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“Luxury in the Jungle” 5 of 5 stars
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Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Kilometer 4 on road to Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Luxury in the Jungle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you are looking for accommodation that offers the comforts of home blended into a contemporary atmosphere, look no further. At Los Altos, you will get a good nights sleep in a luxurious setting that makes you forget about all the hassles of traveling. This place is worth every penny you spend! The quality and value - not just from the hotel, but the service provided- is simply amazing. Each condo is 3 bedrooms and can sleep 6 people comfortably. The kitchen is fully equipped so you can save money cooking if you wish. But if you are beat from a day wandering the national park, the restaurant on site is delicious. I am the pickiest eater in the world and not only did they have options for my diet, but the food was just to die for. Just go try for yourself!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LosAltosResort, Guest Relations Manager at Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2015
Certainly thrilled to read this review! Thank you for sharing your extraordinary vacation with us and the Trip Advisor community. We are so happy that you found your accommodations to your liking, and, of course, that you enjoyed the food at our gourmet restaurant. Most of all, what a joy to hear that you felt right at home with us. It is certainly a priority of ours to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that translates into an immediate home away from home feeling. Can't wait to have you back!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Room accommodations: 3 rooms (1 king, 1 queen, 2 doubles) can sleep 6 comfortably. Missing a washer/dryer. Bathrooms nice (overhead shower a nice touch) but hotel was stingy with towels (4 towels for 4 people). Our room on 7th floor which afforded great view. Floors ~5 and lower will have mostly tree view with only glimpse of ocean. Room was closest to main road but sound from road not heard unless outside on one of the balconies. Balconies could have been better furnished. 2 chairs and small table in between on main balcony. No furnishings on other two. Would have been nice so wet clothes could have been put out to dry. WFI worked fine in main kitchen/living area but was spotty in bedrooms.

Property: On a semi-steep hill so be ready to hike back and forth to pool / restaurant. Workout room ok but not great and always had a musty smell. Private beach delivers on privacy. Is quite rocky however so be careful wading into ocean. truck will take you back and forth from hotel to private beach according to schedule you provide - however a phone down at beach would have been nice in case you wanted earlier/later pickup.

Staff: Costa Rican's generally very friendly. No exception at Los Altos though they performed poorly when we arrived around dinner and didn't have room ready for another 2.5 hours. They said they didn't get reservation from Expedia (they said this has happened multiple times). Understandable if true. However they didn't offer any remedy to situation other than sorry until after we asked. I felt they should have proactively offered us a drink and appetizers at the least considering length of inconvenience.

Area activities: Public beach 10 minutes down the road. Would recommend going there if you don't mind a crowd. Activities include jet skiing which was great because ocean is not overly choppy (like Cabo as an example), Parasailing (off the beach, not a winch on back of boat), surfboards for $10/hour or $40/hour if you want person in water helping and teaching surfing. Manual Antonio National park entrance right near beach ($10/person if no guide used). Only did short tour due to lack of time but did make it to first beach area in park. Saw many white face monkeys very close up as well as a raccoon like creature. Beach was in protected cove so if you prefer gentler waves with no possible rip tide, this is great option in lieu of main beach. Beach was however crowded especially considering we were traveling off season. Would highly recommend ATVs as this was a highlight during vacation. Note that while ATVs can be offered for 1 or 2 riders, 2 riders on ATV would have been really tight as ATV built for 1.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LosAltosResort, Guest Relations Manager at Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2015
We always value our guests' feedback, even when it seems certain expectations were not met. That said, we can't help but feel that your stay with us was comfortable, relaxing and convenient to Manuel Antonio's primary attractions, each important aspects to make your stay fun and enjoyable. Overall, great that your review contributes yet another invaluable perspective on how Los Altos and Manuel Antonio can be experienced. Thanks to the diversity of guests that visit our resort in this small town paradise, we are always finding ourselves learning something new or gaining a new insight. Thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review of your stay with us!
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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife, son, and I stayed at this resort while visiting the Manuel Antonio area. The units are so large (2500 square feet) that it almost knocks you over as you step off the elevator directly into you unit. They are 3 bedroom (king, queen and two twin beds), 2 ½ bath units with a washer and dryer (which is very nice to freshen up swimsuits after a day on the beach) and a full kitchen which can also be taken as one or two bedroom units. There are televisions in the master bedroom and in the living room and great wifi. If you are sharing the unit was someone with very different sleep habits the units can be a little noisy as the floors are not carpeted and the sound the microwave door and drawers being closed and the television can be heard in the bedrooms. There are wonderful views to the west from the primary balcony (you have 3 balconies) which can give you some beautiful sunsets. The hotel has a lovely pool (with bar attached), restaurant and private beach. The private beach is about a 5 minute drive (30 minute walk). The hotel will take you there and pick you up. We found the size of the beach, roughness of the waves and currents that seemed to pull you out at high tide less inviting so we only used it once and then went to the public beach in Manuel Antonio. The location of the pool and restaurant are some distance from the building where the units are located so for individuals who are mobility challenged this might not be a good choice.
Breakfast was included in the room rate and you are offered a wide variety of choices of fresh fruit and hot items on the buffet and there is someone available to cook your eggs or omelet any way you want them. We had lunch and dinner in the restaurant and they were both excellent. There are a number of restaurants within close walking distance as well as a couple of small grocery stores where you can pick up soft drinks, beer or wine along with other items.
The front desk staff, restaurant staff, housekeeping personnel, and grounds crew were outstanding and all very welcoming and helpful.
We went into Manuel Antonio for the public beach twice. It is gently sloping beach with some surf which makes renting a boogie board or taking surfing lessons sound appealing. You will need to rent umbrellas and chairs as there is not much shade.
It is about a $5 taxi ride ($0.60 per person bus ride) into Manuel Antonio’s town center where the public beach is as well as a number of restaurants and a larger grocery store.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LosAltosResort, Guest Relations Manager at Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2015
Thank you for this incredibly thoughtful review of your stay with us! It seems that you and your family had a spectacular stay at Los Altos, and, in turn, a wonderful visit to Manuel Antonio. We're always so happy to be the luxurious home away from home for families. We understand that traveling as a family can at times be challenging -- Is the room big enough? Are there fun activities for everyone to choose from? Will the food satisfy that inevitable diversity of appetites? Seems like Los Altos responded to each of these questions and then some. We can't wait to welcome you and your family back on your next trip to Manuel Antonio!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We spend one night at the fifth floor and it was awesome! It definitely meets the standards for a 5 stars hotel! A lot of space to share with everybody in the room! Very well equipped/furniture! The gym was great! Well equipped as well! Great view from the balcony! Great pool with amazing setup! I have to admit it is really pricy but totally worth it!

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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LosAltosResort, Guest Relations Manager at Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2015
Great to hear your stay with us was nothing short of incredible! With your review it's a great opportunity to say that our prices are certainly competitive with other five star hotels/resorts in the area, and what's so important to keep in mind is that at those competitive prices guests at Los Altos are booking just an ordinary hotel room, but a luxuriously decorated three bedroom condo, each with an incredible ocean view balcony. This is the kind of space that makes a vacation with us to comfortable and, of course, unforgettable. We certainly subscribe to the kick back and relax philosophy, and we know that the plush furniture in your ocean view living room will do the trick!
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Los Altos is the perfect place to stay in Manuel Antonio. We rented the penthouse suite for 2 families which was perfect. The suite was amazing - huge and exceptionally nice. It's location was perfect - near many of the restaurants. Also, the service at the hotel and the pool was great. I had actually left a piece of luggage at the hotel and the Concierge, Dennis Reyes, went above and beyond to get it back to me in the US. Dennis could not have been more helpful during our stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LosAltosResort, Guest Relations Manager at Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2015
Perfect location. Check. Incredible penthouse with extraordinary views. Check. A gourmet restaurant and infinity pool that satisfy and relax every need. Check and Check. A staff that is there to take care of you and make sure all is well in paradise. Absolutely check. So happy that you found your stay with us just so perfect; means the world to us. Thank you again for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great location in Manuel Antonio with amazing space you won't find elsewhere. Our condo was so large that our children thought we were sharing it with another family! Great views and even a hot tub on the roof with an amazing sunset view. Great restaurants across the street.

I must give the manager, Efrain, credit for helping us plan the second half of our trip. He highly recommended visiting the volcano area and even called to reserve a room for us at The Springs in La Fortuna.

We went fishing one day and brought our fresh fish to the onsite Los Altos restaurant. The chef created the most amazing meal and didn't charge us very much. We were happy to share the leftovers with everyone there!

Manuel Antonio is a beautiful place with amazing adventures. Highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Los Altos has a great pool with views of the ocean. We didn't make it down to the beach which is...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LosAltosResort, Guest Relations Manager at Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2015
Your account of your stay at Los Altos seems to highlight almost every aspect of the vacation experience we strive to create for our guests. Accommodations that are spacious and luxurious; a staff that is welcoming and insightful; and, of course, a location that is authentic and awe inspiring. Thank you taking the time to write a review of your stay with us, so happy that you chose Los Altos as your Manuel Antonio home away from home!
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27 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I can't really say enough complements on this hotel and their amazing staff. The rooms are beautiful, modern and spacious all suite style with their own elevator access. The outdoor areas, pool, hot tub, dining, have beautiful views of the ocean. All of their staff were professional but also very friendly.

I would happily go back and stay again.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LosAltosResort, Guest Relations Manager at Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2015
Can't offer enough compliments? Well, your review is certainly a compliment enough! As our staff strives to offer guests a perfect vacation experience each and every day, we never get tired of reading reviews like this. So happy that you found your stay with us to be so fulfilling. And of course, thank you for offering your enthusiastic recommendation of our resort!
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Address: Kilometer 4 on road to Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#4 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#5 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Los Altos Beach Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bold in presence; playful in personality. Los Altos Resort and Spa is Manuel Antonio's premier laid back luxury boutique resort. The Los Altos aesthetic represents a sensitive integration between tropical authenticity and modern amenities. We offer 28 gorgeous private residences, each boasting a vivid Pacific Ocean view through floor to ceiling windows. Also, for a luxury resort in the heart of Manuel Antonio, our rates are very reasonable. Very reasonable, and you get a lot out of us, which we're happy about. We like to keep things simple. ... more   less 
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