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We stayed one night at the Clandestino Beach Resort. My husband and I must agree with many of what others have said about this resorts negative reviews. The biggest problem with the resort is the French women who is the owner. If her attitude towards her guest and her employees does not change this resort will not stay in business its just that simple. The resort is pretty much the same as all of the resorts in Costa Rica. unless you are going to an American chain 5 star hotel. One should be prepared for the 20 min. dirt road drive. Once at the resort be prepared for the rather strange layout. The resort is not directly on the beach you must walk across the dirt road to the beach, this is fine however we thought the resort was directly on the beach and its not. The pool area sits in the front of the property and can be seen from the dirt road. All in all the resort is very nice. Our room was clean, smelled musty-normal for the area. The owner had lots of candles to assist with the smell. The pillows were HORRIBLE. You must have a car so you can get in and out easily. As others have said if your wanting more than communing with nature and reading not much else to do here. This a smoking resort so if you are not a smoker and do not like the smell of cigarette smoke while your trying eat and relax then be advised. Rude and unfriendly owner. Cigarette smoke, Food, pillows, warm beer.
This place was pretty much perfect, down to the last detail. The breakfast buffet, which is included in the room price, is excellent.
On a beautiful, secluded beach. Delicious, large breakfast included. Good value. Good air conditioner, terrace, in-room refrigerator. Good bathroom with large shower. The several kilometers of obstacle-course gravel road to get there. 45 minutes to Manuel Antonio National Park, and to many restaurants. The close restaurants were mediocre.
Great location, right across from the beach. Pool and property were beautiful, and staff was very helpful. The road leading to the hotel is not in great condition- it's a gravel road with quite a few pot holes. Hotel could be difficult to reach depending on what kind of car you're in.
The property is strategic in helping one rid themself of the usually accumulated stress and societal agitation. Neat setting. Great facility. The staff was exceptional,(at the 'helm') was helpful, interested, and personable - would highly recomm No suggested changes. For a Costa Rica property . . this was exceptional. In fact, for ANY property, this was exceptional.
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)!
I like being in paradise!!! I had to leave :(
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
Wildlife, hiking trails, beach, luxury
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 Many stairs to go to the Room, The First room that we saw not smell good
The hotel was great with an awesome views and landscape. H
Staff Room Not very close from Espadilla, main Manuel Antonio beach, but has Biesanz Beach close by.
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.
The view was amazing!
The view was spectacular. The staff was very kind and accommodating. The food was excellent. The pool was great. And the locations was also excellent. The stairs were fine but could be a problem for some. And the rooms were narrow and tight, bit a decent value considering the location.
The welcome cocktail was great! and spa discounts :)
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.
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 pool and the view were great. The quality of the breakfast buffet could be improved and the restaurant in general is overpriced.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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 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 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.