We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Excellent hotel at great location”
Review of Hotel San Bada

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 10 more sites!
Hotel San Bada
Ranked #13 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Armonk
Level 6 Contributor
390 reviews
97 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Excellent hotel at great location”
Reviewed 20 January 2013

The San Bada hotel is literally at the gate to the park and a short walk to the beach making it a very convenient location. It has very nice rooms, good food and very good service. The hotel is clean and well kept and also has a very nice pool. My only complaint is that the pool has a very dangeous water slide and it doesn't seem to have any supervision and the hotel staff are tolerant of this hazard despite complaints. So watch out for the pool slide but enjoy the hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank orrdin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this review, 26 February 2013
Dear Friend,

Thank you for coming to Hotel San Bada and allowing us to have you with us for the period you were here in Costa Rica. Thank you for sharing your review with others here on TripAdivsor.

We are glad that our facilities and services have met all you expectations. We loved your review when stating “The San Bada hotel is literally at the gate to the park and a short walt to the beach…” All your comments are well received since they help us to improve the quality of our services.

Concerning to your comment about the pool and the waterslide by the poolside we appreciate your feedback, guest may find and read the rules for the use of the pool and the waterslide located at the waterslide start and at the pool; in addition, we recommend children use the water slide only with parental supervision.

We hope to welcome you back to our little piece of Paradise in the future.

Best wishes

Your friends at Hotel San Bada
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

844 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    460
    270
    77
    27
    10
See reviews for
293
300
32
8
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (240)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2013

The hotel is very nice and has a very good location. I had thought that the hotel was right on the beach and it was not, but it was a short walk at a convenient location. The rooms are very pleasant and comfortable. I have to agree with some of the other reviews about some bubbling toilet issues, but they were addressed immediately. The pool was very nice and the kids loved the slide. I would hesitate to say they had a hot tub, it was more like a slightly warm tub but it wasn't a big deal for us.
After long days at the beach we appreciated the restaurant. The staff there was great. Our first night we asked to see the menu. My daughter wasn't feeling very well and really wanted chicken soup. It was not on the menu. The waiter asked us what we wanted and when we told him he said," No problem, we can make that for you," and they did, and it was good. My son wanted a hamburger and so the waiter showed us the lunch menu and said we could order from that. They were so accommodating. The burger was the biggest hamburger we've ever seen ( 1 pound of meat, on a huge bun, with all the fixings, and the size of a dinner plate) and delicious, enough for 2 or 3 people. We do not speak Spanish though my daughter has had some high school classes, but it was not a problem almost everyone spoke English. The waiters kind of made a game out of helping us learn some. The 2nd night we were there they brought us a menu, but when they got to my daughter they said, your menu is in Spanish, if you need help let us know. The staff was great, we looked forward to seeing them in the mornings for the breakfast buffet, always a friendly face and a big smile. The buffet was pretty good, considering it was included in the price of the room it was much better than expected. My kids loved the omelet station.
The beach was incredible. It was of course gorgeous, but it also had everything you could want right there. We rented 3 lounge chairs and an umbrella for the whole day for $10. The same man, Alejandro offered surfing lessons which my kids really wanted. He was fantastic with the kids and they actually surfed. We liked him so much that we arranged for him to take our kids kayaking and snorkeling while we relaxed on the beach and watched. If you go, search out Alejandro, he isn't hard to find and you'll be glad you did.
We saw monkeys a few times right around the hotel, which was fun, and different lizards, an iguana and a skunk ! We took the tour of Manuel Antonio Park which was arranged at the hotel desk. We really enjoyed it. Our guide pointed out many animals that we hadn't even noticed. The tour ends at an incredible beach. Be prepared you'll want to swim there and take it all in.
Make sure you spend enough here to really enjoy yourself. We spent 4 days at this location and we didn't want to leave. Great memories and the hope of returning.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Cindy T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this review, 26 February 2013
Dear Cindy,

Thanks a lot for taking your personal time to make such a wonderful review, and we appreciate your kind words in regards to our staff, food, and facilities.

We strive to provide the best service during our guests stay attending all the needs in a personalized manner. We do feel proud that you pointed out how our staff went above and beyond during your stay.

Yes indeed, we got the biggest and delicious hamburger in town, is a secret only revealed to all our guests. Thank you for your nice words regarding our Congo Restaurant, we think breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we try to give many options to our guests. Lunch and dinner is a must try at our Hotel, and the best wait team that will make your dinner enjoyable!

