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La Vela Boutique Hotel

Manuel Antonio Beach 125m East from Marlin Restaurant., Manuel Antonio 6350 Costa Rica
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#14 of 48 hotels in Manuel Antonio
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La Vela Boutique Hotel invites you to come and stay with us while you visit our paradise in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. We're only a few minutes walk from beautiful Espadilla Beach or the wilds of Manuel Antonio National Park. Our small boutique-style hotel is the perfect place to call your home away from home between adventures! With only 21 rooms, we often have more monkeys than guests! And there is always a peaceful ambiance here at the hotel. We have a swimming pool and plenty of lounge chairs and sun umbrellas, so you can relax between activities. Our prices also include a delicious breakfast complimentary with your stay and we are within a 5-minute walk of over 10 restaurants to choose from. All of our rooms are tastefully decorated, have comfortable beds, and high-quality linens. Each room is air-conditioned, has cable TV, a safe deposit box, coffee machine, and of course, WiFi, so you can stay connected.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Baggage storage
Private check-in / check-out
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Happy hour
Vending machine
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Pool view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish


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Hannah wrote a review Jul 2021
5 contributions1 helpful vote
We absolutely loved our stay at La Vela! The location was perfect- walking distance to el Parque Nacional and the beach, close to restaurants and a supermercado. The poolside bar, wood fire pizza oven and breakfasts were top notch and convenient. The property is gorgeous and the rooms are quiet and very comfortable. We really enjoyed the smaller scale, boutique lodging and super friendly staff!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Natalie Reno wrote a review Jun 2021
Las Cruces, New Mexico1 contribution
My family and I just left a 5 night stay at La Vela Boutique Hotel in Manuel Antonio. It was our 5th hotel of our Costa Rica trip, but by far our favorite. The location was amazing. We could walk to the beach, to many restaurants, grocery stores and souvenir shopping in less than 5 minutes. We walked several times to Manuel Antonio National Park too. The hotel grounds are quaint, but very well taken care of. There are iguanas that our daughter was excited to see when we came out of our room and the monkeys visited several times. They have a great happy hour that we took advantage of many times while our child swam in the pool. They also offer brick oven pizza, which was great for the nights that we were tired after our excursions. Lastly, the hotel staff are amazing. Due to its size, the staff know everyone and are super friendly. They gave us great recommendations, helped with anything we asked for and did so leaving us feeling very welcome. They even helped us track down our covid results when they weren't emailed to us. I highly recommend staying here!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Michael Arauz, Director General at La Vela Boutique Hotel
Responded 22 Jun 2021
Hello Natalie thank you very much for your message greetings to Chris and Jewel We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay with us, we really loved being able to meet you and for us, it was a real pleasure to help you. We hope that you come back soon we will wait for you with open arms. Thank you very much for choosing La Vela Boutique Pura Vida Michael
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sarile wrote a review Apr 2021
Princeton, New Jersey55 contributions32 helpful votes
The photos are not even close to the real thing. It’s the perfect hotel in Manuel Antonio. It’s small and quiet 5 min walk to the beach or to the park entrance. The pool area is lovely with a great bar man Paulo! Iguanas and monkeys are all around you. The rooms are beautiful and clean. It’s the perfect place. Don’t even think twice. All the staff are so nice and generous and helpful. Even met the lovely owners who were in the area. Go go go we will come back I am sure! Sara
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Michael Arauz, Director General at La Vela Boutique Hotel
Responded 22 Jun 2021
Hi Sara Thank you very much for your review We love knowing that you had a good time in our beautiful hotel, our main intention is that each guest enjoys their time with us to the fullest. We are fortunate to be less than 100 meters from the beach and 150 meters from Manuel Antonio Park, for this reason, we have many animals that come to our property. We hope you visit us again when you have the opportunity. Pura Vida Michael
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Sandra1336 wrote a review Apr 2021
Union, New Jersey643 contributions66 helpful votes
