We split our trip between Arenal (La Fortuna) area and Manuel Antonio. We stayed here 5 nights. Firt the great things: The view is very impressive....360 degee views of the ocean and mountains. I heard it was the best view of the area. The pool is great. Its an infinity pool and looks right out to the ocean. Nice hot tub, The staff was very accomodating and helped us many times as we don't know Spanish that well and got confused a few times. We only had breakfast there daily as it was included and dinner required a reservation and was pricey. It was good food but the exact same thing everyday. We had room 49 which if you want seclusion...This is it. You won't see anyone except the maids or maybe a worker or two. Room is a suite with a mini kitchen it is huge...almost too big...alot of space that is just empty. Nice balcony with two chairs. Location was pretty good. WE had a car so we could go anywhere we wanted but if you are wanting to be able to go to the beach or further down by park alot...you will have to take a taxi. Side note: their parking is crazy. You have to squish into a space that you can't even get back into your car....someone has to climb in and over the seat and then pull out for others to get in. There are only a few places and its tight. There are lots of steps at this place that you have to climb to get around. I thought we would see monkeys alot but only our 1st day they came in. Around 6 monkeys and it was awesome. I got pictures and never saw them again. I did see a sloth hanging in a tree by the pool. Another great find...If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle...take a left out of the driveway and follow that road all the way down. There are a few turns and someone has written with a marker beach with an arrow....you definately need a four wheel drive but at the end you just drive out onto the beach and it is so beautiful and private down there. Not many people and you can kee an eye on your belongings this way. We saw some people try without 4 wheel drive and get stuck. There were a few things I would say needed improving....the mattress was hard and we had to ask for a blaket. you only get a sheet. The shower s one of the handheld type and it took me forever to find the hot water and get it adjusted. Then water pressure was not great. it was hard to wash and hold the nozzle. also it is very low for tall people. It worked for me because I am only 5'3 but a tall person would have a hard time. Oh yeah they have a bidet in the bathroom too. As far as excursions to book from the hotel...I do not reccomend Safari adventures Mangrove tour. We didn't enjoy it and had some problems with a misunderstanding and were treated very rude. Wasted $120. Also if you want to zipline there...make an appt asap because we waited until our last day and there was a mixup and it was overbooked so we didn't get to zipline at all. That was one of the main things we wanted to do there. So we were really disappointed. Thats about all the stuff that didn't go so well. As far as places to eat or go nearby. We LOVED Aqua Azul. Short walk to it. Very good food!!!! We ate there 3 times. The owner is from SC and was very friendly and everything we had was great. WE also liked the Sports bar...a short walk. They have a casino and pool tables and one night had Karaoke and one night ladies drink free...It was packed. We went to the Avion Restaurant which was nothing impressive and we ate at a upscale seafood restaurant that we walked to taking a left...forgot the name. It was very good but very expensive. Overall this hotel was Great and I would reccomend it. I don't know if you want to spend 5 nights there though. I wished we had a chance to see another area and spent only a few nights instead of 5. It is VERY hot and HUMID there. Especially after staying in Arenal area where it was comfortable. Make sure you use sunscreen or you will burn. When you go to the National Park be prepared to have people try to talk you into tours and sell you stuff. Don't do the tours. Walk the park yourself. Thats my opinion and don' just park where they tell you you have too. You can park where ever you want and may be able to park on the street and pay nothing if you can find a place. They will harass you to take tours and park with them. The beach in park is alot less crowded than the public beach but I didn't see any monkeys. There was a croc in the water at 1 of the beaches so couldn't go into the water there. Just walked over to the other side and it was great. Lots of shady spots you can get out of the HOT sun. Take a picnic and drinks. They don't have any food or drinks in the park. Well I hope this review helps!!! Enjoy and Pura Vida!!!
- 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):
- Set in one of the most magnificent settings in the world, Hotel La Mariposa stands majestically a top 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 and the Manuel Antonio National Park, in Costa Rica. Nature and luxury flawlessly combine with 60 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” With over 38 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. ... more less
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