I've made multiple trips to Costa Rica in the past 3 years and based on the reviews and pictures on the hotel website, I thought Almonds & Corals was going to be a truly great experience. However, the stay was the worst of all my hotel stays, which has been over 10 different small, local hotels.
First the rooms are only screened in, which means any noise outside you hear clear as a bell. You have to have the drapes closed across all the walls for any privacy from the person staying in the room within 15' of your room. The floors had gaps in the boards, allowing mosquitoes in, and I got over 50 bites on my legs and arms, as I wasn't expecting having to wear mosquito repellent in my room.
They say to conserve water, yet have jacuzzis in the rooms - which was the only way to get enough water to bathe, as it was impossible to take a shower, as there was no water pressure. Just a drizzle down the shower head.
The restaurant had minimal choices, and the food was very mediocre. We had just stayed at an awesome hotel in central CR that had different choices nightly, that were all equivalent to a 5 star restaurant.
The nearby beach had a undertow, so you couldn't get in the water, if you wanted to. The WIFI that was supposed to exist, was down more than it was up.
Almonds & Corals was a tired, run down hotel at a very high price.
Very disappointed in this hotel experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Almonds and Corals, nestled amongst the exuberant jungle of Gandoca Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica, offers three in one unique destinations, because it is part an exclusive Caribbean beach resort, part a safari camp and part an eco-conscious boutique hotel. The owners are devoted to offer one-of-a-kind accommodations awaiting your arrival and a unique sensory experience that promotes harmony between inner and outer self. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Almonds And Corals Hotel Manzanillo
- Almonds And Corals Hotel Costa Rica/Manzanillo