"Experience above preliminary expectations"
06/13/14 vanevc San Jose, Costa Rica
I booked this hotel during Easter week. The experience was great! It was well above my preliminary expectations. I read some previous reviews before my arrival that made me had seconds thoughts... but it turned to be a great experience among friends. (+) clean room (extra points!), (++) excellent food at El Gato restaurant, (+) mirror at the entrance (nice!), (+) location (walk-distance to other restaurants), (+) friendly environment (nice, quite during day, maybe some music during night, but nothing to worry about), (+) secure hotel, (++) spacious bathroom & clean. (++) delicious gallo pinto at breaktfast. Take into account: (-) no wi-fi at the rooms (-) no towel service at the pool. Better if you bring your own pool towels. (-) no amenities at the bathroom. Overall, fair value for what you received. :) Great place to visit among friends. I recommend this hotel for easy going tourists. If you are a "high maintenance" tourist that required a lot of services ...this is not your place.
"not a vacation."
06/07/14 Dafna T
locations is great, the price was fine. BUT, in our room there weren't any hot water, the telephone stopped working so I had to walk while it was raining to the reception, to let them know there are no hot water. they couldn't fix it so they gave us a key to another room... to use there the bath. And there were so many mosquitoes in the room. .. great war before falling a sleep. Also, it is very steep for the elderly, specially while it is raining,
05/14/14 brezi Scottsdale, Arizona
The outside of the Hotel Casitas Eclipse was gorgeous, with beautiful grounds. Based on the Trip Advisor reviews I had read before staying here, however, I knew not to get my hopes up. I'm glad I didn't. Pros: Lots of animals and birds on the grounds - white-faced monkeys, agouti, toucans, iguanas, walking sticks, and sloths. Nice swimming pools (the main one could have used some cleaning however...I was tempted to use the skimmer myself) Right across the street from a fantastic restaurant - El Avion (we ate there several times) and just up the road from many more restaurants Right up the road from Manuel Antonio National Park and right on the bus route (very convenient) Gorgeous greenery on the property, which backs up to the rainforest Friendly staff Free breakfast (choose from 4 options at the "Black Cat" restaurant onsite) Large rooms Cons: The rooms are very outdated - they need to be gutted and start over ANTS all over the room, especially at night, which was gross Dingy sheets, comforter, and towels No computers for guests to use - WiFi only available in the lobby Overall, it's not the worst place to stay but I am leaning toward the Costa Verde hotel down the road next time I'm in Manuel Antonio. It's a much nicer hotel for about the same price (albeit it for a smaller room than what you would get at the Hotel Casitas Eclipse).
"Thought it was great!"
04/23/14 Michelle G Seattle, Washington
I've read some of the reviews and have been a little puzzled. Granted we rented one of the villa's on the property that was privately owned called the Villa Titi but it's on the same grounds and has use of the pools, room cleaning, etc. The lady at the front desk was very helpful (quick traveling tip--try speaking spanish even if you'er not fluent, it's a sign of respect). I was little confused about the location beofre we went and found it to be perfectly located in terms of restaurants, and access to the park. Beaches are close and there are markets and shops with in walking distance. There were many Costa Rican's on vacation staying there, which I appreciated. Is it like a typical American hotel? Thankfully no--that's why you've gone to Costa Rica! Oh and on the gounds of the hotel we saw squirrel monkeys, agouti, lizards and tucans. It was fantastic!
