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Hotel San Bada

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Of all the places Caravan had us stay, this and the Barcelo were two that, if the price were well w/i my husband's and my 2-star budget standards, we might have stayed at on our own DESPITE 'average' reviews on TripAdvisor or I heard the other (Caravan) guests describe it as 'rustic' and '(too) basic', both of which were true. The things i felt most needed to be improved were the musty smell in our room (2nd floor) and the 1960's feel of the dining room. Chuck the murals and go for something nature themed. The safe in our room wasn't working and as we had limited time the night we arrived or the next morning to wait around for someone to come fix it, we ended up taking our valuables to Manuel Antonio ... a drag. The food was disappointing, particularly minuscule dessert offerings in tiny plastic cups!? I felt that the 'open bar' was an appeasement on part of the management to have guests overlook any attempt to modernize the property. I also wonder whether Caravan might not have a monetary investment (i.e. partial ownership) in this property. That said,the happy-hour sunset was a nice touch. I'm afraid that both my husband and i felt that the drinks contained watered-down rum, making even THT less of a 'draw'. At the end of the day, it was the location and fact we were there for only one night, that would have had us okay about staying here were it NOT Caravan's selection, again, if paying somewhere on the low-end

The roof-top bar looks across Manuel Antonio National Park to the Pacific Ocean. Watch toucans and squirrel monkeys from your balcony. Walk to the park entrance. Soak in the swimming pool after a walk in the park. Great rooms, excellent location, delicious food, wonderful service.

This hotel is great. We had a lovely warm welcome after transferring form another Hotel in Manuel Antonio where we had experienced some issues. The staff are super friendly especially the guys/girls on reception and in the restaurant. The room was spacious and had everything we needed. It was quiet too. The food in the restaurant was good. The guy making the omelettes is so friendly and is always smiling. There is also a roof top bar which we found to be a bonus. As a group of friends travelling together, it was great to meet up in the evening at the bar. Again the bar staff are great. We didn't have time to use the pools as we stayed for 2 nights only but they looked extremely inviting and not too busy. For most people, the location of this hotel would be the selling point. It is situated directly next to the entrance of the National Park. If you have time, have a walk around the area outside the hotel, there are some small, friendly bars and shops. I have nothing bad to say about this Hotel. and would definitely recommend it.

Hotel San Bada is a high quality resort. The staff must be hand picked because they are kind, thoughtful, truthful, helpful, and skilled. We had wonderful interactions with all of the staff we encountered but front desk Fabian, rooftop bar Emilio, and Cristhin at the Congo were so helpful, kind, and informative. We enjoyed a sunset on the rooftop where the sushi and cocktail bar ar located. We swam in the pool and under the pool waterfall. We dined at Congo multiple times. We loved our gorgeous room and the air conditioning was strong. Cannot say enough about how much we loved our stay here. i would never book anywhere else in the Manuel Antonio area. Seriously, these guys are the best in the business and this property is stunning. A capuchin monkey landed on our balcony!!! The wildlife is amazing! Iguanas on property!!! Love Hotel San Bada!

We spent 3 nights at the beautiful San Bada Hotel. It is literally right next to the gate to the Manuel Antonio National Park. The rooms were clean, beautiful, and faced the Pacific Ocean. A family of over 40 monkeys danced through the trees the very first afternoon we checked in. 2 Iguanas met us at the pool at 2:00 in the afternoon for a siesta. Beautiful singing birds woke us every was truly a paradise. The staff was awesome, and very helpful....the breakfast buffet was to die for. Fresh fruit every morning, they cooked fresh eggs, plenty of protein offerings, yogurt, and juices. A perfect start to busy days. There was a grocery store right across the street for any staples you might need. But beware....suntan lotions, and aloes are very expensive, try to bring some along. They had a walkway to the public beach too. Beware of all the vendors on the public beach. Be nice and polite, say no gracias when you are approached. The 2.00 you pay for the coconut milk is a bargain, so try one...the vendor on the street has the best deal. The internet is very go ahead and bring your ipad to film, or tablet. We ate lunches at El Chante, which is on the street right next to the hotel, and the food was super good. I mean super good! I would recommend eating here as much as you could. We ate at Alex's but it was not even close in quality. We also ate at Buru, but the staff doesn't like non costa ricans, and again the quality was lacking. The price of the last two was higher than El Chante.

Our family was hosted at the Hotel San Bada as part of my 9 year olds Make A Wish trip. The hotel was perfectly located next to the main beach and the national park. The staff was so exceptional and we spent hours in the fantastic pool. We also loved the rooftop sushi bar where the food and views were excellent. Thank you so much for making our stay so very special!!! Pura Vida!!

Comfortable accomm right next to the entrance to the national park. Rooms were very comfortable (we were in a standard room), and the hotel had great views from the room top bar. Pool was nice too. Also liked the fact the beach was within walking distance. Highly recommend for a short stay if you’re ticking off Manuel Antonio national park. Definitely recommend getting a guide for the national park. Food in the restaurant was pretty basic (breakfast buffet) but good it was included with the accomm.

This was a first rate hotel with comfortable rooms, exceptionally friendly and helpful staff and an amazing pool. Right next to Manuel Antonio and right on the beach - very well situated. The main restaurant was reasonably priced which was refreshing from the other places that we felt were very overpriced.

We stayed in many places during our 2 weeks in Costa Rica, all of which were uniques in their own ways. The San Bada was far and above our favorite! Beautiful, well maintained and exceptionally friendly staff. Jonathon, Andrey and Christine were amazing!

This is a hotel in search of an identity. The architecture looks like something out of India, the landscaping reflects Southeast Asia, the restaurant is called 'Congo', and the hotel's name is Spanish. The rooms are old and tired looking and in need of refreshing. A large group of teenagers congregated outside my room door on the first floor and were quite noisy. The hotel did nothing to shoo them away. The location, just steps from the entrance of the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance, is ideal. Otherwise I would recommend staying elsewhere. Sunset views from rooftop bar were wonderful. Restaurant was mediocre.

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Hotel highlights

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

Located within a mile (2 km) of Manuel Antonio Beach, Hotel San Bada is within 2 miles (3 km) of Finca Naturales Wildlife Refuge. 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 ADR Adventure Park and Manuel Antonio National 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 955 reviews