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Hotels in Manuel Antonio - please suggest

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I am overloaded with reading reviews and trying to lock down where we will stay when in M.A.

We will be in San Jose 1 night and Arenal 3 spending the bulk of our trip in MA.

We are looking for a hotel that has great views - I love when one side is full length windows. A balcony is a must!

Many hotels in MA are quite expensive (which is ok we don't mind the splurge) but in looking at Makanda for example, I read great reviews but several said the rooms are outdated, that their bathrooms at home are nicer then in the hotel!!! I do not want to spend my time in a condo/time share type place -- I don't need a kitchen, I am on vacation and I want the hotel to be updated!

Also read about Makanda that it is much further away then other hotels that are closer to town --- disappointed bc these comments are turning me off...
Any suggestions welcomed!! Please!

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