We went to Hotel Costa Verde on the recommendation of a friend. After our red eye flight and travel time of over 8 hours we arrived exhausted, only to find out that our room wasn't ready yet, which we had expected. We were given towels and told we could hang out at the pool, and that's when I knew we were going to be happy! The view from the adult pool is incredible...huge ocean and jungle vistas with birds and iguanas...so beautiful!
To address what others negative views are....yes, there were ants in our room. To me, it wasn't that disturbing. The hotel is in the jungle, and honestly, I expected a LOT more bugs than we encountered. We sat on the deck every night and didn't have any bug bites or gross creepy crawlies to deal with. The beds are hard, but not so bad that I would avoid the hotel because of this. Yes, the hotel is showing it's age. To me this was almost a good thing. I felt like I was staying in a friend's cabin, but in the jungle. It was cool, in a kitschy sort of way!
When we booked we wanted a 2 room bungalow to accommodate our family of 4, but that wasn't available for our entire 6 night stay. We had a studio plus for the first and last night of our stay, and Bungalow A13 for the remainder. The studio plus (B4) had a beautiful ocean view and overlooked one of the pools. We saw white-faced monkeys, squirrel monkeys and a sloth while we were there. Although that was wonderful, I really loved our Bungalow. The deck looked right into the jungle, was much quieter, and felt like we were vacationing on our own in Costa Rica. I took pictures of all of the rooms and will post them...would definitely request this room if we get to vacation here again.
The trek to the beach is truly a trek. Hot, hot, HOT and quite a jaunt. We walked to the beach on 2 different days and took a cab back. No way I was making that trip uphill on foot! An interesting walk though, worth doing at least once if you don't have trouble with a little hike.
As for the staff...sorry, guys, but your customer service could use a tune up. While we were never treated rudely, nobody really went out of their way to make us feel especially welcome. Even when they weren't busy the front desk staff treated any request very casually, as though they had something else they should have/would rather be doing. This was true in the Anaconda restaurant as well.
All of the above being said I would definitely return here given the chance. The resort never felt crowded, though we were told they were completely booked. The view from the adult pool is amazing, but I loved the privacy of the pool near the bungalow. Watching the monkeys is a hoot, and our family had a vacation that we will never forget.
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Verde Hotel
- Hotel Costa Verde Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio