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Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas
Ranked #7 of 20 Manuel Antonio B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 30, 2014

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.

Room Tip: If you want a room with a high viewpoint, be willing to climb stairs.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Tabulia T, General Manager at Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Dear Michael C,
Thank you for honest review.
We are sorry that we didn’t meet you expectation, but we will certainly do it the next time you come visit our country, if you’ll give us another chance.

Thank you again,
Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas – Staff

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

I can't imagine who awarded this place 3 stars? It is billed as a new hotel. It isn't. There is simply a new owner. The buildings range from old to ancient. The best of it is a 10-room, two-story structure that some of us were assigned for our 3-night Christmas stay near Manuel Antonio Park.
I was part of a group of about 35 people on a tour. This place was supposed to be renovated in time for our arrival. It wasn't, and they didn't notify the tour company. I was placed in one of the ten "finished" rooms. Some members of the tour were placed in un-renovated rooms that didn't even have water or windows yet. Our tour guide then scrambled to find those people other hotels along the road to the Park. Fortunately, places were found, but it meant our group was unable to easily gather for meals, drinks, etc.
When we first checked in after a long day of travel, most of us asked for ice. The hotel had one small bag...for 35 people!
We then hiked up the hillside to our rooms. They were large with two uncomfortable beds and little else. No luggage racks- our suitcases sat open on the floor. Poor lighting, no dressers, no phones. Windows that wouldn't close all the way, and allowed traffic noise. Not a single clothes hanger in any of the 10 rooms. Not even a TP holder in the bathroom. Just a roll sitting on the toilet tank. The soap dish in our shower was full of water with melting soap & wrappers from the previous occupants. No view, but we did have a decent patio with rocking chairs and the occasional iguana ;-). Fortunately, we had a good A/C unit which helped drown out traffic, and noise from the ceiling fan.
There is a pool on the property, but we had to hike down 3 flights of stairs, then up a different 4-5 flights to get to it. No shade at all, so we used our rain umbrellas to get some relief from the intense sun while sitting in the water. The Jacuzzi didn't work (and probably never will).
Breakfast was included at the on-site restaurant, Bambu' Jam. Each morning they asked "what would you like". Not sure why they asked since all they ever had in the kitchen was eggs. A small buffet table also offered bread, fruit, rice/beans, and once, potatoes.
On December 26th, the water went out for hours. The hotel owner told us that it was out for the entire region. When we met the rest of our group (that had moved to other hotels) for a farewell dinner, none of them even knew about it. Hmmm!
This hotel is located close to the town of Quepos, on a hill leading to Manuel Antonio National Park. The better hotels are on the other side of the hill, closer to the park. Many of them have spectacular ocean views.
At departure, our tour guide said that this was the first and last time this hotel would be utilized, and he apologized profusely.
It's hard to imagine why the hotel owners (who were very nice Americans) would allow their reputation to be destroyed, just as they opened.
The employees were very anxious to please, and the hostess/waitress in the restaurant was very accommodating, but either they are operating without sufficient funds or simply don't know what they are doing.
Not recommended!

Note: El Avion and La Cantina BBQ are both great places to eat in this area!

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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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Tabulia T, General Manager at Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2014

Dear Futuremauian,
We apologize for the problems that may occurs, however we think that your comment is a little hard, and we would like to explain a few things. We are not going to start arguing with a client, but we think that the following issues should be mentioned for future clients.
To start we would like to clarify that we accomplish with the requirements to obtain our actual three stars qualification, by international standards.
We were renovating to be ready to receive your group, but things got slow and difficult around the Christmas Holidays. This is not an excuse, just the way things happen.
Our restaurant serves a good generous breakfast and our staff is – as you stated – “anxious to please, …and very accommodating”; that is precisely why they asked every morning what would you like (to be served).
Finally at your check out, we refund one night (for every room, including yours) back to your agency, to minimize your group’s unhappiness.

Thank you
Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas – Staff

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Reviewed March 9, 2011

My family and I go to Costa Rica every two years to visit with family. While in CR, we often go to Quepos to spend a night or two with just our kids. We stopped in at Hotel El Mirador and were told they had one room left for the night. My husband took a look at the villa with it's own path to the pool and negotiated a price. We got to the villa, which was nice, but the AC we paid extra $ for didn't actually do any good until the middle of the night. The next morning we discovered why this was the only room left. An army of TERMITES revealed themselves making quick use of the ceiling beams and FALLING ONTO THE BED that we were sleeping in!!! Given the number of TERMITES and their location, directly above the beds that are made daily, the staff had to be aware of them and still gave us the room. (Why else would the only room with a private entrance to the pool be the only one available?!?) When the owner and her assistant were confronted, their lack of response and turned down eyes confirmed everything. They were at a loss for words at first and unable to look into my face as I stood there with my 7-month old on my hip. Eventually, they remembered to try and save face, the owner denying any knowledge and the assistant saying they knew there were termites outside but not inside, at the same time. We weren't even asking for our money back, we could care less about that. We were just appalled that they would knowingly rent a room, to a family with an 8-year old and an infant no less, that was TERMITE INFESTED. Do not stay here, they are not to be trusted and they should be ashamed of themselves!!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2008

I went to this hotel 4 years ago and loved it. Love the area. Brought my husband along this time to enjoy it again with me.

Not the same- owner still very friendly and accommodating. The property is for sale and seems to have been neglected significantly since the last time I visited. The breakfast used to be outstanding- customized by your appetite by their very own French chef- now simply mediocre. The lack of air conditioning is hard to sleep with.

It's too bad- location is wonderful and everything is close by. The park is a short bus ride away for ~40 cents. And the owner is so nice!

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2008

This hotel is for sale and the owner told us that she wants to go back to Germany. We booked the hotel by a Costa Rica agency and booked a double room with breakfast.
In the hotel the restaurant was closed and there was no breakfast at all( which should be included ) The room was very small ( in fact one personroom )and by paying another 60 us$ we got a bigger room. We booked for two nights but because the many ants ( walking across the beds), insects and a frog inside the room we left. We didn't sleep at all. We didn't get any money back. The rooms are not very clean, basic with old furniture.

Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed January 2, 2008

We stayed here for 3 nights. For us it was fine, but I could see how some folks would not like it. They have built some new rooms...which I think are 2 BR units based on some of the other reviews. These units looked to be pretty nice from the outside. There is also an older hotel, which is more run down and basic. The rooms in the "old hotel" are fine if you're just looking for a basic place to sleep at night. They have not been well maintained, but they cleaned our room every morning. I never felt like our room was dirty. Alex, the guy at the front desk was helpful and friendly. There is a restaurant right in front of the hotel that has live music. We were there on New Year's and they had a nice little party. I was worried people would party all night...but shortly after midnight, things really quieted down quickly.

You should know this hotel is closer to Quepos than Manuel Antonio, but the bus stops right in front of the hotel and it's about a 10 minute ride to the park. The hotel has a nice pool which is outside the newer units...however all guests can use the pool.

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Reviewed April 6, 2007

My wife an I had an excellent time at Manuel Antonio!
Body Surfing is good.
With my binoculars I was able to identify 15 different species of birds right from my pool side chair in about 30 minutes.
The squirrel Monkeys were every where in the trees of the hotel.
Rooms were clean and service was good.
The jazz band at the Bambo Jam as well as the food were the best in the area.
Alex the hotel receptionist was a great host and helped us set up our local tours. He knew alot of information of the area and Costa Rica.
I will probably go back with the kids for there summer vacation.
The hotel and the area is a must !

Stayed: March 2007
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Address: Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $100 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tabulia Tree Hotel & Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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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