The staff was helpful from the time we were booking to the time we left. The rooms were nice - kind of a "bungalow" style. GREAT views. Breakfast on the porch staring out at the ocean is just amazing. We were told we went in the off-season (mid-November) so we got great rates and the weather was still great. Staff gave great suggestions for restaurants and nightlife outside of the restaurant. They also really pushed a lot of the tours - sometimes I'm into that stuff, but we were on a more quick, budget-friendly, relaxing trip, so we didn't really partake. Get to know the bartenders - it will pay off. Remember to treat people with the respect you want to be treated and most of the time they'll do the same.
A few additional notes:
We took a taxi to the bus station from SJU airport, then a bus to Manuel Antonio beach. It was WAY cheaper than a taxi or car service, and totally safe. Neither of us really spoke Spanish, so there was definitely some language barrier difficulties, but we made it, so it can't be that hard. If I went back, I'd get a friend who knows Spanish to write down things we needed for each way to make it a little easier. Manuel Antonio Beach is about 2.5 hours from the airport area.
Didn't use the spa or fitness center, so not sure if those are at the property?
Hotel has free wifi in a few areas, which is nice.
- Also Known As:
- La Mariposa Hotel
- La Mariposa Costa Rica
- Hotel La Mariposa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel La Mariposa - set in one of the most magnificent settings in the world, Hotel La Mariposa stands majestically atop the highest point in Manuel Antonio and is best known for its award-winning 360 degree view overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, Quepos, and Manuel Antonio National Park. Nature and luxury flawlessly combine with 59 well-appointed rooms in a Spanish-Mediterranean architectural design and tropical gardens with walkways and trails meticulously landscaped to reflect the natural beauty of Costa Rica’s abundant plant and wildlife. Experience the stunning magic of the legendary Manuel Antonio sunsets while sipping a tropical cocktail at our "Sunset Bar and Lounge", while dining in our world-class international restaurant "Le Papillon" where Guy Bohec, our Executive Chef with over thirty years experience, winner of prestigious awards in New York and was Captain of the Canadian Olympics Chef Team, has been recognized by food critics as a leader in his field. With over 34 years experience, our personalized service and unforgettable views have made La Mariposa a top choice for the most discriminating travellers, who relish both its intimacy and magnificence. Conde Nast Traveler describes our hotel as "Eden on a ridge" and we are a three-time winner of their "100 Best Hotels" award. Washington Times states: "This small hotel probably has one of the finest views of the Pacific Ocean in the entire world." The majestic views from our famous terrace and most of our rooms are so unique in Manuel Antonio, that we were recently mentioned in Patricia Shultz's best-seller book, as one of the "1,000 Places to See before You Die." ... more less
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