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Grettel and her husband are great hosts. The studio, while not fancy, is just fine for the price! Can recommend!
My sister and I just had the pleasure of staying 6 nights at the fabulous El Brunxu apartment. The pictures depict it perfectly and the location cannot be beat (-5 minutes walk to Quepos centre, bars, restaurants etc, 5 minutes bus to Manuel Anotonio beach). The kitchen is sufficient for making meals if you prefer to stay in and the wifi worked great. The rooftop above the apartment was perfect for reading, sunbathing or relaxing. Grettel herself was extremely friendly, informative and attentive as a host. She gave great advice and was prompt to answer any questions we had. We were lucky enough to see monkeys every day that we were there! Such an amazing up close experience for tourists, and for free. Make sure you bring your camera. For an amazing experience on the Pacific side of Costa Rica look no further than Brunxu apartments! Thanks Grettel!
My boyfriend and I rented an apartment here for one month and we could not have been happier with our stay. We were in the two-bedroom apartment, which had a full kitchen complete with everything we needed to prepare our own meals--all apartments have cooking facilities. The apartment was very clean. Good shower with hot water. Fast, reliable internet connection and a good selection of TV channels.
The apartment is right on the edge of the jungle/mountains and we saw monkeys at least a few times a week, along with many other interesting animals. The bus stop to Manuel Antonio is only a few minutes walk and you can get into downtown Quepos in about 10 minutes. The apartment is located in a nice residential area that is quiet with friendly neighbors. I felt very safe there. There are a number of stores just a few minutes away where you can buy drinks, snacks, fruits and vegetables.
Do not let the lack of air conditioning turn you off from staying here; the apartment stays very cool with fans and it cools down enough at night where you would not even need it. There was not once where I was uncomfortable, and I am the type of person who wants to put the air on as soon as I feel the slightest bit hot . Gretel is a wonderful host and so helpful and friendly. We were very sad to leave here. Highly, highly recommended.
Response from Grettel:
Kelli, it was a pleasure having you in one of our apartments. Quepos and Manuel Antonio has much more to offer. I am so happy you chose Costa Rica.
Gretel's home is at the end of a short dirt road. It's quiet and at the base of the hill where the road to Manuel Antonio runs (~10 minute ride to the park and beach). It's also a really short walk to mini markets, the bus station, and local restaurants. On Friday late afternoons, there is also a farmer's market for fresh fruits and small treats by the water (10 minute walk from the apartment). The room has a mini-fridge, perfect for holding a few beers and any leftovers. There are also common useful kitchen appliances like a toaster and microwave. Everything you need for a short or long stay. It's a multistory home with multiple separate units. Our neighbors were also quiet and nice. Gretel was a polite and gracious host. Stay at her place if you're looking for a peaceful and convenient stay!
Upon arrival with my massive amounts of luggage, I was met in the taxi by Carlos and he took all my bags up to the apartment! The property is breathtaking, surrounded by lush trees and nestled against mountain. Grettel met me in the apartment and welcomed me. The apartment is a gorgeous one bedroom with a full kitchen, the water pressure in the shower is great, important for my thick hair! The rooftop terrace was the perfect place to do my morning and night time meditations, surrounded by nature and wildlife. The birds, butterflies, monkeys visited every day. Grettel and Carlos are very non-intrusive hosts. I felt 100% safe, being a single female traveler this too very important for me. The property is close to bus stop to Manuel Antonio beach, Pali and Super Max grocery stores and downtown Quepos. Laundry facilities were a major convenience also. My primary goal was to learn to surf, the location is perfect, a short walk with my surfboard to Quepos waterfront during lowtide and bus to Manuel Antonio beach for high tide was perfection! I will definitely be returning to Quepos in my future and I can definitely see myself staying at Brunxu rentals again.
Muy bueno el departamento, anfitriones muy respetuosos y zona muy tranquila. 100 x 100 recomendable.
El precio resulta super conveniente.
Grettel was a great host! Highly recommened for anyone looking for an economical, clean, and enjoyful stay in Quepos. Thank you!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the apartment in Manuel Antonio. Lester and Shirley were great landlords, always very friendly and helpful. The location is very convenient to the bus stop for going into Quepos or Manuel Antonio. I will particularly miss my early mornings on the balcony listening to the birds and jungle sounds! Thanks very much,
Grettel and Carlos are incredible and their apartments and clean and fully equipped. I always felt safe and secure in my apartment, which I rented recently for 6 months. I would highly recommend this location because it is close to town and close to the bus to the beach.
During the last two summers I have rented one of Grettel's apartments at Brunxu, INVU, Quepos, Costa Rica for the month of July. The setting is special, the edge of the jungle, yet convenient to town. Delighfully, monkeys, birds, toads, geckos, wild flowers, amazing foliage - all the surround Brunxu. I can't say enough about the setting. I love the barrio - The walk to the main road is beautiful and there are wonderful families who greet you along the way.
The cost is very reasonable, the apartments are nicely furnished. The view of the Port of Quepos , the sunsets are breathtaking.
Grettel and her wonderful family - create a welcome atmosphere and everyone's privacy is respected. This is a great choice for enjoying the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
My relationship to Grettel is really that of resident, rentor and yes, now, friend. I have rented one of her studio apartments year round at Brunxu (hummingbird) since February 2010. I managed milliion-dollar, owner occupied properties in Boston for 30 years and do not give glowing recommendations lightly. Grettel and her husband Carlos are as good as it gets. Honest, intelligent, accomodating, friendly and earnestly interested in the welfare of their guests. I envite you to teleph(phone number hidden) or Email me (email hidden) to answer your questions. I intend to stay here as long as I am able. Good luck in your search. Steve (Esteban)