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Hotel Parador
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 284, Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Total bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Originally booked this hotel for 4 nights and extended our stay for 1 additional night. Loved everything about it. It was quiet and peaceful just before Christmas. Hotel has two pools-one is reserved exclusively for adults, the other one has an amazing view over the Pacific ocean . Great food, good locaton, the grounds are well maintained. Saw several iguanas wondering around and a few racoons. Sometimes we were the only people at the "adults" pool and someone would always come and ask if we want a drink...and the cocktails are good too. We had a superior room , and it was well worth the price ,as it had an additional balcony and a sunset view. Really really good place. (Avoid visiting during the Christmas/New Year holidays though as it`s popular with families during this time). Would certainly come again.

Room Tip: superior rooms have ocean view, well worth the upgrade
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jrodriguezarroyo, General Manager at Hotel Parador, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We love to cater to honeymooners and create something truly special that they will remember for the rest of their lives. Having recently celebrated the hotel’s 17th anniversary, honeymooners that were with us over the years are now returning to celebrate their ongoing wedding anniversaries. We simply love that! And we hope to welcome you back soon!

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience at Parador with others on this forum. Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

It’s a wonderful place. If you love the rain forest, beach view, wildlife and you are pro-eco-friendly, with luxury only feet away from the middle of wilderness, then this hotel is for you.

We had a fantastic time there. We had a Vista Suite (4th floor), which I recommend because the view from the balcony is absolutely breathtaking. We wanted the ‘wow factor’ and we were not disappointed. The room was impeccably clean. Housekeeping was there every day with a dedicated staff and supervisors. They even had night bed turn-down service complete with chocolates on the bed.

The grounds were also impeccably kept and full of tropical flora and fauna. Everything looks so healthy, perhaps because the resort employs a composting system that fertilizes the entire grounds.

The place is run like a ship; everything in its place and attention to detail is obvious and very much appreciated.

The staff was extremely nice and polite; among the most welcoming people we have ever met.

The restaurants were solid and consistent, the food was very fresh and well prepared. The breakfast was great; fruits, pancake, croissant, eggs, omelets and waffles to order…Lunch and diner were good too. The only thing is that they don’t change their menu. After a couple days we were kinda tired of seeing the same menu. They could have had some specials of the day to change it up a bit. It’s not necessarily a big issue since you can take the shuttle and go to either Manual Antonio or the main beach (the Rotunda) where there are lots of different small and local restaurants. Though hygiene may be an issue with some of them. To go to diner outside the hotel you’ll need to take a taxi ($10 round trip). We went to the restaurant Luna in Hotel Gaia one night, it was great.

The Monkey trail in the resort is wonderful. It’s not really long but it gives you a good sense of what the rain forest is about. Plus, you will be able to see white-faced Capuchin monkeys if you are lucky.

We took the Manuel Antonio Natural Park guided tour, which was great. We were able to see monkeys, frogs, iguanas, a whole family of mapaches (Central American Versions of Raccoons), sloths, Caiman Crocodiles, giant non-venemous spiders, amazing butterflies…The tour ends at a wonderful beach.

We also took the kayak tour among the mangroves, which was very interesting and allowed us to see a troop of Capuchins including mothers with babies in tow lunging and swinging from one tree on one side of the water to a branch on the other (dangerous for them).

The only negative I can find is that the shuttle schedule doesn’t run that often, but maybe it’s because we were still in the ‘green season’ and the hotel was not full. Best thing we can say is that we would return! Thank you Parador!

Room Tip: It's better to book a Vista Suite to get the full experience.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jrodriguezarroyo, General Manager at Hotel Parador, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Wow...thank you so very much for your comprehensive review of our Parador Hotel. We truly enjoy our guests become part of Parador and our our family!.

Recognizing our truly excellent 5 star service, complements the very nature of the Costa Rican culture. All of our staff enjoy pleasing our guests' desires!

Please come back soon. We want to have the opportunity to spoil you and have you experience once again the magic created here at Parador.

Thank you for sharing your experience on this forum. Pura Vida!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The options of where to have our destination wedding was endless. Finally we choose Parador Resort & Spa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for our 12/12/12 wedding. I am so glad we did as we had the most amazing wedding. Our wedding coordinator Silvia Hernandez Uba did a fantastic job with planning, organizing our wedding and rehearsal dinner. Her attention to detail was out of this world. The wedding venue was magical, the flowers was gorgeous and the trio acoustic musician was very entertaining. It was more than I could have ever imagined and far exceeded any of our expectations. My guests were so impressed. I would highly recommend having your wedding or staying at Parador Resort & Spa. This is a truly wonderful gem, a fabulous property with great, amazing, friendly and helpful staff.

We stayed 8 nights at one of the Vista Suites (located at Parador Suites complex) which is beautifully decorated, with an outstanding full views of the ocean and your own private Jacuzzi in your balcony. Imagine sitting on your very own private balcony in a jacuzzi- looking at the view of the pacific ocean listening to the sound of nature- howler monkeys, iguana and tropical birds. Truly heavenly place.

We enjoyed everything Parador has to offer, the views, the tour desk, the monkey trail on the property, the breakfast buffet which is included with the room, the shuttle service to and from Manuel Antonio park and the gift shop. We cannot wait to comeback to Costa Rica really soon! Pura Vida.

Room Tip: Vista Suites (located at Parador Suites complex) would be the best.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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jrodriguezarroyo, General Manager at Hotel Parador, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Dear Rhenzy and Rob: We feel truly honored that you chose Parador Resort & Spa to celebrate your so romantic and special wedding with us . We want to wish you a live full of new begginnings-may this the best of ever! With all the Pura Vida and blessings from all Parador Family! Hope to welcome you back in the near future!
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

I recently traveled to Costa Rica for a wedding and was extremely pleased with my stay at Hotel Parador! Upon arrival, we were greeted with refreshing drinks and quickly helped by the front desk to check in and go over the hotel map. Our bags were taken to our room while Guillermo gave us a great tour of the hotel on a golf cart. He is the best! We stayed in one of the suites on the 2500 floor and it was outstanding! Two bathrooms with huge showers, a side room with a full size bed, a large open room with a very comfortable king size bed, flat screen TV, small table and chairs, sectional couch, one jacuzzi tub inside, and one outside on our beautiful deck that overlooked a private pool and ocean view. The room was luxurious and we felt very comfortable the entire week we were there! There was free WiFi in the room, but it was a bit spotty. It worked best when we were in the lobby/restaurant/main pool area.

We loved waking up early for breakfast because the food and coffee were delicious. Breakfast had everything- fruit, eggs, rice and beans, daily choice of tasty side dishes, multiple types of fresh bread, and best of all the made-to-order omelet station! We ate dinner at the hotel restaurant a couple times, mostly splitting dinner size appetizers like nachos that were really good.

One of the best parts of the hotel was the free shuttle to Manuel Antonio beach. It runs drop offs and pickups multiple times daily, and was only about a 10 minute ride. I highly recommend take advantage of the shuttle and enjoying the beautiful beach. Aside from the many people trying to sell you souvenirs, it's a beautiful, relaxing beach with warm water and fun waves for swimming, boogie-boarding, surfing, and many more fun water activities. The restaurants across from the beach, like the Marlin, are great to grab a quick drink and appetizer. We heard the beaches inside the park were even nicer, but we never had a chance to go inside.

We did a night tour on property with Elias which was really fun! We saw a red eye tree frog and took some great pictures. Throughout our days at the Parador, we saw iguanas, lots of monkeys, and many types of birds. We loved swimming in the main pool, especially sitting at the pool bar and enjoying some drinks! Happy hour from 6-7 was also a fun time!

Overall, my stay at Hotel Parador was AMAZING! Much thanks to Silvia for her help coordinating my reservation and organizing a beautiful wedding! I highly recommend this hotel, and I hope to make another visit sometime in the near future!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with the premium/premium plus suites! The suites in the 2500s, or others in t...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jrodriguezarroyo, General Manager at Hotel Parador, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you so much for sharing your experience about your stay for the wedding! YOUR WEDDING GROUP ROCKS!!! We are so glad to have had the opportunity to host you and your party for the wedding! And most importantly, that you truly enjoyed our amenities – from the restaurants, Happy Hour, shuttle to Manuel Antonio beach to the night tour on property with Elias – truly an amazing to get a close up a at the red eye frog! We hope to welcome you back soon! Best wishes of pura vida in 2013!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012 via mobile

Very big resort with outstanding view of the ocean! The breakfast buffet was very good and included variety of food. The main pool was great and with amazing view of the ocean. The restaurant staff at dinner was rude as we ordered drinks and they forgot our reservation and brought the drinks after we almost finished eating without saying anything after we complained about it. The prices at the restaurant was very high and does'nt worth it. There are very good other restaurants outside the hotel so we recommend eating there. Other then the restaurant, the hotel is very recomended.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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jrodriguezarroyo, General Manager at Hotel Parador, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you for sharing your comments about your stay in this forum. We welcome your feedback and our staff will only do what comes naturally to the, .which is to give our guests the very best 5 star service and hospitality. We are really sorry if in some point of the service the protocol was lost and wished we could have been notified to rectify it immediately. Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights after backpacking it through Costa Rica with my cousin, decided to treat our selves right before returning to the real world :(
this is an amazing property, super clear, staff very polite, smiles all around, food was delicious, drinks at the swim up bar are delicious - recommend the mojito.
The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes like all the reviews say, the hotel can drive you 2 minutes in a golf cart to the entrance of the beach, from there its another 5 minutes down a rocky path to the beach. there are no vendors on the beach to buy beers or water from, so bring your own supplies. As usual, there are cute stray dogs all over the place, who most likely wont steal any of your stuff, but be weary.
I stayed my cousin here and had hopes of finding some single girls to hangout with, but alas, this resort is for couples and families, not single 20 something guys.....
The pools are amazing, and I had a great time tanning and taking a lazy afternoon nap.
Please use their shuttle service as much as possible when traveling into Quepos, or Manuel Antonio National Park. NOTE TO ALL: local cab service (the red taxi cabs) charge a flat rate of $10 USD to get to and from the resort, this is not a scam, it seems that the taxi cab has flat rate prices arranged with all the hotels in Quepos/Manuel Antonio, apparently since Parador is so far away from the town, I found this to be totally ridiculous, I didn't find Quepos interesting at all, and felt ripped off for spending 20 bucks on cab service.
Beds, linens and room were very clean and gorgeous, we had a problem with our shower and had a small ant problem, but didnt really care to complain about these issues, after all, you are in a forest, so ants are kinda normal. lol.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jrodriguezarroyo, General Manager at Hotel Parador, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
We love nothing more than to receive comments such as the one above from our recent guests.

Parador is all about genuine similes, service and uncompromising attention to detail when it comes to our guests and their desires.

We have a saying at Parador.........”For our guests, it is all that you deserve and much more than you expect.”

We have shared you kind comments with our wonderful staff who you have highlighted here and they are very grateful for your making special mention of them.

Please return so we can once again spoil you both and keep the magic flowing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We had 18 of our friends and family stay here for 5 nights and we stayed for 8. We found the staff very friendly with a constant smile on their faces. We had a suite. Our party had premium, premium plus and tropical rooms. They upgraded my husband's daughters to a suite. Everyone was very happy with their rooms. The views were amazing.The suits, premium plus and premiums had the best views but you just had to walk out your door to the many common areas to see stunning vistas. The attention to decorating details through out the hotel is lovely. The hotel is made up of about 5 different area buildings. Each one with its own personality. There are 3 pools also with their own unique look. Breakfast was great (couldn't get enough of the coffee) and there were a lot of choices. The exotic drinks were yummy and there is a happy hour. We had a lot of visits from the local wildlife - hawks, iguanas, monkeys, birds with gorgeous colors and raccoons. In fact the Spider Monkeys crashed our wedding as we were walking back up to the hotel - suddenly there were 6 of them going back and forth across the jungle canopy trying to figure out what we were doing down there on their jungle floor. I read some of the reviews others have written about the beach distance. They are right, the hotel does not sit on the beach. It sits on a hill with dramatic views of the Pacific. The Costa Ricans have as a country decided to go eco-tourism and they respect their environment and have decided not to tear their jungles down. When you walk down to the beach which you could do in 10 minutes, you are treated to the sounds of the Howler Monkeys yelling back and forth at each other. When you get down to the beach there are no buildings to be seen when you look back behind you. We walked down there a few times in the morning with our coffee and had the little beach all to ourselves. I would strongly suggest some good walking shoes or sandals. There is a small distance between all the buildings. There are lovely walkways every where. There is even a short hiking path through the jungle right on the property. Late into the evening of our wedding day a whole crew of us decided to take a dip in the family pool. So with drinks in hand (plastic of course) and party dresses, belts, pants and ties - in we all went and had a great time! So of course we had to do it again in the adult pool the night before all our guests left. My point here was nothing was said to us - the staff did not get mad at us and no body kicked us out - in fact, they really liked us and thought we were a lot of fun. I found everyone from the tour desk to the omelet lady to be friendly and nice. A couple who was in our party loved it here so much they want to come back in a few years to renew their wedding vows for their 50th!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jrodriguezarroyo, General Manager at Hotel Parador, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Dear Trish we are so happy to hear about your experience at Parador and that you chose our hotel for your wedding. We truly enjoyed celebrating with you and your party your special Big Day!.
Thank you for sharing in this forum your experiences regarding our amenities, hospitality, food, our precious wildlife, and most importantly, our passion and commitment to preserve the environment. Congratulations, and thank you for letting us be part of your special day." We hope to welcome you back for your anniversary! Best wishes of pura vida in 2013!! And like I said before to your daughter. YOUR WEDDING GROUP ROCKS!!!
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Address: PO Box 284, Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#4 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#4 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Parador 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Parador Resort & Spa, Costa Rica’s premier eco-luxury resort. Sitting high above the Central Pacific coastline, this award-winning hotel is built on 12 acres of rainforest in beautiful Manuel Antonio, just minutes from Costa Rica’s best beaches.Known for its dedication to preserving and protecting Mother Nature as well as its first-class amenities, Parador offers a long list of activities for your enjoyment and a staff ready to accommodate your every need. Experience inspired cuisine. Take a walk along a white sand beach. Swing through the rainforest canopy. Or simply relax and take in the view from your splendid suite. It’s all about responsible luxury, pura vida style. Parador Resort & Spa… Where Green Is More Than Just A Color. ... more   less 
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