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La Mansion Inn
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   P.O. Box 380, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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denver, colorado
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“Great hotel and staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

It's a good thing we decided to discount the cranky review from one former patron. Not sure why he was so unhappy because we had a great time. Damian was very accommodating and upgraded us to a wonderful suite that was huge. He arranged our tour for us, took care of a restaurant reservation and taxi for us and worked out another upgrade for lunches and drinks. The bartenders, Juan Carlos and Jesus, were so attentive and friendly and took great care to make sure we were happy...even tried to help us with our Spanish. Bart from the Bat Cave Bar was entertaining and funny and introduced us to a cool drink of the day. We had one good dinner in the restaurant and then ventured to Kapi Kapi which was another great choice. Would definately go back; We travel a lot and are not that easy to please!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La_Mansion_Inn1, Owner at La Mansion Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Thank you for overlooking the negative review, there seems to be some people that are very hard to please. It was great to hear you compliment our staff and mention them by name, I will be sure to pass the message along to Damian, Juan Carlos, Jesus and Bart and let them know you appreciated their service. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

we live in San Jose and have been to Manuel Antonio before and for this time we wanted a change of pace.. a smaller, quite more private setting for the weekend. we found la mansion on trip advisor where we find all our hotels we stay. the hotel is beautiful, small only 24 rooms but you aren't bumping in to people like you would think, not a lot of people at the pool ;-) nice for us. the food was amazing, all house made dishes. the service was great as well, we loved hanging out in the bat cave with Johnathan and Bart, they were great hosts.
i really liked the beds, i usually have a difficult time sleeping at hotels because the beds are so uncomfortable. the only thing i would say was a negative is the pool bar opening at 11-11;30. I like the sun in the morning and a few others as well were thirsty and wanted some service. so that's really the only thing i would change. i am returning to the la mansion at the end of march with my friend who is coming from Seattle, this hotel will be perfect for us to have a nice girls weekend, with sun and fruity drinks by the pool.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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La_Mansion_Inn1, Owner at La Mansion Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
thank you for your feedback, it was great to hear from you and we will pas on the message to Jonathan and Bart. we appreciate your thoughts regarding the pool bar opening times and we will definitely take that into consideration.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

The staff were very friendly and efficient; for example they remembered what we take in our morning coffee. The food was incredible - the chef really knows what he's doing. There's a terrace above the pool with a panoramic view - absolutely beautiful. We walked to the local beach - lots of monkeys in the trees, a sandy beach and clean, warm ocean water. At first our room seemed a little dark, but it was spotless, quiet, comfortable, and we grew to really like it. We really enjoyed sitting on our private balcony in the morning and listening to the birds and monkeys. The staff arranged some tours for us - Manuel Antonio park, mangrove boat tour and rainmaker tour of an old-growth forest replete with a series of suspension bridges and plenty of photo ops. When we left the hotel to return home, we felt like we were leaving our friends behind.We'd return again for the friendly staff, the food, the views, the monkeys that play in the trees on the property and the iguana that suns itself on the dining room terrace every morning.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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La_Mansion_Inn1, Owner at La Mansion Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
It is always great to hear from our guests who have returned home, and your comment when you said you felt like you were leaving "friends" behind really encourages us since this is our primary statement we like to share with all of our potential guests. - "come as a guest, leave as a friend"
We hope to see you again soon!
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

