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“The View of a Lifetime” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel La Mariposa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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14 hotel reviews
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“The View of a Lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We just returned from a week in paradise. This hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen. The layout itself is the work of a visionary: infinity pool, lush gardens and panoramic views that are unparalleled. The hotel is spotless; the workers are out at the crack of dawn every morning cleaning and scrubbing the property. Safety, there is a man at the entrance, 24 hrs a day, writing down the license plate number of every vehicle that enters. The front desk, Sebastian, Alex, Johannes and Byron are the best in the business. They arranged transport, tours and taxis. If you are there and need a taxi, ask for Vincente, what a great guy. With that being said, this is the stop of a lifetime and you will not regret staying at this World Class Destination.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Breathtaking views, gorgeous setting in the midst of carefully and meticulously maintained jungle like gardens, which attract birds, iguanas, and monkeys. The multileveled architecture with its whitewashed walls and iron wrought stairs and terraces is attractive and interesting. Each level holds different attractions. The magnificent pool cantilevered so as to seem one with the horizon offers the most enjoyable swimming or meditating experience in the most relaxing sorroundings.
The staff is helpful and attentive, and the people at the front desk always ready to take care of your reservation needs,
The "room with a View" was spacious, clean., comfortable and with floor to ceiling windows always keeping the beauty of the coast in front of your eyes.
The breakfast in the morning was a highlight of the experience and the kitchen did not disappoint at dinner. Excellent dining at "Le Papillon", French for butterfly.
We will return for sure.

Room Tip: Ocean view
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Me and my partner booked the La Mariposa for 4 nights in March 2014 to end our two week holiday with a bit of relaxation.

I booked an ocean room view room and it was really fantastic, we had a balcony with a view over the whole bay and a jacuzzi to enjoy the view. The room was spacious, the air con worked perfectly, lovely bathroom, jacuzzi, hammock, beautiful view, massive bed, luxury robes/towels. Everything about the room hit the spot. They even brought us a bouquet flowers on the first day.

Outside of the room the hotel was lovely with a long infinity pool overlooking two bays/beaches and perfectly situated for the sunset each night. There were also two swim up bars, one in the shade on the main level and one on the second level which is also perfectly positioned for the sunset.

There was never any rush for sun beds nor did it feel particularly busy at the hotel at any point. The kids were a bit annoying but that's because I don't have kids yet.

The food was good but overpriced and I would suggest eating out. It's a 2 minute walk down the road to some lovely restaurants - Kapi Kapi was fantastic although a little pricey but there were plenty of others (there was an amazing Italian ace as well).

The only negative of the whole stay was when our electricity went at about 9pm in the evening in our room. They fixed it quite quickly but then it went again at about 11pm when we were asleep. They had to move us into another room at about midnight which wasn't ideal. We were annoyed at the time but realistically they did everything they could to fix it as soon as they could and we were back in the room by noon the following day. It did show us that the room we had was far better than the room we were moved to for the night.

Overall I would really recommend the hotel, it's pricey but if you get a room like ours it's worth it.

Word of warning - if you intend to walk back from the beach then be prepared - flip flops don't quite stand up to the test!

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This hotel is really lovely tucked in the mountain. The infinity pool has an ocean view and you can see the sunset or sunrise. Both are really gorgeous. You can see monkeys swinging from tree branches or walking on the roof! They are really cute! The staff is very friendly and helpful. They provide a van that takes you to the beach and back to the hotel several times during the day? They were very helpful in booking a tour as well as transportation to go back to San Jose. The rooms have great ocean views not to be missed.

Room Tip: Corner suites and centre on main building have the best views
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Madison, Wisconsin
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We stayed here 3 nights and overall had a great experience. The staff was friendly and accommodating, especially the native Costa Ricans. We left a tip for the housekeeping staff each day, which they did not take, which was interesting and perhaps reflected a value of honesty on their part. We had a room with a partial ocean view and lovely terrace to enjoy sunrise and sunset. The monkeys visited our porch railing (really cool) and an iguana sun himself regularly near our room, along with a colony of lizards. We dined one evening in the restaurant, very expensive, but fun to try just once. the food was good, but not exceptional. Other restaurants nearby that are much cheaper. There is really no need for a taxi if you're up for a short walk to the main road. For safety be aware that Costa Rican roads have no shoulder and drivers zip by quickly. Amazingly we did not witness any accidents! Lovely pool, hot tub and deck to relax. Chairs are plentiful and comfortable. Our room had a king bed and a queen bed for 3 of us, which worked well. There was no dresser in the room to store clothes, so that was a bit disappointing as I like to unpack when we get somewhere for a few days. The gift shop is lovely and well stocked with a nice variety. The staff there was very helpful. No tax is charged if you pay in cash. I bought several items there that were fairly priced. Turning in a room key is requested when you leave for the day. I was familiar with this practice as in other parts of Costa Rica this is an expectation, so the staff knows when to clean the room. The buffet breakfast was lovely and filling. Excellent staff serving beverages. We didn't feel rushed with the buffet open 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. A great stay overall.

Room Tip: An ocean view is lovely if it is within your budget.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tenafly, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

In my opinion I think La Mariposa in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is the best hotel. It has great food, great service, great pools, great wildlife, and last but not least amazing view. This hotel is in the hills and has a very good view. You can drink a lot of beverages inside he infinity pool. The staff is so nice. I belive that is the best hotel with 3 pool which 2 are bar pools. They have a pool table if you want to play a game with a friend. You could even be able to watch the sunset while your in the pool. This hotel is close to many good resturants that are walking distance. The beach is a five minute drive from the parking lot. I belive that this is the best hotel in Costa Rica!!!! You come here as soon as possible.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This hotel was amazing! The sevice was great. We had room 31 that was over looking the beach from the top of the hill and the views were spectacular. Durning our stay we saw a lot of monkeys in different locations on the property of the hotel. We also saw a lot of lizards especially iguanas. The pool was fantastic. It was an infinity pool that was on the top of the mountian right out side the hotel. If the water was still in the pool and you looked at it, it looked like the pool was going into the ocean. It was beautiful. The rooms were beautiful. The beach was in driving distance, it would take you 5 minutes at the most to get there. It does't feel crowded. Over all my stay was perfect.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel La Mariposa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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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Also Known As:
La Mariposa Hotel
La Mariposa Costa Rica
Hotel La Mariposa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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