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The welcome cocktail was great! and spa discounts :)
The pool and the view were great. The quality of the breakfast buffet could be improved and the restaurant in general is overpriced.
Very clean. Bedroom and bathroom were very large. The bar, pool, and restaurant staff were very helpful. There is a great secluded beach a short hike below the hotel Lumpy bed.
The wifi was constantly failing. Prices for the spa and bar were outrageous. Broken elevators. RAYBAN POLARIZED SUNGLASSES WERE STOLEN FROM OUR ROOM!!!!!! Manager was in disbelieve, not returning calls, we spend the rest of our trip trying to get in contact/ waiting for a resolution or at least a call back and they never did!!! Now we call from The states and the "manager" won't come to the phone, very unpleasant staff stated that they are not able to give guests more information about management. Sadly our sunglasses were stolen and nothing was ever done about it. A lot of better options around the area for a lower price.
This place was fantastic - impeccable staff. The food is unbelievably good. We had almost everything on the menu and the deserts are insane. There's a band that plays every night - they sing in Spanish and English - everything from Tangos to Top 40 - really fun. One night, there was an incredible opera singer who performed three songs in 3 languages (I think she was staying there too)! The owners walk around to every table at breakfast and dinner to introduce themselves and see if there's anything you need - very cool. It's also designed with an eco-conscious sensibility. The owners said they are a carbon-neutral business - the oxygen produced by the rainforest on their land offsets their carbon footprint, etc. Not to mention the 1-hour long walk you can take through the rainforest on the property is wonderful. All said, we had the best time here and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be able to focus on the fun. We'll be back for sure.
Best quality of service I have ever received at a hotel - the staff went above and beyond my expectations. Nothing!
Great facility, staff, clean and nicely decorated room, fabulous restaurant, beautiful ocean/jungle view
What a delightful hotel. Pure luxury in a jungle environment. They saw to our every need including having our own valet. The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. You must eat at their restaurant, easily the best in Manuel Antonio. We highly recommend staying at Gaia.
The beach Room smelled like mildew, I had a view of behind the bar (sink,workers,dishes)..not a good experience at all!!!!
Hotel Verde Mar is a great property located on the beach and walking distance to Manuel Antonio National Park. The Rooms are spacious and very clean and the hotel staff were great! We saw monkeys, sloths and iguanas on site.
The room was very large. The staff was helpful and the pool was a plus.
Clean, spacious rooms, beautiful grounds, plentiful breakfast. Good location close to MA park and beaches! Some other hotels in the area might be closer and/or have beach views, but Plaza Yara will be hard to beat for the price and amenities!
The view was amazing!
Staff Many stairs to go to the Room, The First room that we saw not smell good
I forgot some things at my room at check-out. I came back 2 hours later and asked for them. They told me to wait while they got them. After 1.5 hours of waiting I just couldn´t get my things back and lost 1.5 hours of my day waiting. I kept asking what happened and they always said 2 more minutes. So I ended up spending 1.5 hours of my weekend in the lobby arguing with the employees for them to tell me we can´t give you your things back
The hotel itself is truly beautiful and amazing, especially the pool. The staff was mostly nice. The breakfast, drinks, and menu offerings were all tasty, too. The tours through the hotel were great as well. Everything was reasonably priced as well considering how nice the place is. Location was a bit further than other places, but not bad. We went for our 10 year anniversary - I wanted to make sure everything was just right. I called twice to confirm the request that our room had a king bed instead of 2 queens. Unfortunately, when we got there, the hotel had already run out of king rooms (tropical). When I first heard of this, I put a sizable bill on the counter to nicely ask about getting it right and all they told me was that we would be moved the next night (Sunday) after other guests left. I was not happy. I later found out from another employee that they had plenty of suites available, but that room was never offered to us. To make matters worse that night, the entire hotel lost water and we were not able to shower after a long day in planes and San Jose. The hotel was solely responsible for us having the only bad night of our trip. The rooms were basic and clean, but having to pack our stuff and move made us VERY unhappy. Oh, and only a couple of the tropical rooms have any ocean view at all - partial at best for those. Don't expect anything special unless you get a suite (which appeared truly wonderful)!
The hotel was great with an awesome views and landscape. H
24 hour pool, great breakfast, clean air conditioned rooms Taxi drivers hanging out front. They charge between 3000-6000 collones ($6-12) just to get you out to the main road (less than 2km / around 1 mile) depending on how much they think they can get from you. Hotel does provide a free shuttle, but it doesn't run past 5pm.
Hotel staff was super nice and helpful, definitely one of the highlights of this property... Another highlight is the location: breathtaking vistas, extensive gardens, great swimming pools and even a Rain Forest trail inside the property! The decor was "too much"; I guess the owner likes vintage furniture, but the mix of Spanish Colonial, Italian Renaissance, Indian vintage, and even Asian was not very fortunate and make the place look a little bit cheesy.... Sometimes less is more!!
Staff Room Not very close from Espadilla, main Manuel Antonio beach, but has Biesanz Beach close by.
