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“Very comfortable and affordable!”
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Hotel Plaza Yara
Ranked #5 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very comfortable and affordable!”
Reviewed August 24, 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed at Hotel Plaza Yara in May of 2014 and we had a wonderful time. The room was spacious and the bathroom was very clean. The hotel staff was amazingly helpful and gave us advice on great restaurants in town and helped us figure out what we should do in the area for fun. The hotel had a great space for parking and we never had trouble backing out onto the road. There was a security guard at night watching the cars too, so that put our minds at ease since it was our first time renting a car ever (in the US we aren't even of age!).

The atmosphere is friendly and the pool, although small, is quite wonderful and refreshing. We also saw some spider monkeys in the trees outside our balcony which was an excellent treat! Overall I would stay at this hotel again if we ever found ourselves in Quepos again.

Room Tip: We had one of the bigger rooms on the second floor with a view of the pool and it was wonderful! Two...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place has a real boutique feel. It has huge, spotless rooms with a small kitchen and very modern bathroom, good breakfast and efficient and friendly service throughout. This place is clearly well run and has built a deservedly good reputation over the years. The only downside for me was the location. It's on the road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, so not in either place, and you'll need a car or catch the bus to get to either. If you're driving, this place is perfect. If not, there's a bus stop close by and buses run frequently which many tourists use. It's on a corner of this busy road though so brace yourself as cars and buses fly by as you walk to the stop

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
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Mount Horeb, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2014

We returned to Plaza Yara this month after about 2 years since our last stay. It was, if possible, more beautiful, and welcoming than before! The rooms had been redone in gray and white, and the lounge and breakfast room moved and spiffed up. Its hard to believe you can get such quality at this price! Breakfast is included and is plentiful and delicious! Also, the kindness and helpfulness of all staff, who go above and beyond to make your stay perfect. Thanks again to Nelson, and Javier, every question answered and taken seriously. Put yourself in their hands and you will be fine. Also, the Plaza's owner personally drove in to Quepos to see if a restaurant we remembered from before was open! I highly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit Manuel Antonio National Park. It is a close bus ride away. Unfortunately, it was raining most of the time we were there, but the staff made our visit pleasant and memorable!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

We have stayed in 4 different hotels in the $70-100 range in Costa Rica and this one was by far the nicest one. The rooms are huge, very clean and decorated like an art gallery. The rain forest is in the back yard. The hotel also has a small pool with a nice and modern deck, Staff is very friendly and welcoming. Found it great that they charge only $1 for a bottle of water unlike many other hotels that charge you double or triple. Breakfast (three different choices) is included. For that price, the hotel is an absolute steal. Keep it up.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our experience was awkward, though I think they had just reopened. There wasn't food. Our bathroom smelled like sewage. The room was pretty and you can watch the monkeys in the morning. It's awkwardly right on the road and you can't walk anywhere.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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nelsonmonge, Manager at Hotel Plaza Yara, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Dear Patricia

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your stay at Hotel Plaza Yara.

With thousands of reviews on Tripadvisor, Expedia, Booking, Hotels and various other sites we also feel awkward reading and responding to our first two star rating. It is also difficult for us to find a record of your stay with us 8 months ago.

Plaza Yara is a small hotel with only 14 suites we have been in operation for ten years, we opened with four suites and have continued to grow steadily. Plaza Yara has never been closed during this time and have received guests 365 days per year.

Plaza Yara serves a complimentary breakfast to all guests, in addition Z restaurant which is located in Plaza Yara is open from 2PM - 10PM daily (during your stay 8 months ago Z restaurant was open 11AM – 10PM daily). Several highly rated restaurants such as La Luna, El Arado, Mimositas and others are located within walking distance to the hotel.

We are unsure as to why there was an odor in your room. Our septic system is checked weekly and is in perfect condition.

Manuel Antonio has a main road which is 7 kilometers in length. Almost all hotels are located on this road. Bus stops for Quepos or Manuel Antonio are located fifty meters from the hotel entrance, the service is excellent and the cost is 60 cents (USD), taxi service is also available.

Manuel Antonio is a unique vacation destination; the hotels in our paradise are located a short distance away from the beaches. The beaches remain beautiful and full of vegetation which may disappoint travelers looking for beach front resorts.

We also want to thank you for your kind words concerning your suite and are happy you had the opportunity to see monkeys at the hotel during your stay.

Pura Vida!!!
Nelson Monge
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Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

First time in Costa Rica and loved this place! The setting the artwork and the amenities were all there but the best part was our host Javier. His kind attention and genuine hospitality were the best we encountered in our 9 days in CR. All our questions were answered above and beyond including the origin of the art that we purchased. If you are a mask collector just ask and you will be amazed. The seafood at Z's was amazing and prepared just perfectly. Excellent service there as well. Our server at breakfast and everyone we encountered had a winning attitude. Excellent value all around! If I had any suggestion for improvement the mattress could have been upgraded one notch and that I believe was coming in the remodel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great place to stay!

The rooms are HUGE and very clean. Mini refrigerator in the room and a large balcony.

A very modern hotel compared to other places we stayed while in Costa Rica. Staff was very helpful and welcoming.

The breakfast was great each morning and the hotel is just a short drive to the beach. I would not recommend walking on the streets while in Manuel Antonio. The roads are narrow with little to no sidewalks. We saw people walking and it did not look safe. Take a cab or drive.

We saw monkeys outside this hotel, which we thought was great!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Plaza Yara
Address: Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio 322-6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Manuel Antonio
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 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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