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“Well worth the money, great staff!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Costa Verde

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Hotel Costa Verde
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“Well worth the money, great staff!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2009

My six year old daughter and I just returned from a week at Hotel Costa Verde and we had a fabulous time. This was our first time to Costa Rica and I arranged everything over the internet so not too sure what to expect. First of all, the staff at Costa Verde were extremely helpful just helping us to make our arrangements, responding quickly to multiple emails. We had no problems with our reservations, the staff were expecting us and showed us to our room, B-11. The room was on the 3rd floor, very large, floor to ceiling windows with a large balcony and the most amazing views, exactly as pictured on the website. The room had a kitchenette, which included a small refrigerator, 4 burner electric stove, sink and sufficient selection of pots, pans, plates, silverware. Unfortunately, no microwave (would have been nice for leftovers), but there was a coffee maker available. Phone, air conditioner and television in the room too, and a blow dryer. No closets or drawers but there was an area to hang clothes.
The hotel is located about 4 minute taxi ride from Manuel Antonio National Park, on a narrow winding road. (I had read a review that mentioned the sound of traffic and unfortunately, I could definitely hear trucks along the road. You can't see the road through the trees but I guess it is really close. I didn't have a problem with it at night since we actually had the air conditioner on most of the time at night but it was a bit distracting when sitting on the balconey enjoying that unbelievable view. I tried to ignore it for the most part.) The hotel is sort of spread out over a large area. It includes a few different sections, 3 restaurants (2 which are across the street). There are 3 pools, one adults only. The pools aren't huge but they're clean and we never saw more than 4-5 other people at either of the two we visited. We booked a few tours through the hotel (horseback riding, a mangrove tour and a Manuel Antonio Park guided tour). We chose not to book tours prior to arriving since some reviewers noted they had difficulties doing that. We had no problems with space in the tours; in fact for the park and mangrove we were the only people there! The mangrove tour included a stop at a restaurant which was one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica. We had a great guide (Henar?) for the park, very educated and worked really hard to give us a chance to see sloths, frogs, insects, monkeys, birds. The tour concluded with fresh, chilled fruit and my daughter was even given a crown made out of vines and a cricket made from a reed. We also went zip lining with Canopy Safari but we booked that in Quepos for a better price than the hotel offered. I would recommend all the tours, but the zip line tour was definitely the most exciting! We walked up the hill one day to Como Si No Hotel which has a butterly garden/reptile tour which was great.
As far as food, we ate most of our meals at the Anaconda Restaurant, mostly for its convenience (right outside our room). The prices were reasonalbe, the food was great, the staff friendly and helpful. We also ate a couple of times at the Byblos Hotel Pizzeria about a 25 minute walk up the hill. Great place; my daughter loved swimming in the pool while we waited for the pizza (not a violation, they actually encourage this!). Just a note, we are vegetarians and didn't have any problem finding food, even on the tours; we just mentioned it ahead of time.
As far as wildlife, I don't know if we were just lucky but we saw literally dozens of monkeys, every day of our trip. We probably saw the most monkeys right at Costa Verde (like they say, more monkeys than people!). We saw Cappuchin, Howler and Squirrel (Mono Titi) there. We also saw Mono titi monkeys in the trees while walking along the main road. We saw Cappuchin monkeys everywhere; on the mangrove tour they were on our boat and they ran across our hotel balcony more than once! The birds were incredible, we were able to identify about a dozen different species on the mangrove tour. And the lizards! Huge iguanas wandered all over the hotel grounds, one was always in the trees near the pool and another greeted us every morning by the restaurant!
Overall, our trip was even better than our (very) high expectations and Costa Verde was a great base for our daily excursions.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2009

After arriving in the Manuel Antonio area, we decided that we should find a hotel. In retrospect, we should have done it the other way around. But what are you going to do?

The penthouse views of the Costa Verde hotel seemed appealing, and someone we asked suggested that they were nice, so we asked if we could look at the room. We went right up, and it was as good as it looked. We stayed.

Our room opened up onto an expansive balcony, right up above the trees, where we could see all sorts of animals - one even came up to our window (a monkey or sloth or something). A number of iguanas sunned themselves in the treetops. The only downside is that the doors were screens, so we could hear all sorts of noises, and the construction trucks ran all the time. But the view was incredible.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2009

We stayed here for several days at the end of April and were completely disappointed with this hotel. We had much higher expectations judging from the website and reviews. I asked for another room and was told I would be happy in the room we were in, I wasn't. We would have paid more for a better room but were told this was the only one available, even though it was obvious the property was not even close to full. The property seems neglected with standing water, ashtrays filled with the same gum balls and used bandaids by the pool for days, leaves and debris in the paths. Our room was dark, the partial ocean view was available if you stood on porch and leaned out. The porch was separated from the road by a thin line of trees and it was very loud with buses, trucks & cars all day and all night. We had hoped to hear birds in the early morning like everywhere else we stayed in Costa Rica, instead we heard traffic and a generator that was also pretty darn loud. We ran the air conditioner in the room at night to drown out the noise so we could get some sleep. It was a window unit and also pretty loud. There was a giant TV in the room that we didn't use. The bed seemed to have sand in it no matter what we did. One day we asked to have the room cleaned when we went out, we came back 2 hours later and it still wasn't cleaned. We called again and still 2 more hours and it wasn't cleaned. We had wanted to take a nap but by the time our room was cleaned it was too late in the day.

There is a lot of walking on this property and it's all very spread out. If you walk around at night you can see in many rooms if the curtains aren't pulled so there is a lack of privacy, depending on what room you have.

They tried to kick us out of the pool the first night we were there saying it was closed at 8pm even though the literature says open til 10pm. They relented and let us stay when we pointed this out. The literature also says the internet would be available til 10pm but it isn't. It's available til 8pm in the gift shops, they changed their hours but you can go across the street to the trailer. It's $4 an hour to use the internet and that always seemed to wind up being around 50 minutes.

We saw a lot of animals in the parking lot behind the hotel..monkeys, lizards etc. but only lizards near our rooms.

We ate across the street at the BBQ place, we didn't like it even though we had high expectations with the live band and flames shooting out of the grill by the side of road. It wasn't terrible but the food was not that good and we were bitten by bugs through the meal. They gave us some spray, which helped.

People were generally nice here. We met some fellow guests who were wonderful at the pool as well as a blue iguana.

I don't know why we didn't move and go to another hotel, there are many nice ones in the area. We were tired of traveling at this point in our trip and it was quite hot. It was nice to have AC in the room but wish it were central and not the noisy window unit or that there were more fans so we didn't have to use the AC.

I could complain some more but I won't. I'll post pictures in a few days.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2009

We had a great time at Costa Verde II. We arrived after a full day of travel and were greeted by the hotel staff that was very friendly and helpful. They showed us to our room, which was located in the adults only section. We had room 14, which had a view of the ocean and the forest. GREAT ROOM! The pool was great and had awesome ocean views and great drinks! The property as a whole is great- they have restaurants, bars and pools! I would recommend this hotel to family and friends. In the mornings at 7am the white face monkeys would come and visit our balcony - they were so cute! I recommend going with the open air accommodations, because it is amazing to hear all the nature sounds. Also, the location is great. It is very close to the Park (walking distance).

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with friends
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Slidell, La
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2009

We stayed here for 3 nights at the end of March in the Studio Deluxe room. The room was HUGE and included a little kitchen, screened portch, large balcony and fairly large bedroom. The air conditioner, although kind of noisy, was much appreciated, as the weather is very hot in this area. The view from our balcony was awesome, but unfortunately, it was very close to a busy road, so there was a lot of road noise. The bathroom was pretty small for such a big room, but ok. There must be some problem with the electricity because during our stay the power went out about 6 times, the majority of the times only for a few minutes, but once it was out for close to an hour. The grounds of the Coste Verde are truly beautiful! We saw monkeys, iguanas and all manner of birds. There are beautiful views all over the place. There are three pools (one all adult, but no shade there) The one closest to us was awesome, with tropical foliage surrounding it and big iguanas casually walking around. The restaurant was very good and like everything else, was in a beautiful setting. Service was a little spotty. Upon check in after a very long bumpy ride, we were greeted by a bored looking clerk who presented us with a list of rules. All in all, kind of a turn off. However, he seems to have been the exception, because during the rest of our stay the service was very good. There is no room service and breakfast isn't included. The biggest problem for us with this hotel (we are active seniors) was getting around. Its all built on hills, and our room was up a VERY steep hill. To get to everything except the pool, you have to go down, then back up. People with disabilities, or even people who aren't very physically fit shouldn't stay here, or should stay in a more accessible part of the complex. To get to the beach requires you to walk along a very busy highway with no sidewalks. (Pedestrians take their life in their hands in Cost Rica). Although they say it is a ten minute walk away, you go downhill first and then back up. Better to take a taxi. All in all, this hotel has some negatives, but also some positives. We'd probably stay again, but in a different part of the complex because of the difficulty getting around.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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North Eastern, US
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2009

This hotel really lives up to their tag line of more monkeys than people! We stayed in Costa Verde II which has large open-air rooms complete with a little kitchen and bar plus a table in the room. The rooms are 1/2 screens (no a/c) so you can hear EVERYTHING going on around the area- including everything that your neighbors are doing and people walking by on the paths. We are huge animal people, so it was fun to see all the monkeys, lizards, sloth, and tons of birds just feet from our room. But, just be prepared that all of these animals get up very early- so you will too. The howler monkeys are especially spooky (but very unique). We stayed during the hottest days of the year, so I wasn't comfortable without the a/c, but my husband was. The pool has a great view, the staff is very friendly, and the three restaurants serve good food. Overall, a decent place to stay. (Just be sure to take the bus to the beach- it's only 40 cents and really worth it!)

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2009

We just stayed at Costa Verde for 1 night. This is the 3rd time I have stayed at this hotel.

The rooms are fairly clean, but old. The TV is from the 80's, the air conditioner is a noisy window unit and the matresses are very firm/cheap. Not to mention the pillows they provide are tiny and useless.

All-in all the rooms are clean and a decent place to stay.

Breakfast is not included, but reasonably priced and good. The view from the restaurant is amazing.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Costa Verde
Address: Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Costa Verde 3.5*
Number of rooms: 70
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