Hotel Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio
Simple hotel nestled in the jungle yet close to the beach with bright rooms, beautiful ambience, and outdoor spaces.
This was my favorite stay out of the three I visited! The receptionist here is amazing! The food wasn't great, but there are so many restaurants... Read more
Fab hotel in a great location. Staff, cleanliness, private little nature walk, pool and a great restaurant. Would definitely go back and highly recommend it.
I loved it here. So close to the national park and beach. It is surrounded by the park so you hear all the beautiful sounds of... Read more
Great vibe, great location, lovely little pool, just a really good fit for us. Monkeys, lizards and exotic birds on the grounds all the time. The... Read more
walking distance to the forest and the beach. Many restaurants within walking distance. Hotel was clean - lots of precautions. Pool was nice with swim up... Read more
You'll find Hotel Playa Espadilla just steps away from both Espadilla Beach and the entrance to the national park. The property offers a pretty cool vibe with an outdoor pool, private cabanas covered in beach grass, and an open-air restaurant and bar with wooden tables under trees and twinkly lights. Rooms and suites are spacious but straightforward, with colorful art and warm details. Other amenities include a garden with a nature trail, free WiFi, and an on-site souvenir shop.
- The hotel is just down the street from Espadilla Beach and within walking distance of the national park and several restaurants.
- The property has a great atmosphere, with its outdoor pool area featuring grass-covered cabanas and the gardens a nature trail.
- The open-air restaurant and bar create a nice ambiance with high-top tables, wooden furniture, and twinkly lights strung through trees.
- The restaurant serves international food, and the bar hosts a daily happy hour.
- There's an on-site souvenir shop and tennis court.
- There's no gym or spa.
- The rooms feel a bit dated.
Brittany McNamara kimkim staff
Based on kimkim staff visit, March 2022 (Learn more)
AuthenticityHotel Playa Espadilla does a good job of blending into the natural surroundings. You'll find muted lodges with wooden accents and wraparound balconies connecting all second-floor rooms. A jungle of tropical plants, palms, and tall trees surrounds the property, making the outdoor dining area especially inviting.
LocationThough it's not a waterfront accommodation, Hotel Playa Espadilla is just a 1-minute walk to the main beach, Playa Espadilla. In the other direction, a 2-minute walk takes you to the national park's entrance, where you can easily connect to the Park Trail. You'll also be within walking distance of several restaurants and cafés, many overlooking the beach.
Rooms & BathroomsYou have your choice between standard rooms and suites. All are basic, with tile floors and wooden beds. However, they're relatively spacious and comfortable, with colorful art and bed linens to add a bit of warmth. All rooms come with cable TV, air-conditioning, minifridges, and coffee makers, and though the bathrooms are clean, they're a bit small, and the water temperature can be tricky. One quirky detail about the rooms is that the doors stay open unless you lock them.
Other HighlightsThe ambience of the hotel's outdoor spaces, especially the open-air restaurant, is its main highlight. You can sit at high-top wooden tables and eat your dinner under tall trees strung with lights. The outdoor pool area is also atmospheric, with cabanas covered in beachgrass. The food at the restaurant is tasty and international but uses Costa Rican flavors to mix it up.
SustainabilityBecause the property sits within the jungle, part of the grounds includes primary and secondary forests protected under the Espadilla Wildlife Refuge. The hotel uses energy-saving techniques and alternative energies (such as solar) and earned five stars in the Blue Flag and Green Flag (drinking water management) programs.
Manuel Antonio Park road, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, Costa Rica