My wife and I stayed at La Mansion the first week of December, 2012. Upon arrival, we were greeted by very welcoming staff and was taken on a tour of the hotel- we were each given a complimentary tropical cocktail as well. We asked about an upgraded room as we were on our honeymoon. We were told that they would not have an ungraded room available until the next day but they would be happy to move us. They said to first check out our views from our balcony as we had one of the best views in the hotel (first room on the second floor). We didn't end up moving because our view was breath-taking (huge balcony also). We were surrounded by rainforest and had an amazing view of the ocean and beach. One negative is that the room and hotel in general was outdated- could use a little update. Cannot say enough about the staff- they were extremely friendly and very helpful. We would recommend this hotel just because of their staff! The breakfasts were very good and you had a variety of choices. Didn't eat any other meals here though- thought the prices were too expensive compared to other finer restaurants in the area. The drinks were also great but a little overpriced- they did have a happy hour every day which was great! We would recommend this hotel as the views were amazing and the staff was outstanding!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for 3 days January 2013.The room was terrific with a beautiful view of the ocean and beach. The food is great and reasonably priced. We ate most of our meals at the hotel. The staff could not have been more klnd. We were told of a local beach that was walking distance. I was able to rent snokle equipment for $10 and swam to an area where the fish were comparable to those I saw in Hawaii. This is truly a boutique hotel which is probably not appropriate for children.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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La_Mansion_Inn1, Owner at La Mansion Inn, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
I am glad you enjoyed your stay here at La Mansion Inn and took advantage of what we have to offer here in our hotel restaurant. It is also encouraging to know that you were able to find and enjoy our local beach next to the hotel and have such a great time. Your last comment is well noted and we do let our potential guests know that we are not a hotel for young children. Please come again soon!
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Victoria, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at this superb boutique hotel in January 2013 for 6 nights, having originally booked for 4 but changing our itinerary to stay for an additional 2 nights. I rely on Trip Advisor for info about accommodation and have never contributed but this stay was so remarkable that I feel compelled to review.
From the moment we walked in the door to the moment we left, we were treated like royalty. We have travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe, Hawaii and Asia and have stayed in a wide range of accommodations from basic to luxurious. This was the best hotel experience of our lives.
ROOMS:
We stayed in a deluxe room, an entire wall of which was floor to ceiling glass including sliding doors that opened to a large balcony and a grassy terrace. The view of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio National Park was nothing short of spectacular and I am very demanding when it comes to views. We arose each morning at 5:30 a.m. to sip coffee on the balcony while watching the sunrise and listening to the howler monkeys and tropical birds. This was a show we did not want to miss! We also were visited by capuchin monkeys in the late afternoon on our balcony and in front of the hotel and watched several squirrel monkeys playing in the trees as well. We had a friendly iguana checking in on us from the terrace each morning and numerous geckos keeping us company in the evenings.
The king bed was extremely comfortable and the lighting in the room was the best we’ve had anywhere with adjustable wall-mounted reading lights on either side of the bed in addition to bedside table lamps and very bright lights on the balcony which allowed us to enjoy reading at night whether in our room or on the balcony.
POOL/SKY DECK:
A short hallway outside our room led to the pool and hot tub with stunning views once again towards Manuel Antonio. The terrace a few steps above the pool level had panoramic views of Manuel Antonio and Playa Biesanz, a secluded bay within walking distance of the hotel with great swimming and decent snorkeling. There were comfortable lounge chairs on both the pool and terrace levels and assorted patio furniture on the terrace level.
FOOD:
The food was fantastic…breakfast was included and guests can select their choices off the menu. The pancackes, fruit plate, eggs benny and omelettes were delicious and so wonderful to enjoy while taking in the view and ambience of the lower terrace. In the evening, we enjoyed amazing meals including succulent “catch-of-the-day” selections. The sea bass, snapper and mahi mahi were fabulous. Also tried the filet mignon with blue cheese which was very tasty. We ate outside of the hotel a few times but stopped because there was nothing that came close to the food at La Mansion Inn. We even started to eat lunch on the Sky Deck because, again, the delicious salads trumped all lunch choices elsewhere.
SERVICE: !
Saving the best for last…the staff. They were ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING and even if the hotel was a dive, we’d still come back because they were SO AWESOME.. We cannot say enough about ALL whom we encountered be they at the front desk, the restaurant, the poo/terrace areas, housekeeping or the Bat Cave. We had the most courteous, gracious and helpful encounters of any hotel staff anywhere. Totally attentive but utterly unobtrusive and gracious. Juan Carlos, Eric, Jesus, Juan, Jorge, Diego,Bart and many, many others, thank you for all you did to create an unforgettable stay. We don’t know the names of the housekeeping staff but the room was kept spotlessly clean and with delightful towel art. Of note, we accidently left the safe unlocked and open one morning and were immensely relieved to find our passports/wallets/jewelry/camera in place on our return later in the day.

We also enjoyed meeting other guests and forging new friendships, a bonus facilitated by the size of the hotel and the complimentary Friday evening wine and hors d’ouvres.
There is a plaque at the hotel which reads something like “People come as our guests and leave as our friends”. We have never felt sadder on leaving a hotel. It was a once in a lifetime experience we are determined to repeat at least twice!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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La_Mansion_Inn1, Owner at La Mansion Inn, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
We do appreciate your generous review of our Hotel. I must say it is always encouraging when our guests decide to extend their vacation time in Manuel Antonio and here at La Mansion Inn because they are having such a wonderful time here. Your review of the hotel was very detailed and the time you took to discuss every element of your stay from the food to the service and the room itself. We must say you most definitely did "come as a guest and leave as a friend". You will always be welcome back at La Mansion Inn at any time in the future as one of our friends!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This is a lovely property with a great restaurant. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The common areas are beautiful and the views are outstanding.
Our room was a penthouse on the top floor. While it was certainly very nice, the décor was more like New York than Costa Rica in that the furnishing were on the dark side rather than the vibrant colors associated with this beautiful country. The small patio afforded a great view but since it was not covered, it was unusable during and for long periods after it rained. It looked like other rooms had much nicer covered patios.
All in all this is a fine place that could be great if you get the right room.

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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La_Mansion_Inn1, Owner at La Mansion Inn, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
It is great to hear from you and receive your review after your stay here at La Mansion Inn.
While we appreciate your positive remarks, we did notice your comments regarding the decor. There are many hotels in Manuel Antonio that have bright and vibrant rooms that are often commented as being "over the top" or as some people say "old fashioned 1980's feel", then there are other hotels that have a more classic upscale style that some people such as yourself consider to be "New York style". Here at La Mansion Inn we are constantly updating our decor, working on rooms, changing artwork and operating with sensitivity to our guests feedback, such as yours.
However, we also realise that we can never please everybody. No matter the style of room, or style of the hotel, there are always guests who have different taste and individual preferences. The most important element for us at La Mansion Inn is the complete experience of our guests and the quality of your vacation.
We are very pleased that you had a comfortable and enjoyable stay while you were here.
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Address: P.O. Box 380, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 48 hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Mansion Inn 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 5 star ocean-view hotel is located only 2 kilometers from the biologically diverse Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. Complete with roof-top sky lounge featuring 360 degree views and a genuine Cave Bar hidden inside the heart of the hotel, La Mansion Inn is truly unique. Over time, national and international celebrities have stayed at La Mansion Inn, and we warmly invite all guests who stay to leave as a friend. ... more   less 
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