We arrived after a lovely boat trip along the river spotting many types of birds along the way. We were greeted at the dock with a cool fresh mint towel and an ice cold cocktail.
Although portrayed as a luxury hotel we didn't feel it quite lived up to the description but that said it was comfortable enough. The hotel is very rustic and quite dated but the staff were lovely, helpful and friendly. The rooms are in blocks of 4 but have limited view of the river, some face the opposite way completely which seems odd as the water is the main attraction. We had a very small porch with a bench which had to be moved if you wanted a chance of watching the water. None of the rooms have a proper sitting area for relaxing although the restaurant/bar overlooks the river and there is a viewing area with seating above the dock. The pool is lovely with a few sun loungers scattered about.
We had two boat trips out on the waterways with a very informative guide and saw plenty of birds, camen, iguanas and basilisk lizards.
All meals were good and not buffet which is always a bonus for us.
We also saw a sloth in one of the trees and took the short 'jungle' walk behind the hotel and saw lots of small strawberry poison dart frogs. Lots of Mosquitos too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A room at Manatus Hotel begins with an extraordinary sense of peace and comfort. Your guest room is designed to inspire, its beauty connects you with the surrounding environment of a wildlife sanctuary and the water canals, while ensuring your comfort and convenience. Here at Manatus Hotel, the first class experience is the rule rather than the exception. We offer all the possibilities for family getaways, romantic escapades, vacations and wildlife adventures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manatus Hotel Tortuguero
- Manatus Hotel Costa Rica/Tortuguero