Casa Sophia not ideal for older couple
My husband and I stayed at Casa Sophia for 8 nights from February 27, 2013. The house was very clean and well-appointed and we did see monkeys and a few birds right outside our windows! But we were surprised to find Casa Sophia does not have a second means of egress (emergency exit), especially when there were a few small earthquakes! We were also surprised that such an elaborate home had so many sharp edges and the pool was surrounded by bumpy stone that was uncomfortable to walk on while barefoot! There were a number of other odd things about the place: The kitchen cabinets were too high to be useful - we had to leave dishes and glasses out on the counter. The kitchen stools and counter were also too high to be useful. The sheets on the king sized bed in the master bedroom did not stay on and became wrinkled and loose, becoming quite uncomfortable. There was no light in the laundry room. The on-demand hot water heater for the master bath provided hot water inconsistently. The kitchen sink faucet leaked excessively. I brought all of these things to the attention fo the property manager. The road to and from the house is extremely deteriorated but driveable. All in all, the location is a good one for driving to Manuel Antonio park, beaches and resorts in the area but if I were to go again I would consider staying in a resort with beach access!
Owner's Response: Hi--I'm Kent, the property manager. I'm sorry that these clients didn't find everything to their satisfaction, but I also feel obliged to clarify a few things. Firstly--earthquakes! While there are occasional tremors here, you can check with USGS--there was one small tremor while they were here. There are indeed some tall cabinets and stools in the home, but not to a prohibitive degree. There is a light in the laundry room. The hot water and kitchen sink have been fixed. The half-mile of road out to the home is indeed bumpy, and is occasionally smoothed out by the municpality.
In terms of whether or not the home is suitable for elderly--I suppose it all depends on your perspective. My handicapped, elderly mother very much enjoyed her stay in March, and had no complaints!
Lastly--there are only a couple of resorts in Manuel Antonio with beach access, starting at $450 per night--more than twice the per-room night at Casa Sophia!
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