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“Fabulous views and excellent service” 3 of 5 stars
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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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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous views and excellent service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The staff at this hotel were extremely charming and helpful and the views across the bay are stunning. The hotel is comfortable, but not quite a sumptuous as we had beenled to believe. The food is pleasant but disappointing and it would have bveen good to have a buffet breakfast.

The Batcave bar is small, noisy, dark and hot. The staff are lovely in the bar but it seems a shame not to be able to take advantage of the lovely balmy, velvet nights by sitting outside. So, overall a good hotel but somewhat overrated.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, April 8, 2013
Thank you so much for your constructive criticism. My immediate plans in regards to bar service is to add a new outside bar to our outside Dining Room so people can as you call it “enjoy the balmy nights outside”. With this new bar we will expand our bars to three (Pool Bar, Cave Bar and Dining Room Bar). The Bat Cave Bar was never really meant to be to be a “fancy” facility rather a small unique watering hole carved out of a cave and one of its only kind in Central America but your point is noted.

Our outside dining room is scheduled for a major make-over because we have found not many people want to use our air-conditioned space but rather sit outside no matter how luxurious the inside dining room is. Unfortunately, to offer a Buffet Breakfast in a small boutique type hotel does not make sense as we can not maintain the same food quality/presentation for 4 hours and our experience dictates that “a la carte” food service served by wait staff is the preferred style in a small family-type Inn.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Vista, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

The service and views set this place apart. From the hilltop, all rooms face the beautiful coast of Maniel Antonio. This setting is somewhat distant from the beach, and the hill makes walking difficult, but free vans rides are provided. The staff knows their guests by name and are most accomodating.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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La_Mansion_Inn1, Owner at La Mansion Inn, responded to this review, April 14, 2013
We always strive to provide the best possible service to each and every one of our guests. We do hope you took advantage of the close by beach which is less than 15 minutes walking from the hotel. We are glad you mentioned and took advantage of our free shuttle service, this is something that really helps our guests who want to visit the main Manuel Antonio beach or National Park. thank you so much for your comments, we hope to see you again shortly!
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

We had a fantastic stay here. The staff were all really helpful and many of them. The view from the restaurant and pool are breathtaking and make up for the uphill walk to the main street. The hotel does provide a good service to the beach. We loved our room as we were upgraded although standard rooms were great as well.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, April 14, 2013
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay here at La Mansion Inn. We are extremely grateful for the unique location of our Hotel with all of its rooms facing the ocean and National Park. We are also very glad you took advantage of our regular shuttle service to the beach and National Park. We hope to see you again soon!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Simple, large rooms with flat screen TVs, comfortable beds, and large balconies. Pool and adjacent roof patio have amazing views of both coves. Depending on where your room is located, you may hear the loud music of the hotel lounge into the evening. Staff was helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, April 14, 2013
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay here at La Mansion Inn. We do however apologize if there had been any loud music or noise later in the evening. The hotel lounge is most definitely not in the habit of playing loud music into the evening like this. Noise such as this is not a typical example of what our guests would have to "put up with" in the evening hours.
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Sausalito, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

On our last night at the JW Marriott, we decided to drive to Manuel Antonio for a 2 night stay instead of heading back to San Jose. I emailed a handful of hotels around 11pm hoping to find availability at one. While on the road, the front desk emailed me that they had availability. No need to provide any other information, they had a room reserved for me once we arrived. We missed the initial turn because we thought it was on the main road. You actually make a left off the main road onto this quiet little street. As you drive up the hill, La Mansion Inn comes into view. At the highest point of the hill, this hotel offers the most stunning views of water on either sides of the cove. The location was perfect because you were away from all the traffic going to Manuel Antonio but still a quick drive away.

We checked in quickly and a staff member gave us a tour of the place. The entire hotel is so unique and fun, with lots of fun little nooks that add so much charm to the hotel. The pool area is gorgeous. Stunning vistas surrounded by foliage. We loved coming for an early evening swim and then hopping in the jacuzzi.

They didn't tell us at check in but they upgraded us to Penthouse #1 and it was an AMAZING surprise! Views, views, and more VIEWS! 2 bathrooms, 2 couches, 2 decks, a dining room table with a chandelier above it and more VIEWS! The bedroom has windows that run the entire length of the walls. We would lay in bed in the morning and watch the hawks swoop by. It was breathtaking. I loved sitting on the balcony in the morning and just soaking in the view of the Manuel Antonio beach. The main bathroom was huge with a giant jacuzzi tub. I loved the smell of the lotions so much I took them home with me. There were 2 different wireless networks from the room- 1 worked perfectly and the other didn't work at all. I would've been perfectly content staying in the room the entire stay, it was that awesome of a room.

Breakfast was very good, I loved the iguana that would sit there every morning hoping for some scraps. The perfect start before taking their shuttle service down to the beach. On the way down, the driver stopped at a tree to show us a mama sloth and her baby. So cute! We got room service one night because we had to take advantage of the dining area and that was very good and very reasonably priced.

The stay is not complete without a visit to the Bat Cave Bar. It is awesome! If you look in the rock cracks, you will see little crabs just kickin it. We didn't see any bats there although everynight there was one up near a window when we walked up to our room. All of these things just added to the charm of the hotel.

The day we were leaving, we checked out and put our bags in storage so we could go down to Playa Biesanz for a quick swim. We saw a bunch of monkeys including 2 babies on their mother's back. One monkey hopped down to the ground and walked right up to this gentleman to pick up a piece of fruit that was on the ground near his foot. The perfect end to a perfect stay.

Great rooms, great staff, great amenities, great service, stunning views and tons of charm. Throw in that the owner is a philanthropist and gives a lot to the local communities and you can't help but fall in love with the place. It isn't just a hotel, it is your Mansion away from home. Can't wait to return!!!

Room Tip: Penthouse #1 is pure perfection!
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  • Stayed March 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, April 14, 2013
I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay so much and it seems like you had the opportunity to take full advantage of everything we have to offer here in the hotel and allow it to make the most of your vacation. As every year goes by we are always looking for new and out of the box ways to continue developing the property and creating that perfect environment for your guests. It would be a pleasure to see you again here at La Mansion Inn the next time you choose to visit Costa Rica.
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Hallandale Beach, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

The Best Staff, Gorgeous Accomodations, A Fun and Exciting Place to Stay, Great
Restaurant's, Great Food, Beautiful Pool Area, Magnificent Scenery, and just like
I said, "It Just Doesn't Get Better Than This!"

Room Tip: In my opinion, there's no such thing as a bad room. But our preference is generally the rooms...
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  • 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, April 14, 2013
Thanks for your comments, quick and to the point, a nice summary of everything you enjoyed while you were here. We do hope to see you again in the future. Our doors are always open!
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New York City, New York
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband and I stayed at La Mansion for 4 nights. The hotel is nicely situated within the Manuel Antonio area. The hotel is perched high on a cliff, which offers sweeping views of the Pacific and Manuel Antonio. Upon checking in, the hotel upgraded us to a better penthouse room. Also, we arrived by rental car from Adobe and needed to return it to Quepos. Within minutes, the front desk arranged for the rental car to be picked up at the hotel instead of us having to return it. After having spent several hours in the car, it was great to have this taken care of. We stayed in Penthouse #4. The room is spacious with a "living room area" that has a sofa and TV and a bedroom area where the bed is. There is also a table and chairs for 2 should you want to eat in the room. The thing that makes the room are the windows that span the length of the walls allowing for the amazing ocean and forest views. The bathroom was large, with a large shower and tub. The shower did splash out a bit onto the floor causing us to have to put towels on the ground around the tub. However, there never was any flooding as commented on by other reviewers. The room also had a balcony with 2 lounge chairs. The room overall was really great. However, there were a couple of kinks like no wi-fi in the room (works great in the lobby though) and once or twice where the cold water seemed to be lacking (The water seemed to correct itself after a little bit.). I also wish the room had a full length mirror in addition to the mirror in the room. However, none of these things had a negative impact on our stay.
The pool area is stunning and I concur with other reviewers who said they could sit there all day and soak in the scenery. The swim-up bar was always staffed during its open hours and was a great feature while lounging poolside.
The hotel staff was very helpful in booking tours, arranging taxis and helping us with our bags. The breakfasts and lunches were good and included in our room rate. We chose to eat out for dinner with many good restaurants a short taxi ride away. Overall, the staff at the front desk, the bar and food areas were always very friendly and helpful. It was clear they wanted us to have a great stay (and we did!). The hotel offers free shuttles to the beach, although we never used them. There were also a few sightings of monkeys, iguanas, a sloth and a crab on or in viewing distance from the property. If staying in the Manuel Antonio area, La Mansion is a great choice in accommodations, location and service. I would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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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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