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 …
... the view scope he positions and we could see this two toed sloth like it was a couple feet in front of us- completely cool. It is then that we realize we might not be able to spot very much wildlife on our own after all. I try not to act very interested and I try again to get him to go to $25 with no luck so we agree on $30pp and get ready to go. Little did we know that this would turn out to be the best decision we could have made.
... and hear people speaking spanish! i was in awe by everyone haha :) and then mama y papa took me to church this morning which was nice. it's raining here but the sun is out which i love :) i still have to learn how to use the buses which i'm really nervous about..but other than that things are really good! i think i'm about to eat lunch with mama y papa and then they are taking me to teach me how to get to school. more to come soon!
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... too. We got to see three of Costa Ricaīs four monkey species, the Mantled Howler monkey, Central American Squirrel Monkey, and White-headed Capuchin monkey. Unfortunatley we didnīt get to see any sloths which are notoriously difficult to see. Robīs new nickname is "The Monkey Whisperer" as he became quite the expert on Costa Rican monkey species. Rob ...
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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.