Made our reservations late, this was one of the few hotels available. I was nervous after reading previous reviews (most recent from several years ago), but it worked out fine. Got two rooms for one night. Rooms were small but reasonably clean, no bugs. Showers had hot water in the evening but for some reason not in the morning (though a "cold" shower there isn't so bad really). View was **gorgeous**, I enjoyed sitting on the chairs on our porch and staring out at the rain forest -- even saw a monkey in a tree in the distance. The pool was fantastic -- big, comfy, clean, we really enjoyed our evening swim. A colorful frog jumped in and swam around for a while, how fun. Breakfast was solid -- toast, eggs, fruit plate, juice and coffee, just right for us. The door locks were fine, key on outside, manual on the inside (a previous review mentions key lock on both sides -- not the case, at least for our two rooms). AC was strong. The staff guy we met was really super nice and helpful.
The place is about a 5-8 minute walk off the main road if you take a bus; a taxi will take you straight to the door of course. The walk is through a residential area and felt safe. A bus runs along the main road about every 20 min, taking you to the beach, the national park, or back into town (Quepos). We did that, and also took a taxi (cost $8). We took the direct bus from San Jose, and the driver dropped us off at the road (even though a sign on the bus said no unscheduled stops, but everyone does it anyway). There's a restaurant a 3 minute walk from the hotel, didn't eat there but others told us it was great and had nice staff. The hotel restaurant only serves breakfast, is closed the rest of the day. Overall, the place served its purpose, beautiful view, comfy sleep, good AC, nice pool, decent price.
If we came to the national park again, we'd try to stay at a hotel next to Manuel Antonio National Park at the end of the road, so you could walk around at night at would be near restaurants and a grocery. We would NOT stay in Quepos itself, where we'd originally reserved -- it seems like a busy town and other reviews said there were prostitutes out at night, and we did see a big sign at the bus station near the Best Western (our original reservation) telling people not to solicit prostitutes -- it was fine in the day waiting for the bus, great fruit stands, great sodas (that's there name for little cafe), but I can see how that area could get questionable at night. The beach area near the national park, on the other hand, seemed a little nicer.
Oh, Manuel Antonio National Park is really nice, we enjoyed a leisurely walk looking at a few sloths, lizards, and a few monkeys, and a nice swim in the bay. Definitely cool, the kids liked it too.
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