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Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio
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Kentucky
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47 reviews
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“Great value, atmosphere, and location”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

The location and atmosphere were wonderful- we saw monkeys from our balcony (although one pooped by our door and it wasn't cleaned up for at least 24 hours) and could easily walk to the public beach as well as the park entrance. The rooms were small but the a/c and beds were nice, and it felt private and secluded. Overall a great value for the money.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

First of all for the money you pay to stay here you can't expect luxury! The room had a nice size, tv and good airco. The bathroom was small but there was warm water and everything was decent. The girl in the office was very friendly!
However.... The ventilation thing in the bathroom was disgustingly filthy. I was grossed out. Even after two days of 'cleaning' the maid obviously didn't notice...
Wifi connection....we were in room 1, very close to the office but the connection kept getting lost every two minutes. Very annoying but ok, we had enough stuff to do.

Breakfast... I see reviews here that it's basic but good. I can't agree. Yes, the fruit was fresh but I can't say anything good about the rest. Bread, peanutbutter, jelly and some cake and cookies...definitely not the best we had during our stay.

So jungle beach: pretty cheap: yes
Would I return: nope!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2014

After reading over numerous outstanding reviews and looking at pictures before the trip, we were excited to get to the Jungle Beach Hotel. However, the pictures online, their website and the reviews make the hotel seem a lot nicer than it is, so when we arrived we were let down. There are few amenities at this hotel--no restaurant, no pool, etc, but the wifi works well as does the air conditioning. The breakfast is very simple--fruit, bread and coffee--and it leaves you wanting more. The staff was fine, but not accommodating....the answer to almost every question we asked was no which was frustrating. On the other hand, the location in relation to the town and the beaches was very convenient--a 10 minute walk. So, with all of this, I won't say the hotel was bad, but just underwhelming. You need to know what to expect before you stay here so you aren't as underwhelmed as we were.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

We found that the the amenities here were nice, but the location is key to Manuel Antonio. Easy to walk down to the park or catch the bus towards Quepos. The room had good AC and a fridge. Breakfast was pretty basic, but to be expected. We did have a little trouble with our shower due to them performing maintenance on the water line.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

My kids and I loved this hotel! First you are within walking distance to the local beach there (Playa Espadilla) and Manuel Antonio National Park. The beach alone has so many fun things to do! You are also at a beautiful property that is located near the jungle so you get the added bonus of having monkeys come through in the morning and visit! Well they are of course just looking for an easy meal, but it is still a fun sight to watch. There are 3 types of monkeys in Costa Rica, we saw mostly squirrel monkeys one morning but white faced capuchins are also common in that area. Didn't see any Howler Monkeys they are a bit more shy I think. Stayed there in 2012 - late review I could not choose a date before May 2013!

Staff was great and helpful. Rooms were clean, family friendly place, great value and convenient location to get to anywhere you want! Don't skip the beach it's practically right across the street from the hotel- and you can see monkeys down by the beach if you are lucky!
I would easily stay here again if/when I return!

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

This hotel is clean with great air con (it was 34 degrees!) The breakfast is basic, but the fruit is fresh and lush. But the best bit is how we walked out of our room at breakfast and one morning there were howler monkeys climbing through the trees in front of us and the other mornings there were howlers and then squirrel monkeys. One was on the branch right by my face! Due to the road works the power went off one morning so the toaster didn't work but I had fruit and pastries which was fine! And as always the coffee was good. The staff were friendly and helpful and the bed was comfy. You could here people upstairs moving cases etc but in the night the only noise came from the crickets and bugs outside! So it was good value for money.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

I did a ton of research on the Manuel Antonio area hotels before deciding on the Jungle Beach Hotel and I did not regret my choice one bit. As you pass through Quepos on your way toward the park, you quickly realize that you don't want to stay in town... chain link and barbed wire to protect business... lots of folks just kind of "hanging out" on the streets... not a natural, clean or safe vibe. So, you head through and further down the single road that leads into MA and you immediately start seeing small boutique style hotels on either side of you. If you can afford it, you may want to venture up into the hills where most of the "nicer" more expensive hotels are, but if you are on a budget, you just hope that you choose correctly from what is available. I would definitely recommend that you make reservations before your trip to ensure that you get what you want and I can assure you that if you are looking for a friendly, affordable, clean environment that has GREAT access to EVERYTHING Manuel Antonio then this hotel will not disappoint! It is full of character within the grounds and very close to the canopy trail that the capuchins use at breakfast time and dinner. Take a walk directly across the street to the beach and enjoy the beautiful surf, which is calm enough for swimming. On your way back up to the hotel you are certainly sure to see those silly monkeys playing in the trees overhead... super cool! Breakfast is perfect and fresh... coffee anytime you would like... oh, and AC in the room! For the price and excellent location, you cannot go wrong with this small, comfortable hotel. Have fun!!

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio
Address: Main Road | 200 Mts From Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Pura Selva)
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Jungle Beach Hotel at Manuel Antonio 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small hotel with 12 rooms featuring tropical murals. Just a 2 minute walk to the beach and a 15 minute walk to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Our proximity to the National Park, Pacific Ocean, and the lush jungle that surrounds us make our hotel a perfect daily visit for the three different species of monkeys in the area, including the Titi (Spider), White face, and Howler monkeys. We offer free buffet-style breakfast, WiFi, private parking with surveillance, 24 hour access to reception, daily room cleaning, and laundry services. All of our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, safe box, hot water, bathroom set, and towels. Additionally, the studio room comes with kitchen appliances. A 5 minute walk from our hotel you have restaurants, supermarkets, shops and other recreational areas. Manuel Antonio offers a large variety of activities and tours for people of all fitness levels and ages, including wildlife viewing, white water rafting, zip-lines, countless water sports, horseback riding, fishing, among many other excursions for you to enjoy. We are more than happy to help with booking any tours or activities of your preference, as well as make transportation arrangements. Welcome to Jungle Beach Hotel, an ideal resting place between the tropical jungle and the pristine beaches of Costa Rica. Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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