Ratings based on 89 Verified Reviews

4.6 out of 5
96% of guests recommend
4.8 Room cleanliness
4.7 Service & staff
4.8 Room comfort
4.6 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from California

Modern oasis near Manuel Antonio

Posted May 27, 2017
Nestled in the forest near Manuel Antonio (which is about 3 1/2 hours from SJO), Makanda by the Sea provided the modern and luxurious backdrop for my 40th birthday trip! In addition to an earlier check in, I was upgraded to an Ocean Club room located across from the saltwater infinity pool with swim up bar! My room had modern features and decor, such as a leather couch, rain shower, marble floors and a sound system and air conditioning. All of the staff was very friendly & helpful. Gabriel the bartender even gave 2 great restaurant recommendations (La Cantina and Gabriella's). I even saw white faced monkeys and 2 sloths on the hotel property! When it was time for me to leave, I didn't want to go! Everything from my room to the staff to the location and to the amenities (spa, infinity pools, beach access) makes this hotel an oasis in the forest. I would highly recommend this hotel! And I can't wait to plan another trip back to Costa Rica just to stay at Makanda! Pura vida, indeed!
Comment from Hotel Management
May 29, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Thank you for choosing our Hotel and visiting our profile. It was such an honor to host you for this special occasion. We are glad we had the opportunity to pamper you and helped you gather some nice memories. Already missing you and looking forward to host you again. Have a great and blessed week...!!!
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Houston, TX

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Posted May 20, 2017
This hotel is beautiful! Loved the location and the room was clean, nicely decorated, and huge! Had monkeys and a sloth visit the restaurant area and our balcony! Staff were so helpful and friendly. Special shout out to Leo, Gabriel, and Coco! Our only suggestions are: To invest in a golf cart to take guests up to the main road and to have a restaurant menu that is not so expensive. We loved our time at Makanda! Thank you! Pura Vida!
Comment from Hotel Management
May 27, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Dear Lisa, thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda and visiting our profile. We are glad that you had a great stay and we all enjoyed taking care of you, can´t wait until your next visit. Have a great and blessed weekend...
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from Melbourne, AU

Amazing pool and view

Posted May 18, 2017
The pools were amazing as well as the view. The staff were so lovely and helpful to us during our stay. Our bed was really comfortable. Would definitely recommend if you're wanting to relax and unwind.
Comment from Hotel Management
May 27, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Dear Bec, thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda! We really appreciate your kind words. It was a real pleasure to have you here and we are already looking forward to host you again. Have a great and blessed weekend...
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler from London

Putting the 'treat' into 'retreat'

Posted Apr 18, 2017
Pros: Staff, room, views, pool
Location: Manuel Antonio National Park - excellent
Excellent stay at a fantastic hotel. Staff couldn't be friendlier, nothing was too much bother, and overall it really was an oasis of calm and cool in the jungle.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 20, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda and visiting our profile. We have been working really hard to provide our Guests a great experience and realize that we are accomplishing our goal is blissful. We all miss you and are already looking forward to host you again. Have a great and blessed day...
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Portland, OR, USA

A wonderful boutique hotel in the jungle

Posted Apr 8, 2017
Pros: Contemporary comforts with a jungle experience.
Cons: Outside lines in rooms. More storage for clothing.
Location: Jungle tours, beach, swimming, zip-lining.
Contemporary comforts, with a jungle off your balcony. We literally saw wildlife at our hotel days before seeing them again with the jungle tour at Manuel Antonio. We had sloths, capachino monkeys, howler monkeys, toucans, and many more throughout the day.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 10, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Dear Michael, Thank you for choosing our Property. It is funny how we keep hearing that sometimes our guests spot more wildlife in the Hotel than any other place. Looking forward to host you again, have a great and blessed week...
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler

Posted Apr 5, 2017
A long weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Exquisite hillside retreat, impeccable modern design, wonderful and friendly staff, spectacular views and connection with nature - a culinary treat as well...
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 10, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda for such a special ocassion. Glad that you noticed and enjoyed the details, those that we have put a lot of effort on. Looking forward to spoil you for your next anniversary!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveler from Toronto, ON

Perfect Paradise!

Posted Mar 27, 2017
My partner and I stayed at the Makanda for four nights in early march and we still can't stop raving about "the most amazing place we've ever stayed." Everything about the hotel was beyond our expectations; from the immaculate design and cleanliness of the whole property to the first class service that the staff provided, it honestly was like being in a personal paradise. Darwin, Leo, Guillermo and any other staff that we had the pleasure of dealing with did absolutely everything to make sure we felt like we were in the most luxurious place in the world. The is not a doubt in our minds that we will be visiting the Makanda again and are very anxiously awaiting to do so, we very highly recommend this place to anyone looking for the most romantic and luxurious hotel in town.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 1, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Dear Jeff, buenos días! Thank you for choosing Hotel Makanda and visiting our profile. It was a real pleasure to have you here and our staff already miss you, can´t wait until you come back.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great ocean view; easy access to beach/rain forest

Posted Mar 23, 2017
Everything was mostly excellent. One restaurant with limited over-priced menu. If you have a car, suggest you drive to the town for dinner (less than 10 mins). Staff were polite and humorous but not very responsive; don't seem to get good service.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 3, 2017 by MakandaFamily, Hotel Management
Dear guest! Thanks a lot for high rate review for Hotel! We are little confused about your comment about menu: we have different lunch/dinner menus with more than 30 options in each... Price starts from 9$... we really have a feeling you talking about another place?! We will be happy to see you again to make you feel satisfied. Have a beautiful weekend!
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Posted Mar 23, 2017
Very nice stay. Staff is excellent, food is great, so close to the beach, the pool is beautiful, the rooms are great even if we didn't have any dresser or any kind of shelving for our close 😳
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 1, 2017 by MakandaFamily, Hotel Management
Dear guest! Thanks a lot for this words! we just opened this new room you stay, so small details you mention to us is very important for future improvement! Will be happy to host you again!
5 out of 5
by Samuel

Makanda is awesome (not the hotel's beach).

Posted Mar 22, 2017 on Hotels
Makanda was simply awesome. We got upgraded to the ocean suite and the staff was very friendly. Makanda has an awesome atmosphere for couples. The food quality is great. One thing that I must mention is the hotel is under construction so the noise is sometimes annoying, but not a big deal. The beach is terrible since its full of rocks. The rest of the hotel is beautiful and the staff is very helpful. The rooms are very high tech and comfortable. I would come back to Makanda any day.
Comment from Hotel Management
Apr 1, 2017
Dear Samuel! Thanks a lot for visiting our profile! We really appreciate the high rate you gave to our Hotel! The idea of the Hotel is stay surrounding nature untouched - we located in one of the richest biological corridor in Manuel Antonio and we blessed! Thats why we stay our beach wild. Depending on the weather, ocean can bring some stones to the beach, you right... but where else you can find so calm, charming and sacred place to reboot your mind after crazy city-life?)) Looking forward to see you again! Hugs!