The hotel is extremely comfortable and offers glorious views. The bed was great, the room was spacious, and the bathroom was very comfortable. I didn't try the TV. The balcony is a great spot for relaxing and looking out over the jungle (monkeys and beautiful birds included!) to the ocean in the distance. The pool was very relaxing, and perfect for cooling down in the evening after a hot day in the park and on the beach. Breakfast was very good. Gerald, on the front desk staff, was exceptionally friendly and helpful. I can't say enough about how terrific he is. He greeted me by name when I returned to the hotel in the evening, although I had checked in with someone else before his shift started: "You must be (insert name). Did you get a chance to visit the park today?" He made it his personal mission to assure that I had a great stay, arranging a tour for me AND purchasing my bus ticket back to San Jose (in Quepos before he came in to work). The driveway up to the hotel is very dark after daylight has gone, so if you'll be out after dark be sure to take a flashlight unless you're taking a taxi to the door. The bus stop is very convenient, but make sure you memorize what it looks like so you can get off at the right spot. Two different bus drivers told me they would drop me off there/point the stop out to me, and didn't! I strongly recommend the Villa Vanilla tour if you're looking for something educational and unique, and an alternative to ziplines, hanging bridges, wind saiing, etc. Take plenty of cash, because they don't accept credit cards and you're likely to want to buy spices. The hotel is not located exactly where you'd expect, given the mapping tool on this site, but it's a quick trip by bus down to Manuel Antonio, and it's quieter than the hotels right by the beach and park would be. I was traveling alone, and felt very safe there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel California, Ocean View hotel !!! Great place to experience the peace of paradise and the thrill of local attractions. Located in beautiful Manuel Antonio with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean from our 12 Deluxe rooms and mountain view from our 15 Standard rooms.Our rooms are very comfortable & spacious with complete privacy, balcony, air conditioning, satellite television, telephones, hot water and mini- refrigerators.The hotel features a variety of services including honeymoon packages, surfing and sport fishing, canopy tours, Estuary Tours, White Water Rafting, Sailing Tours and can arrange for any other activities you might be looking for during your vacation in Costa Rica. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel California Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio