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... an island but a natural land bridge formed over time by the accumulation of sand, and it is now connected to the mainland - a phenomenom called "tombolo". This mirador only offers views out to sea and down on the cliffs below, after walking on the forested trail. Manuel Antonio National Park is well developed for the high volume of visitors, with easy trails (I wore thongs the whole day), paths and stairs in place, toilet and shower facilities, bins, picnic tables, ...
... we have done a bit of walking in the rainforest in the National Park (jumping every time something moves for fear of a giant killer snake), surfed a bit, swam a lot in the warmest sea we have ever been in, explored 3 different beautiful beaches, eaten a lot of fish, watched the stunning sun sets with cold Coronas on the main beach, watched as our bag of crisps were stolen out of our backpack by wild raccoons whilst we were in the sea, watched the sloth do ...
... They make you buy tickets before you get in line to sign in, so at that point it was a question of when, not if, we would get in, since we were not willing to turn back at that point.) We finally got in and walked for about 30 minutes to the closest open beach. It was beautiful. The jungle comes right down to the water, so you can swim or read in the shade. We stayed there for much of the day, swimming, walking and hanging out. Monday (December 30), I did my ...
... setting, it is very hot and the road is very steep. We make it there eventually but completely soaked. After dinner we get back to the hotel and decide to enjoy a bottle of red wine while swimming in the pool. No people around, completely quiet and warm. Absolutely amazing. Cheers to the unforgettable adventure and the final night in Costa Rica.
Ours was the first group to arrive at the beach for the day, so after stashing our stuff on picnic tables, we headed out to the surf. (Edgar guarded our lunches against the thieving Capuchin monkeys he said would be arriving any time.) Most of the students swam in the warm waves while Sean and I strolled barefoot along the sand. We found dozens of little hermit crabs scuttling off in quite a hurry to get to who knows where. They wore such a variety of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Costa Verde II Manuel Antonio National Park
We stayed at Costa Verde II the last week of April. In general the hotel has great views and a good location. After going down to Manuel Antonio I wouldn't want to stay anywhere downhill from Costa Verde. Reservations were a hassle. They didn't answer any questions that I asked in e-mails so I had to call. They didn't reserve the room we booked. They didn't offer any compensation.
We were in Costa Verde II, second floor, first unit. The unit is down a steep hill. There's a walkway next to the building going to the adult pool so the first two floors are exposed to everyone walking past. You will discover this if the drapery rod falls off the wall when you are in the shower as happened to me. This unit felt like a fishbowl since people can see in from every direction and you have to pull the drapes which eliminates any breeze making it a tropical fishbowl.
The unit was spacious and well furnished. It could've been cleaner. There was mold on the walls and I would've cleaned the kitchen area before using it. The toilet leaked water but at least it wasn't waste water. One night I woke up to an itchy feeling. I turned on my flashlight and had bugs crawling all over me. Not pleasant. There's a lot they could do to upgrade the hotel; phones, alarm clocks, hairdryers, more maintenance on the inside of the units and better customer service. Power was out for six hours the first day and several the next. Bring a battery operated fan.
I thought the pool area would be reserved for the units in Costa Verde II. It wasn't. Pool hours were not enforced and there was a constant stream of people. People were swimming laps at 5am! The noise really carried and between the night guards talking on their walkie-talkies all night, the gardeners working before dawn, the early swimmers, the early walkers and the late night skinny dippers, it was very noisy. I caught an unwanted eyeful of a guy getting into the pool in his birthday suit when the pool was "closed". Otherwise the pool has a nice view.
I had asked if breakfast was included. They said yes. This was a selling point for me. When we got to breakfast at Anaconda they said, "the restaurant has nothing to do with the hotel and it is not included." We ate anyway and it was good and reasonably priced. I stopped at the reception desk to ask about it and another person was asking the same thing. It's not included. The guy at reception whipped out our agreement and basically said "here, read it, you signed it." So beware.
