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Hotel San Bada
Ranked #14 of 47 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Hotel San Bada is the best hotel at the beach!! It is super close to the beach and has 2 awesome pools. The one on the roof is the coolest because you can look out at the gorgeous view of the ocean and nature. The slide on the lower pool was so much fun and the brand new hot tub was super relaxing. The restaurant has delicious options and my favorite was the Banana's Foster dessert!! Muy rica! The service is fabulous and everyone is so friendly, always with smiles. Everyone is very helpful with suggesting adventures to do throughout your vacation. The surf lessons San Bada offers through their friends are with Barrabas Surf Lessons and were fantastic and so much fun! This is the closest hotel you can get by the National Park. It is literally right next door and such a wonderful, peaceful park to walk through with a tour guide and see all the animals and gorgeous beaches!! I have zero complaints from my stay there and I would recommend it to any of my friends travelling to Costa Rica! Hope to see Hotel San Bada soon! Pura vida mis amigos :)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Gracie C
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SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2012

Dear Guest!

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We certainly enjoyed your company during your stay at our Resort!

We are especially happy that our staff was able to recommend you great adventures as the surfing lessons. All of us here at Hotel San Bada take great pride in providing the best service and feeling among friends when you are at our Resort.

It is also great to hear that you took advantage of our unbeatable location just right next to the most beautiful National Park in Costa Rica, and one of the top 12 in the world according to Forbes magazine, and got to enjoy a really unique hotel experience with your friends.

Thanks again, and we hope to welcome you back again soon!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

I stayed at the San Bada in sept. 2012 with my three adult children. The first person we met was Betza who greeted us with a beautiful smile and desire to make our stay as best possible. She checked with us everyday to make sure we were enjoying our stay and went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and special. We were hot after a long trip and without
asking, complimentary refreshing tropical fruit drinks were brought over while we registered! The hotel is beautiful and even though is newer, you could see the staff constantly cleaning, painting, etc to keep it at it's highest standard . EVERYTHING was so clean, the public areas as well as our rooms. I never saw the housecleaning staff in our room, but we always had clean towels,
clean bathrooms, beds, floors swepped (sand from beach! ) , etc.
The room came with breakfast and we had a lot of choices. We ate in the dining room also while
there for dinner a couple of times. The food was always fresh and made with extra attention to detail that transforms a regular meal to one that you will remember for a longtime! They were always willing to make special requests, and changes/additions to accommodate our preferences and make our meals special! Michael, who we saw every morning while there, went out of his
way to have "our table " ready and was waiting with a smile and genuine caring about our comfort. In the afternoon/ eves we had the pleasure to work with Elias when getting drinks by the pool! And dinner! He went out of his way to make sure everything had the freshest ingredients and the best possible ! It was evident he loves his job and helping people! Our dinner the last night there was the most amazing meal we have ever had. Everyone made sure it would be something we wouldn't forget.
All in all, our stay at San Bada was the highlight of our costa rica trip. We felt like. Were treated like they would treat their own families. We will always cherish our memories there and would definitely return!

Room Tip: The fifth floor has beautiful balconies and amazing ocean views!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank D W
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SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Dear Guest!

Thank you for your amazing review and sharing your experience with others regarding your stay at our Resort!

We appreciate a lot your kind comments, and we feel very honored for exceeding your expectations with everything, from the first moment until the last night dinner we specially prepared for you and your teenagers.

Extraordinary to hear that we were your highlight of your trip into Costa Rica, we will definitely keep the same or better the service in all our areas, and your review really motivates us to do the best we know striving for great customer service, pointing out the attention you received from each of our staff, Betza, Elias and Maykel…

Glad to know that you enjoyed our complimentary costarican breakfast, which includes fruits, costarica “gallo pinto”, eggs, toasts, meat, coffee, juice and more… It is important to start the day with a nice and delicious meal!

Thanks again for your amazing review, and we can’t wait for the return of your distinguished family to our Resort.

Sincerely,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

When my husband and I were searching to buy a house down here in Costa Rica, we stayed at San Bada. We loved it and have since been back to the hotel to eat and have drinks. We enjoyed our stay with them and the friendliness of the staff and the continued service we receive every trip we make. We are here often, and have to return every trip to eat and drink. So enjoy them and the relationship we have with the owners and employees. I recommend to everyone!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank momok_pam
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SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2012

Dear Pam,

We hope you and your family are doing great! Thank you for sharing your experience with others at Tripadvisor!

We appreciate your wonderful review and more than that we are glad that you felt in love with our country and decided to live here in Paradise! We always enjoy you and your family visit to our Restaurant and Hotel. You are very welcome to visit us anytime; the entire staff and the property have become from a home away home now to your second home in Costa Rica.

We hope to see you again for many return visits in the future!

Pura vida!

Your friends at Hotel San Bada

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Stayed at Hotel San Bada in early September for 3 nights after visiting Arenal. I booked this hotel from Anywhere Costa Rica. The value is excellent. The rooms are huge and clean. The balconys are huge with great views. The two pools and roof top bar are wonderful. The public beach is 3 minutes away. When they tell you it next door to the national park , they do not tell you its less than a one minute walk. The restaurant is great ate 3 meals there. The daily breakfast was included and fantastic. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Elias the bartender and also our waiter made the stay remarkable. Elias is friendly, funny and very knowleagalbe about the area. Elias offers great suggestions and local information that trully enhanced our stay. Do not miss the beaches in the National Park they are fantastic and amazing. This is a great stay you wnt be disapointed.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank BruceG122
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SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2012

Dear BruceG122,

Outstanding review!!! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with others at Tripadvisor!

We appreciate your wonderful review and more than that uses the best accurate words to describe our property. We are right next to Manuel Antonio National Park and two minutes walking distance to the main beach, and when we say it to our guest we really mean it! Thank you for your kind words regarding our staff, our resort strives to provide the best service and we are all smiles reading your great review.

Thank you indeed for praising our Congo restaurant food, we are glad that our menu and dishes fulfill your palate!

We hope to see you again for many return visits in the future!

Pura vida!
Your friends at Hotel San Bada

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

It is a new hotel in the main entrance to the Manuel Antonio National Park. The hotel is ok comfortable rooms, a/c, hot water, coffee maker, nice view. The price is a little expensive but the location worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Greivin S
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SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2012

Dear Greivin,

Thank you very much for sharing with others your review at T.A.!

We appreciate your kind words pointing out that our Hotel is right next to the main entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park, that you found our rooms very comfortable. It is very curious when you state that the price is a little expensive, since other Hotels of the same category in the area have more elevated prices, but we are glad that you mentioned that is was worth it, but we think that besides our convenient location, it is also worth it because of quality of the service received from the staff, the food and our brand new features such as Spa, Conference Room and gym.

It's a true pleasure to know that your overall experience with us was enjoyable and met your expectations.

And we can’t wait to see host you again in the future!

Pura vida!

Your friends at Hotel San Bada

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We stayed at San Bada for 1 week at the end of August and really enjoyed our stay there. I was very surprised to find out the hotel was so new as it doesnt give that kind of impression but nonetheless the location is great for beach and park. The best feature of the hotel were the staff - very friendly and helpful. I booked tours through them and used so much of their advice. Elias and Leo were incredible, they couldnt do enough for you and we really enjoyed the banter with them. I dont normally like ordering room service but as it rained pretty much every evening i was left in such a situation and it was of a very good standard - the congo burger is a must!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 209. The higer the better. The hotel has 6 floors.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank huseyin t
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SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this reviewResponded September 21, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for sharing with others your experience at our Resort!

We really enjoyed having you with us, and we are truly happy that you loved our staff and Hotel during your stay.

We are very pleased to know that during your stay our "Congo Burger" made your day! You are completely right pointing out our great location next to the Park and close to the beach, this is a very strategically advantage for those guests looking for peace without having to drive the car or taking the bus.

We are the gate for those guests willing to experience Manuel Antonio National Park and our privileged location allows our guests to have the most amazing views to the jungle or to the ocean from the room balconies, therefore your tip is very accurate indicating that the higher floor you stay you can have both an ocean and jungle view room.

We look forward to welcome you back at our Hotel and thanks again for your fabulous review!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada

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Reviewed August 26, 2012

My wife and I brought our 4 kids to San Bada in August of 2012. The staff and the concierge made everyone feel at home. Cristian, the best concierge ever, took us on the horse back ride and to the private waterfall the hotel owns. We got to jump off a waterfall. Our oldest daughter who is 12 and our 11 year old son jumped off the waterfall with help from Cristian. The lunch on this excursion was out of this world. I could eat that 3 meals a day!
The Congo Restaurant at the hotel was amazing. Everyone ordered something different and we all tried each other's meal. There wasn't a thing on anyone's plate when we got done eating. Even with our picky eating kids.
We enjoyed the hotel so much we even decided to buy a vacation for my wife's family at this hotel.
When I say that Cristian is the best concierge, I mean it. My wife is a Dr Pepper drinker. After 2 days my wife couldn't go much longer with out a Dr. Pepper. In most stores they don't sell or serve Dr Pepper. I called Cristian and told him that I needed Dr Pepper. Within 10 mins a guy arrived on a motorcycle with a case of Dr. Pepper. I found out later that there is only 2 stores that even carry it in Manuel Antonio and Quepos.
I absolutely love this place and we are already looking forward to our trip back there next year.
Congo Restaurant, Mulguri

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Timothy H
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SanBada C, Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2012

Dear Timothy H!

Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with others regarding your stay at our Resort!

We are glad that you and your family felt at home while staying with us, a home that is on the tropics close to white sand and warm water beaches, and more important accompanied with lots of fun!

Excellent to hear that your 12 years old daughter jumped off the pristine waterfalls at Mulguri waterfalls and we hope you had a memorable time there!

Again, than k you very much for your accretive review and we hope to see you in the future!

Pura vida!

Your friends at Hotel San Bada

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Address: Next to Manuel Antonio National Park Entrance | Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#9 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $161 - $391 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel San Bada 3.5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel San Bada brand new Hotel located right next to Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, and a few steps to Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica.Rooms with National Park jungle and ocean view balconies. Discover the wildlife from your balcony and listen to the ocean. The biggest pool in the area with water slide, waterfalls and a pool bar. A private pool for adults at the terrace, with ocean and jungle view, perfect sunset spot! Our amenities:-Restaurant-Access to the public beach-Pool bar-Power generator in case of electricity shortout-Elevator-Biggest pool-Kids pool-Adults pool with ocean view-Snack Bar-WiFi-Free spacious parking, no driving needed once you are at the resort, everything is in walking distance. ... more   less 
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