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“Well situated, nice place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Playa Espadilla
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Indianapolis, IN
Level Contributor
24 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Well situated, nice place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Was pleased with the hotel location a short 5 minute walk from Manual Antonio National Park. Room seemed clean, grounds were pretty and the breakfast was wonderful, food and the setting. The public beach was also only 5 minutes away, but was very crowded and I saw a lot of trash.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank LoveToTravel155
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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59 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We stayed for 5 days at this hotel. Rooms were great, lot of space and well equipped. Location of the hotel is close to the park entrance as we'll to the beach. Breakfast was good and the pool area although not big gave the kids plenty of fun. Stuff was friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: All rooms seem good and located between the reception and the pool/ restaurant area
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  • Stayed July 2014, 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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Thank Ilan B
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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here and the location is perfect. You see monkeys everywhere on your walk to the beach and having the park entrance was close but not too close to the national park. The staff was helpful and friendly. The room is basic but beach friendly. I would stay here if on a budget, but would recommend looking at a place a little more up scale if I visited Manuel Antonio again.

Stayed July 2014
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Evansville, Indiana
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33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

One direction from the hotel is the National Park, the other direction is the beach...both walking distances. Saw lots of monkeys on the way to the beach. Besides the great location, the food was wonderful. The bar/restaurant staff are so kind, going out of their way to please.






. Besides the wonderful food here, the bar/restaurant staff was very friendly and kind, going out of their way to please. I would definitely stay here again

Room Tip: Our room was on the corner close to the pool...great location.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank betts0603
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Pleasantly surprised. Our hotel was located 5 minutes walk from the gates of Manuel Antonio NP, was comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. The restaurant was especially nice in it's outdoor setting and the grounds were immaculate. The rooms are a bit smaller but ample enough, the bathroom is tight with older fixtures, all very serviceable. The AC though was a bit oddly located and blew over the top of our bed. I guess we could have fixed the direction more and just didn't. the front desk staff was very helpful.

Room Tip: Seems like all rooms were well situated and decent.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Jeff S
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Manuel Antonio is worth the visit because of the National Park, and this hotel is located just a very short walk away from the park entrance.
Staff was very helpful and nice. The pool is somewhat small if you like to swim a little bit, but is fine in the end.
Restaurant is great... the food was very good and within reasonable price ranges.
Rooms are not that great, they're basic but that doesn't mean they're bad.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank 200dbtraveler
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Madrid, Spain
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57 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Strengths:
- located at 3 minutes walk from the national park, beach and restaurants/shops.
- Huge king size bed
- Air conditioning
- Fridge in the room for your own use
- Breakfast buffet when busy but a la carte otherwise.
- Happy hour on cocktails/beers (4 to 7) at the bar pool
- Staff very friendly and professional
- The swimming pool is small but very refreshing after a day trekking.
- We have seen several bird species, frogs and monkeys in the hotel's garden.
- the National Park ($10/16) is worth it, we have seen sloths, monkeys, toucans, crabs, racoons, ...

Could be improved:
- difficult to rest when the day comes up due to the light coming in through the windows, the fridge is noisy but can be switched off.
- poor wifi in the room (but we were told there isn't, so better than nothing), good wifi in reception and pool areas.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank El_Fred
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Additional Information about Hotel Playa Espadilla

Property: Hotel Playa Espadilla
Address: 300 metros antes de la entrada al Parque Nacional, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Playa Espadilla 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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 National Park

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