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Hotel Casitas Eclipse
Ranked #39 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Quaint”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

This was our second stop on our Groupon deal. Our first hotel seemed better maintained and newer so I felt some letdown when we first got into our room. I got over it pretty quickly when I just let myself enjoy being in the middle of the rain forest. Our room was very spacious with a small kitchen. We had an outside sitting area for our morning coffee and got to watch birds, iguana and other critters get active in the morning. The day we got here we were greeted by white faced monkeys in the tree next to our room. We could hear the howler monkeys in the distance. How cool is that?? There are three nice pools but no hottub. Our room was located very near one and I felt like we had our own private villa. There is a walking trail at the back of the property that goes into the forest more. There isn't wifi in the room but I could always check my FB and email at breakfast and dinner. Yes, there are definitely some improvements that could be made to upgrade these rooms but it is unique and quaint and I like this kind of place over big boring resort hotels. The staff were very helpful. Breakfast was good although not large. We didn't eat in the restaurant there for dinner so I can't review. We went on a Catamaran tour one day and we were picked up at the hotel. We drove the short drive to Manuel Antonio Park. You can't drive into the park but can get closer than the beach area where they desperately try to get you to park.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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St. Augustine, Florida
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Before getting into this review, I would like to preface it by mentioning it that it was the result of a Groupon "Trifecta" trip to Costa Rica. Therefore you will need to know that my journey does not end here but also at two other, completely different locations at this Central America location. The organizer of the Groupon deal was Travel By Jen. Maybe you are embarking on the same trip and hopefully this will enlighten you on what to and NOT expect. With any trip there are usually three components that when done well make it extraordinary. These three components are destination (location), lodging (accommodations) and service (staff). In this trifecta, there was always something that was missing taking away what would make Costa Rica incredibly remarkable.

The second leg of this journey was to the Quepos area. Located ocean side, the trip from La Fortuna to hear will take you roughly three hours. As I mentioned earlier, Costa Rica is certainly not known for its highway system, rather plan on a twisty curvy roadway that will take you through some incredibly remarkable countryside and finally to the coast. Our GPS took us through some areas that require a toll. They do take dollars, most of the tolls we had seen were $1 to $1.04. If you have colones on hand most tolls are roughly 550 colones.


As for the hotel it is old, very old. Although looking at the outside, at first it seems that it is very modern and upbeat. Once you get past that you soon realize that it is deathly old. For one, the door to your room is nothing more than a closet bi-fold door. Our room had its share of "creatures" as there is nothing to prevent them from coming or going from your room. They certainly can get under the door very easily. In this case I would recommend a mouth guard when sleeping. Our bathroom sink also had its share of some sort of ants that would visit for no apparent reason.

Perhaps the only saving grace during our stay was the gang of monkeys that came out of the wooded area and put on a show one afternoon. There must have been six or more traversing through the trees and pouncing on the roof tops. What made this all so spectacular was that we where in the pool beyond the "black cat" restaurant. Not only did we get do watch but in the comfort of water!

In this package, they provided complimentary breakfast at the "Black Cat" restaurant. You have four choices to choose from. After the first breakfast, all of the choices became very difficult. I would rather have found a different place for breakfast. For dinner, the Aviator which is across the street is perhaps one of the better choices.

Here are some tips to help you with your adventure:

1. The beach is located down the hill. Mind you this is a lobster trap if you decide to walk it. Going down will not be a problem but going back up, it is killer especially if it is hot. There is a bus stop right near the hotel and will cost you 285 colones per-person for a one way ride (either way). I would recommend that and it is cheaper than parking your car.

2. If you do decide to go down the hill in your vehicle, beware. First do not leave valuables in the car when you are gone. This includes your GPS. Also when you get near the bottom of the hill the locals will try to make you think they are some sort of "official" and have you park in their lot. You can do so but don't get fooled that you have to. They just want the business. Price to park can cost $4 or more per day.

3. Beach sand there is incredibly hot. Wear sandals unless you like to feel your feet burn.

4. There are lots of places to eat there. El-Sol was our favorite. When we arrived there the owner sat us and took our order. We asked for the food to be extra spicy, but the only thing they had was tobacco sauce. The next day the owner made us a batch of home made hot sauce that was phenomenal. For this reason and his concern to please us that I recommend this place. Also, get there early and you have a great seat looking over the balcony watching the tourists go by.

5. Manuel Antonio national park has its entrance right next to this El-Sol restaurant. I would recommend walking to the park rather than driving. In fact, I would recommend the bus to take you there rather than the car. Walking to the park is not difficult, road width and parking your car is. The park will cost you $10 per person to hike into. And don't both with getting a tour guide. They will tell you that you will not see anything without one but believe me, there are plenty of monkeys and other wild life that is right there in front of you. Also, there are so many guides with other tour groups, should they spot something there is always a lot of commotion going on so you certainly wont miss anything.

6. On the public beach, if you are to rent a chair go down towards the end of the cul-de-sac and there is an American there, his name is Vaughn. Not only will he supply you with a chair and umbrella but also provide you with information on what to see, where to eat and so-forth.

7. We ate twice at the Aviator. This is certainly a much better place to eat than the Black Cat.

8. Wifi is available in the Aviator or close to the Black Cat restaurant. It is not strong enough to permeate the hotel rooms. Although it seems everything else was.

Although the hotel was not that great, the location to the beach is the only saving grace. The daytime was fun but I so dreaded the night sleep.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Reception staff were wonderful! They changed my room after first night to accommodate my need for fewer steps to/from room/front entrance. They helped me with tour planning and modifying. They gave me info about the bus routes.
The place is not high end but is comfortable, with functioning AC and in a lovely setting. It's also near bus stops to get to the beach and/or the town of Quepos.

Room Tip: If you have any walking limitations, ask for a room close to reception area.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

Convenient location near bus stop,
Restaurants. Taxi to grocery store.
Beautiful landscape. No shade trees or umbrellas around pool. They don't use much or any chlorine in pools. Apartment 114
Had older appliances, all electric.
Air conditioning was good. Beds were comfortable. Floors pretty dirty! Stark old furnishing closer to European standard not USA. Hot water was plentiful for showers .

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Upstate New York
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

How many hotels have their own rainforest? How many hotels feature agoutis, iguanas, a crocodile and weird glass sculptures, on a carefully landscaped and laid-out terrain? Just one, I'm betting. Yes, the Casitas Eclipse is not a new place, and yes, they only have wifi in certain areas. But the rooms are enormous, the A/C works, and the staff are friendly and helpful. We stayed here on the last leg of a four-stop Costa Rica rainy season vacation, and were charmed by its quirkiness. We preferred it over the resort, lodge and eco-hotels that preceded it. Close to Manuel Antonio, the beach and lots of restaurants, it's worth a visit.

Room Tip: No fitness center or room service, but we could have slept five in our room, and they kept it clean.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Virginia
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111 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2013

The hotel is dated.. Unlike most hotels, there were no amenities (soap, shampoo, etc) in the room. Air conditioning in our room was an antique and noisy. It sounded like an engine running right next to our room. Faucets were 'loose' that the whole set rotates with the handle. We never had 'clean' towels that were free from dirts or embeded dirty marks. Cottage layouts were confusing. There were many pools on the property. There are not clean. We never felt that we had a clear view of the pool bottom. We had a room that is all the way in the back. After staying for three days, our family still could not get to our room/cottage in one attempt.

There is no wifi in the room. Wifi is only available at the restaurant and at the front office. Both are open air structures. Mosiquitos had a great time feeding on me when I had to get on internet in the evening. It was not pleasant. Both restaurant and front office close at 10PM. If wifi router got into trouble, wifi service is gone.

Grounds were pretty. Many flowere and colorful variated plants. It is very pleasant to walk around the property. We saw monkeys and other additional wild lifes.

Restaurant wise, I would recommend the restaurant "El Avion" across the street. We had a good meal in Manuel Antonio area there. I will definitely recommend against going 'Cate Negro" on the property. Customers voted them out. We ate there one night. Food was below expectation. We were the only customers from 7 to 8:30PM. Another night, they had no customer.for the period I used wifi at the "Cate Negro".

Room Tip: We had a room in the back towards the woods. I think it helped for spotting wild lifes.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

We stayed here while in Manuel Antonio and there was three of us to the room. The room is extra large. The grounds were well manicured.There were always Agouti's roaming the grounds early in the mornng. The chestnut-mandibled toucans were in the trees everyday which we got to make fantastic pic opportunities. There is a restaurant directly across the street that has the entire restaurant built around a airplane. Everything on the menu is great. The hotel restaurant is ok . but The El Avion is better. There were tons of smaller monkey everywhere as well as the Howler monkeys and sloths either all on the property or across the street while we were there. A great place would highly recommend.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Casitas Eclipse
Address: Km # 5, road to the Manuel Antonio National Park,, Manuel Antonio 11-6350, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Casitas Eclipse 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casitas Eclipse is an exuberant Mediterranean - style hotel, located in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Just in front of the hotel, the main road that heads to Manuel Antonio National Park and to the beach.The hotel is surrounded by exotic gardens which combined with their strategic location right next to the National Park, enables guests to enjoy within premises, the occasional visits of monkeys, iguanas, sloths, birds, colored frogs and other wildlife. ... more   less 
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