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 …
... a taxi because we were not sure where to get off the bus and not sure how far down the road we would have to walk with my cast. Glad we did because we did not remember how far up the hill you had to go to get there.
It was definitely a luxury hotel and not one we would be staying in if we wanted to keep up our travel habit. But that being said, it was a real dream of a place, with that Casablanca feel.
Walked through to ...
... small groups of teenagers choreographing and practising dance routines. What was especially pleasing was that they were mixed groups, males and females of all shapes and sizes, all working together and fully engrossed in the task.
Apart from the two museums there is not a lot of interest in San Jose.
After 3 nights we took the shuttle bus to as near to Cerro Lodge as it would go, Crocodile Bridge. This is a ...
This journey over the last several days has been both enlightening and an achievement in one's self. Learning about such things as the rainforest, and how everyone strives for its preservation is something uniquely characteristic of this country. I have gained a deeper understanding of what Costa Rica offers by visiting the far reaches of the country. This involved meeting different sorts of people such as those who are not affected by the hustle and bustle ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Prats Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
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.