Overlooking the ocean this small condo studio has hotel services and a partial kitchenette. It is a bird lovers dream as it is tucked into the jungle where flora and fauna is plentiful.
Amazing place, and everyone was great. This little apartment is super secluded- it's at the bottom of a little stairway, and faces only the jungle & ocean, no one else in sight. The pool and the restaurant were outstanding and the location was easy for beach and everything else. Definitely recommend it.
We stayed in Villa #12 for six nights after traveling around the country for a week. This was the perfect getaway for our relaxing end of our trip. The staff was so kind and extremely helpful. I can't emphasize this enough. Manuel Antonio is extremely safe, but there was also a secure gate and staff monitoring the entrance.
The room was a dream! We could hear howler monkeys every night and woke up feeling as if we were in the middle of the jungle... which we essentially were! The partial kitchen was perfect, since we ended up going to the farmer's market (a tip from the front desk attendant). I noticed a previous comment about ants. There were a few ants, but it was in no way an infestation. We also had fruits out in a bowl for a few days and the ants never bothered them or any of our other food. Also, lets be real.. you are in the jungle!
The breakfast was the best that we experienced in Costa Rica and the dinner at the restaurant was also amazing (a bit pricy, but worth it!) The pool was extremely clean and surrounded by a beautiful flowering jungle garden. Sometimes pink flower petals would float down to the water, which made the experience all the more magical.
There was a public bus that ran every 15 minutes from Quepos to the Manuel Antonio beach. The walk from our hotel was manageable and actually quite fun, but the bus was great to take home after a long day in the sun.
All that being said, our experience with the other guests staying at Villas Nicolas was less than inviting. As a gay couple, we had some serious eyes on us the entire time. Aside from the staff and one or two parties staying here, some of the guests were clearly and vocally homophobic. On our last day, a man who stays here regularly, screamed at us by the pool when he saw us hugging in the water. We hadn't kissed once in front of him. He told us we were "disgusting", "insulting", and "should have stayed at the gay hotel next door." What disturbs me the most about this, was that this man said he was friends with Sheryl, and had she been there, she would have immediately kicked us out of the hotel. This was just an extremely upsetting end to our trip. After all of our beautiful travel, it was just so sad to experience such hatred in the place that felt the safest.
This was definitely the nicest place we stayed at in Costa Rica! Our room was beautiful and full of local art, such as carvings and wall hangings. Every time we had our towels washed, they were arranged into the most amazing towel animals like swans, bears, and bunnies - such a nice touch! We had a nice kitchen, ocean view, air conditioning, and a convenient in-room safe (which we loved having!).
The pool was clean and wonderful for relaxing, and the location was great. It was just a 15 minute walk down the hill to the beach, and buses back to the hotel came every 30 minutes and only cost around 50 cents.
The hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating, particularly the night guard, who was the sweetest local Costa Rican man always with a big smile on his face. We'd definitely stay here again!