I like being in paradise!!! I had to leave :(
Wildlife, hiking trails, beach, luxury
The view is incredible, the rooms/beds are comfortable and the breakfast is delicious. Falafel Bar across the street had great food too. Some of the staff were rude and came off pretentious. This is especially annoying when you're on vacation and just want to let loose. TOO MANY KIDS. They pretty much took up the entire pool, were loud and spent all day there. I didn't have a moment to enjoy it until I went after 10pm. DO NOT GO TO FRED'S next door. We stepped in for a minute to check it out and the guy immediately hollered at us from across the place that we had to spend at least $10 or we had to leave. Um bye. The Wi-Fi also went down for an entire day, for the price you pay to stay here this was unacceptable.
Beautiful hotel. Close to activities & great ocean views Beds are horrible. Old & no box springs. Seven nights was almost unbearable. Ant's in the room. Overpriced for the supposed best hotel in town.
The location is perfect, right by the park entrance and a 2 minute walk to the beach outside of the park and restaurants/shops. The hotel is really nice, clean and amenities were great, especially the pool with the big slide which was a big hit with the kids. Breakfast was very nice too and had a wide variety of items. The staff were all extremely nice and accommodating. The bed was hard and sheets were awful. My daughter slept on a little bed they provided which was more of a cot with no real mattress, so quite uncomfortable. The dinner buffet had little variety although everything was really fresh.
We loved staying here!! The hotel was absolutely gorgeous and the staff was so, so friendly. The staff members greeted us by name and we always felt welcome. The location of the hotel is superb and so close to the beach. I would definitely stay here again! No beach view from our room, but the proximity to the beach and other key attractions more than made up for it.
The hotel is right next to the rain forest and is pretty amazing! You can see monkeys from your room. It's walking distance to the beach as well. Staff was very good as well. The hotel did not have my reservation when I checked in. But it wasn't an issue they got me checked in.
We stayed in a deluxe room with a king bed and jacuzzi bath. It was outstanding. We could see the ocean from our balcony and the rainforest is quite literaly right next to the property. I can't say enough about how good the experience was. I wouldn't even consider staying anywhere else if I went back. Christian, one of the hotel's concierge staff members, was especially helpful. I went on an excursion and accidentally left my credit card back at the hotel, except I needed it for the excursion. Christian exceeded my expectations by helping with the logistics by finding a workaround to avoid what would have otherwise been a big problem. As a result, I had an amazing experience. Everything else was incredible - from the swim up bar in the pool to the roof deck. I really can't say enough about it. Everything about the property and staff consistently exceeded my expectations. I have no complaints.
The property is great, the oceon view from my room was excellent, the rooms are very big and comfortable. The decoration of the rooms are pretty, the fresh flower bouquets in the hallways are beautiful. The pool and the pool area are very clean. The breakfast was also great. The two things I can suggest to this places is to have the bedding of the rooms checked for stain, the duvets had big stain in them, eventhough the room was clean it gave me the wrong impresion, also the bathroom door was black, full of stain, very bad looking, it needs a coat of paint. Everything also was perfect. The staff was wonderfull. Keep it up.
Our family took a summer vacation to Costa Rica and great fun was had by all! We loved Byblos, as we could literally turn the kids lose on the property and they were kept entertained at the pool (staff there to watch them), up at the billiards tables (more staff), around the property with the monkeys, or any other number of tour options that were available close by. I was able to actually visit the spa two times, which is unheard of for me! The restaurant choices at Byblos worked out perfect for us. The breakfast was included each day, and the easy pizza all day/night and the snack foods at the sportsbar fed our kids easily. There were also many other options within walking distance. Definitely go to The Plane (an old Nicaraguan Contra plane), the kids loved that place, though we thought the food was only average. We highly recommend the park tour and ATVs. Our kids enjoyed both, especially the beach after the park, and swimming in the waterfall on the ATVs. So I think that about sums ...
We stayed at this hotel as a quick family getaway before Easter. The kids loved the pizza place by the pool, as well as the snack foods at the Sports Bar & Grill upstairs. The hubby enjoyed the free billiards and I got to play in their small casino. It was easy walking distance for other restaurants, the kids really enjoyed the old contra airplane just down the street. Rooms were comfortable, monkeys plentiful and the staff took perfect care of us. Great time was had by all on this trip!!
I don't usually post reviews, but the staff at this hotel was so nice and I wanted people to know how great they are! It started with Melissa who took care of us at check in. Elias and Melissa gave us great advice on tours (do the canopy, sailing park and rafting#, then Andres and Davey #and another tall guy...forget the name# took great care of us at the Bistro restaurant and while we lounged around the pool #with monkeys). We had some fun nights at the sports bar, thank you Oscar for the free drinks! As you can see, everyone became like family there and we can't wait to share this with friends who will be coming to Costa Rica soon too!
This was a great choice for our family. Everyday the kids got to swim in the pool with monkeys in the surrounding trees. We got some great photos. The food was great at the hotel, but we also liked that we could walk to other venues with the kids. Let the hotel help you with tours, we did some great activities (zipline, park, mangrove boat tour) that we would highly recommend. We didn't use the casino, so no comments there. Great value, we would definitely return!
Byblos was fantastic- perfect location, helpful staff, tons of monkeys and wildlife! Such a great deal for the price- we had a fantastic time and would definitely stay there again!
This hotel is probably one of the coolest I have ever seen from an ecology perspective. The hotel is terraced and your surrounded by jungle, wild orchids, birds, frogs, etc. You will have to drive through a complete crap-hole town and up a mountain to get there but the views from the top are phenominal. If you stay here, eat at the restaurant by the pool at least once. You must also try the Le Chat Negro 'the black cat' restaurant, (its a 10 minute walk to the left down the hill) you can watch the iguana climb up the walls. \n\nNow, if your the adventures type drive to this hotel, you will cross three of the damn scariest bridges you have ever seen in your life but when you decide to venture out, go down the coast toward Dominical - there you will find the BEST black volcanic beaches of your life. count on 2+ hours for that.
We stayed in a bungalow for 6 nights,had monkeys and sloths right outside of our balcony.was amazing. Also iguanas and Jesus Christ lizards right on the grounds.You may get woke up early from the hauling monkeys in the trees but it's a sound you will never forget. The Bungalow was very spacious with a microwave, fridge and safe. And was extremely clean,with a comfortable bed. I saw no insects in the room. The staff was very professional and made sure we had a great time. Thank you Mellisa, Carlos,Victor,Davey and the rest of the staff, We will be back for sure. Do the horseback tour,Atv tour,Mangove tour and the sunset dinner cruise while in the area, Its a great way to get out and see the beauty and wildlife of the area. The staff will set all this up for you, and a shuttle will come pick you up at the front desk. The pizza at Byblos is very good and worth having,along with the complimentary breakfast, which they give you a choice of several dishes, from fruit and cereal, to ham and c...
Hotel Byblos was the perfect pick for our needs. When we travel we like to be able to walk alot and mix with the locals and due to the central location of this hotel on the way to the park we were able to walk or bus almost anywhere in just a few minutes. Be it park, beach, bars, tapas, restaurants, spas, etc, we were always only minutes away. It was nice to see so many exotic animals go thru the hotel, such as sloth, monkeys, coati mundis, armadillos and something they called a watusa (not sure what it was, but it looked like a large hamster!). The food is very good at both the pizzeria and the sports bar up the hill, though the casino looked a lttle small (we did not go in there.) I was defintely happy to be able to watch the basketball finals on their large screen tvs, that saved the whole trip! We would return to Byblos if we ever go back to this area, we definitely fell in love with Costa Rica.
Is ok, but have a lot noisy with discotheque in his restaurant
We had a good time at this hotel, the staff was very friendly. Our room overlooked the pool with lots of monkeys around almost all the time. They have 2 restaurants, we liked the one by the pool, though the one by their bar was only so/so. Breakfast was included and we appreciated that each morning before going out on tours. The location was good to get to the park and beaches, there are other hotels a little closer, but for the excellent price we got we were very happy with our choice. We are considering coming back in around 6 months and we will probably stay here again if we can get the same great price, it was a pretty good value for the buck!
Location down town Friendly staff who are eager to assist Internet is very patchy Parking is away from the hotel and very tight, resulting in my car scratched by another.
Staff by far was the best quality. The front counter employees were very helpful and very nice, and the people working in the restaurant were great too. Parking was horrible. We got there late at night and the private parking lot (which was not even in the same city block as the hotel) was full. I parked in front of the hotel and was told a private guard ar night would watch the cars. In the morning I could see evidence of somebody trying to break into my rental car. Also, apparently there was a karaoke near by that went nonstop all noght both nights we stayed there, rooms were not bery sound proof. If nightlife is your thing then this is a good hotel for you, if you want a quiet nights sleep, I suggest looking elsewhere.
This hotel gets high marks from out while family. We had three rooms for two days for six adults and two very young children (11months old and 3 years old). The staff is outstanding from the front desk to the cleaning staff everyone made our stay very pleasant. The rooms were modern, clean and very comfortable. The only issues we had were lack of hot water early the first morning and very noisy the first night due to football celebrations everywhere around the hotel (the rooms are not soundproof in any way). They offer secure parking about two blocks away but there is pleanty of on street parking for loading and unloading and parking long term if you want. We really loved the food in the on site Resturant and the ice cream parlor just outside the hotel. It was very close to Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. Which is where we spent a lot of our time. They also help arrange tours if you want them and several in our group went on the mangrove tour. Beautiful location, fantastic sunsets. We really loved our trip.
The room was huge with 2 king beds. There are 3 of us so the size was great. The people were great, as are most Costa Ricans. Beds were hard. There is no direct access to the ocean, across the street.
Bed was nice and comfortable. Pretty good location Hotel pool was tiny, included breakfast only had 3 small options, and the entire hotel looked like it was built in the Soviet Union in 1970. Our room was in a basement-type area, with little natural light and very poor water pressure. Bad for the price!