This was our second stop on our Groupon deal. Our first hotel seemed better maintained and newer so I felt some letdown when we first got into our room. I got over it pretty quickly when I just let myself enjoy being in the middle of the rain forest. Our room was very spacious with a small kitchen. We had an outside sitting area for our morning coffee and got to watch birds, iguana and other critters get active in the morning. The day we got here we were greeted by white faced monkeys in the tree next to our room. We could hear the howler monkeys in the distance. How cool is that?? There are three nice pools but no hottub. Our room was located very near one and I felt like we had our own private villa. There is a walking trail at the back of the property that goes into the forest more. There isn't wifi in the room but I could always check my FB and email at breakfast and dinner. Yes, there are definitely some improvements that could be made to upgrade these rooms but it is unique and quaint and I like this kind of place over big boring resort hotels. The staff were very helpful. Breakfast was good although not large. We didn't eat in the restaurant there for dinner so I can't review. We went on a Catamaran tour one day and we were picked up at the hotel. We drove the short drive to Manuel Antonio Park. You can't drive into the park but can get closer than the beach area where they desperately try to get you to park.
"The Trifecta part 2"
04/04/14 Bill H Saint Augustine, Florida
Before getting into this review, I would like to preface it by mentioning it that it was the result of a Groupon "Trifecta" trip to Costa Rica. Therefore you will need to know that my journey does not end here but also at two other, completely different locations at this Central America location. The organizer of the Groupon deal was Travel By Jen. Maybe you are embarking on the same trip and hopefully this will enlighten you on what to and NOT expect. With any trip there are usually three components that when done well make it extraordinary. These three components are destination (location), lodging (accommodations) and service (staff). In this trifecta, there was always something that was missing taking away what would make Costa Rica incredibly remarkable. The second leg of this journey was to the Quepos area. Located ocean side, the trip from La Fortuna to hear will take you roughly three hours. As I mentioned earlier, Costa Rica is certainly not known for its highway system, rather plan on a twisty curvy roadway that will take you through some incredibly remarkable countryside and finally to the coast. Our GPS took us through some areas that require a toll. They do take dollars, most of the tolls we had seen were $1 to $1.04. If you have colones on hand most tolls are roughly 550 colones. As for the hotel it is old, very old. Although looking at the outside, at first it seems that it is very modern and upbeat. Once you get past that you soon realize that it is deathly old. For one, the door to your room is nothing more than a closet bi-fold door. Our room had its share of "creatures" as there is nothing to prevent them from coming or going from your room. They certainly can get under the door very easily. In this case I would recommend a mouth guard when sleeping. Our bathroom sink also had its share of some sort of ants that would visit for no apparent reason. Perhaps the only saving grace during our stay was the gang of monkeys that came out of the wooded area and put on a show one afternoon. There must have been six or more traversing through the trees and pouncing on the roof tops. What made this all so spectacular was that we where in the pool beyond the "black cat" restaurant. Not only did we get do watch but in the comfort of water! In this package, they provided complimentary breakfast at the "Black Cat" restaurant. You have four choices to choose from. After the first breakfast, all of the choices became very difficult. I would rather have found a different place for breakfast. For dinner, the Aviator which is across the street is perhaps one of the better choices. Here are some tips to help you with your adventure: 1. The beach is located down the hill. Mind you this is a lobster trap if you decide to walk it. Going down will not be a problem but going back up, it is killer especially if it is hot. There is a bus stop right near the hotel and will cost you 285 colones per-person for a one way ride (either way). I would recommend that and it is cheaper than parking your car. 2. If you do decide to go down the hill in your vehicle, beware. First do not leave valuables in the car when you are gone. This includes your GPS. Also when you get near the bottom of the hill the locals will try to make you think they are some sort of "official" and have you park in their lot. You can do so but don't get fooled that you have to. They just want the business. Price to park can cost $4 or more per day. 3. Beach sand there is incredibly hot. Wear sandals unless you like to feel your feet burn. 4. There are lots of places to eat there. El-Sol was our favorite. When we arrived there the owner sat us and took our order. We asked for the food to be extra spicy, but the only thing they had was tobacco sauce. The next day the owner made us a batch of home made hot sauce that was phenomenal. For this reason and his concern to please us that I recommend this place. Also, get there early and you have a great seat looking over the balcony watching the tourists go by. 5. Manuel Antonio national park has its entrance right next to this El-Sol restaurant. I would recommend walking to the park rather than driving. In fact, I would recommend the bus to take you there rather than the car. Walking to the park is not difficult, road width and parking your car is. The park will cost you $10 per person to hike into. And don't both with getting a tour guide. They will tell you that you will not see anything without one but believe me, there are plenty of monkeys and other wild life that is right there in front of you. Also, there are so many guides with other tour groups, should they spot something there is always a lot of commotion going on so you certainly wont miss anything. 6. On the public beach, if you are to rent a chair go down towards the end of the cul-de-sac and there is an American there, his name is Vaughn. Not only will he supply you with a chair and umbrella but also provide you with information on what to see, where to eat and so-forth. 7. We ate twice at the Aviator. This is certainly a much better place to eat than the Black Cat. 8. Wifi is available in the Aviator or close to the Black Cat restaurant. It is not strong enough to permeate the hotel rooms. Although it seems everything else was. Although the hotel was not that great, the location to the beach is the only saving grace. The daytime was fun but I so dreaded the night sleep.
