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“Great all around hotel and location” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Plaza Yara

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Hotel Plaza Yara
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great all around hotel and location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

I booked this hotel based on all the great reviews on trip advisor and a deal through Expedia. I have to agree with everyone, that all the reviews are accurate.

The rooms are huge, much larger than the pictures. Very clean and a beautiful setting. Free breakfast was delicious, 3 great options to meet the needs of everyone, plus self serve coffee and orange juice. Service was amazing as soon as we walked in. Security is available 24hrs, but we felt safe anyway. Free parking was great - having a vehicle helped a lot because we explored at night. Location is right in between MA and Quepos.

We never ate in MA but we drive to Quepos to eat at the Sodas, where food is significantly cheaper. We would return to this hotel the next time we are in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, TX
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed here in March 2013 as a family with two rooms (in-laws in the 2nd room; 2 kids in our room). We booked here due to the great reviews and awards received on Tripadvisor, and I can truly say all the positive reviews matched our experience. Johnathan was so incredibly helpful, and accomodating, and truly concerned that we have the best stay possible. We have a 4 and 1 year old and initially they had reserved us a beautiful corner room on the 3rd floor. We were worried about our little ones somehow clumsily tripping/falling through the railing on the walkway to/from the room or coming out the door, so to be safe asked if there was another room available away from the railing. They moved us without a problem (fortunately they had another room with 2 beds available). Both our room and my in-laws room had nice kitchenettes, bathrooms and balconies (the kids LOVED our huge shower!). They also had ample sitting space. These are probably the largest rooms we have ever stayed in which was nice as it gave the kids (and us) some space to play. We were there 3 nights. Johnathan assisted us with all our needs, and went above and beyond in helping us find a good beach for the kids, calling here and there to help answer our questions, and always checking to see if everything was OK. Breakfast was wonderful each morning - the staff there was very nice as well. The first morning the waiter "called" the monkeys for us and soon they arrived to our great amusement! We also saw them a couple of times during the day at the pool.
The hotel also has some great art and locally made purses, etc for sale in their shop. It's in a safe location and they have a security guard at night who watches the parking area, etc. There's a bus stop nearby for buses to Quepos, Manuel Antonio, etc. and we drove to restaurants closer to the Park for dinner and lunch (there's also a small store in short driving distance for other items you might need.) There are some hotels closer to the park and shopping/restaurants, but I can't imagine they'd be as good a value and you may sacrifice the quiet nights available here. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. You won't be disappointed!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vista, California
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18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Hotel Plaza Yara was a wonderful beginning to our 10 day trip. Beautiful large and modern rooms with yummy bedding, large modern bathroom, and a lovely balcony overlooking the pool and jungle. Incredible breakfast, and a very helpful staff. And last but not least, all at a very reasonable price. Location is good although Manuel Antonio is a crazy place to drive. I'd stay there again in a heartbeat!

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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank 33rjy
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Timmins, Canada
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

The descriptions from others on here are completely accurate. The pics are as well. I would even say the room is even nicer than the pics online. I stayed here for 7 days with my two sons (8 and 10 yrs) in March/13. I had room 12 that had direct access to the pool which was great. I had no issues with noise from the road and I'm a light sleeper. I took the bus all week to get to MA and this was very cheap and convenient. The staff at Plaza Yara is top notch and provided me with excellent recommendations for tours and restaurants. They also answered all my emails prior to my trip the same day. Thanks guys! There are beach towels available so no need to pack these. Breakfast was great and there's alot of food. I felt very safe at the hotel and in MA. I would recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank i_need_heat
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des moines ia
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Everything I read on trip advisor was correct. Staff was very helpful, especially when we had a lost camera case (thank you jonathon), and experienced car trouble (thx nelson)! Cleaning staff, breakfast, maintenance-all first rate. Rooms are huge and unique. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 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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2 Thank d r
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34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

Were pretty lucky to find a vacancy in this gem!
Low price, big, clean, modern flat-like rooms with an equipped kitchen that have space for an entire family.
The breakfast was rich and tasted great and the staff was extremely nice & helpful!
As for the location issue that was brought up in earlier reviews, it is on the road and not that close to the national park, we had a car so that wasn't an issue, but the bus station is really close by and that shouldn't be an issue to anyone.

The only place I'm going to stay in when I come back to the area.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ygmd
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Linz, Austria
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Nice room, clean, modern bathroom, small balcony with nice view in forest, good breakfast, small pool but good after an exhaustive day. Staff is friendly. I recommend this hotel.
Only minor point is that the hotel is located next to the street, which means there is quite some noise of the cars passing during the night. Also parking at front is good but you need a high car/suv because of big step from street.
Overall very good price/value ratio.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank MisterV07
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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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