Manuel Antonio was the only part of our honeymoon where we had some difficulty booking a reasonably priced room due to the high season. Relying on the reviews here, we were excited to have a room at Hotel Del Mar for our entire time in MA for $65/night - actually, came out to $75ish/night after taxes, no discount either for paying in cash.
The one pro of the hotel is the guy at the reception desk from the morning to the early afternoon. He's super nice and very enthusiastic about the area. Gave some great, honest opinions.
Now the cons:
1) The entire time we were there, we felt very unclean. There was mold all over the bathroom. The floors felt dirty to the point we walked around the room in flip flops. We felt wet even with the A/C on. Little bugs crawled all over the tables in the room. And we felt like we were being eaten alive while sleeping. The bed sheets were so thin that you could see the mattress as if there weren't sheets! We slept with our shirts tucked in to close as many openings as possible for those darn buggers.
2) We didn't take a hot shower the entire time we were there, even though we were supposed to have hot water. We had to flush several times on multiple occasions to clear the toilet bowl (not necessarily our faults haha).
3)The included breakfast was sparse compared to what we had at other places around Costa Rica. Slices of watermelon and pineapple. Bread slices that you could toast and put on jam or butter. Some rolls.
I wonder if it underwent a recent change in ownership. From the outside, you could make an argument for it being (at least once) a decent hotel. It looked like there used to be a working fountain and waterfall.
MA was pretty booked as expected. We found a different hotel on our second day only because we got off the bus a stop early for our dinner destination. We asked for a refund for the remaining nights and received it. That is another pro, I guess.
Given the cons, certainly overpriced. And not a great way to spend a honeymoon or any romantic getaway.
- Also Known As:
- Del Mar Hotel
- Hotel Del Mar Costa Rica/Quepos