
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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

I truly enjoyed my stay at Hotel Plaza Yara. This is a beautiful hotel located in the middle of the road that goes from Quepos to Manuel Antonio, which is super convenient and easy! The grounds are gorgeous - lush jungle view from the room, beautiful breakfast patio, and small but lovely pool.

The rooms are great! You'll see many reviews touting the size of the room, but I also wanted to comment on the modern bathrooms, and the cute porch!

What makes this hotel truly remarkable are the people that work here. Right away, you will feel part of the Plaza Yara community because of the kindness of the staff. The front desk guys are awesome - I felt compelled to check in with them whenever I came and went and they were always interested in hearing about what I was up to and quick to give helpful recommendations. This hotel comes with a puppy (Bagotes) and cat (Havana), which further reinforces the great feeling of "home" this hotel conveys.

Stay here. You will love it!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Emma B
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Key West, Florida
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47 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

This is such a great location. Beautiful, tasteful room. Great bathroom. Large and well decorated. Microwave, coffee maker with Costa Rican coffee in canister (yum), small fridge and sink. The balcony overlooks the rainforest. Just a gem.
The owners were very friendly and helpful. There's a nice little Pizza restaurant on the property.

  • Stayed July 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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4 Thank DD402
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San Jos
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

This is the place to stay at Manuel Antonio. It's a nice, small, clean, safe, beautiful hotel. Rooms are pretty big and the price is just a steal!
I've definetly recommend this hotel to everyone, you will have a great a time. Breakfast is great and the staff will make your stay even better!

5 stars hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Daniel B
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

Nice, good value hotel on the main road from Quepos to manuel Antonio beach. Large, tastefully decorated rooms will mini kitchenette. Ask for the rooms with the balcony. The breakfast was tasty with 3 choices. Breakfast area overlooks part of the jungle and can attract monkeys and sloths although we didn't see any. Very friendly and helpful staff who speak good English. Taxis to MA beach are comparatively expensive but the beach bus stops just outside the hotel

Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank wanderingminds
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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:
#2 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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