Loved staying at this Hotel. The people that work there are very nice. Paulo make the best drinks!!! Delicious pizza. You have to get one. Cute, peaceful pool area. Not a big pool but it is still nice. Lot of lounge chairs and umbrellas. Nice small eating area right across the pool. Very good breakfast. Rodrigo during breakfast time, was very nice and courteous. 5 minutes walk to the Manuel Antonio National Park, the Manuel Antonio beach and some restaurants. Some of them: Buru Seaside, Baldi Fresh, Marlin, Donde Alex, La Costa Linda, Morpho’s, some souvenir stores and 2 small supermarkets. They sell soda and water at the Lobby. They do exchange currency. They also have a small souvenir/ gift shop. We stayed at the Standard Room with 2 twin beds. Small room. Love the sliding doors. Comfortable bed and pillows. A few ants in the room, but we are in a tropical place. Not a big deal. Just don’t leave any food or open containers. Small refrigerator in the room. Small bathroom with a shower and a nice shelf to put your clothes there. Safe is also in the bathroom on that shelf. Toiletries. No phone on the room. We stayed at room #1, it was perfect. Steps away from the Lobby (didn’t hear any noise) and steps away from the pool and breakfast area. They printed something that I needed to be printed (lobby) They provide towels for the pool and/or the beach. Drinks, pizza and water can be charged to your room. They can call a taxi for you. Nice reggae music at the pool. Pool is open from 7:30AM to 10:00PM . Michael at the front desk was nice and helpful. We saw monkeys and Tucans while at the pool. At the beach look for Glenn (has a sign with his name) he rents canopies, umbrellas and lounge chairs. We got 2 lounge chairs, a little table and an umbrella for only $10.00 US dollars!!!!! for the day. You can also order food/ drinks from Baldi Fresh a restaurant right across the beach and they bring it to you. Really enjoyed our stay at La Vela Boutique Hotel. Took a taxi to go to dinner to El Avión $3.00 dollars. And another taxi to go to Las Terrazas de Raphael restaurant $6.00 dollars. Also took a taxi to go and get the covid test required by the US to come back home at the Metropolitan Hospital in Quepos, about 15 mns. away from the Hotel i believe that was about $8.00 dollars.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
susiesan1 wrote a review Feb 2021
Kansas City, Missouri1305 contributions29 helpful votes
We spent 4 nights at La Vela Hotel at the end of our 10 day Costa Rica vacation. We stayed at 4 different hotels during the trip and La Vela was our favorite. During our stay there were only 3-4 rooms occupied due to travel restrictions and very few travelers in January 2021. We got amazing service. We needed to go to Quepos for a covid test to return to the US and Marcella at the front desk arranged a ride for us. Michael helped us out to get late test results by calling the clinic on our behalf. All of her restaurant suggestions were spot on. She also set us up with a guide to tour MA National Park. We stayed in a garden poolside room which was spacious and clean. Breakfast was okay, no buffet due to covid so we ordered off a menu with 3 choices. We had afternoon cocktails by the pool at happy hour every day, 2 for 1 specials. There were 2 large iguanas hanging out by the pool and monkeys swinging by in the trees. This is one of the best locations in MA, a 3 minute walk to the beach, and many restaurants within walking distance. I would happily stay at La Vela Hotel when I return to Manuel Antonio. A big thumbs up to the whole staff.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Response from Michael Arauz, Director General at La Vela Boutique Hotel
Responded 02 Mar 2021
Hi Susie, Greetings from beautiful Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica. Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback. We are very happy to know that you really enjoy the hotel facilities and also the cocktails, and the friendliness of the staff. Here at the hotel la Vela we do our best so that our clients have unforgettable vacations. We hope to see you again in the future. We will give your regards to all staff. Kindest Regards.
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US$157 - US$236 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Vela Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to La Vela Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Playa Espadilla Norte (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Vela Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at La Vela Boutique Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at La Vela Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at La Vela Boutique Hotel?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Vela Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Baldi's Fresh, Restaurant Hostel Costa Linda, and Marlin Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Vela Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Vela Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is La Vela Boutique Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.