We stayed at the end of May, 2013. It took months to pare down my compliments so the review could be read within a semi-reasonable amount of time.
Summary of some of the pros:
Our rooms in Las Suites 4520 and 4521 were extremely large, thoroughly
clean, quiet, and comfortable with EXQUISITE views. Excellent AC, rapid Wi-Fi and definitely a 'resort', not 'condo' ambience. We felt safe, even leaving belongings in our car. We also enjoyed feeling equally comfortable in very casual clothing, as well as in evening wear. Had we known this in advance, we would have packed lighter and not brought clothing ‘for all occassions’
The three attractive pools on the premises were clean and mostly without guests on weekdays. They received more usage on weekends. The shuttle van was spotless and VERY accommodating.
The resort had diverse fauna/flora right on the premises, many visible from our room or outside our door. As with most folks who venture to CR, wildlife was the primary draw for our trip and we were not disappointed. Some of the animals we saw on the property included 3 monkey species, white headed eagles, a raccoon who tried to snatch food from the restaurant, multiple frog species, iguanas, amazing birds, etc.
Dining - There are plenty of restaurants nearby, although it is much easier to just eat at the Parador Resort after a busy day. At La Galleria , we preferred the food on a small plate menu or perhaps it was the Don Juan Bar's menu rather than the regular dinner menu. For example, both the lighter menu, as well as the dinner menu had fish soup, each prepared very differently. We did not like the one on the regular dinner menu, but very much enjoyed the one on the lighter menu. Eric, the waiter who frequently served us was delightful .
THE PIECE DE RESISTANCE was the IMPECCABLE SERVICE we received.
Any time we requested anything, it was immediately attended to, as though we were their VIP and the ONLY guests at the Parador.
!! My daughter left her luggage in the sundry store the day of our departure. When we telephoned the Parador from Alajuela to see if it could be located, they immediately made arrangements to have it driven to us the same day, GRATIS!! How many hotels would extend themselves to this extent??
Every staff member went out of their way to make this vacation special: reservations, reception, wait staff, the lady who made the omelettes with her warm smile, the concierge, and housekeeping.
Hotel has composting on site and has recycle bins in rooms.
Summary of cons: Hmm... our visit was too short!
Do not think twice...this is the place to be when in the Manuel Antonio area.
Thank you so much Evelyn for the special vacation!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Resort Parador
- Hotel Parador Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park