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“Enjoyed our stay...” 4 of 5 stars
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Byblos Resort & Casino
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3 reviews
“Enjoyed our stay...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We thought that the staff at reception and at the restaurant were top notch. The room was everything we needed and more. Very comfortable hotel. I used the pool and thought it was well maintained and clean.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Homosassa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We had a great time - the rooms were very clean [as is the entire country - beautiful beaches!!] the front staff is very attentive and give great tips about going around town - what to do and how to accomplish without spending a fortune....We saw more monkeys and wildlife at the resort than we did on our tour thru the National Park! The one problem was it is on a hillside and there are many steps to climb - usually not a problem, but my husband has bad kness and we had some issues! Each trip outside the room needed planning or it was 60 steps straight up. Pool area was gorgeous....

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank sueHomosassa
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New Jersey
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92 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed at Byblos due to reviews posted here,location, price & availability. We were not disappointed. We loved the location, walking distance to many restaurants,grocery store, & shops. We had never visited Manuel Antonio or Costa Rica at all. We were not sure what to expect but everything we experienced in Manuel Antonio was fabulous.
The staff was so welcoming after a difficult first day after arriving in San Jose. The main highway from San Jose to the west coast was closed to all westbound traffic.We had to drive the local road after numerous u turns. Thank goodness that we had the old fashioned paper version map we brought with us ( Garmin was hopeless).
The ride took us at least 2 hours longer.It was great to have happy faces welcome us & help us to our room. We immediately settled in at the Billfish for a few Cervaza to calm us down.
Breakfast at the pool in the morning was great, cooked pancakes,eggs,sausage,plantains,fresh fruit,toast juice...everything we could ask for.
Every afternoon after our activities we relaxed at the pool & almost every afternoon we were visited by a large number of monkeys. We saw more here than in the park. The staff at the pool area were also very attentive.
Whenever we had a question the staff at the front desk were more than helpful. All in all everyone we came into contact with here at Byblos was warm & friendly.
If I had even one little tad of a complaint was that I would not recommend the rooms that have the partial ocean views.Not knowing how close the location was to the road, I would not book the rooms if you are a light sleeper. Also the Billfish plays some loud music late that you can hear even with door closed.
We really did not have too much of a problem because we were so exhausted from the hiking,fishing & zip lining. I think I would book one of the bungalows next time. You have a better experience when the monkeys visit.
I know some reviewers commented that the hotel was dated but we felt the rooms were comfortable, clean & no signs of an insect problem. Although I have to say, this is a tropical location and that almost always means more bugs.

Room Tip: I would book the bungalows.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank LoveToTravelGal
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Denver, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We stayed here the first night of our trip (friends wedding) The room was comfortable and the food at the restaurant was great. We had to wait before we could check into our next hotel and the staff at the Byblos were great and watched our bags for us. The wedding was at a hotel up the street and we went to Byblos bar after and everyone had a great time! (Ladies night drinks were horrible though)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Sarah H
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DavisFromAustin, Owner at Byblos Resort & Casino, responded to this review, March 17, 2013
Dear Sarah H.
Thank you for your excellent review of our Hotel, Bistro Restaurant and Billfish Sportbar. I am glad that your group enjoyed your time with us, and that you found the staff friendly and helpful. Hearing from satisfied clients makes our jobs rewarding.
The FREE Ladies Night drinks include guaro sour, margaritas and daiquiris. I am sorry to hear they weren't to your liking. We realize that some drinks may not suit everybody’s taste, and so we do offer a large variety of other (paid) drinks. I hope you have a chance to visit us again, and we can make you a drink that you like. We have Ladies Night on Monday and Friday (with a live DJ), Latin Dance Night on Thursday (Free Dance Lessons), Karaoke on Tuesday and Sporting Events, Live Music and other special events are available throughout the year.
Safe Travels!
Davis Henley,
Managing Partner,
Hotel Byblos Resort and Casino
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Astoria, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed one night in the regular room and two nights at the bungalow. The regular room is huge but overlooking the parking lot. Bungalow was great – one king size bed, great balcony overlooking the property. In the morning, monkeys were coming right next to our balcony. The stuff was great. Breakfast was just ok. But overall – good experience.

Room Tip: Try to book at expedia at 50% off regular rates and then pay for an upgrade ($13 per night)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank ohtany
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Regina, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Byblos is a FABULOUS hotel & resort. I have spent a number of days there now by the pool visited by monkeys of many varieties and served "the best" cold mochacchino ice cream drink I have ever drank anywhere in the world ! Davies has to make it and don't bother to ask for the diet version, because there is none ! The pool is clean & inviting, the pool side service is excellent, the pizza is delicious and the monkeys are just a wonderful piece of Byblo's & Costa Rica ! Tuesday Night Karaoke is Absolutely Fabulous !

Room Tip: Definately ask for a room overlooking the pool, the pool is beautiful, the poolside restaurant serv...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Edwina B
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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Just spent 2 weeks in Costa Rica and 5 days of that time was at Manuel Antonio. The trip so far had been organised by Gate 1 ( highly recommend ). However the last 5 days we were independent. Had a hire car and drove to Manuel Antonio from Samara. Took about 5 hours. We did not book in advance and wanted to see where would like and after trying a couple of places that were full we to the Byblos Resort. Wow loved it. We had a bungalow $130.00 a night including breakfast. The bungalow in the jungle, surrounded by monkeys 3 species, birds, iguanas and giant guinea pigs. Fantastic pool, out of the busy and a bit crazy beach at national park. We saw more wildlife at hotel than in the Natioal park. Staff very friendly.

Room Tip: 01 Cabin is a great position. The rooms may get beach view only slightly but on road and more expens...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Susan Z
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Additional Information about Byblos Resort & Casino

Property: Byblos Resort & Casino
Address: Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Casino and Gambling Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#18 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Byblos Resort & Casino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Byblos offers all the amenities and comforts of a three-star boutique resort, while conserving the essence of jungle style lodging. All rooms are spacious offering ample views of the local Wildlife and Garden Areas or Pacific Ocean. Accommodations feature air conditioning, telephone, cable TV, safe box, hair dryer, mini-refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. Free gated parking and wireless internet access is available, as well as our poolside Bistro Pizzeria, Billfish Sportsbar and air conditioned Casino. Close to all tours, attractions, spas and local restaurants. ... more   less 
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