These rustic rooms are not far from Playa Espadilla and have white stucco walls, simple wooden furniture, and terra-cotta tile or wood floors. Shared front terraces with rocking chairs and hammocks overlook lush gardens. Room 7 is particularly nice, with large windows and a bathtub. Two bungalows, with private patios, air-conditioning, and TV, sleep four. Only one of the bungalows has a kitchen. The restaurant, under a conical thatch roof in front, serves an eclectic mix
of seafood and meat dishes with an array of sauces; avoid the restaurant during October and November when the menu consists solely of nachos, sandwiches, and pasta. Stay here for the location and price since luxury and comfort are not part of the package.
Up road from Marlin Restaurant, on left, Manuel Antonio, 60601, Costa Rica
Feb 16, 2012
Hotel Vela Bar was a fantastic find, and my boyfriend and I will most definitely be staying here on our next trip to Manuel Antonio. First of all, it was extremely affordable at $77/night (including tax). Our "room" was actually a small house, including a spacious bedroom with a very powerful a/c that we could turn on or off as we wished, a large bathroom, a small kitchen complete with dishes and cooking equipment, and a small sitting area with a
couch, a small table and chairs and a TV. There was also a lovely porch with comfortable chairs where we could sit, observe the lush hotel gardens and the tropical birds and lizards that they attracted, and play with the adorable little dog that wanders the hotel grounds, Canela. The staff were in general extremely helpful and friendly, offering us suggestions as to where to go at night, when to go to the nearby national park, and other helpful hints. Some of them didn't speak much English, but I knew enough Spanish to get by. The hotel is about a 2 minute walk from the beach and a 5 minute walk from the national park. The only downside is it's a bit of a hike from the nice restaurants that are at the top of the hill. Furnishings in the room are a bit spartan, but do you really need a top-of-the-line apartment when you're going to be on the beach or in the park all the time? This place was great!