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Hotel San Bada

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here as part of the Caravan Tour. The hotel was nice but nothing fancy. They have a bar on the upper floor that is great for watching the sunset. The bartenders were great and the mixed drinks were perfect. The pool area is nice with a waterfall. The hotel is right next to the Manuel Antonio National Park. It is also close to the shops along the street by the entrance. The shower did not get super hot but the shower it's self is huge. The bed was very comfortable.

This lovely hotel borders Manuel Antonio National Park. After staying at the JW Marriott, Guanacaste, this hotel was not luxurious, but nice. And although there was no ocean view, the view of the rain forest & it's inhabitants was amazing. From our balcony we watched the Howler Monkeys and Iguana. Some folks complained about being awakened by the Howlers, but we found it delightful. The sixth floor bar area was nice and gave us another perspective of Manuel Antonio. The proximity of the Hotel to the park made the visiting the park easy. The food was typical Costa Rican buffets.Lots of rice & beans, which are tasty...but by day 8 of this trip, we'd had enough. Rooms were clean, staff was pleasant. Enjoyable stay.

Hotel San Bada provided a pleasant experience for three nights. Our room provided a "forest" view. Only one night did the howler monkeys wake us at 5:00 am. It was more annoying to hear a frat boy screaming "shut the **** up" on his balcony to the monkeys than the noise itself. The pools were pretty chilly. Even the hot tub, since that is solar powered (and we saw very little sun over three days). The breakfast buffet was excellent. Something for everyone, from fruit and omelettes to pancakes and fried plantains. We also dined at Congo and found it to be exceptionally good. The one complaint would be the gym. It is apparent most guests likely don't workout on vacation, but the gym equipment was really run down and disappointing for such a nice resort. Aside from that, proximity to the park cannot be beat. You can also walk to a number of restaurants or take a cab (about $8 USD) to a plethora of other restaurants on the other side. El Avion is highly recommended, especially for sunset.

Staff: 5 - very nice and attentive Room: 3 - A/C is loud and leaked everywhere; bed is okay; expensive for solo travellers Spa: 4 - no hot water in shower; expensive Location: 5 - perfect spot; try all the adventure stuff (surfing, canopy, white water rafting, Manuel Antonio Park) Resort: 3 - pool is cool but the entire joint is humid and hot; I think eco-friendly is used as a reason to not have AC anywhere in the middle of the rainforest. Food: 0 - So bad. Every single time. I had to walk out of the resort to other restaurants after 2 days of awful food

We wanted a relaxing and comfortable stay with easy access to the National Park and nice beaches. That is exactly what we got at San Bada! We had a top floor room with excellent views over the forest and the ocean. The room was large and well furnished, with a very comfortable bed. The bathroom was luxurious with a huge jacuzzi bath and separate wet room area for the shower. We enjoyed both restaurants at the hotel very much. Perezosos on the 6th floor served excellent sushi and we were looked after very well by Emilio here and around the adults pool on the roof terrace. The main restaurant at the hotel served the best fresh tuna I have ever eaten and Christhin was very helpful and attentive here. Reception staff were very welcoming, especially Wendy, who contacted us before our arrival at the hotel, to see whether we needed transportation, which was very impressive! I have named three members of staff but everyone in the hotel was extremely polite, cheerful and helpful. San Bada was the perfect ending to a great holiday in Costa Rica.

Very pleasent place. Nice and comfortable rooms. Not far from ocean. U can see animals around: on the teritory and through the window. Very pleasent stuff. Always try to do everyting to solve your problem and to help you. Sometimes even you think it is imposible - they do.

This Hotel was fabulous , we stayed three nights at Hotel San Bada and it was perfect for us. Cristhin was the best ! In particular she made us feel like home , she is the best . Also, the rooftop has an amazing view and lovely Sushi Bar . We loved seeing all the monkeys living near the Hotel .

What a great stay It was here. Lovely hotel a polite staff. Best of them was Cristhin from restaurant . Kids loved her. We will come again. Great lotacion next to natural park. Ocean good for surfing.

We stayed 1 night at the San Bada. The location was perfect, just steps from the national Park. There are also some stores, and a grocery store located very close to the hotel. This is definitely not a new hotel. It had a rustic jungle feel, and was clean. I open the sliding door to our balcony, and had a hard time shutting it because the door was coming off its track. The room was good sized; it has a refrigerator. The bathroom was large too but had very little space to accommodate personal belongings. The power went out briefly a couple times during the night. No real inconvenience, but we were awakened by our phones repowering up. You definitely feel like you're in the jungle here. We could hear the howler monkeys early in the morning. Once in the national Park it's about a 1 mile walk to the beach. Along the way you can see lizards, monkeys, and sloths. The buffet restaurant serves a nice selection of salads and fresh fruits, along with coaster Rican selections. Plenty of rice and beans, chicken, fish, etc. There is a nice pool and hot tub in front of the hotel.

We stayed here overnight on a tour. Howler monkeys greeted us but did quiet down for the night. The next morning, as with many tours, we had to have luggage outside our door early. I opened the door and there sat a little squirrel monkey on the railing, checking me out and hoping I had food - no luck. He and his "wife" and their piggy backed baby hung around for a long time letting us take pictures. The hotel itself was very nice and rooms comfortable and large. The national park entrance was right outside the grounds of the hotel. As with all the places we stayed, the hotel, restaurant and bar staff were friends and wanted to make your stay a pleasant one.

Near Manuel Antonio Natl Park entrance Manuel Antonio Puntarenas

Hotel highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free valet and self parking
  • Onsite dining

Located within a 5-minute walk of Manuel Antonio National Park, Hotel San Bada is within a mile (2 km) of Manuel Antonio Beach. This 67-room, 3.5-star hotel has 3 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and free breakfast. It's near the airport and also close to Finca Naturales Wildlife Refuge and ADR Adventure Park.


Free breakfast is included with your stay and is served each morning. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's fine-dining restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


Hotel San Bada's 67 individually decorated rooms provide furnished balconies, minibars, and coffee makers. 32-inch LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Safes and phones are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Hotel San Bada have access to a full-service spa, 3 outdoor pools, and a children's pool. Free valet and self parking are available—or if you're not driving, take the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for CRC 180000 per vehicle roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a 24-hour fitness center, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace.

Room options

Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Superior Room

Full 2 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 899 reviews