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July 20, 2011
From journal Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
September 15, 2005
The hotel is a nature lover's paradise. As a matter of fact, their slogan is "More Monkeys than Humans," and from what I could tell, it was not false advertising!
The hotel is an extensive property. The many buildings that house rooms are spread out, and you take well-groomed paths through the rain forest to get to your rooms. This may not be a good hotel choice for elderly guests, as there is a lot of walking and some steep inclines. There are several areas, and one area of rooms and pools is for adults only and another area is for families with kids.
There are two pools, one for adults and one for families. The adult only pool has a small bar and some of the best views in the Manuel Antonio area. The views from here can only be described as stunning, and the photos I posted only do pale justice to the dramatic scenery. When I was at this pool, all the guests were looking off into one corner, into a tree where a mother sloth was cuddling her baby. Scenes like this are not uncommon here at Hotel Costa Verde.
The hotel also has a top restaurant, where I enjoyed a wonderful lunch. The bar here is also popular with guests and area tourists.
The check-in area is in a train car. It's a little odd seeing this train car sitting in the jungle, but this is the main office for the hotel. I went in to check rates, and I did find the desk clerk to be less than helpful. He was reading a newspaper and seemed annoyed that I would disturb him with questions about room rates. He told me to look on the Internet. I take this was one bad employee, and I hope this was not the whole staff.
I did feel this hotel has the best rates in the area. There are a number of choices of rooms, some with air-conditioning and some without. There are studios and even bungalows that can house a group or a family. The rates ran from $60 off-season to $118 in high season. The bungalows ran from $85 in summer to $157 in winter. I felt this was one of the best values I saw in the area.
If you are coming to Costa Rica to explore nature, this may be the best hotel choice for you. The hotel is surrounded by nature and wildlife and has the best room rates in the area.
From journal Nature's Gift - Costa Rica