03/02/14 sillygranma San Diego, California
Reception staff were wonderful! They changed my room after first night to accommodate my need for fewer steps to/from room/front entrance. They helped me with tour planning and modifying. They gave me info about the bus routes. The place is not high end but is comfortable, with functioning AC and in a lovely setting. It's also near bus stops to get to the beach and/or the town of Quepos.
02/28/14 drums45 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Convenient location near bus stop, Restaurants. Taxi to grocery store. Beautiful landscape. No shade trees or umbrellas around pool. They don't use much or any chlorine in pools. Apartment 114 Had older appliances, all electric. Air conditioning was good. Beds were comfortable. Floors pretty dirty! Stark old furnishing closer to European standard not USA. Hot water was plentiful for showers .
"Unique and funkily charming!"
10/15/13 Joel B Upstate New York
How many hotels have their own rainforest? How many hotels feature agoutis, iguanas, a crocodile and weird glass sculptures, on a carefully landscaped and laid-out terrain? Just one, I'm betting. Yes, the Casitas Eclipse is not a new place, and yes, they only have wifi in certain areas. But the rooms are enormous, the A/C works, and the staff are friendly and helpful. We stayed here on the last leg of a four-stop Costa Rica rainy season vacation, and were charmed by its quirkiness. We preferred it over the resort, lodge and eco-hotels that preceded it. Close to Manuel Antonio, the beach and lots of restaurants, it's worth a visit.
"faded glory -- practically no wifi"
09/01/13 GoingPlacesDE Wilmington, DE
The hotel is dated.. Unlike most hotels, there were no amenities (soap, shampoo, etc) in the room. Air conditioning in our room was an antique and noisy. It sounded like an engine running right next to our room. Faucets were 'loose' that the whole set rotates with the handle. We never had 'clean' towels that were free from dirts or embeded dirty marks. Cottage layouts were confusing. There were many pools on the property. There are not clean. We never felt that we had a clear view of the pool bottom. We had a room that is all the way in the back. After staying for three days, our family still could not get to our room/cottage in one attempt. There is no wifi in the room. Wifi is only available at the restaurant and at the front office. Both are open air structures. Mosiquitos had a great time feeding on me when I had to get on internet in the evening. It was not pleasant. Both restaurant and front office close at 10PM. If wifi router got into trouble, wifi service is gone. Grounds were pretty. Many flowere and colorful variated plants. It is very pleasant to walk around the property. We saw monkeys and other additional wild lifes. Restaurant wise, I would recommend the restaurant "El Avion" across the street. We had a good meal in Manuel Antonio area there. I will definitely recommend against going 'Cate Negro" on the property. Customers voted them out. We ate there one night. Food was below expectation. We were the only customers from 7 to 8:30PM. Another night, they had no customer.for the period I used wifi at the "Cate Negro".
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