My wife and I decided to spend a few days in Manuel Antonio so she went on the search for a place to call home. She found Eco Hotel Arboleda and after reading some reviews we decided to give it a try. We had a terrific time with all the tranquility we were looking for. First off the hotel is a little older and could use some touch up so if you are looking for 4 or 5 star, it's not happening here. If you are looking for clean rooms, a crystal clear pool with a view of the ocean, WiFi that actually works, and excellent service, then this is the place. Most importantly, from the front door of our room to the ocean was maybe 30 or 40 steps right past the beach front restaurant and bar.
You are in the middle of a nature preserve so to give you an idea, in the morning on your way to walk on the beach, look up and you will see a troop of monkeys having breakfast in the palms. Watch where you walk as well because most of the time you are sharing the walkway with a large iguana or two. We live in Costa Rica and our time spent in Manuel Antonio with Hotel Arboleda as our base of operations was a real treat for us. We opted for one of the 8 lowest and closest bungalows right on the beach so the unit is furnished with a frig (that actually works) and ice cold AC, there is no TV. This was quickly fixed after dark by getting on the WiFi and dialing in Netflix for a movie and beer in the middle of the jungle.
Now to why we decided to write the review. We went in the low season, the slow season. On our last of three nights we had the entire hotel to ourselves and it was raining. Add to that it was after 8:00 pm at night shortly after we returned from Raphael's Restaurant right next door at the top of the hill (see our other review), so if service was ever going to be bad, this would be the moment. We had excellent and courteous service during each day getting information about places to go or things to do. The staff couldn't have been nicer. Well when Sandi stuck the key in the door to unlock it at 8:00 pm at might on this rainy Sunday night, the key broke off. I happened to have a business card in my pocket that was given to us when we checked in and the front desk took the time to circle one of the two numbers on the card. She said... "this number is answered 24 hours a day so if you ever need anything, call".
We did; at 8:00 pm at night; in the rain; when we were the only people at the hotel; and on a Sunday. In less than 3 minutes (really! 3 minutes!), we had the on-site person standing on our front porch in his PJs bringing us a key prepared with tools to get the broken key out of the lock. If you are looking for a cool place, off the path, at an affordable price (that sells ice by the bag, an important feature in CR by the way), then you will like this place. Oh, and from the beach front, the walk down the beach to the main part of Manuel Antonio and the end of the road where all the shops and restaurants are located is about 5 minutes along the sand. It's a beautiful walk!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Hotel is a short five-minutes walk north of beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos. Costa Rica.Here our guest enjoy lush tropical landscaping, a refreshing pool beautiful balcony with views and convenient beachfront,access right in own backyard.Its the perfect place for surfers,to stay for surfing in Manuel Antonio. Special price for Back packer.Enjoy our facilities and service includes:Beach front access,swimming pool,gift shop,Ocean front resturant,wifi,tv,cable,parking,and very reasonable rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Arboleda Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio