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Hotel Playa Espadilla
Ranked #21 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Hotel Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio – 4.5 out of 5
This beach is a fun place to be – the surf may be dangerous (beware rips) but the sunsets are to die for and there’s a really cool atmosphere at the edge of the national park. Hotel Playa Espadilla is set just far enough back from the lively beach front (we watched squirrel monkeys on our way back in the dusk) with its own forest surrounds which bring the wildlife to your door. Go out quietly at dawn – there was a white-tailed deer on the lawn. Maybe because this is a touristy area the staff lacked a bit of the beautiful Costa Rican charm but they were courteous and the benchmark had been set very high elsewhere. The pool is small for swimming but quite big enough to float under amazing tropical stars or drink exotic cocktails from the cool of the water at the bar.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milena C, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, 23 September 2014
Dear Dee!

Thanks a lot for taking time and writing such nice description for Manuel Antonio Beach and Hotel Espadilla´s surroundings.

We appreciate your comments and will be always in the position to give a better service.

Pura vida from CR Manuel Antonio!
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We stayed here 5 nights in April, The room was basic clean with a comfortable bed, fridge & coffee making facility, outside our room was conservatory type furniture (Sofa & 2 chairs) lovely to sit out on in the evening enjoying a nice chilled beer. The hotel & pool was set in lovely tranquil ground's with the sound of trickling water from the fountains, the pool was like a tepid bath, the sun loungers were comfortable with an umbrella's over to give you some shade, Breakfast was a buffet style at Hotel Player Espadilla just under a minute’s walk where we had a wide selection to choose from. The hotel was conveniently situated to Manual Antoino National park just within a couple minutes’ walk, there were also umbrellas to borrow for when it rained and it rained hard. The maids did an excellent job of cleaning the room. Negative side was there was a charge for beach towels at $1.50.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milena C, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Hello Tracey and thanks for your the great description in your review. The charge for the towel is to safe resources for our environmental program.

All the best!
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2014

You can almost see the beach if you stretch your imagination. Although there are several hotels on the hill with views of the beach, most of them require a long walk or ride down.

This hotel is steps away from the Parque Nacional Manuel and the beach. It really comes in handy if you are visiting the park since you can sign a register and return later in the afternoon.

Nice if you want to do the tour in the morning and hit the beach there in the afternoon. The beach in the Parque is very nice and clean. Just watch out for the raccoons and monkeys. If you are looking for something less expensive, there are plenty of places up the hill.

The hotel has nice clean rooms, seats outside the room and an adequate breakfast which is included. The pool is small, but refreshing.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Milena C, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Dear Jeck,

Thanks, it is very kind to give us your review on Trip Advisor.

We are glad you had a nice vacation in Hotel Playa Espadilla .

Best regards,

Milena
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Louisville, Kentucky
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014

My husband and I stayed at Hotel Playa Espadilla in October 2013 and would highly recommend it to anyone. The hotel is within walking distance of both Manuel Antonio National Park (took us about 5 minutes) and the public beach, Playa Espadilla, which was a huge selling point for us since we did not rent a car. The room was nice, as was the pool area (although we didn't utilize it since we spent all of our time at the beach!), and the staff was friendly. Be sure when coming into the area to specify to your taxi/shuttle driver if you are staying at the hotel or the cabins - they are on separate properties. Our absolute favorite thing about our stay was the food - it was the best we had on our 8-day trip to Costa Rica. We chose to eat every meal on the property since it was so good, and we loved that dessert was included (although our waistlines did not) :)

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Milena C, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, 19 April 2014
Hello Metzsmith!

Thank you very much for your comments on our place specially the Puerto Escondido

Restaurant.

Makes us look forward and improve even more.

We hope you can visit us another time, Pura Vida!
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Hotel Playa Espadilla was a lovely small hotel in Manuel Antonio. The rooms were very clean and the staff were very hispitable. Its about 400m from the national park but away from the main drag of the town so it's peaceful. the pool was a welcomed additin as the beach was so busy and touristy, the wondeful barstaff keep you topped up with ice cold water on hot days

The only thing i'd recommended is that off all the places we visited Manuel Antonio as an area was or least favourite as it was so touristy. Be prepared, this place was an oasis of clam in a manic, torusity spot

Room Tip: roos at the back are quieter
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milena C, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
Hi Anna, we glad you had a pleasant stay. Some summer days are very busy in Manuel Antonio. Luckily the hotel is located near the beach but away from the bustle.
Many Thanks for taking the time to write about Hotel Playa Espadila.
Greetings!
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

First, the location is fantastic - you can walk back and forth from beautiful Manuel Antonio Beach in about five minutes. We requested an upstairs room with vaulted ceiling based on other reviewers' recommendation -- it did seem more spacious. Electricity was off when we arrived and we had a few short "outages." Our room was near the parking lot which I wouldn't recommend because a motorcycle group was there with us and very loud one night. My biggest peeve was that they only issue one key per room - we were staying with kids so this became a nuisance. Staff was nice but not engaging - so could be a plus for some. Room was clean. Iguanas by pool and nice pool to relax at each afternoon. Breakfast begins at 7 which was late for some of the days we had early morning activities scheduled for and we went to Cafe Milagro up the street instead . . I may try something else if we go back but really the location is the biggest plus for this hotel.

Room Tip: upstairs with vaulted ceiling away from parking lot
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Milena C, Front Office Manager at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, 17 April 2014
Hello Snowsnowgirl,

Sorry your trip coincided with the group of riders who stayed on the property for one day.

We are always in greater willingness to help. As is the case of a change of room or talk to motorcyclists not to turn on their bikes after hours.

Regarding the key, it is correct that it is only one; but the frontdesk remains at your service to leave the key and remove it from 6 am to 10 pm. It is an issue that we will review.

However I am delighted that you enjoyed watching the iguanas and relax by the pool in the evenings. I appreciate these comments, always for the better.

Pura vida!
Milena
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Lincolnshire, UK
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Perfect Location. Far enough away from the main drag so there is no noise/disturbance. yet only 5 min stroll to the beach or the entrance to the park.

Our room was large, spotlessly clean with plenty of towels and very efficient air conditioning.

The bar did some great meal and there were always plenty of staff about. We ate one evening in the restaurant and the meal was very good, generous portions and excellent service.

We had some medical issues and the manager was very quick to help us out, calling the hospital for updates and checking we were ok when I got back. which was very reassuring.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milena C, Director de Recepción at Hotel Playa Espadilla, responded to this review, 5 May 2014
HolaKarla,

Thank you for your excellent score and pleasant comments.
We are glad that all was well with your stay.

Pura vida
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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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