Anaconda dinners were great. Gorgonzola chicken, Snapper were really good dishes. Most things were reasonably priced. Beware of the specials. We got ripped off. The special was a regular menu item of fish plus four shrimp. The regular menu price was around $7.50. The "special" with four shrimp was around $21. We charged the meal to our room and wanted a receipt. They wouldn't give us one so I went to the front desk and asked for one. They said "you should have brought a paper and pen." That ended charges to the room.
El Avion had ok food and was reasonable. I wouldn't recommend the walk to El Avion. You have to leave the hotel and walk up a steep, busy and dark road. The hotel should be more upfront about this. This is a personal safety issue and I was nervous walking alone in the dark to a place I thought would be on the hotel property. The hotel is all spread out up and down a road not in a complex. They should offer a shuttle.
Check out was a hassle as they charged me for another guests bill and then wanted to credit me and charge again. These were relatively large charges, I was not happy about funds on my card being held due to their mistake. I finally got the charges straightened out a month later. To top it off they told the driver that called for us and came to get us that we had left the day before. Fortunately he knew it wasn't correct and when we called him he came back. I thought Manuel Antonio was overrated and the hotel not worth the hassles so I would choose another location in Costa Rica.
The location made up for the problems that we encountered. This place really is about location, location, location.
We stayed in section E, which was extremely far from everything. The walk wouldn't have been so bad, but it is a very steep climb. I am very athletic, and found it to be a bit tireing. I often wondered how older guests or those with children were able to make it. After getting ready for the evening, we would be drenched in sweat by the time that we made it up the hill to get a cab. On the plus side, I did see monkeys, sloths, iguanas etc. on this walk.
The Anaconda offered huge portions for very reasonable prices. The staff was friendly and always remembered us. The monkeys came every night before sunset to put on a delightful show. The staff put out bananas the first day that we were there, and I was very disappointed. There were signs all over the grounds stateing why is was bad for the monkeys if tourists fed them, so I was a bit confused at the blatant disregard for the rules. It never happend after that initial night, so I'm not really sure what to think.
The rooms had most everything that we needed (including a resident gecko). He was the one leaving the "droppings" that a previous poster thought were mouse "droppings". For some reason, it didn't seem quite as gross coming from a lizard. Our balcony had a gorgeous view of the forest and the ocean. We enjoyed sitting out there and watching a troop of monkeys playing in the trees. One problem was the lack of a phone in the rooms. I didn't enjoy having to take the long walk ever time that I needed to communicate with the reception desk. There also wasn't an alarm clock, which presented a problem when we had to be up at the crack of dawn for tours, flights etc. If there had been a phone it would have been no problem because we could have asked for a wake-up call.
It is NOT a 5 minute walk to the beach. It is a very hilly 15 minutes. We talked to other guests, and they all agreed. However, the staff can get you a cab in a few minutes, and it is only 2 bucks. They will also lend you some handy straw mats to lie on the sand.
Regardless of the few complaints, Costa Verde is beautiful. If you are in Manuel Antonio for the wildlife and scenery, this is the place for you. If you are fond of luxary and absolute comfort, you may want to room elsewhere.
Can you handle the problems for a great view?
We stayed for 4 nights at the Costa Verde Hotel in April. There were serval problems associated with the hotel. Our room wasn't ready on arrival even though it was l hour past check in. We were told it would be ready in 20 minutes, which turned out to be an hour. We were in Bldg E which is a VERY STEEP 300-400 meters from the reception desk, pool or restaraunt. Don't stay in E Bldg unless you are used to a vigorous workout on stairstepper! Every evening we would freshen up for dinner and be soaked with perspiration by the time we got to the restaraunt.
Our room was large with beautiful hardwood furniture and floors, and a nice balcony with a view to the ocean. Unfortunately the people underneath us kept pounding on their ceiling any time we walked across the floor. At 11:30 p.m. when I climbed out of bed to turn on the air conditioner the guy downstairs pounded on the ceiling and then came to our door and told us to stop the party. He seemed very threatening which was scary since we were so far away from the main building and there was no phone in the room. Speaking of phones, don't try to get any incoming calls. We were told you could get them in the main building, but missed a very important call during our stay. If you are not there to pick up the phone when it rings, it's not going to happen.
The kitchenette was nice. We went to the market and got our own food. It wasn't until we got home that my husband informed me that the little black things he kept cleaning up throughout the kitchen were mice droppings.
Now for the good parts-Al Avion restaraunt had very good food, and was inexpensive. The view from the adult pool is to die for. You can sit in a lounge chair and see all sorts of birds, iguanas and monkeys from your poolside chairs. The hotel is within walking distance of Manuel Antonio beach. For 25 cents take the bus back up the hill. The staff was friendly. We even had a security man help us out when all the lights went off one evening. It was pitch black and we couldn't tell where the stairs started to get to our room. We stood there for about 10 minutes until a security guard with a flashlight came and found us.
If you can handle the kinks, it is a great location with a beautiful view.
Firstly, I think this place has possibly the BEST restaurant in the world. The food is AMAZING (and I eat out a lot...!), and the view is out of this world, squirrel monkeys run through the bar at sunset... I really can't describe what a fantastic place this is...
On top of that, the rooms are also fantastic! Large, clean, with great balconies.... It's about a 15 minute walk - down hill, to the beach, and the national park entrance is 5 minutes along the beach to your left (obviously, there are no hotels in the National Park itself)...
The hotel has a couple of other restaurants, one based in an old war plane...!?! Overall, a wonderful place, i'd reccommend it to anyone!
We stayed in the hotel for 2 nights and had a fantastic time. The rooms are big and clean with balcony overlooking the rainforest and the ocean. In the afternoon you can see a lot of monkeys. The pools are open till 10pm and the restaurant serves fantastic food (especially steaks and fresh fish).The hotel is in the middle of the rainforest. I would always recommend this place!
Great views, but noisy "wildlife"
We had a studio room - with AC, mercifully - and a spectacular view of the Pacific. The staff were pleasant and helpful, and we were able to book a great 3-hour hike in Manual Antonio using their suggestions.
Our room was located in an Area at the bottom of a very long set of steep stairs, and you needed to climb these stairs (we're talking close to 100, here) each time you wanted to go to reception, get a meal, go to the pool, etc. In the heat and humidity, I felt nauseated during the climb - and I work out 5 days a week. Definitely not for the elderly or less-fit traveler.
The other problem was the satellite TV. Or, rather, our neighbors' use of it. Walls are thin, and balconies are shared. I found it was too frequent that I wanted to sit outside and read while looking at the ocean and listening for monkeys and couldn't help but hear the play-by-play of each game on tv, or some corny movie.
The hotel seems popular with younger American tourists set on partying for a week at the beach. Nothing wrong with that . . . unless they're your neighbors.
Reception told us it was an easy walk to the beach - then at another time I overheard them tell someone else to get a taxi or take the bus. We were glad we didn't walk, since it's not far but the road is steep and windy - a bit dangerous. Taxi to the beach was about $3, and the bus is about 20 cents. We went to the #1 beach, just outside the national park, since it was Monday and the park was closed. Beach chairs and umbrellas rent for $10 per day, which was a bit pricey but necessary for a couple of Seattle-ites who haven't seen sun in months. Beware - you're a sitting duck for every kind of pitch under the sun. No one is insistent or rude, but it was a bummer being interrupted every few minutes to turn down guys selling margaritas, mangoes, sugar cane, vases, blankets, etc. I'd suggest getting into Manual Antonio early in the morning and swimming at one of those incredible beaches instead.
The hotel's restaurants were alright, but nothing special. We like the Cantina the best, since there was a huge wood-fire out front and the specialty was grilled everything. Anaconda was fine for pre-dinner drinks, and it was a great deal that full-service breakfast was included in the price of the stay. El Avion was a little cheesy and definitely popular with college kids - but you can't beat the view at sundown.
A Nice Place to Stay
My friend and I stayed here for 3 nights this past June. We found the room to be spacious and clean. Our room had AC and satellite t.v. Since there aren't many restaurants close by, we ate most of our meals at the hotel restaurant and enjoyed the view of the water as well as the food. We saw many monkeys right outside our room and around the hotel grounds.
As noted in a prior review, I recommend taking the bus to Manuel Antonio park or anywhere else you need to go. We made the mistake of walking down the long, windy road which has no sidewalks. It was a dangerous walk because it is difficult for cars to see pedestrians when they are coming around the curves at high speeds. On our walk back to the hotel, we got caught in one of the many rainstorms and had to take shelter at a gift shop which was on the hill. The bus is very inexpensive and worth every colon. The bus stop is right next to the hotel.
Although I enjoyed my stay at the hotel, I did wish it were a little closer to the park where there were more shops and things to do. There is nothing to do around the hotel. Also, the front desk person was not very helpful and kept us waiting for an excessive amount of time on several occasions. I would recommend using the internet at Si Como No because it is cheaper. Other than these complaints, our stay was enjoyable.
Too rustic for these girls...
Let's make this easy for everyone..
I'll give you the pros and cons, and then YOU can be the judge...
- Beautuful view from our Studio plus room in Costa Verde II
- Tons of wildlife (iguanas, 3 kinds of monkeys, toucans, etc.)
- Friendly staff
- Good food and service in the restaurants
- Kitchenette and refrigerator come in handy
- Broken toilet, leaking and flooding on bathroom floor
- No water pressure in the shower
- Overlooking the pool with sometimes drunk and unruly guests
- Extremely noisy at the pool most days
- Open air means exotic and sometimes large bugs in your room, especially if you leave the lights on after dark
- Shared balcony means praying for quiet neighbors
- Access to beach is difficult at best
- No shade to be had poolside
If you are a camping, hiking, rustic individual who doesn't mind a little nature in your room and a lot of activity outside of it, then perhaps this is the place for you.
I will say that thanks to the Costa Verde I have finally realized that I am NOT an adventure vacationer!
Wonderful Jungle Retreat
My family of 5 just returned from a two night stay in an ocean view studio-plus room in Costa Verde II, which was wonderful! Due to unforseen change of plans upon arriving in San Jose we needed to book an additional two nights in the Quepos area during Christmas. We already had booked four nights at the Si Como No, down the street from the Costa Verde, but couldn't check in earlier. We were luckily able to get two beautiful rooms at the Costa Verde for the 2 nights and we were pleasantly surprized. The rooms are extremely large with two queen beds, kitchen area with dining table and very large balcony overlooking the adult pool as well as the jungle and the ocean. In this complex there is no a/c, but just screened in windows and doors with 4 ceiling fans which kept the rooms comfortable and allowed us to hear all the noises of the jungle. We all enjoyed the breakfasts in the dining room overlooking the jungle and the ocean served by very friendly staff. The entire environment of this property was special, giving us a wonderful introduction to our first stay in Costa Rica. Lots of monkeys also reside here which are fun to observe. The entire hotel is very well maintained, updated and clean, yet is able to maintain the feel of a unique jungle property. We were sorry to have to leave for the Si Como No, which we also enjoyed, but didn't get the same feeling from. Next time I will only stay at Costa Verde!
Great Pacific Ocean Sunset View - Close to the Park
I had decided to return to Costa Rica twelve years after my first visit. I enjoyed the Junior Suite 2 at Costa Verde II for a few days and nights in November 2004. This is not a standard size room. For me, traveling solo, it was great to spread out after staying in more cramped spaces in other locations in this wonderful destination on the Central American isthmus. Costa Verde's proximity to the Manuel Antonio National Park is their best asset. The walk to the National Park is downhill, but I'd suggest that for only 100 colones (less than 25 cents) taking the Quepos-Manuel Antonio public bus to return after a few hours enjoying the Park ("salida" at any of the hotels along the way of go all the way to Quepos) as the steep, uphill walk on the narrow, windy road is too uneccessarily risky, especially after hours of doing the trails in the park. After climbing the slippery slope to Punta Catedral, why do a road with speeding taxis and tourists?
Thankfully, children, phones, or TV's are not seen nor heard in the Coste Verde II part of the facility. Families gravitate to their own section for the TV's, and separate pool. At the Coste Verde II, there are fantastic water views from the large nicely furnished balcony. In the end of the "green" season, I paid $99 + 16.5% taxes for the VERY ROOMY, open and clean space. Comfortable yet firm queen beds with nice spreads (which match the curtains) to sleep soundly after active days, kitchenette with a small refrigerator, two-burner stove, a small breakfast bar with two woefully small wooden stools able only to seat small people. An omission was that a coffee maker is not included in the kitchenette, but of course, that would discourage guests from taking morning coffee at the restaurant. (Costa Rican coffee is worth the airfare, in my opinion.) Remember, this hotel is not unlike any other which will nickel and dime you to higher ultimate charges. A nice dining table and chairs, all hardwoods, stands solidly on the light tile floors. Above, burnished wood ceilings with four ceiling fans (no A/C needed), and all areas well lit with cheap looking wood and metal light fixtures. Chilean tile art adorns the whitewashed, nicely trimmed stucco walls. There's a full-length mirror, too. There's a wonderful large shower (no tub) and adequate lavatory and toilet in bathroom. Water pressure was excellent, hot water adequate. Even the best screening is not going to keep out the natural critters. No mosquitos buzzed me, just the occasional moth was seen. Those tiny ants were in the kitchen, too. The hungry helpful and entertaining geckos were a delight to watch as they preyed on any insect inside the screen. Remember your location.
Sunsets were great. Monkeys work the trees right outside the rooms. Candlelit evening hours. This is why you go. If bugs, lizards, and jungle sounds bother you, what the heck are you considering this area for? I was thankful for the soothing jungle sounds all night and early morning, and glad that there were no inconsiderate loud guests during my stay. In the wee morninng hours, I could even hear the crash of the ocean waves on the beaches far below. The sounds of vehicles laboring up the hill was an unavoidable minor disturbance in the daytime and evenings.
Maid service was fine. Same day laundry service was cheap, but why not offer this service directly to the rooms, rather than asking guests to carry it to the reception office themselves? I suppose the excuse is that since there is no phone in the room, there cannot be any room service whatsoever.
The young men in reception (especially the Swiss boy) could work to improve. I suppose they just get tired of the variety of requests from the guests. A rushed, brief and incomplete explanation of the facility accompanied the inadequate and poorly written brochure (folded 8.5 x 11 paper) to describe the whole facility. I had walk up the hill two times in the two hours after my arrival to ask to have somebody come to reset the room safe which had been closed by the previous guest. I had to find out about the bus on my own. (I'm sure they have an arrangement with certain taxis.) If I asked anything, only the most perfunctory of answers was offered. Much more of the typical Costa Rican hospitality to guests was offered elsewhere in my times in Costa Rica.
Restaurants closest to CV II: It's all about the view. At Anaconda, which is the only one of Costa Verde's three restaurants where you can charge to your room, I did not get service with a smile from these waiters (which is supposed to be Costa Rica's trademark), and the food quality and portions were below average for the price. La Cantina barbecue was better, but there are much better places to eat nearby up the road or in Quepos. El Avion is so-so. I have to admit, I had to try the food, even though I think the whole thing is a ludicrous eyesore. The attitude of the waiters who served at La Cantina and El Avion seemed a bit better than those at Anaconda. Perhaps if the system did not include 10% for service automatically, they'd be better. Those that did genuinely convey Pura Vida get an additional 5 to 10% from me.
Overall, I'd recommend Costa Verde II for its outstanding location and the cleanliness of the nicely furnished suite. Take the bus for 100 colones to another location to eat. If you are driving a rental car, parking areas seemed properly guarded. Prices in the dry season take a steep uphill hike, and make Costa Verde II much less a value.