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“Beautiful grounds with great staff music from their bar is loud” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Byblos Resort & Casino
Austin, Texas
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32 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Beautiful grounds with great staff music from their bar is loud”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Situated on main road with cafes within walking distance. Older hotel but well kept and attentive staff. Grounds are beautiful as is the restaurant. Monkeys play in and around. Breakfasts were good Costa Rican fare but didn't try other meals. Liked our balcony overlooking the water. Wish the beach was closer (walking distance). Tiny little casino that opens at night(blackjack, slots).
Our only complaint was the bar music in the lower floor booming till midnight. Fortunately we only heard it 1 of the 3 nights we stayed.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kamloops, Canada
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32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

we spent 3 nites in April at Byblos. One look at our dark little room rite next to the bar and we were reaching for our wallets to upgrade to the bungalows - best move of our trip. The privacy of the cabins (you don't hear the sports bar racket much) - your own private balcony - the "feel" of the jungle with birds and monkeys all around. Front desk people were friendly and helpful (Alexandra is a real sweetheart). Breakfast was good. Pool was clean and refreshing (i sat by the pool with a drink one afternoon and watched a complete nature show for a couple hours)
There are quite a few stairs to navigate to get to the bungalows which would be a factor for anyone with mobility issues. The "casino" title is quite the misnomer - couple slot machines off the bar i think?
All in all - i would definitely recommend this place for those who want something a little different and enjoy nature.

Room Tip: we stayed in cabin 7 one nite (exposed to pool area but best "nature" location. other nite...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jaydee02
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Montreal, Canada
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34 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We visited the Byblos the second week of February. We were there for 4 nights. The hotel is well located. You can walk to the beach by a small and steep gravel road on the other side of the street or you can take the public bus in front of the hotel and within 5-10 minutes you will arrive at the main beach and the entrance to the Manuel Antonio national park. We had a bungalow. It was clean and spacious and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was in need of renovation and there was always some small ants on the bathroom floor. However, there was plenty of hot water. The bungalow has a decent size balcony with a view of the pool and the jungle. The breakfast served at the hotel by the pool had limited choices but it was good. We had dinner at the restaurant by the pool one evening. The food and the service was good and the price was reasonable. The hotel also made a reservation for us for a catamaran sunset cruise which was amazing. There is plenty of small shops and restaurants close by the Byblos which is convenient. The pool was nice and clean. One reason why we chose this hotel was the possibility to see wildlife and especially monkeys on the site. We were very excited to see white face and squirrel monkeys every day. This was really the highlight of our stay at the Byblos. Overall this hotel met our expectation for the price we paid.

Room Tip: Bungalow are certainly larger and quieter
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank GlobetrotterQuebec
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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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55 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you want to watch sports when you're in Manuel Antonio, Byblos has the best sports bar. It has multiple screens with several games going on at once at times. The locals voted it "Best Sports Bar" and it's where they go to watch their favorite teams.

Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Israel
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Excellent hotel in Manuel Antonio park
Stuff was very helpful and friendly, tried to assist in trip planning.

The hotel is located close to Manuel Antonio national park entrance (less than 5 minutes by car).
At 5 pm you can expect for guests in pool area (monkeys :) ) and on evening you can walk to any of few cafes located nearby.

Everything was perfect!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank German K
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Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

While sipping a mojito at byblos restaurant with a nice view of jungle and pool we'd like to post this review. We are backpackers all the way from holland and have stayed in all different types of accomodations. Byblos hotel was far the best in costa rica. The bungalows are absolutely great and offer a beautiful view of the jungle with its wildlife. Relaxing on your own verranda after a good hike in the national park is perfect. The rooms are clean and wel equipped. The staff is very friendly and the pool is superb. We absolutely reccommend this hotel. The park is about 5 km away, however the public transport is convenient and cheap. We'd like to thank the whole byblos staff for their hospitality and making us feel like home.
Pura Vida.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Rensjacobs
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Belleville
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights on driving tour through Costa Rica . Our rooms were in the main building and were adequate for our needs . The grounds were most interesting with a variety of animals and birds. The best was when the monkeys visited the resort grounds usually in the early evening about 4:30 to 6. You could get a real close up of them around the pool. Most fascinating to watch. We only ate breakfast here and it was just ok, it had a limited selection and was not buffet style. The staff were good and helpful , the rooms were clean and well equipped. Yes we would stay here again. .

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Wmr104j
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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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