Located in Manuel Antonio at beach level. We have a treetop view but not an ocean view although it is a short 100 yards on a path next door to the beach. There is a living room with cable TV and internet and a full kitchen for your use.
I have two rooms at La Buena Nota Building located in Manuel Antonio 600 meters before the national park (between hotels Karahe & Pisces) at beach level. We have a treetop view but not an ocean view although it is a short 100 yards on a path next door to the beach. Room 1 ($60) has AC and double bed and shares a bathroom with room 2. Room 2 ($60) has AC and double bed. Sorry we don’t accept children under 15 and no overnight guests that are not registered. Sorry breakfast is not served but there is a nice cafe next door.
There is a living room with cable TV and internet and a full kitchen for use of all our rooms. There is off street parking but not with security gates.
Sorry no arrivals after 6 pm
Interaction with Guests
I don't live on site but will be there to let you in and there is a full time housekeeper most days on the property. I do need to know within an hour of the time you will be arriving and don't usually receive guests at night.
We are 600 meters before the National Park. It is a short walk to the beach by a path next door. Everything is pretty much within walking distance.
Everything is pretty much within walking distance but if you wish to to go out at night or go to downtown Quepos there is excellent bus service which stops right in front of the building. Taxis are plentiful and not very costly. We have off street but not security parking.
Other Things to Note
There is a full kitchen, living room and large deck. Cable TV and WIFI are also provided. There are outside faucets for washing sand off before taking a shower.
No overnights guests that are not registered please.
It was our first airbnb experience and it was wonderful. Anita was very friendly and helpful. We used the well equipt kitchen several times. The location is great - 2 minutes walk to the beach. I would definitly recommend to stay at anitas house.
We had a wonderfull stay here. Restaurants are near by and so is the beach and the national park. We had a great show from the monkeys at the and of the day an even saw a few tucans from the balcony. The canadian couple we shared the appartment with were very nice. The only downside was the bed, it made a lot of noise and was not very comfy.
We moved to La Buena Nota from one of the local (much more expensive) resorts midway through our trip. Anita was kind enough to pick us up and drive us down the hill so we didn't have to worry about navigating the windy road or hail a cab with our luggage.
This place is perfect if you plan to spend some time at the beach or the park. You can hear the waves from the balcony, and the park is a quick 15 minute walk down the road or along the water.
The bus stops right outside and is very convenient and cheap (C 315, or around 60 cents per person). It runs up the hill past many of the resorts and restaurants and into Quepos. Walking isn't too bad as long as you don't mind the steep hill.
We hardly ran into our neighbors, but when we did we found them all very pleasant.
We found the kitchen to be clean and totally usable, and we cooked breakfast there daily.
Monkeys climb right up onto the balcony railings.
The bedrooms have no opening windows, unfortunately, so we had to run the AC with the ceiling fan to circulate air in the room at night, but that's being nit-picky. I imagine most people would prefer the AC in the jungle.
Be ready for some bugs and lizards, but be assured, they're everywhere, even in the high end resorts (it's the jungle).
Tour drivers and cabs seemed to know the place, and with Anita's directions we didn't have any trouble directing people of where to pick us up.
Great spot, great price.
Anita is an excellent and gracious host who gave us a lot of great tips on the area. The room is clean, has A/C and lots of closet/shelf space, and much larger than expected from the picture (no windows, but you can open the front door to let air in). You really can't beat the location -- just steps away from the beach and a short walk to Manuel Antonio Park (which will save you the headache of driving/parking).
We cooked a few times in the clean and well-supplied kitchen, and the housekeeper comes every day around 10am to clean. In the 3 days we stayed there, we got one change of bed linens and towels, which was nice. We loved hanging out on the balcony and watching the monkeys play in the trees. The neighborhood and ambiance is safe and relaxed, and there's a small market you can walk to, along with free parking on the premises.
I would highly recommend this spot if you're staying in Manuel Antonio. Thanks, Anita for a wonderful stay!
Anita's place is in a great location. You are about 100 meters from a nice beach (you can hear the waves). You are also within walking distance to the National Park. I didn't have a car so I made use of the bus to go to Quepos and some restaurants up the road (there are also many in walking distance). The bus stops right in front of the house and costs about 60 cents. I was fortunate to have the whole apartment to myself - it has everything you need and someone comes to do a quick cleaning every day. Other guests wrote about monkeys and I will say that every morning at about 5am I was woken up by monkeys jumping on the roof (not complaining, it was fun to see). There is cable and strong wifi and AC in the bedroom. Not so sure there is any hot water, but I never needed it. Great value for the size of the apartment and the location!
We arrived at the nearby Karahe Hotel, as directed by Anita, 30 mins prior to the agreed time 6:30PM. Thank goodness we arrived early because it took us 30+mins to find La Buena Nota. Formerly a night club called Liquid, the building still has Liquid plastered on the front off the building. It was dark, and we were told by passing pedestrians the 2-story building was an abandoned club. All very confusing. The number Anita gave us turned out to be a landline to her B&B office - not helpful at all. In the end, we walked to the back of the building (after reading another Airbnb review of LBN using Karahe Hotel's wifi) and saw "La Buena Nota" stenciled into the metal door. Victory!
My best friend and I stayed 5 nights. We received one bath-sized towel each with a tiny bar of soap to share. No hot water, which was a humbling surprise. Cleaning lady, Dani, cleans floor, washes dishes, and bathroom daily. We only ran into her once. Very sweet. Our bed sheets and towels were never changed during our stay, but we didn't mind. We were grateful for the toilet paper.
Room 2 is twice the size of Room 1, but the windows are all shut and can't be opened in Room 2. We didn't really hang out in our room, so we didn't mind. The shared kitchen is clean. Pots and utensils are provided. The shared living area was relaxing.
Monkeys jump onto the metal roof twice a day: early morning and afternoon. Very cool! They will come into the balcony. If that doesn't wake you up, the roosters will. It's pretty surreal.
We were confronted by three fat roaches during our stay. No other unwanted visitors came inside the apt. Salamanders were welcomed - so cute!
I would have definitely prepared and packed differently if I had known the circumstances at LBN, but it was great overall. No one rented the other room so we had the apartment comfortably to ourselves.
I'd definitely recommend it to beach goers and those interested in hiking Manuel Antonio National Park.
Sorry that you found the communication lacking but cell phones do not have coverage in that zone of the beach so having my number would do you no good. Also if you had mentioned to Daniella that you wanted your bed or towels changed she would have been glad to do it. That's what she is there for. The shower is electric on demand so when there is water pressure it turns on automatically. I will check it but if you had told me you definitely would have had hot water in the shower.
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I discover Manuel Antonio 38 years ago after graduating the University of California in Berkeley. Don Melton and myself first did a research project in the National Park and adjoining beaches and decided to make Punta Quepos our home. Don was the local historian and gave educational talks for many groups including National Geografic. We were among the founders of the first Chamber of Tourism in Manue Antonio, founders of ASCONA (Quepos first conservation organization), and have continued to be active in civic and conservations groups to date. I am currently working with a group to establish an animal shelter here in our area. (website hidden) We worked for many years on the problem of drownings (see page 7). I ran my gift shop LA BUENA NOTA for many years and because of my extensive knowledge of Costa Rica, I can answer most questions about our area and some advice about other tourist destinations in Costa Rica.