Villa Prats Hotel
Travel Blogs from Manuel Antonio National Park
On the bus down to Manuel Antonio we met 3 Americans Alex, Ron & Trevor, who were also fresh to Costa Rica. What we didn't know at the time is that we would all become great friends and share many of our future CR experiences together, like the time we accidentally ended up at a backcountry *****house outside of La Fortuna (stay tuned …
Let me first begin by saying that Manuel Antonio National park is truly an amazing place. We began our day bright and early with a guided tour of the park with a naturalist armed with a telephoto lens and a great sense of humor. He would stop in the middle of the path and say SHHH, mira (look at this) and we'd scurry over to peer thru his lens to …
... with compasses - ever while underwater - I was a little nervous. Adam and I had to navigate our way around water in which you could not see 2 arm lengths away. Not the most flawless of executions but somehow we managed to pass the tests and were three fifths of the way to becoming Scuba Steves.
That afternoon, we spent the next couple hours enjoying the awesome vibe that Hostel Plinio provides. Set up on a hill in the jungle with a beautiful garden and ...
... times but we had forgotten to turn the phone on.
We were hot and tired but very excited about all we had seen when we finally connected with him and he came to pick us up. We went back near our hostel and ate lunch at the Funky Monkey near our hostel. We wanted to take a nap but Craig offered to drive us into into Quepos to get medicine for Robert's fever blister and find Robert a straw hat! Found the medicine at the pharmacy in Quepos but most stores the hats were too ...
... We have made many friendships this week and the people of Pavas will remain in our thoughts and prayers. I think there was close to 60 children fed today at lunch time, this ministry is just amazing. Just 13 years ago there was only a small metal shack at this site and today the church is still growing and making a difference in the lives of ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Reviewed May 3, 2012 NEW
I was really skeptical about staying at this hotel because a lot of glowing reviews came from people that have only reviewed this one property. I know some hotels get their friends to write them good reviews to bump their stats so I was a little on the fence. I dedided to try it anyway and I'm glad that I did because the price was right, the room was comfortable and the distance to the park entrance & the beach were wonderful. The service wasn't spectacular, not bad, just low key. Sometimes we'd stand at the front desk looking for some help and there would be no one around, then another guest told us that they lived upstairs and we needed to ring a bell by their door to get their help. It would have been nice to know this when we checked in. Sometimes we found that the language barrier was an issue, but that's partly our fault for not practicing our Espanol before going on our trip. At some point in our trip I lost my bank card and they let me into their house to use their phone to call my bank, which I found very helpful. The property was safe, some reviewer commented that it's down a sketchy back alley, but I would disagree about the sketchy part. Yes, it's just off the road, down an alley, but we didn't feel unsafe for one second. It was lit and you needed a key card to access the building. Manuel Antonio was probably our least favorite destination because the prices are so high and it's really touristy, but if you are coming here and you're on a budget, Villa Prats is a good option. Just don't expect a 5 star hotel.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.