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Hotel San Bada

Hotel San Bada

Destination: Manuel Antonio

At a Glance

    • At the entrance of Manuel Antonio National Park
    • Close to downtown Manuel Antonio
    • Five minute walk from the Espadilla beach
    • Spa, gym and two pools

Hotel San Bada features luxury accommodations beside the Manuel Antonio National Park only a five-minute walk from the beach.

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Spend a day in the rainforest or relax by one of the pools, join the Mulguri adventure (San Bada's horseback riding tour), enjoy lunch or dinner at the Congo restaurant or make a reservation for a day at Hotel San Bada's spa.


Featuring an eclectic design with influences from Asian and Spanish architecture, Hotel San Bada's golden columns and archways lead guests to one of 67 different rooms across five floors. Each room faces the main pool with balconies in back overlooking either the jungle or the beach.

Standard rooms have a jungle view, $195 in the wet season (May- Nov.) with breakfast, feature either one king-size or two full-size beds black cherry stained dressers, bed frames, and tables. Each room comes equipped with a minifridge, flat screen TV, A/C, Wi-Fi, French shower head, coffee maker and hair dryers.


The breakfast buffet, included in the room rate, is among the best in Manuel Antonio with hot, crispy bacon, sausage, French toast, fresh fruit, gallo pinto (mixed rice and beans) and a station where a chef waits to make you an omelet or fresh eggs in any style.

Besides breakfast, the Congo Restaurant at Hotel San Bada features a large menu with new innovations on Costa Rican classics like the casado, $10, served with your choice of meat, salad, rice, beans, plantains and a picadillo (baked, diced squash) in a unique presentation.

The restaurant's specialty however, is the Congo burger, $13; a gigantic, half-pound burger with all the trimmings including grilled onions, bacon, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, lettuce and relish served with hot steak fries.

Services & amenities

Hotel San Bada has two pools, one at the base of the hotel complete with Jacuzzi, footbridge and waterslide for kids and families and another pool on the rooftop for adults (aka quiet time) with views of the rainforest and Espadilla beach.

Check-in for a day at  San Bada's spa with rooms beside the rainforest dedicated to massage, mani-pedis, a steam room and a sauna. In addition the hotel has a gym, a business center, conference room and is 95 percent handicap accessible.

The hotel also sells tickets to Manuel Antonio national park (for guests only) at its front desk, so guests can avoid the long wait and hassle that can accompany waiting to buy a ticket to enter the park. Reception is friendly and helpful when it comes to finding restaurants, planning activities and calling tour operators.

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