Condotel Las Cascadas
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TravelPod Member ReviewsCondotel Las Cascadas Manuel Antonio National Park
A great place for long stays:
Las Cascadas offers the guest very nice suites and condos, with or without Kitchen, most of them with AC and ocean views.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Condotel Las Cascadas Manuel Antonio National Park
Best kept secret in the area .
Just returned from a 10 day stay in the Quepos Manuel Antonio area . Don't recomend the drive . Had I known I would have Rented the car in Quepos rather than do the drive from SJ myself . Not fun . The roads are in serious need of repair.
We had booked on line a condominim , Las Cascadas . Didn't know what to expect coming in but once we got in the door . What a treat . The place is a small family run facility tucked away off the main road to the marina . You would never find this place without a reservation . I would say it may be one of the best kept secrets in the area.
The place was spotless , the touches very personal and tastefully done , and the family that owns it , very accomodating and made us feel like we were old friends dropping in for a visit . Great for families with children.
The pool was a " work of art " . in progress . There is a lot of creativity in the air.
I would highly recomend this place as a superior value for the price.
Las Cascadas- A great little find
I stayed here for a couple of days after reading reviews here on trip advisor and was really glad I did. The hosts/owners were Gary, Catalina, their 3 sons and a large Rottweiler pet/mascot/guardian named Sara. Their 10 yr old son Dallas was a well spoken, informative little charmer. It was a nice home-style stay as opposed to the typical hotel feel, which is fine from time to time. Since i was on a budget, I stayed in one of their economical condos, a small studio apt with a full working kitchen, private bath, tv, and fans. Nights weren't really that hot so the fans were fine.
Las Cascadas is located high up on a hill in a remote location in Quepos and about a 10min walk from town. This is not a fancy resort type place, if thats what expected. Instead its an out of the way charming location run by a family who were always there to provide you with any assistance you needed. There were other condos that were quite spacious, very nice, well equipped (yes w/a.c) with a wonderful view of the ocean. If you wanted to relax and cool off, there was a nice lounging pool area with a waterfall, and barbecue area. Every morning, Catalina was there to offer a great cup of coffee with what I consider the most delicious cinnamon toast bread that she made. This was right in there home in their family kitchen table along with some enjoyable conversations. They always made me feel very welcome and were kind enough to give me several rides into town and halfway into Manuel Antonio. They couldn't have been nicer.
I'd definitely recommend this location if looking for an out of the way location, only a 20min bus ride from Manuel Antonio. Its a place worth returning to. Since not many know about this place, I would love to see them receive the most exposure possible and have tons of business because they really deserve to. Thanks Gary & Catalina!!
What a great place! After already enjoying a full week in Costa Rica we were excited to settle down at this secluded condo style accomodation with 7 of our friends. Las Cascadas is only a walk outside of Quepos and this accomodation provided all of the nice touches you would expect from a home; and the owners even went above and beyond to make our stay special. A day at the pool while listening to music and watching the many monkeys play around the yard was very amusing. The owners Gary and Catalina and their children were a lot of fun to be around. They demonstrated care for their guests by checking how our stay was, providing us with advice on where to party, what tours to go on, nice places to have food and secret spots to go to. We even had a huge poolside dinner with them and other guests at Las Cascadas on New Year's Eve. Overall, Las Cascadas provided us with all of the amenities stated and needed not to mention versatility (ability to party at the pool while listening to our own music or a nice tranquil family atmosphere - whatever your taste they were able to provide it.) The units were spacious, decorated tastefully, very clean, had AC (the upstairs was a little warm because the air conditioner had difficulty making it cool, but it had a fan and we kept the window open for a nice breeze) and there was an excellent laundry service, TV (which you don't need because you shouldn't be spending time indoors), ... and the list goes on. The pool and grounds area were maintained well, and Gary provided us with opportunities to use his recreational equipment. And finally, what made our stay the very best in Costa Rica was Gary, Catalina and their boys who were truly amazing hosts, we are very happy to have found this little paradise. We will definitely be going back to visit them soon!
Home away from home!
My two college age daughters and I just returned from a fabulous vacation in Quepos, Costa Rica. We had never been before and Las Cascadas came highly recommend by a friend of a friend. We had wanted to stay in a condo with a kitchen and living room rather than have a hotel experience. Las Cascadas was a perfect choice. This is a family run business and is located high on a hill overlooking the ocean. The pool is delightful with a cascading waterfall and your ears are filled with sounds of the surf and native wildlife. The condo we stayed in was a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with an open kitchen/living room area. Upstairs was a roof top terrace that the breeze came through and was a wonderful place to relax!
Gary, Catalina, and their oldest son, Dallas, did everything to make us feel welcome. They provided us with restaurant, dancing and tour ideas and gave us a quick tour of the town (within walking distance) to orient us the first day. They were available and helpful and yet gave us plenty of privacy. The family is fluent in both English and Spanish so we never had any language barrier.
The girls and I are anxious to plan our next trip to Quepos and Las Cascadas will be, again, our home away from home.
Great place to stay!
My family stayed at Las Cascadas for a week in April 2005 and had a wonderful time. The accommodations were just what we expected, and the owners went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Everything was exactly as we discussed before arriving, and their description of the unit was completely accurate. The location is great - very conveniently located to Quepos, but also quite private. Spending the afternoon at the pool while monkeys played around the grounds was wonderful. The owners gave us advice on a couple tours that were real winners. We'd definitely go back!
Thanks for a great vacation!
Stayed here with a group of friends. I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the main house and guest condos when we arrived! The grounds were all built and designed by Gary, the owner, and it is spectacular. Waterfalls, views, spacious, great pool, the location is beyond convenient! What really made the trip go from great to awesome was the family that runs it. You cant put a price on people and they were so nice and accomodating! Their son was so helpful in telling us where to go and what to do and setting up trips and tours. The pool was wonderful too. Great times had by all!
In response to a few poor reviews...if you are expecting the Ritz, go stay at the Ritz.
Very quaint & friendly accomodations
We stayed at Las Cascadas last November and loved the place. The family that owns the place was very friendly and helpful, particularly their son Dallas. We wanted to go Scuba diving and he spent a couple hours on the internet and phone trying to set up a trip for us. The rooms were clean and decorated nicely. There was a nice deck that had a great view of the ocean. The pool was great also. We would definitely go back to the place!
Very nice week
During one week we spend a great time in Las Cascadas Hotel. The rooms were decorated with such a personal touch, that made us feel comfortable right away. The family that runs this place is very friendly. I really can recommend this nice place to have a relaxed vacation.
Smart Family, Toledo Ohio
Web postings very deceptive
I stayed at Las Cascadas with a group of friends and we were unpleasantly surprised when we arrived that the owner had told us that both rooms would have AC and only one did, since we were used to small rooms we stayed in the one room instead of using the misrepresented room. Also, the website we had looked at stated that all condos have ocean views, this is not true, we had one window that looked at the patio and one in the bathroom that was under the deck(not anything resembling an ocean view). Also, the website made it seem that there were washers and dryers for guests to use, however it is actually a laundry service that is rather pricey ($8 for a plastic target/plastic grocery store sized bag of clothes), also the website made it seem that there was a wide aray of gear that guests could use, such as snorkling gear, sail boat etc. However, it is for rent and not all rooms (ours included) has a price sheet telling you this, so you could have a surprise on your bill. Just a warning that you should ask a lot of questions and hold on to emails for documentation. On the up side Manuel Antonio is the best and you will not spend much time in any room you stay at.
Did everything to make the room uncomfortable
I don't know where to begin with Las Cascadas. I just got the feeling
that the owners really run the place as an afterthought--all these
little touches that don't cost too much, but make you feel like they don't
want you there--but maybe that was just my room. For starters, there
was no gas in the kitchen cook top (which was provided, after we asked). The sheets were one step (barely) above burlap (and I'm not expecting Pratesi!). There was inadequate light in the living area ie at night there was not enough to read a book comfortably. There was a 10in TV, w/no remote, which was fairly small, and the two bamboo chairs provided were very uncomfortable. That being said, the location was convenient and pretty, and everything was very clean. There are waterfalls right outside, and a small pool, although no other grounds were available. The location is also walking distance to the town beach and restaurants, so you probably don't need a car, although it's nice to have one. The price was very good, so I can't complain that much, but it seems like a remote for the TV and adequate light are not too much to ask.