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“Wonderful Hotel - Amazing Service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio

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Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio
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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful Hotel - Amazing Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

I recently booked a last minute trip to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica during the holiday season. A lot of hotels were already booked but I found the Jungle Beach Hotel, read the reviews and booked a room.

First off, all the positive reviews below are absolutely true. There's no gimmick. Jungle Beach is a gorgeous, big-sized room, hotel with stunning views of The Jungle and terraces that make you want to sit and relax all day long.

I was able to make friends throughout my trip and got a look at some of the more pricey hotels in the area. In all honesty, Jungle Beach rooms are bigger, cheaper and outfit with fridge, wi-fi, AC and a terrific shower. I couldn't have been happier making Jungle Beach my hotel. The price is magnificent and you get much more than you'd expect for paying what you do. Plus, the hotel is literally up the street from the beach and a stone's throw from Manuel Antonio village where you can eat and drink at all hours. The Park entrance is all but a 10min walk.

Jungle Beach is ideal!

Room Tip: Room number 6 has a killer view and is tucked away nicely!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2012

Really clean rooms, with fridge, TV, wi-fi, and beautiful murals painted on the walls. There were monkeys everywhere outside! We also saw a sloth right across the street from the hotel. It was like a 5 minute walk to the beach, very convenient. For the price, we thought it was perfect! I guess the only bad thing is that you hear the howler monkeys start their crazy noises like at 3 or 4 AM! But I think that's part of the experience :)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2012

Stayed for three nights and found this Hotel to be affordable, clean and close to main beach. Had a private double bed room for 65/night. Rooms have AC, TV, fridge, and wifi is strong. Showerhead had strong hot water. Room was also pretty large.
Staff is very friendly and manager went above and beyond to help us book tours.
Free breakfast consists of toast, fruits, pastries, juice, coffee and tea. Light but decent.
My only complaint is that we stayed on the first floor and the cielings are thin. There is so much loud thumping and noise from upstairs at 7 in the mornings. Walls are also thin and can hear everything outside.
Don't come here in November. Wait for dry season in December and January. It rained most days and stayed in most afternoons.
Recommend eating Sancho's (Mexican) and Ngo (Chinese) and El sol (Costa Rican).

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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River Edge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

For a great price my sister and I had two clean beds, delicious breakfast and a very helpful staff! The best part of this hotel, however, was its proximity to the beach. It is just a two minute walk from the beautiful coast line. I would highly recommend this hotel if you are staying in Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Brasil de Santa Ana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

I stayed two nights at Jungle Beach Hotel while doing some work in the area after hearing about them from some friends. The room was spacious, bathroom totally remodeled, air conditioning, cable TV, WIFI, coffee available early, great selection of Continental breakfast items, quiet (even though it's near the road), safe in-room, clean and super friendly staff. Kathy the manager was a doll and the front desk was super accommodating. I would highly recommend this hotel for location and everything I mentioned above. This is going to be one of the busiest hotels in MA in no time. You better book early if you plan on traveling in the high season. Did I mention the monkeys on the balcony in the AM? Or the Howlers in the AM?

Room Tip: I had room #3 - it was perfect.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

My husband and I were traveling with a friend. We didn't have any booking and after shopping around a handful of places, found Jungle Beach Hotel. Trust us - we've done the leg work, you won't find better value for money so close to the beach! :-) The location is perfect. We stayed in a triple room, and the kind reception staff gave us choice of 3 different rooms which would accommodate the 3 of us. We selected a ground unit, back off the road, with it's own patio and outdoor furniture. There was off-street parking for our vehicle. We had air conditioning and a fridge to keep our snacks and drinks cold. Breakfast is very simple but adequate. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. So much so that we actually returned here for another night on our way back up the coast from Punta Banco down by the Panama border. Unfortunately my husband fell ill that night (obviously a dodgy chicken fajita he'd consumed for lunch on the road trip up that day!) and was quite unwell all night and into the next day. We explained our situation to the kind and understanding hotel reception staff who let us have the room 3/4 into the next day so my husband could rest until he was well enough to get cleaned up and resume our 4 hour drive north that afternoon. He certainly couldn't have done it earlier that day! So they were very kind and empathetic.We really appreciated it. I highly, highly recommend this place to everyone.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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junglebeachhotel, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Hello,
Thank you for your wonderful comments! We do our best to make everyone feel welcome and are happy to hear that we were able to help make you more comfortable during your travels. Please come and visit us again!
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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

First, this really isn't a typical Bed & Breakfast. However, the breakfast was more than adequate with fresh pineapple, papaya and other fruits in addition to toast, and a type of pound cake.

The hotel is about 60 yards to a semi-private driveway that leads down to the north end of the beach. It's also about a 250 yard walk to the "downtown" portion of Manuel Antonio, where there are several restaurants and shops. It's only another 250 yard walk to the entrance to the Manuel Antonio park. (which if you're scared about walking, you don't need to visit this park anyhow.)

While here, we could hear howler monkeys in the distance during the morning, and one morning, we had a family of squirrel monkeys come behind the hotel and feast on the mango tree. But, the absolute best wildlife was, after searching all day in the park for a sloth, a 3-toed sloth appeared outside our room one evening. Very Awesome!

Also, the bathrooms were beautiful, spacious and immaculate.

There were really only two negatives to this property.
1. The lack of soundproofing in the rooms. One wall is almost entirely glass, which allows you to hear all the wildlife in the morning... but it also allows you to hear the buses on the road.
2. The television was FAR too loud. Even if putting the TV on the lowest volume, it was incredibly loud.

If you reserve a room here, don't opt for the King room next to the office. It's too close to the road. Instead, pick one of the rooms further from the road.

For the money this was one of the best properties we stayed at during our entire vacation to Costa Rica and Panama!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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junglebeachhotel, Owner at Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. The monkeys often go right thru our property on a regular basis and our guests really like that. It's wonderful that you were able to see the sloth too! There is some road noise during the day in some rooms, but it quiets down considerable in the evening and night time. But most people are out on tours or at the beach all day anyway so any noise wouldnt affect them. Too bad we didnt know about your TV volume problem the first day you were here as I believe we would have been able to rectify that right away. We are going to go ahead and check all the TV's and make adjustments as needed so that future guests don't have the same problem. We really appreciate the feedback and try to take those comments to continue make improvements to the amenities and services. Thank you so much for staying with us and we really hope you can come back and stay with us again!
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Property: Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio
Address: Main Road | 200 Mts From Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Pura Selva)
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small hotel with 12 rooms featuring tropical murals. Just a 2 minute walk to the beach and a 15 minute walk to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Our proximity to the National Park, Pacific Ocean, and the lush jungle that surrounds us make our hotel a perfect daily visit for the three different species of monkeys in the area, including the Titi (Spider), White face, and Howler monkeys. We offer free buffet-style breakfast, WiFi, private parking with surveillance, 24 hour access to reception, daily room cleaning, and laundry services. All of our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, safe box, hot water, bathroom set, and towels. Additionally, the studio room comes with kitchen appliances. A 5 minute walk from our hotel you have restaurants, supermarkets, shops and other recreational areas. Manuel Antonio offers a large variety of activities and tours for people of all fitness levels and ages, including wildlife viewing, white water rafting, zip-lines, countless water sports, horseback riding, fishing, among many other excursions for you to enjoy. We are more than happy to help with booking any tours or activities of your preference, as well as make transportation arrangements. Welcome to Jungle Beach Hotel, an ideal resting place between the tropical jungle and the pristine beaches of Costa Rica. Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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