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“Great value” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Plaza Yara
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Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Great staff, very welcoming. Javier was very kind and obliging.
Huge rooms with comfortable bed and sheets.
Very pretty pool area with friendly monkeys :)
The breakfast was the best we had in Costa Rica.
Very reasonable price.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank ValoMass
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Montreal, Canada
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I stayed at Hotel Plaza Yara for 2 nights last week. Fantastic property - huge rooms and a spacious balcony where we could watch squirrel monkeys playing in the lush forest behind the hotel. The owner is a talented artist and world traveler and his works are on display not only in the art gallery on the property but throughout the hotel itself. The reception staff were so helpful - special kudos to Jonathan who prepared us a breakfast "doggy bag" as we had to leave very early in the morning. Manuel Antonio National Park and the public beach are not far and can be reached by local bus which stops across the street - a great deal for 280 colons (approx. 70 cents). All in all a great little hotel and I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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3 Thank sherrywyse57
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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

My husband and I spent the week at Plaza Yara with another couple. We could not have picked a better place to spend our vacation in Costa Rica. The hotel is located between Quepos and Manuel Antonio which worked out to be great for us. The staff was very informative! The restaurants and excursion recommendations were over the top(we will be writing rave reviews about them as well.) The rooms were clean, comfortable, and spacious making us feel at home. One afternoon we were welcomed back from the beach by the local squirrel monkeys. They were hanging out in the trees behind the hotel and on the pool deck. We also saw howler monkeys, white faced monkeys, hummingbirds, toucans, frogs, lizards, and all sorts of other wildlife. We will be coming back to Plaza Yara!!! Thank you for making our vacation out of this world!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank TheBrulports
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Escazu, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

I am living and working in San Jose for one year and enjoy spending my week-ends exploring different places in Costa Rica. My wife suggested Manuel Antonio and we decided to try our luck without a reservation and head to the Coast.
We drove by Hotel Plaza Yara and decided to stop and ask about availability. The check -in is located within the hotel gallery. Nelson (the manager) greeted us and told us "one suite was available" and asked if we wanted to see it? The suite was huge, (bigger than my apartment in San jose) modern in design but with a spa like ambiance. We loved it! Nelson told me "the suite was $75 USD per night and included breakfast". I said "then thats $150 a night for two" and Nelson told me that "the price of $75 USD was for the suite doble occupancy". Seriously, it wold be a great deal at $150 USD but $75 was beyond a steal!
We headed to the beach in MAnuel Antonio (beatiful) and returned to the hotel in afternoon. Upon our return we were greeted by Javier the night manager and asked him for a "recomandation" for sunset. Javier suggested "happy hour" at Gaia Hotel which is located next door to Plaza Yara. The view was awesome and the "tapas" were outstanding it was perfect. Were returned to Plaza Yara and Javier helped us by booking a tour of the National Park for the morning.
Our second day began with breakfast which was served on a beatiful terrace overlooking the jungle. The breakfast was delicious, the service was friendly and efficient and a troop of monkeys entertained us.
Hotel Plaza Yara and Manuel Antonio has become our favorite place in Costa Rica. Considerent the location, value, furnishings and genuine kind and professional service I highly recommend this hotel!
Jason and Beth Green

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank JGB565
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Miami, Florida
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225 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 via mobile

Rooms are quite nice, large and well equipped and the view back into the forest is lovely.

However the service was nothing special at all. Check in and greeting was all business and no warmth at all. The rest of our stay staff kept to themselves and displayed no real interest, warmth or concern for guests - a deal breaker in my book. Breakfasts were simple and nothing special. Definitely not worth the high marks praised on the am food by other reviews.

Sure there are monkeys out behind the hotel and their hoots and hollers and occasional appearances are an event - but one should not take this as a substitute for excellent customer service which I found to be sorely lacking. For the rates charged - and the number of 5 star TA reviews I read, frankly I was expecting alot more from staff and
from their breakfast service.

  • Stayed April 2013
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2 Thank Mochilero22
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

My 23 year old daughter and I spent a couple nights in early April at Hotel Plaza Yara and had a great experience! We were greeted by Jonathan and he was very kind and helpful. Our room was very large with comfortable beds and we had a nice balcony where we could relax and enjoy the view. We had a real treat on the afternoon we arrived there was a mother & young sloth in a tree just feet away from the pool deck. The breakfast included was great and Jonathan recommended two great restaurants Agua Azul & Barba Rosa where we had dinner to the two nights we were there. Hotel Plaza Yara is a great place to stay in beautiful Manuel Antonio and I would definitely stay again if I return!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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3 Thank Vmcglincy
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Holland, Michigan, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Plaza Yara while in Manuel Antonio. There is no doubt, it is the best place for the price. Once we got to the hotel, I couldn't believe how nice it was for the price. The guys who worked there were so helpful. They held our bags for us and gave us towels to go to the beach while waiting for our room. They also have a guy who watches the cars, and he came and let us know we left a door unlocked. The hotel room was huge and very clean. We could sit on our balcony and enjoy the rainforest. It also is really close to Manuel Antonio. If I ever go back here, I would never hesitate to stay here again, and would recommend it to everyone!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Steve S
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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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