We loved our week-long stay at La Mariposa -- the infinity pool and the 270-degree views are the breathtaking--the best we saw in Manuel Antonio. The restaurant, garden and pools (and the rooms in the main building) are on the highest hill in town and have expansive views across the valley, over the national park and the beaches in Manuel Antonio and Quepos and beyond. The hotel was not crowded, which was great, and I think it's because this place is underrated. The staff are thoughtful and professional and we are very happy we stayed here.
There are three pools plus a very large jacuzzi, and kids are allowed in all but one small barside pool. I mention this as a positive for families because kids are barred entirely from several high-end resorts in town or kept out of the better pools, which makes it very hard for families seeking a high-end experience but wanting to spend time with their kids. Yet because the hotel property is so big and airy and wasn't full, the kids (ours and others) did not disturb the experience of those travelers without children. There were plenty of public areas where one could find solitude. We enjoyed the public spaces so much that sometimes it was as much fun to stay in the hotel even though so many great activities beckon.
The staff are great. After two days, our server at breakfast, Marcos, brought me the green tea I wanted without even being asked. The front-desk staff, including Byron, Johannes and Sebastian, are very professional and patient and spent lots of time advising us on activities and booking them for us.
Try to get a corner room if you stay in the main building, because those have wrap-around balconies that have amazing views. The top floor corner rooms are best because they have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors.
The only negative is that the main building and at least some of the side buildings are showing their age (a few decades), and they could do with updated interior decoration. The furniture and bathrooms are a bit tired and our shower tiles were stained. We had no bedside reading lights, only overhead fluorescent energy-saver ceiling lights that gave the room an institutional feeling at night, not the warm, cozy feel you want from a boutique resort. The sheets were surprisingly old and threadbare, rough on the skin. With a few updates (even just new lighting and new sheets) the experience would be greatly improved. While the infinity pool and jacuzzi look brand new with modern lighting and tiling, this contemporary feel hasn't come to the main building's guest rooms. There are a few villas that look as if they are newly built and their interiors looked new. So if you're particular about your furniture, bathrooms and lights, ask for one of those rooms, though their views may not be as great as the central building. Wifi is also slower than at nearby restaurants.
If we were comparing this hotel to top resorts around the world, we'd give it a 4 because of the lights and sheets. But we had a fantastic time and I think this is one of the best hotels in Manuel Antonio. Five stars and thanks!
- 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