The room odor was as if we could have been housed over a huge septic tank. The bathroom was beautiful and the shower head reminded me of the Seinfeld show where Cramer bought the shower used to wash elephants.
The hotel, on the 6th floor (a floor with no guestrooms), offers a scenic view of the Pacific and visual treats such as colorful birds and lazy iguanas in the trees. Tiny bats sleep in a small area above the 6th floor elevator. There are lots of wonderful seating/lounging chairs up there. Great place to enjoy a drink and read a book.
There is no coffee maker in the room. They offer coffee on the 6th floor, starting at 6, but they did not have many cups available at that time. The Manuel Antonio National Park gates open at 7, so there were many people up there at 6 to get coffee before going to the park gate.
There was no clock in the room and no refrigerator. They did have a hairdryer. We had sliding glass doors there and many of us, upon checking in, found them unlocked. They also had a room safe. From conversations with others, all shower stalls were wheelchair accessible. There was no tub.
The buffet we had was offered through Caravan Tours, so I never saw a menu for others to order. The food was very good. The water in the restaurant is safe to drink, but I would recommend only bottled water in the room. The hotel provided two small bottles of water.
It is the nicest hotel at the entrance to the park. It takes about 20-23 minutes of trekking from the gate to get into the park paths and the beach. Go early. By 9 a.m., it starts to look crowded like Disneyland and gets hot. In the park, there are two restroom buildings and changing rooms for the beach. They are not lighted, so take a flashlight.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel San Bada Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio