About this listing
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.
I have four 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. There are two apartments each with two bedroom that share a bath. There is a living room with cable TV and internet and a full kitchen for your use. There is off street parking but not with security gates. We don’t accept children under 15 and no overnight guests that are not registered. Sorry breakfast is not included.
There is a living room with cable TV and internet and a full kitchen for your use. 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. 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.
Great location and apartment and Anita was an even better host! We had an issue with our lock/key and she took care of it very quickly and effectively. A beach is very close with the More touristy beaches a short walk or bus ride away.
DISGUSTING. Mouse droppings were all over the bedroom. On the night stand, and on the floor. Overall, the apartment was not clean. Not only was there a rodent problem (I took pictures of the mouse droppings), but it also looked like the floor hadn't been cleaned in years. The hot water in the shower also did not work. There were a lot of bugs, but I expect that when paying 50 bucks a night in Costa Rica, so that was ok. Also, the couch sort of smelled strange, for whatever that's worth. I don't know what the other people who reviewed this place were smoking, but I wish they had given some to me before my wife and I stayed the night.
A few things that were good: the AC worked fine; the location is great; the place is secure; and the monkey viewings are top notch. The only problem with the monkeys is that they start pounding on the roof at 6am as they head towards the ocean. I was cool with it because I like monkeys, but if you're trying to sleep in, that may be difficult.
This place is not "a little slice of heaven" as one reviewer put it; it was a little slice of a scene from the TV series "Naked and Afraid."
Don't do it.
Anita was a very warm welcoming face when I arrived and made me feel 'at home' immediately. The house is on the main road and easily accesses the national park and beach without the need for transport. There is a bus stop right outside providing very regular transport to and from Quepos for very little cost.
The house is clean and tidy although some of the fittings require maintenance, particularly the plumbing, and the cutlery is pretty sparse if you want to use the kitchen.
If you like a quiet start to your morning the monkeys and the traffic will ensure you don't. For me it added character, but others may find it an annoyance.
The Wi-fi worked very well but cell coverage is minimal. Anita told me the ground floor was being refitted as a food outlet which might also add to the property's appeal.
All in all this isn't high-level accommodation but suited my needs very well.
Nice place to stay, close to the beach of Manuel Antonio. Path free from traffic to the beach.
Anita was very friendly and handover has functioned perfectly.
Anita meet us at the front of her apartments to give us clear instructions. The apartment is only 15 meters from the main road going into and out of Manuel Antonio National Park so the traffic noise is considerable. There is nothing Anita can do about this I only leave this message for others to be aware if they are light sleepers or expect a quiet environment. The A/C worked fine and is definitely needed in this climate. The kitchen is adequate and the grocery store only a 5 minute bus ride with a stop in front of the apartment.
Even before we booked the apartment, Anita was very nice to answer my bazillion questions. She was also prompt with communication.
When we arrived, Anita was very welcoming and nice host. She was fast to respond to my messages, and attended to any issues right away. It was nice chatting with her, whenever she came by to clean or welcome new guests. And she knows the area very well. It was super nice of her to bring an aloe leaf from her garden for my sunburn.
Now to the apartment. If you are looking for a luxury living, this apartment is NOT for you. Its simply furnished. Some stuff is outdated, but it works. Just make sure to ask Anita to show you how to use that shower. There is a little trick to everything, but it works if you know what you are doing =)
PROs: 1. Its super close to the beach! And it was very important to us. We LOVED that beach.
2. Its also not too far from other things. You can easily walk to the restaurants, national park, a small supermarket. But walking in a bathing suit to the beach was the best thing! There is a nice beach cafe Balu not too far. We loved it.
3. Kitchen. We were able to make coffee and breakfast, which saved us both $ and time. There is a terrace to have your meal outside, and watch monkeys.
4. Price. You can't beat it. There are plenty of fancy villas and resorts in Manuel Antonio, but you gotta pay $$$ for the luxury.
CONs: 1. The house is located right off the main road, so there are some traffic noises that could wake you up early in the morning, if you are sensitive sleeper. It was a problem for both of us only for the first night, but we, being city folks, got used to it very fast, and actually migrating through the roof monkeys were bothering us more than traffic noises (but how can you be mad at cute monkeys??? =)
VERDICT. If you are going to Manuel Antonio, like us, mostly for the gorgeous beach; and you need a place to rest, take a shower, and make a meal, between beach time and exploring surroundings, than La Buena Nota Apartments is a place for you. If you want to spend your time in Costa Rica sipping cocktails in a fancy pool, look somewhere else =)
Buena nota provided a great base for our activities in Manuel Antonio, about 300 yards from a beautiful beach and 2 k from the park. We enjoyed the daily visit from monkeys and the jungle all around. We enjoyed the AC and Anita was welcoming and helpful. The apartment was was basic but fine for our needs. It had some maintenance issues which Anita was happy to remedy when we told her. All in all we enjoyed our stay.
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About the Host, Anita
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 (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.