The Hotel Playa Espadilla may not have an ocean view, but it has everything you need in a great location. The sounds of wildlife are all around you, as well as the beauty of the jungle. Walking distance (5 min) from both Manuel Antonio National Park and the Playa Espadilla public beach and shops&restaurants, the staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms aren't super fancy, but they have everything you need. They are air-conditioned of course (one nice feature of the hotel is that they are very eco-minded and have signs to remind you to not waste resources and turn it off when you leave.) Our room had 2 beds (very cozy, with white sheets and white comforters), a small kitchenette complete with fridge, microwave, hot plate, pots&pans. The building is older and the walls are sturdy, so no noise from the neighboring room. The bathroom was small but adequate, and even included white bathrobes which are really nice to lounge in after a hot day outside and a nice shower. The pool is small but nice and next to the restaurant/bar, complete with a jacuzzi section and in-water seats where you can have your drinks in the pool. And the food is GREAT. The breakfast is complementary, and the other meals were the best we had in Costa Rica and a wonderful break from the daily "typico" casados. The food was on par with a fancy restaurant in the states, at a reasonable price. This was not our experience at another resort hotel in Arenal, where the food was over priced and bad. When you want to get your typical Costa Rican food (typico/casado), there are plenty of restaurants to walk to.
All in all, Playa Espadilla was wonderful. The only thing I would have liked is to have an extra light over the sink. The lighting in the bathroom wasn't the greatest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located within a 2 minute walk from the main entrance of the majestic National Park of Manuel Antonio. Hotel Playa Espadilla offers well equipped and cozy rooms, in the best Costa Rican atmosphere. The hotel`s own Biological Reserve is a special area for those who enjoy to hike and get in contact with nature. Costa Rican owned and runned. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Playa Espadilla Hotel
- Hotel Playa Espadilla Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio