The first of three locations during our recent travels to Costa Rica. The hotel didn't come up on the GPS, so we had to just drive toward the national park and hope to find which we did. Part of the adventure I suppose. The staff were welcoming and accomidating. You can find a decently priced standard "tico" meal at the onsite restaurant/bar for around $6-7, but the drinks are quite pricey averaging $4-6 a beer. You can't be affraid of stairs at this place. It's the only way to get to your room. We were upgraded to a 2 bedroom without kitchen or refrigerator. The main room had a tv and a/c. The second had a view of the pool, but without a/c. There was no water for the first 20-30min. There are no phones so we informed the staff on our way down to the bar. They said that they had been doing work on the grounds and will have it checked out right away or they would put us up in another room with water. It was running after we made our way back up to the room. The toilet was a little leaky and ducktape seemed to hold together the sink pipe. The shower curtain definitely needed updated, but overall gives you a slight feeling of the lifestyle. The front door could use a bottom skirt in order to block bugs from crawling through (it is next to the rain forest so some insects and animals are to be expected.) The bed was quite firm, but we still slept well. The biggest thing about the room is that the front door could use a more sufficient lock than just a push button. The pool is nice with a pretty cool, but small view of the ocean and trees. The beach was only about a 10-15min drive (Don't feel pressured to follow parking guys in the street, they will try to "order" you to park as if it is law but just wave "no" to them and keep driving, you can find free parking at the park or $6 parking down the road on some property through a gate.)
A little more entertainment at the bar would make it more enticing to stick around in the evening along with better drink prices and readily cold beer (refrigerator didn't seem to work.) It was more about a traveling trip and less pampering so the place was pretty decent for us. It seems they are still working on the place, but is still good if you don't have too high of expectations. We had a whole travel package so we weren't paying per night. All in all, the staff were friendly, and the room was comfortable for a few nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The entire property is covered with beautiful flowers and exotic plants from all over the country. There are plenty of places to take memorable photos with the family while being surrounded by flowers. Rooms come in several variations and categories, in order to accommodate every need. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio