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“Great location to Manuel Antonio attractions”
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Inn On The Park
Ranked #41 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great location to Manuel Antonio attractions”
Reviewed 6 April 2010

We were a bit concerned when some of the hotels of our package were changed, but as it turned out, everything worked out well. This hotel had a unique setup. Only has 3 floors with each floor having a master suite with kitchen, living room with an adjoining hotel room. This worked well for the 3 of us. It was especially nice as we had to top floor with balcony in front and in the rear of the building. Staff was extremely helpfull in arranging ATV tour and a with connections at El Avion Restaurant, we got the BEST TABLE in the HOUSE for a beautiful sunset dinner. It was nice to hear the housekeep staff singing in the morning, not to mention the Monkeys, Birds, and short walk to both the entrance to Maneul Antonio Reserve and the beach area.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

Our room was large and clean (although it could have used some fresh paint), the bed was comfortable and the air conditioning worked great. As one reviewer wrote, the hot water had a mind of its own - I wondered if it was on some sort of timer. It would run hot (scalding hot - be careful with children) then cold, then hot again. It is very close to the park entrance and a short walk (down a dirt road) to the public beach. We did hear the howler monkeys in the morning (scary sounding!) and there was a troop of monkeys who would visit a restaurant (Backpackers) down the road every evening. I'd say a two star rating is about right - wish I had some other hotel in the area to compare it to but unfortunately don't. One thing - being Americans we expected the breakfast to be out "front" around the lobby (although it was tiny & we wondered where they were going to put it - duh). The desk clerk did not tell us it is served out back and he didn't show up till 8:30 am our first morning - we gave up waiting about 8:00 and went to a restaurant down the road for breakfast. Could have saved some $'s there as we actually would have preferred their breakfast (white/whole wheat bread, scrambled eggs (we didn't have to pay extra for them), fruit, coffee, juice).

  • Stayed March 2010
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Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2009

The hotel is a good deal for the money. We had a spacious suite with very good air conditioning (you need it), at $96 per night. The location is also very good, only 6 minutes from the beach and 2 minutes from the national park. It had the right ingredients for a great vacation, but the developing country "charm" of Costa Rica really put a damper on it. Drop expectations dramatically if you like Mediterranean resorts, Ibiza, and the best Caribbean locations. We went to Manuel Antonio because it was the most "civilized" coastal zone. The beach area is not large yet there is garbage everywhere. The six minutes walk from the hotel to the beach is on a road so neglected that an ankle sprain is a serious possibility. It's a nasty 6 minutes, some of it without lighting at night.

Then there is the gauging. If you are not careful you end up paying U.S. prices+ for Costa Rican service/standards -- a very bad deal. I chose not to drive in this vacation and it was a great decision. We saw less of the country but didn't have to deal with the pervasive acts of robbery perpetrated by traffic cops, who systematically stop foreigners to extort hundreds of dollars. C.R laws allows a traffic cop to impound your car for speeding, and he will if you don't play nice. On every road you see cops with several rental cars stopped waiting to be fleeced, for cause or not. It's a national disgrace. We have corruption in the U.S. but it's mostly in Congress and less in-your-face. In sum, if you rent a car in Costa Rica you join the herd of cows ready to be milked. Who needs that in a vacation? Some friends of ours paid a speeding "fine" on the spot and also had their car broken into, which required a police report, for which they had also to pay a bribe. It's a sign when you see parking lots topped with barbed wired.

Pitiful night life. The band at the "Cantine" packed it in at 10 PM on Friday night. The "disco" in the Biblos casino plays music no one can dance to. It's probably what it's non -English speaking DJ likes but nobody dances... He didn't seem to care.

My advice would be, if someone asked, not to go to Costa Rica; the "cheapness" of that country is a thing of the past; what you don't pay one way you pay another. AND to leave the country they charge a $26 exit tax for person -- just a last quicky before they let you go off their clutches.

The beach in Manuel Antonio is not very good. The water is not the turquoise blue of the Caribbean (don't believe the pictures) and the sand is mostly brown, except for one beach in the National Park (Beach three, which has whitish sand, but the same muddy water.) Beaches have rocks, they go deep quick, and they have rip currents. (It made me miss Formentera beaches ...

The Park fee used to be $7 but has gone up to $10 per person, for foreigners. For nationals and residents is about $3.

The park is good (Monkeys, iguanas, snakes, butterflies, and lots of hermit crabs, great tree formations) but it could be much better given the potential. Nature does its part but Costa Ricans do not.

It was a struggle to find a good place to eat. The bar "Las Gemelas" in Manuel Antonio beach was the best of all, and was just fair. Three times recommendations by Costa Ricans turned out to be terrible. These people don't know how to cook, it's as simple as that.

San Jose is a real dump, avoid. I thought we'd spend one day there to have a look -- no need.

I will never go to Costa Rica again, I can do much better at just a little more for the hotel. Nothing bad really happened (but for a stolen bag with our snorkeling gear left momentarily on the beach) but the problems I described and the overall mediocrity got to me.

The owners of the hotel are Americans but it's run by Costa Ricans. The room had a refrigerator but no ice trays in the freezer (?????) - You NEED ice, there.

Shopping for groceries is very limited. There is an expensive mini-market in Manuel Antonio, but if you need anything out of the limited selection they have you need to go to Quepos, only 7 Km away, but by a mountain, twisty road, and it may take 30 to get there on the bus (40 cents). The nearest ATM is 3 Km away, again on a road risky to pedestrians.

The hot water had a mind of its own but given the heat constantly on your shoulders it's not a big problem. I liked the solid wood furniture (Costa Rica is rich in cocobolo rosewood.)

Good coffee available for about $8 a pound.

Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Boston
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2009

My family just came back from staying in this hotel for a week. The location is great. It's set back off the beach front (and the ensuing party-like atmosphere) so evenings are quiet (with the exception of the awesome howler monkey and bird sounds which are quite loud). It's a short easy walk to the beach and an even shorter walk to the park. Along this walk to the beach, twice we were surprised by a family of squirrel monkeys that came down to check us out. Very cool. We also saw plenty of iguanas, lizards, a turtle and really beautiful birds. My kids loved it. The front desk guys were amazing, especially Hernan Delgado. They were helpful, friendly, nice, etc. Great. The others, well, I'm persistently friendly so I got an occasional smile or nod, but it wasn't easy! We had the master suite. The room was huge -- great kitchen (although no bowls or glasses), big living room, dining area, huge bathroom, etc. The tile floor was nice and cool on the feet. We had my brother, sister-in-law and their child over quite a bit and there was plenty of room for us to sit around and eat dinner. I thought the housekeeping was quite good considering this is a rainforest on the beach. You can't get rid of every bug and every grain of sand for crying out loud! They did better than I could have! Some people complained about the breakfast. They had corn flakes, granola, white bread (for toast), orange juice and milk and coffee. While we were there, they were not offering fruit. If you wanted more, for only three dollars you could have eggs and meat. It was fine for us. No complaints (although I wish we'd gotten some fruit!) For the negatives, the beds were simply gross. The kids' mattress (set atop a sleeper sofa) was so lumpy and deformed, they actually had a hard time sleeping (and these kids are world travelers and never complain about anything!) Ours was rock-hard and stained, which I wouldn't have known except that there was no mattress cover and the sheet was so pilled and thin that the stains showed right through. Ick. The other negative is you can hear every single thing outside your walls. For two nights we had a group of nocturnal men upstairs from us. Even though they tried to be quiet, we could hear their entire conversation, one night from their room and the next night out in the pool. Literally every splash came through loud and clear. We basically didn't sleep much. But that was ok, because there was so much to do and see. I am putting a recommend on this review because the positives outweigh the negatives, but you might want to bring some sheets.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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California, USA
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2009

We were 3 families with kids and each family had a a master suite. Very nice, clean place with full kitchen, fridge and stove. This hotel is located few steps from the entry of manuel antonio national park and about 5 min walk from the city beach. One thing to notice (we were confused when research it on the interenet) - the hotel does NOT have a private beach, so you basically walk to a public beach - there's nothing wrong with it, but just in case you have other expectations... Also, they don't have any beach towels, so we basically took a couple of regular towels to the beach. Small breakfast included like fruits, cereal, and coffe, you're asked to pay extra for the eggs.
One thing to note - there's a private detached house right next to this hotel and it's owned by the same people. The house is two bedroom/two bathroom. Our friends were able to rent it for less $$$ than we paid for our rooms. You may pay them cash to get a much better deal.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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EJSTeeter
Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2009

Inn on the Park is a small, moderately priced, family-friendly hotel with a helpful staff located so close to the entrance of Manuel Antonio that with a strong arm you could throw a baseball and hit the gate.

This is adventageous for several reasons. First, you don't have to worry about taxis or parking. Parking can be a real hassel at Manuel Antonio with all the unofficial "parking attendants" trying to direct you to their area. Second, it makes getting to the park early really easy. Since the park only lets in a certain number of visitors at a time, it is good to get there as early as possible to avoid the waiting list.

The accommodations at Inn on the Park are clean and comfortable but not fancy. We never had hot water while we stayed there, but it was warm enough that we didn't mind the cold showers. We really appreciated the air conditioning at night.

Be forwarned about breakfast. The hotel claims that a "full" breakfast is included, but what they really mean is that fruit, toast and cold cereal are included. You have to pay extra for eggs, or anything cooked.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2008

First night stayed in a room with a queen size bed due to the original hotel we booked with being too disgusting to stay in at all. The room was ok at best had a smell of smoke and was a litledirty. But due to the fact we walked out on a hotel (Villa Pratts) that was absolutely filthy, this seemed like the ritz carlton at the time. The next day we moved up to the master suite (we had a reservation) and this was much better. The short of our stay: The master suite was much better, but could use a better cleaning, the location is excellent, the pool was dirty, and small, the breakfast is very basic, the staff was very nice. If I had to do it all over again I would spend a litle more money and stay somewhere else. If you are looking for basic accomodations you might be ok. This hotel in the US would be a two star hotel.

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  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Inn On The Park
Address: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#23 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn On The Park 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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