Hotel San Bada Adult-Only Rooftop Pool

Hotel San Bada Resort & Spa

Large family- and couples-friendly hotel directly next to the national park and just two minutes from the beach.

Overview

Hotel San Bada’s location is nearly perfect: next door to the national park and a 2-minute walk to the beach on a private path. Though standard in design and amenities, the 67 rooms have jungle or beach views. One family pool has artificial waterfalls, and an adults-only rooftop pool has a bar. Other amenities include a restaurant, sushi bar, and spa services.  

Pros
  • You’ll enjoy a superb location next to the national park’s entrance and within walking distance to numerous beaches.
  • There are two outdoor pools: one is a family-friendly option with waterfalls and a swim-up bar, and the other is a rooftop adult-only pool and bar.
  • The breakfast buffet is quite extensive at the restaurant, and you also have the option to eat at the sushi bar, which has ocean views. 
  • All rooms have balconies with either partial ocean views or jungle views.
  • As a hotel guest, you’ll have access to a private hiking area with waterfalls (located off-site).
  • For an additional fee, enjoy relaxing in the spa’s steam room or sauna, or book treatments that use botanical ingredients from the Costa Rican jungles. 
Cons
  • The hotel is on the street leading to the national park and its parking lot, so it can get a little loud and busy with tourist traffic.
  • The property’s common areas could use a little updating.

Hotel Information

3.5-star Hotel
506-2-7775333
Next to Manuel Antonio National Park Entrance

Kimkim Staff Review

Authenticity

The hotel is large with multiple floors yet feels tucked away in the jungle. The exterior is bright and colorful with unique architecture and mosaic tiles. You can enjoy the Costa Rican jungle by relaxing in the pool areas surrounded by tropical plants or enjoying ocean views from the adult-only rooftop.

Location

Hotel San Bada’s location is ideal for experiencing Manuel Antonio. It’s directly next to the national park’s entrance (even closer than the official parking lot) and a quick walk down to the beach via a private trail. As a bonus, the property is relatively flat—not set on a steep hill like many area accommodations.

Rooms & Bathrooms

The hotel is large with 67 rooms, many featuring partial ocean views. If you’re not looking out to the water, your scene is the jungle and national park, as every room has a private balcony. Rooms are warm and inviting with wooden furniture, comfortable beds, cable TV, minifridges, and air conditioning. Suites have Jacuzzi tubs, and one option has an open-air loft. Bathrooms are clean and spacious—some recently renovated.

Other Highlights

The two pool areas at Hotel San Bada are the highlights. One pool is on the ground floor featuring an accessible ramp and a swim-up bar, and the other is adults-only and on the top-floor terrace with a bar. The deck and nearby sushi bar both have ocean views. Another highlight is the extensive complimentary breakfast buffet at the onsite restaurant.

Sustainability

The hotel holds a ​​​​Certification for Sustainable Tourism. The following are a few of the sustainability initiatives you may notice at the property: the residual energy from the air conditioning heats the hotel’s water; all cleaning products are biodegradable and environmentally friendly; and the hotel uses a water treatment to filter out bacteria.

Traveler Reviews

Overall Rating
4.0 out of 5
Authenticity & Character
4.0
Location
5.0
Staff
4.0
Cleanliness & Comfort
4.5
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Jenelle B.
Santa Monica, CA | Aug 09, 2022

Fantastic location right next to the National park. The hotel was comfortable, easy to navigate and only a few minutes walk to the beach and other restaurants. The hot tub did not appear to be working but the pool was lots of fun for the kids. The best part of the hotel was watching the monkeys and toucans in the trees next to the pool! read more

Fantastic location right next to the National park. The hotel was comfortable, easy to navigate and only a few minutes walk to the beach and other restaurants. The hot tub did not appear to be working but the pool was lots of fun for the kids. The best part of the hotel was watching the monkeys and toucans in the trees next to the pool!

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Joanna L.
Kensington, NY | Mar 24, 2022

A little shabby but right next to the Manuel Antonio National Park which made it ideal for a family with a toddler. And plenty of good inexpensive restaurants all around. The 6th floor bar overlooks the ocean and the sunsets are amazing read more

A little shabby but right next to the Manuel Antonio National Park which made it ideal for a family with a toddler. And plenty of good inexpensive restaurants all around. The 6th floor bar overlooks the ocean and the sunsets are amazing

Authenticity & Character
No high chair for a baby in the restaurant. The children’s pool was not filled and the food in the Congo Room restaurant is mediocre. Fortunately there are many good restaurants ear but.
Location
The hotel is steps away from the entrance to the Manu Antonio State Park
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort