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Hotel Playa Espadilla
Ranked #21 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
San Ramon, Costa Rica
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Very nice place for the $$”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

Family run for decasdes. Cabinas are not for me but an option for a group or if you want a small kitchen. The hotel is on the other side of the road and is seperate. Great locatgion if the park or the beach i syour thing. Very close to both. Off the main road enough so you don't get the traffic noise. I'd not make a reserav ation other then easter or Christmas--the 2 worst times to go to the beach in CR--just show up and start nefotiating--they're not ever sold out. No go there--then try nearby Verde Mar and a little further Costa Verde. Deals to be had at all. Just need the nerve to do it. Cash is king.

Room Tip: North side--you'll be away from the raod and from the pool area.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

The staff is super friendly. There are mini kitchens in each room which came in handy. It's a block from the entrance to the national park and a two blocks from the beach. Great location. Its a good deal for the price. The breakfast was great the first two days, by the third we were tired of the same flavor, but thats how it is a lot of places. four fruits, eggs any way you want them, sausage, rice and beans, pancakes and a few other items.
Small pool, slightly heated. One thing you should know about Manuel Antonio in general- there are not that many ATM's in my research before the trip lots of people said there are a lot of ATMs. not true here, it was a 4 mile taxi drive to the nearest one. You can pay with your CC most places but incase you've hired a drive etc that only want cash.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Tucson, Arizona
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41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Surprised to see such a nice hotel right next to the National Park and beach yet tucked away off the main road in a quiet area next to its own little jungle.

The King rooms are very large and come with an extra bed in a separate alcove. I think they have only 16 rooms here but they own another hotel nearby with rooms for longer stays. The rooms are very well decorated with flat screen TV and nice bathrooms with hot water, refrigerator, coffee maker and coffee, safe, and large A/C. There's a bench outside the door.

Bar area is in back and beautiful with outdoor seating and fans and next to pool with more seating under canopies. Drinks run $6 to $8. The restaurant area is next to bar where buffet breakfast is served starting at 6 am.

David is the manager and was really great in setting up our room ahead of time for my wife's 60th birthday via our Go Tours tour guide Flavio. Had champagne, flowers, and rose pedals everywhere, plus a delicious cake!

They are just a few minutes walk from the park entrance (note it is not open on Mondays). Costs $10 ea to get in. It's even a closer walk to the beach as it stretches up and down the main street near the hotel. You can rent four lounges and two umbrellas for $8 for the day. However, be prepared to be constantly bombarded with venders. I think this is why many people pay to enter the park and use Manuel Antonio beach instead.

There are no views from the hotel because it's tucked away off the beaten path and up against it's own little jungle area. Large iguanas walking about. The pool has showers nearby plus they have other nice rooms near the office for showering and change of clothes if you need to stay longer after checking out and holding bags. Checkout is 11 am. There is no hot spa, only what they call a "cold therapy pool" next to the larger one.

It's about 4 mi to Qepos from here, though a hilly and windy road. There are plenty of restaurants nearby on the same road so no need to go that far. A taxi costs about $6 to restaurants and $8-12 to Qepos.

Room Tip: The two corner rooms 20 and 21 are excellent and can hold 3 people each.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

This is a great place to stay if you are in Manuel Antonio as its set back from the noise and bustle of the main strip. The staff are all really friendly and the pool area is quiet and relaxed. Manuel Antonio is alot more developed than I had expected and this place provided a nice break from the busy crowds in the area. I wouldnt go to Manuel Antonio again as there are much quieter and therefore more beautiful areas to visit in Costa Rica

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

The hotel is located within walking distance to the beach. The rooms are clean and big and free wifi is available throughout the hotel. There's no hot water in the sink and sometimes they have issues with hot water in the shower, but were able to fix in within hours. Breakfast is decent but could use a bit more choices. Dinner at the restaurant is excellent. Staff is really friendly and helpful. The pool area is relatively small but nice.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Staff are really friendly and helpful. Room is spacious and clean. Pool area is good and restaurant is a real stand out. It's a short, level walk to cut across to the beach. Happy hour and a pool table - what more could you want?

  • Stayed January 2014
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Plano, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2013

Great location close to the park entrance and beach. Very quite and a very good resturant. The only thing is maybe the rooms. There is no hot water at the sink and not enogh soap. Hot water at the shower were available only at the evning

Room Tip: Bring soap
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Playa Espadilla
Address: 300 metros antes de la entrada al Parque Nacional, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Playa Espadilla 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located within a 2 minute walk from the main entrance of the majestic National Park of Manuel Antonio. Hotel Playa Espadilla offers well equipped and cozy rooms, in the best Costa Rican atmosphere. The hotel`s own Biological Reserve is a special area for those who enjoy to hike and get in contact with nature. Costa Rican owned and runned. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Playa Espadilla Hotel
Hotel Playa Espadilla Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio

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