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Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio
Ranked #1 of 18 Manuel Antonio B&B and Inns
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Wildlife is the main attraction here - so much so that howler monkeys woke us every hour or two and dumped about a gallon of dung on our rental 4x4 LOL. Great value, big room with 2 doubles (#11) for south of $90 with everything but a pool and hot breakfast. Close to beach, nice staff, great location. Needs better breakfast and lacks a pool unfortunately.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

My wife and I stayed here during our March 2014 trip to Costa Rica. This place was one of the best places and best deals we had on our trip. Why Stay Here:

Pro:
- Excellent value for that extremely popular part of Costa Rica.
- The room was clean.
- The AC works very well and cools evenly.
- The whole property was shaded by nice rain forest trees which gave it a very nice environment.
- There is a trail across the street leading to a very secluded beach. It's a bit steep but it is totally worth it.
- The breakfast was a bit light but there was good Costa Rican coffee and lots of good tropical fruit.
- The staff was extremely helpful and courteous.
- Our room was decorated with an attractive mural all the way around which had been hand painted and was quite good.

Con:
- No onsite restaurant but they do serve breakfast.
- No swimming pool.

So in conclusion, when I go back, this is where I am going to stay.

Room Tip: Probably best if you have your own transportation because it is a little outside of town, but, for m...
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

The room are nicely decorated with AC and wifi.
The hotel is located 10 min from the park.
The breakfast is terrible, close to what you can get from a motel but with the fruits...
The staff was not super friendly and helpful. No swimming pool but the beach close by.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Jungle Beach Hotel was chosen based on the web site and some discussion in a guide book. It is an average hotel at best. The rooms were not the cleanest and since it is close to a busy room it was noisy. The internet was not too back and it was in room. The breakfast was not even continental and coffee was not available until 7. The walk to the beach was not bad though on a busy road and it is walking distance to the Manuel Antinio National park.

Room Tip: be ready for some steps in any of the rooms you getr.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

We stayed at this hotel on December 27th to 29th. We booked well in advance but didn't realized that these are the two busiest days of the entire year for this town. We are not crowd people and were worried that the hotel would be crazy. It was so NOT. It was quiet, just a few rooms. The front desk staff were super helpful and helped us organize anything we wanted to do. The room was clean and cute. The fans and air-conditioning worked and the ground were lush and beautiful for the tiny place that it was. The best part about this hotel is that it is the closest (or one of the closest to the beach and shopping area but just far enough away to not be bothered by noise crowds. Loved it and wished we had stayed a bit earlier! Tip: Get to the park gate for 7AM to avoid crowds and book your guide there (or before hand, but don't get pulled over by guides and "parking attendants" on your way to the park! Pack a lunch and plan to spend the afternoon on the beach. Best beach around is inside the park!

Room Tip: All of the rooms look great! We had top floor room and loved that, but I couldn't see a room tha...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

The jungle Beach hotel is located just outside of the main downtown area in Manuel Antonio National Park. The hotel is tucked a bit away from the street and is surrounded by forest on three sides. One of our favorite things about this hotel was the easy viewing of monkeys (they roam the trees right outside the rooms and can be seen oftentimes in the morning and early evening. The rooms are comfortable, offering air conditioning and nicely refinished bathrooms. The staff was wonderful, very helpful, especially Gerson. He helped us with transportation questions, calling taxi's and general questions about the area. The hotel is located about 15 minutes (via walking) from Manuel Antonio (Amazing!!!). Some of the feedback we'd give Jungle Beach, includes the following:

1. A more diverse breakfast would be great (fresh pastries rather than boxed pound cake and bagged sandwich bread) - The packaged jelly was basically all sugar and could have easily been replaced with a better product for the same cost. Added breakfast is always a bonus when staying somewhere, but it's difficult to get by on just fresh fruit (which was great) and bread/jam.

2. The louvered windows in our room did not seem to be an efficient way to minimize electricity costs of running the a/c. We lived in Belize for a number of years in a similar climate and these type of windows just let too much air in and out to be efficient for an air conditioner. This may not be an issue during cooler times of the year however, just a suggestion.

3. If people arrive a bit early, it would be nice to be allowed into the room before the 3pm check in; this is pretty standard practice for most smaller hotels and B/B's.

Overall a good stay, wonderful staff, clean rooms, and a nice experience. Not sure what others were talking about regarding a smell. The hotel is in the tropics and jungle beach does a great job of keeping things clean and tidy.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2013

We first discovered this hotel in 2012 and returned in 2013 and I am now making reservations for 2014. I felt totally safe leaving our things in this room while at the beach. The rooms are painted with the most remarkable murals. The bathrooms are perfect. I love sitting out side our room and watching the Howler monkeys in the trees. The rooms are back off the road enough we didn't have to hear the traffic. The breakfast is just enough and the walk into the tourist area or the beach is so enjoyable. I can't wait to get there again. My favorite place in Costa Rica, after 6 vacations.

Room Tip: The higher the room the better the view.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Main Road | 200 Mts From Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Pura Selva)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
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 18 B&Bs / Inns in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $63 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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