We have stayed 3 nights in this very big Hotel, in April 2010. We travelled as a group of 3 (my partner/myself/teenage stepdaughter) but the room given to us was a double room and therefore did not offer a third chair outside on the patio, we have asked the hotel if we could have a 3rd chair but it took 2 days and 3 calls to reception for them to arrange this. The room itself has a minibar, aircon, safe, hairdryer, coffee & tea making facility but the interior needs updating and has a damp/mouldy smell to it. The Hotel offers one day free WIFI; you will have to ask for the password. The Resort is massive and full of children and, as a result, very noisy. There is an adult only pool though which was brilliant apart from the water being luke warm. Our “garden” room was directly in front of the crazy golf course and walking path and there was no privacy when sitting outside on the patio and it wasn’t quiet, as you can imagine.
The jungle view rooms, we have seen, looked out onto a tennis courts. The Sea View rooms are superior rooms located, I think, high up in the big block of rooms. You can see the Sea from the adult pool. The garden rooms are not recommendable …that is what we booked. From the Hotel its only a 15 min walk down to beach we have been told.
Buffet Style Breakfast is allright but nothing special and if you have to leave early you might find yourself not being able to have breakfast because they are running late. We have ordered Tapas in the Bar in the evening and 2 out of 3 nights they were served with no cutlery or serviettes, the drinking glasses were dirty with old lipstick stuck to them. The evening special dinner from the BBQ Grill at a price of 55 USD per person (excluded the tax of 25%) seemed rather expensive for this Hotel. The snack food on the pool was ok. There is NO free water anywhere around in the hotel, you will have to buy any water you need in the hotel, there are no shops in walking distance, so stock up on your water before you arrive or pay the hotel prices for it.
We have booked 2 Trips meanwhile staying in the Manuel Antonio Area:
We booked the **Mangrove Tour through the Hotel. You are picked up from the Hotel to take a boat ride through the mangroves, we have seens monkeys and crabs and some birds. There wasnt an awful lot of wildlife to see but the trip was informative regarding the mangrove trees. Dinner provided was nice but there was no water/drinks offered on the boat ride, so don’t forget to take your own water.
We pre-booked a visit to ****Manuel Antonio National Park where we have seen many animals, Sloths, Bats, Spider Monkey, Howler Monkey, White Face monkey, Frogs, Lizards etc. Most of the smaller animals you can see only through the guides Stargazer equipment though. The park is very very small and its an easy walk, the guide explained a lot and the trip was very informative. However, I do not know why these animals are still living in the park – the park is so busy that sometime, if you don’t arrive at opening time, you cannot get in. There are thousands of people walking through the park and its rather like a little Zoo then a park. I guess the animals cant go anywhere else…because the surrounding areas are built up. All in all a very “touristy” experience.
The hotel offers a little shop, a gym, a spa, several pools and restaurants, tennis courts, crazy golf etc. For Families which seek these sort of activities it would be a nice place to come to. I personally find the prices a little on the steep side and would not come back to this Hotel because I prefer smaller hotels with more comfort and better service, in quieter areas with beautiful views.
- 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