We also appreciate your feedback and would like to let you know that after some intensive work to fix up the issues with toilets, this is no longer a problem in our hotel, thanks to your review! And we are relieved to hear that our staff addressed the issue immediately during your stay.

We look forward to the possibility of hosting you once again and thank you for visiting us.
Sincerely,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Charlotte
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2013

We just recently stayed 3 nights at the San Bada Hotel. All the staff were wonderful and went above and beyond. I loved that when we checked in, we were given a beverage and then taken on a tour of the facility. The staff never had a problem with us asking questions, and we used most of their advice. Also, they were so helpful in making dinner reservations and calling us a taxi. They made me feel right at home and let me go behind the desk to use the computer for our airline web checkin.
We had two first floor rooms which were fine for us. We did have a problem with the toilet in one of the rooms, but again, someone was there with in 10 minutes, of our reporting the problem, to fix it.
We loved the roof top terrace. One afternoon, it rained a lot, and it was so relaxing to sit up there and look out at the ocean. Also, the sunsets from there were so beautiful
My only complaint was that the breakfast buffet was just ok. The eggs were a bit runny, and I wish that there were a bit more sweets, like banana bread, on the buffet. With that said, I did not go hungry. We also ordered quesadillas at the pool, and they were very good. The bartenders did a great job in serving us delicious drinks.
My husband used the spa for a massage and loved it.
On the whole, this was a great family hotel, and we hope one day we can stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank jamran
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this review, 26 February 2013
Dear guest,

On behalf of the whole Staff, I want to thank you for sharing your experience with other in this trip advisor review! Once our guest comes through the gates of Hotel San Bada, we strive and make our best to make them feel as part of the family. And we are glad that you felt like being at home while staying with us.

Our front desk team still remembers the day that you went behind the front desk and it was very funny, I heard you were invited to join the team.

We feel truly happy to know that we meet all your expectation and even more that our staff went above and beyond. We also thank you for your feedback regarding the breakfast, because of that actually we have now included in our breakfast banana bread as well as vanilla and chocolate pancakes.

We look forward to your return to us again giving us the opportunity to spoil you in Paradise!

Warm regards,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

This hotel is literally at the gates to the national park. You couldn't ask for a better location. The rooms were spacious, the AC worked well and the grounds were well kept. The best part is that it is just a 2 min walk to the beach. Most hotels in Manuel Antonio require you to take a taxi or bus to the beach. We ate at the hotel restaurant a few times and the food was good. The front desk staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. They helped us book our day trips and offered up some great dinner suggestions. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is the small issue that we had with our toilet. If by chance someone from another floor flushed their toilet, ours would bubble up. This hotel was at the end of our trip, and this little annoyance didn't bother us too much.

Room Tip: Asking for a room on one of the upper floors would most likely give you a great view of the beach fr...
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Ferr3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this review, 10 January 2013
Dear Guest!

Thank you very much for your recent stay at our Resort and for sharing your comment with others at T.A.!

We are indeed the closest Hotel to Manuel Antonio National Park, door to door with the National Park main entrance, we appreciate your kind words regarding how our location was ideal for your vacations! Also we are 2 minutes walking distance from the public beach, which is even more convenient to spend vacations without having to drive, use the bus or taxi to visit the main 2 attractions of the area, the beach and the Park.

We are glad that our staff made your stay enjoyable, sure they will read this comment, which keep us motivated to give the best service possible to all our guests. And for our potential T.A. guests please do not hesitate to contact our staff anytime during your stay, we are more than happy to help or assist you.

Also thank you very much for your feedback we will definitely post this issue to our maintenance team to prevent this to happen again in the near future.

Again, thanks a lot for your great company visiting our Hotel and we hope to welcome you back again at our little piece of Paradise in Costa Rica!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2013 via mobile

We stayed here our entire week in Costa Rica and had a wonderful time. The staff could not have been friendlier or more helpful! Location was perfect. I did not give it 5 stars because of some technical issues like periodic hot water issues and a tv issue. It's not the Four Seasons but we didn't expect it to be so we were still very happy.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
1 Thank Julie B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this review, 17 January 2013
Dear Julie,

Thank you for coming to Hotel San Bada and for taking of your valuable time for writing this review!

We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful time during you stay with us. All your comments and feedback are well received. Concerning to the issue with the hot water, probably it was because since we are using greenheat (the heat generated from the a/c heats the water) it sometimes take a little longer to get the desired water temperature. Anyway, we always appreciate that you let us know about any issue in your room as we will try to speed up the heating process. Our front desk team is always willing to help you to fix any problem you may have.

Please consider this as a welcome back wish from us, we are not a Four Seasons as you said, but have for sure that we strive to offer to all our guest the best vacation experience while visiting Manuel Antonio. More important to us is letting all our guests to enjoy the charms of Manuel Antonio National Park.


Warm regards from all the Staff at Hotel San Bada
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2013

We stayed at 3 different hotels throughout our trip to Costa Rica and Hotel San Bada was by far the best. The propriety is located literally next to the entrance to Manuel Antonio park and only a 2 min walk to the beach). The hotel itself is vey nice, the rooms are sizable and clean. The standout for us was the friendliness of the entire staff. The front desk personnel helped us set up guided hikes and horseback riding (a must) and the waiters at the restaurant and bars always made sure we were well taken care of. If you're considering Manuel Antonio, look no further for a hotel, stay at Hotel San Bada.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank EricCJ
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this review, 17 January 2013
Dear Eric,

Thank you very much! We are so glad with your review, as your positive feedback is a great motivation for all the staff at Hotel San Bada.

We really enjoyed reading that your experience at San Bada was the best during your Costa Rica vacation. Certainly our friendly staff and great location makes us different from other hotel in the area. For all nature and wildlife lovers, our location next to the Manuel Antonio National Park provide better chances to enjoy hiking into the National Park and see a great variety of wildlife, from birds, to iguanas, monkeys, amphibians and sloths among others.

Also our front desk tram will be pleased to help you booking any of the exciting activities offered in area, from guided hikes and horseback riding, to whitewater rafting and canopy.

Again thank you for recommend us to other TA readers. Hope you to come back soon.

Best regards,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
White Plains, New York
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at end of 8 night vacation. Wonderful location - right next to entrance to park and easy access to public beach as well. pool was great. service really excellent by desk staff and restaurant.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank afsw68
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
SanBada C, General Manager at Hotel San Bada, responded to this review, 17 January 2013
Dear guest,

Greetings from the warm and sunny Manuel Antonio!

Your brief comment provides a better idea what Hotel San Bada offers, privilege location, 3 different pools, great and genuine desire to help from our staff. In addition our facilities are designed to pamper our guests featuring a Spa with great variety of treatments, workout room, restaurant, business center, Wi-Fi and a breathtaking ocean and sunset view from our terrace bar.

Again thank you very much for you review and we do hope to host you again in the near future!

Sincerely,

Your friends at Hotel San Bada
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Manuel Antonio hotels
1.7 mi away
Shana By The Beach, Hotel Residence & Spa
0.1 mi away
La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows
La Posada Private Jungle Bungalo...
#17 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
909 reviews
2.0 mi away
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
Gaia Hotel & Reserve
#3 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
1,541 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.1 mi away
Hotel Si Como No
Hotel Si Como No
#7 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
1,435 reviews
1.5 mi away
Tulemar Resort
Tulemar Resort
#2 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
1,207 reviews
1.0 mi away
Falls Resort at Manuel Antonio
Falls Resort at Manuel Antonio
#6 of 46 in Manuel Antonio
1,009 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Hotel San Bada? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel San Bada

Property: Hotel San Bada
Address: Next to Manuel Antonio National Park Entrance | Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#8 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel San Bada 3.5*
Number of rooms: 67
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel San Bada brand new Hotel located right next to Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, and a few steps to Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica.Rooms with National Park jungle and ocean view balconies. Discover the wildlife from your balcony and listen to the ocean. The biggest pool in the area with water slide, waterfalls and a pool bar. A private pool for adults at the terrace, with ocean and jungle view, perfect sunset spot! Our amenities:-Restaurant-Access to the public beach-Pool bar-Power generator in case of electricity shortout-Elevator-Biggest pool-Kids pool-Adults pool with ocean view-Snack Bar-WiFi-Free spacious parking, no driving needed once you are at the resort, everything is in walking distance. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Priceline, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and getaroom.com so you can book your Hotel San Bada reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Hotel San Bada Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing