I've traveled all over the world,to include all over the USA, and the middle East. This was my first time in Central America.I've stayed at a variety of hotels, and a few B&B's. Some were nicer than others, some places were , well, you got what you paid for, and nothing more.
I have to say, that my time at Mi Casa El Manglar in Playa Grande Costa Rica, is hands down, no questions asked, without a doubt, the MOST memorable hotel experience I have ever had, and one I will never forget, and can hardly wait to go back again. This place will most definitely be an annual trip.The value of quality of stay for the cost is the BEST I have ever had. I've paid 3X the daily rate to stay at places that couldn't hold a candle to El Manglar. Tropical luxury at a very,very reasonable rate….like a tropical version of the Biltmore in Asheville NC.
I could go on and on about how meticulously the property is kept up, how clean it was, all the amenities like the pool,basketball court,ping pong,rooms with AC (although,in the dry season, it's not really needed),internet access (WIFI),and completely equipped rooms. The very close proximity to the beautiful beach, and nearby Tamarindo. Plenty of exploring to do, a convenience store and restaurants close by.
However, what truly makes this place head and shoulders above anywhere else I've stayed, is the way our hosts…Javie and Michael, made both myself, and my son feel like we were part of their family, and not just some tourist 's they'd never see again. The entire staff went above and beyond to make us feel at home, and to see to any and all of our needs. Javie even came to the rescue when my son got stung by a stingray….if not for his assistance, it would have been an abrupt, terrible end to what had up to that point , been a vacation of a lifetime. Thanks to his quick assessment of the situation, and prompt advice on what to do, my son was back surfing in no time. The genuine,humble sincere nature and attitude towards their guests, was just so unexpected, I was completely relaxed within a very short time and able to focus on having a great surfing vacation with my son.
As beautiful as the scenery was,and as absolutely wonderful the hotel is, it will be the interaction I had with Javie and Michael that will ensure I will be making a trip back, as by the time we had to leave, it felt as if we were leaving as friends, not customers.
Bottom line is, El Manglar is a great value for all the right reasons, and you can't possibly go wrong with visiting there……highly,highly highly recommend them, and I'll go as far to say you'd be crazy to stay anywhere else in Playa Grande………..
Thank you so very much again Javie, and Michael,Pura Vida my friends…..see you again soon!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel El Manglar is proudly managed by three costarican brothers and sister, that will make sure you have an enjoyable experience during your vacations. The hotel is suited with all you need to experience the beach life, enjoy nature and the beauty of life.We look forward to making your stay as unique, as comfortable and as memorable as possible. We’ll be delighted to share and show you all the beauty of our coast, enjoy surfing, our country and make sure that our favorite phrase is accomplished……all our friends always come back… ... more less
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