The Karahe is a split hotel with one side near the beach, a short walk to the beach and another side across a busy street away from the beach. We stayed near the beach and the rooms were fine, but do not have telephones. If you have a problem with your room you need to walk across the busy street before 8:00 pm and tell someone (if you can find them) or wait until the next morning as there does not appear to be anyone in the office at night. The breakfast that is included is very modest with only 3-4 selections. The restaurant is expensive by local standards and the food is marginal. The monkeys did come through that area twice each day we were there and you could see them in the trees for about 5-10 minutes each day. The beach is exceptional and close to the national park.
The general property is split into each side of the street. The main hotel, pool, and restaurant are right on the beach with private entrance. The reception and bungalows are on the other side of the street which is hilly. I would recommend to stay at the main hotel because the bungalows are waaay up top of a hill. My friend and I are in our 20s and had a hard time carrying our luggage up many many flights of steep stairs. The view is worth it and we just told ourselves we would only be carrying our luggage for check-in and check-out time. There were cute monkeys ALL OVER the property! They don't bother you but they are in the trees, roofs, and stairs all the time. We stayed in Bungalow #4 which was the highest one. It had an amazing view of trees and glimpse of the ocean. Receptionist Nina was super helpful! She speaks English well and gave us tips on how to get around and arranged a shuttle for us to our next hotel.
The room: Our bungalow was pretty clean but since you're in the middle of a rainforest, you are bound to get bugs and lizards. Shower was nice and clean. There was an AC which dripped onto my bed so I had to place a cup there at night. I forgot to mention it to them but they cleaned our room anyway and probably saw the wet part of my bed and must have fixed something in the AC because it didn't drip again. Wi-fi isn't great anywhere on the property. The bungalow had no phone in the room, so if you needed to talk to reception, you had to walk back down the stairs.
The restaurant: We only ate here during the free breakfast. It was a good buffet style with cheese, rice and beans, eggs, fruits, and cereal.
The pool: my friend and I had the pool to ourselves for a bit and it was large enough to swim around and had a nice little waterfall from the hot tub. The hot tub wasn't hot at that time - maybe it was just a second elevated pool? I guess because no one was around. The pool was refreshing to swim in after being at the beach all day.
Location: the hotel is at the bottom of the hill. There are public buses that take you to the main beach/downtown area and to the top of the hill to more hotels and restaurants but we ended up just taking cabs who took US dollars. It is only about $4-6 to go up the hill to the other restaurants for dinner. The receptionist called the cab for us.
This hotel is great if you want to feel like you're in the middle of a forest and stay right on the beach.
After doing a lot of research for our trip to Manuel Antonio beach in Costa Rica, we decided to book the Karahe Beach Hotel for a week.
This hotel is one of the best hotels in the area. One of a few with direct access to the beach. Their rooms are very nice, with a nice comfy bed, air conditioning, a small refrigerator, and a small safe. Bathrooms are very nice too. They have different rooms for different prices. Basically, there are some rooms that are closer to the beach and the pool and across the street, they have some bungalows that give you a spectacular view. If you enjoy nature, stay at the bungalows but make sure you are in good shape if you get one further up since you have to go on the stairs.
Our room was very nice on the third floor and every day we had the towels rolled into animal figures; sometimes two swans, sometimes an elephant, etc... The rooms closer to the beach are in a three-story building. The first two floors have hammocks hanging in the balcony. The third-floor rooms don't have hammocks but they have two patio chairs and a table.
The restaurant is very nice and the food is excellent. Their tortilla soup is delicious. Breakfast is served at 7am every day for a couple of hours. Their menu includes fruit, cereal, yogurt, scrambled eggs, rice and beans, sausages, fried plantains, juices, bread, milk, tea, and coffee. Some days, you can see monkeys coming to the restaurant looking for food.
The swimming pool is well maintained and very clean. There are iguanas and nice birds everywhere. Bring your binoculars to enjoy nature better.
There is enough parking for your vehicle protected by an iron gate with a code. The place is very safe.
Manuel Antonio Park is very close to the hotel, maybe a couple of kilometers from there. We took our car to get there instead of walking.
Overall, we had a great experience, enjoyed every minute of our vacation and the staff at the hotel was very nice trying to accommodate to our needs. From the personnel at the reception desk (they speak Spanish, English, French and German) to the cooks and waiters at the restaurant, everybody was very friendly and courteous. The prices vary from room to room, and location on the property. It all depends on your budget where do you want to stay.
Definitely, this was a hotel that we enjoyed and one of the very few that has direct access to the beach. Most of them are across the street and you have to walk a lot to get to the sand. We are coming back next year to the same hotel. Thank you to all the people that made our vacation a great one!!!!
The rooms have air conditioning which was important. Breakfast was good and had the option of some kind of fish. In the morning and evening troops of monkey would travel through in the forest which is just beside many of the rooms. Howler monkeys could be heard during the night so you might want to take ear plugs if you don't want to be awakened to a rather startling sound.
We enjoyed this hotel for a number of reasons, but probably the most fun was the daily visit of the local monkeys at breakfast. The restaurant is open air, so watch your bananas closely! The staff was friendly and attentive and the room was immaculate. The beds were very comfy.
There is no phone in the room, so if you need something you have to walk to the office. But we did not feel that it was inconvenient.
We really enjoyed having access to the beach and the trees surrounding the pool offer a bit of shade if you need to take a break from the sun.
We would definitely stay here again!