La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows Manuel Antonio National Park
Can;'t Wait to Go Back to the La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows
I had a chance to bop down to Manuel Antonio for a couple of nights in November after a week's work in San Jose. Wound up at the La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows and I could not have been more pleased.
When I arrived, the new addition was still under construction but Mike's hospitality more than made up for the very minor inconvenience. My room was delightful: funky but cozy with delightful little extras (beyond the requisite safe, ceiling fan, AC, and microwave) like popcorn for the microwave, suntan lotion, and a bag of Costa Rican coffee.
The location is quite private being at the end of the street and butting up against Manuel Antonio National Park on one side and an empty lot on the other. It's a short walk back down the street into "town" and an equally short stroll to the park via a nice pathway.
Mike is an absolutely wonderful resource, he knows many of the local business owners and won't steer you wrong when it comes to recommendations for restaurants, night life, and tours. If you're lucky and he's not busy, he'll join you for an evening out. In all my years of traveling I can't say that I've ever met a more congenial host.
Can't wait till I can go back.
Best Value in the Area
We found La Posada to be a lovely little bed and breakfast of a hotel. Some of the fancier hotels on prime property have better views of the ocean and sunsets if you are willing to pay 3 or 4 times as much. La Posada has a location adjacent to the park so animal life is abundant without the need to go anywhere. The landscaping is natural and exquisite. There was some construction in progress during our visit. This could be annoying if you want to spend most of your time in your room. Considering the other amenities we just wrote it off as the result of an interested owner putting back profits into the business.
The rooms are charming, cozy and comfortable. The full breakfast was outstanding every morning, much more than we expected. The staff friendly and helpful. The owner, Mike Auvil, couldn't have been much better as a host. He will pick you up at the airport if you come in that way. He gave us plenty of his time and seemed to do the same for the other guests. He points you in all the right directions, arranges tours and provides an excellent guidebook writeup in your room.
Overall, if you want to spend your money on activities, tours, adventures and restaurants rather than staying in your room, you won't find a better deal in the Manuel Antonio area. We are recommending it to our friends.
Do NOT stay at La Posada
What we were promised at this hotel was not what we received. When we booked back in August, we were told that there would be some construction, but all would be finished by the time we arrived. Upon arrival we were stunned. Construction was still happening; in fact, there were no steps even leading to the bungalows. In lieu of steps were empty squares with brick borders...definitely not safe.
The rooms here are comfortable, I will say that. Once inside the bungalow we were satisfied. However, there were certain untruths that left us with a bad taste in our mouths. For example, the advertisement for the hotel boasts a Jacuzzi. However, the Jacuzzi was broken, and had been broken for over a month. Mike, the hotel owner, told us that he was meaning to get someone out there, but had yet to do so (nor did he attempt to do it at any point during our 4 night stay). Another issue we had was water. Mike told us that the water was in and out sometimes in Manuel Antonio, and I found that to be true. However, one evening, while somewhat intoxicated at a local bar, Mike revealed to us that he had simply forgotten to turn the water on, and that was the reason we had gone without.
In general the owner of this hotel does not respect his guests. There are only four bungalows to tend to, and the property is very small. When I returned to the states, I emailed him to voice my concerns, and I received several poor excuses, namely he was trying to prepare for the expansion of the hotel and thus, could not be around to spend time with the guests. I also received another email with absolutely inappropriate language from Mike, insulting us and calling us various profane names. He later sent a follow-up email to apologize, but the damage had been done.
In summary, La Posada is a cute place, and, if the construction was gone, the water was running, and the Jacuzzi fixed, the place would be a good find, especially for the price. However, the attitude of the owner negates any good qualities this hotel may have to offer, and I would recommend taking your business to one of the many other hotels in the area.
La Posada Perfect Location!
We just returned from a trip to Costa Rica. My husband and I, with two teenagers, loved our stay of 3 nights and 4 days at La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows in Manuel Antonio. It's location is perfect - at the 'end of the road' away from the noise of the public beach and restaurants - and right next to the exit of Manuel Antonio National Park - foot path only. The handful of cabinas were beautifully landscaped. Our teens enjoyed the small pool and of course, the TV and airconditioning. The owner, Mike and staff were very helpful. Even before we arrived, he answered our email questions about tours and transportation in the area. The whole Manuel Antonio area is under construction as more and more hotels are being built. But it was peaceful and quiet at La Posada. Being so close to the National Park was great. We saw squirrel monkeys, deer, and large lizards on the property each day and heard the sounds of the 'jungle' each night.
Best place in Costa Rica
This is the best place to stay in all of Costa Rica. The bungalows are large with a good size bath. Plus the rooms come with a mini fridge and microwave. Our room was the jungle theme and it was very creative. It's only a two minute walk from the beach and the entrance to Manuel Anotinio. The best part of the hotel is the owner, Mike. He is extremely helpful and he loves to spend time with his guests. He took us and another couple from the hotel out to Quepos for the night.
I highly recommend this hotel for everyone.
All your senses come alive at La Posada
I had an amazing time staying at this place. I honestly thought I had found a paradise here on earth, and I have a Lot to compare it to! I think that the unique location of this property makes it a treat for the senses. There are many great surprises in store for you if you are lucky enough to get a spot at La Posada.
We were originally booked in the Villa Bosque-- no frig, no coffee maker, a generic site for tourist buses -- for $76 a night and decided to walk around trying to see if we could find a more felicitous accommodation and a better price. Mirabile dictu, at the end of the gravel road, we found La Posada, a charming little 6 cabina hideaway run by an American named Mike.
He gave us a "walk up" rate of $50 a night off season because he happened to have an unexpected opening, though he usually charges more.
This really was a heavenly find. A little brown deer rambles through the lushly landscaped garden every morning and evening to beg for Saltines that it scarfs up right from your hand. A parrot, Ms. Pogan, raucously oversees the property from her perch while howler monkeys hoot in the adjacent woods. Lizards skitter all over the flagstones. Honeysuckle scents the air.
Mike is a bright, enlightened American expat who created/bought his own little piece of paradise and one night did a cookout for all the guests on site for a nominal $2 a head. He's extremely sociable and helpful and couldn't have been more hospitable. He even let me use his dryer for the clothes I washed--a much appreciated perq during "green" season.
And the rooms? Not only did we have a frig, color cable TV, coffee maker replete with CR coffee (yum!) but a microwave with microwave popcorn provided! Our cabina had a closet, bureau and was thoughtfully designed, unlike many of the places I've stayed at.
La Posada is about 20 steps from the park's exit and a four minute walk to the entrance, so you can't beat the convenience. The shower in our cabina lacked water pressure, but that was no big deal, and was, in fact, the only downside I can think of to cite. The morning eggs, fruit and gallo pinto were some of the best I had in the country. He said he was closing down for a couple months while he remodels his house (and moves into a cabina) so be forewarned.
I would love to book all the cabinas for a friends reunion. The property is clustered around a pool and, despite La Posada's proximity to stores, once there you're in your own tiny, happy little world. I hope this place stays as sweet and special as it is now!
Paradise at La Posada
My family recently spent 4 nights in one of the bungalows at La Posada and loved it. The property is tucked next to Manuel Antonio park - in fact the park begins about 6 feet on the other side of the swimming pool. The bungalows are not luxurious but very well appointed with great beds, a good sized bath, cable TV and AC. The American owner and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. There is secure parking for your car and it is a short walk to the beach and restaurants. Our only regret was that we did not stay longer.
The rooms were very private and comfortable-loved lying in the hammock on the porch and the pool area is great-you felt you were in the jungle with their grounds kept to blend in with the park next door! The service was great and we will recommend this place to all our friends!
Simply the best!
La Posada is the best place we have stayed in Costa Rica. The owner and staff could not have done more to make our stay better. From the beautifully landscaped property to the well appointed bungalows, all was perfect. I cannot wait to return.
TripAdvisor Reviews La Posada Private Jungle Bungalows Manuel Antonio National Park
Travel Blogs from Manuel Antonio National Park
... sunset decided to walk down to beach.
-super gnarly steep gravel road. Not very fun. Beach was rocky although decent small waves. Happily got a hotel shuttle back to top. Not gonna head to that beach again.
... have to pay to park. Oh well, we were ready to explore and it only cost $4 US, I think.
Our first stop, lunch on the beach. The restaurants that we found all seemed to be crawling with tourists but our Corvina sandwich was pretty tasty. We enjoyed the view and our food before heading out onto the sand.
I was pretty excited to go swimming since we were finally at a beach for more than a few minutes so I hit the waves for a little body surfing. Funny because this ...
... and it made us all realise that while we are not locals, we are certainly not the typical tourist. About a 40 minute bus ride through the palm tree plantations, various streams and winding roads, we arrive at the ziplining park. The tour is made up of 12 ziplines, 2 absails and 1 Tarzan swing. After getting strapped into our harnesses which feel like a bit nappy and are far less flattering for men (I will leave that to your imagination) we are off on the first zipline, ...
... scatter of little feet. We grabbed the camera and stood out on the balcony and watched a family of white faced cappuccino run, jump and climb over our room and through the trees. It was amazing to watch them and we stood there for like 30 min until they were gone.
The weather was much more hot and much more humid than in San Jose but the beach was gorgeous and the water was so warm it was like a hot tub. We paid the $10 fee to enter the park (and yes all of Costa Rica ...
... an alter ego while in CR named, Juan. He just travelled from Bocas del Toro, which is right at the CR/Panama border. That is another place that I wish I could've visited while studying abroad. His next trips over the next 4 months before he starts a life of law (he just finished law school) are Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Cancun. He was pretty quiet and shy (maybe it was a language thing?) but it was still nice having his company as ...