Just recently back home after another fantastic trip to Costa Rica. The last 5 nights were spent at Verde Mar. Our overall experience was great, but I will critique by listing positives and negatives:
First the positives:
-the staff was fantastic, and very helpful.
-as I said in the title, it's all about the location... just steps from the beach, which for us was really great, and also only a 6 minute walk into Manuel Antonio, to stores and restaurants, and also the MA park entrance.
-the room was very adequate... we were right at the end of the building, closest to the beach. Bed was comfortable
-Very nice and cool; air conditioning was great, and also a ceiling fan above the bed.
- HOT showers every time.... this is my third trip to Central America, and I can tell you, this is not something you can count on.
-Huge box in the room to lock up all of your valuables. We didn't have our own lock, so they provided one.
-the small kitchenette was not all that useful.... hard to cook anything with just a microwave, however the fridge was great, and in my opinion, an essential in that hot climate, to keep your beverages cold.
-there was a sloth mama and baby living in the trees just outside our room, and the white faced monkeys would come through at some point every day.
-well, in short, the exterior of the place is kind of run down, and ramshackle! As we walked around the property I kept saying to my partner "if I owned this place, I would......"
-the pool area ... seriously, it needs to be bulldozed and completely made over. Tiles are missing in the pool, the decking is very rough looking, the deck chairs..... oy vey!! the chairs and loungers are wooden, in various stages of recline (or decline as the case may be) and covered with tile! Not exactly what I'd call comfortable. I've noticed there are some photos of the chairs above... I don't need to add my own.
-the shower area is essential for people coming from the beach.... but there has to be a better way to deal with that sand. We always tracked sand into our room, because it was impossible to get through the shower without still having sand on your feet.
-that little rickety walkway leading out to the beach.... hmm, I think that might be one of the least expensive ways to make a big improvement.
-the gardens along side the ramp that led down to the pool... oh, I saw so much potential there. I am an avid gardener, and would love to have a go a beautifying those gardens.
Over all, negatives aside, we still thoroughly enjoyed out stay at Verde Mar, and it's proximity to so many things.
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- Also Known As:
- Verde Mar Hotel
- Hotel Verde Mar Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio