This was the second time we stayed at this hotel. The last time was three years ago and was just two us. This year was with a teenager. The hotel has not changed at all since were last there. The grounds are very nice and hotel is located on a hill above the town. Unfortunately, there is not much view of the surrounding area. Staff were very much just working and not particularly friendly.
The rooms are located in a separate building from the office/kitchen, with the exception of a couple of rooms. They have small fenced in patios at the entrance and high ceilings. The rooms a very large and nicely furnished with large rustic (log/wooden) furniture. There is a skylight in the middle of the ceiling. Netting is available on the beds if you are concerned about mosquitoes at night. The beds are average in terms of comfort. There is no air conditioning, but you won’t need it, it is very cool at night. If you go out early, remember to take a sweater with you. The bathroom is very large and has a whirlpool tub and shower. The downside is that the walls are very thin and I think the sound may travel through the ceiling because every time one of you neighbors flushes, showers or worse, uses the whirlpool, it sounds like it is in your room. There is no radio or television and it gets dark fairly early, thus the comment about not such a great idea for kids. There is little to do to entertain your self. We opted to have dinner later and walked into the centre of town. After dinner we wandered through the various small stores in the area. That killed some of the evening for us.
Parking is free and is available right inside the yard, which is nice. There is not an internet computer but Wi-Fi is available and we has not problem connecting as long as we were near the front desk.
Breakfast is included and consisted of a breakfast bar with fresh fruit, rice and beans (the best I have had in all of Costa Rica), scrambled eggs, pancakes and toast and juice or coffee/tea. It was very good.
There is a grocery store, shopping, and dining, all within walking distance. I apologize for know having the names of the restaurants we ate at, we took photos of them, but our camera was stolen in Manuel Antonio. But we had great pizza and pasta (very large portions) at the pizza place near the end of the main strip. You can’t miss it as you have to walk down stairs to enter the restaurant. The food was fantastic and not too expensive. There is also a great burger restaurant just off the main strip on a side road. It is a one way heading towards the main street. On the main road, near the tree house restaurant there is a small smoothie stand. Fantastic smoothies made with fresh fruit as well as milk shakes.
All in all, if you are less interest in peace and serenity and would appreciate things such as TV and a pool. There are many hotels in the area, which from the outside, appear to be very nice and cost about the same.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer a beautiful location on a hill overlooking town, lush gardens with a path connecting the buildings housing the reception, rooms and restaurant. Excellent ambiance, comfortable rooms, private bathroom with hot water and breakfast included. 5 minute walk to downtown, easy access to shops, restaurants, banks and supermarkets. ... more less
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