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“Great Value, Great Service, Awesome View”
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Hotel California
Ranked #33 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Reviewed 23 March 2011

Hotel California is located off the main road in Manuel Antonio. Taxi drivers did traverse the rocky incline (dry season) to get to the hotel. It is nicely situated with the reception area across from where the rooms, pool, and restaurant area is located. WiFi is available from the balcony patio or from the main reception area. You can also get WiFi around the pool area. The view is spectacular over looking lush green vegetation and a wide view of the beach (looking towards Jaco). Although there was a school group of about 20 students, we were the only ones using the pool at the end of the day and we felt the hotel was not crowded.

Rooms - clean, comfortable, enough space for 3 adults, balcony, air conditioning.
Bathroom - nothing fancy but warm water, low water pressure, clean, limited room to put toiletries (but you have a countertop above the fridge - see pictures)
Service - excellent
- we were greeted immediately (10 a.m.); asked if we could get a great view
- while we waited we were offered fresh fruit
- room was ready within 30 min
- Haylin (front reception) helped us book a tour right away
- helped us orient and made suggestions of what we could do
- Gerald helped us call a taxi and made reservations at Ronny's for us
- we were allowed a late late check out
- the restaurant has a variety of choices on their menu
- continental breakfast was good (I'm not a picky eater - toast, cereal, fresh fruit, made-for-you omelette or scramble eggs)
Apparently management has changed recently (the manager is actually on the premises which always makes a difference - although I did not meet the manager)
Taxis from hotel to Manuel Antonio will cost approx. 3000 - 5000 (may be cheaper if you're better at bargaining). You can walk down the hill and catch the bus every 20 minutes for about 250 colones; but sharing a taxi was more feasible for us so we didn't take the bus and spared ourselves the walk up or down the rocky road.
For what we paid, I would highly recommend a couple of nights at this hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 March 2011

Great location between quepos and Manuel Antonio with wonderful views. Close to restaurants and nus stops to get you around. Rooms were very spacious with needed a/c. What we will remember most however is the great staff. Always friendly and open ready to help or
offer suggestions. Nice breakfast buffet to start the day as well. Thanks to all at the hotel

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

Our two families of four (two adults and two small children each) stayed at the Hotel California for five days at the beginning of January 2011. Apparently the hotel has had some difficult times, but this is all in the past now: the buildings and grounds are well kept and the staff is very friendly, especially to kids. From the restaurant you have a spectacular view of the forest (yes, we saw monkeys) and the Pacific. Our kids loved the pool and we did too. All in all, great value for money!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 December 2010

My sister and I was staying here for some days during our trip in central America spring 2009.
I have to say it was the worst hotel experience i have ever had in my life.
The staff was horrible, the only guy that was nice and polite to us was a gentleman working in the reception in the hotel.
The worst experience we had was when we were eating breakfast at the hotel. The people working as waiters were nice enough until we understood that they were saying bad things and making fun of us in spanish while serving us the food!
What they didn´t know was that i understood what they were saying. When i replied to them in spanish they looked very troubled and started giving us compliments on our eye colour. We left the next morning and found a new place to stay...
I will absolutely not recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled with friends
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Hotelcal, Director of Sales at Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2011

The management thanks N0rwegian123 for taking the time to review Hotel California.

I would like to reply to this review so that other travelers may better understand his concerns.
We take all of our guest’s suggestions and complaints very seriously but our staff has been restructured, including management since November of 2009.
We are sorry this guest did not have a good experience back in 2009, meanwhile we kindly ask that you inform us while you are in the hotel if there is any inconvenience with our facilities and the staff during your visit to Manuel Antonio. We are happy to address such issues immediately. This appears to be avery isolated case in 2009.
We find it unusual that someone would wait a year and half to make such a complaint.

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Reviewed 2 August 2010

Great views from the 2nd and 3rd floors. Very pretty exterior. There is a two block walk uphill froom the bus stop, but it was easy to do. Has wi-fi in the open air lobby, plus a computer with Internet. Limited menu for dining.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Hotelcal, Manager at Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2010

Dear Trip advisors reviewers.

Thank you for your kind words; we always try to make each stay a little different and special knowing everyone preferences.

We loved having you with us and we hope you will return soon.
Alonso Madrigal
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Address: | 200 mts east from Blue Monkey Hotel, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $111 - $1,234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel California 3*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel California, Ocean View hotel !!! Great place to experience the peace of paradise and the thrill of local attractions. Located in beautiful Manuel Antonio with awesome views of the Pacific Ocean from our 12 Deluxe rooms and mountain view from our 15 Standard rooms.Our rooms are very comfortable & spacious with complete privacy, balcony, air conditioning, satellite television, telephones, hot water and mini- refrigerators.The hotel features a variety of services including honeymoon packages, surfing and sport fishing, canopy tours, Estuary Tours, White Water Rafting, Sailing Tours and can arrange for any other activities you might be looking for during your vacation in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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