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Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa
4.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   Waterfront, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica   |  
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Los Osos, California, United States
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“Stellar, PERFECT!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

We stayed at Issimo October 3-13 2012. We arrived at the hotel at 1:30 am after a three hour tour, he he, from San Jose airport. The front desk personnel, bellhop and security guard all met us smiling and ready to help. I Couldn't wait to write this review as this hotel is off the hook. From the stunning view as we open the drapes and reveal floor to ceiling glass looking right at the Pacific Ocean, monkeys that joined us while enjoying our delicious included breakfast, very nice pool with 12 foot deep section,10 minute walk to the beach complete with iguanas, warm ocean water, afternoon trade winds and an occasional rain shower to cool off, Manuel Antonio SP 2 km away, everything you could possibly dream of doing close by and the warmest most accommodating and happy people that make Costa Rica so welcoming and unforgettable!!!!!
Greeted each dayfor breakfast by either Dixon or Alexander, we enjoyed fresh tropical fruit, fresh squeezed juice, banana pancakes, muffins and the best coffee on the planet. After this for an appetizer you are handed a menu to order your breakfast:
Local (Gallo Pinto, {Rice and black beans}, eggs, fried plantains and toast)
American (Eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast) or
Healthy (Granola, yogurt, fresh fruit)
All food was served hot, pleasingly presented, and we were taking care of like royalty. The staff is wonderfully attentive and very friendly. We also enjoyed two dinners while there and they were just as good if not better. Fresh fish is out of this world, Steaks were good too. Edgar was our waiter, again, happy, polite, warm caring and attentive.
The room was absolutely stunning!!!! Greis was our room attendant and every day we had different sculptures created from our towels, fresh flower petals all over our bed, the hot tub and the sink. King sized bed with fabulous memory foam, whirlpool hot tub, daybeds by the front windows, great lighting, fans and AC that really worked. Open floor plan with plenty of room to move about, including a primo deck that also looks at the ocean, open shower, walk in closet, safe, fridge, microwave and wi-fi so I could post daily photos and notes to all our family and friends back home, rubbing it in just a bit, poor working stiffs!!!
At one point after hearing how the northern area of Costa Rica was so beautiful and offered all the zip lining and cloud forests we just jumped in the rental truck and drove 7 hours to the wonderful towns of La Fortuna and Monteverde. We left in such a spur of the moment rush we didn't even tell the staff at Issimo. We returned 3 days and two nights later to meet with Tim, the owner of our castle away from home and the staff at Issimo waiting and truly concerned for our welfare, at 1 am!!!!! The concern for their guests and their welfare, on top of pampering us beyond imagination is unheard of. Apologies don't suffice but afterwards the running joke was to hide our eyes as we walked by as the staff laughed and Tim told them to put a GPS tracker on us. These people truly CARE about their guests, like I have never experienced. Sorry again Tim!!
Our days were filled with the beauty and splendor that defines Costa Rica. Everywhere we went we were warmly greeted and welcomed, this was a large part of what made the trip so pleasant. We zip-lined, walked the suspended bridges, visited the butterfly garden, massive insect collection, 3rd largest in the world, and snake and frog exhibition. We visited the breathtaking La Fortuna waterfall and swam in its pool. It poured rain all the way down then cleared up for the walk out. Visited Arenal Springs where they have pools filled with the water that is heated by the Arenal Volcano, again verrrry beautiful. We kicked it on fabulous beaches and hiked through unimaginable jungles. We wandered through quaint little towns and stopped at unbelievable vistas, we saw monkeys, sloths, iguanas, crocodiles, birds of every color, butterflies that defy imagination, tropical fruits growing wild and flowers so mesmerizing they seem almost fake, and stunning sunsets, this country is truly exquisite. The thing that amazed me is I missed Issimo and was glad to drive back in the middle of the night.
I currently live in Los Osos on the Central Coast of California, in its own right a slice of paradise. I have lived here most all my life and regularly say that I don't really see any need to live elsewhere, this was before I had the pleasure of visiting Costa Rica. If you want a vacation filled with adventure and excitement, a destination that will amaze you with beauty and nature, a place where you can go all day or relax to your hearts content then Costa Rica is for you. If what you want is all of these and on top of it all, to stay at a place that will make you NOT want to go home, the Issimo Suites must be your destination. To EVERYONE, at Issimo Suites please accept my deepest appreciation, what you do is above and beyond my wildest expectations. What you do and how you do it is a big part of what made this the vacation of a lifetime, one I will never forget and that I will not be able to get back soon enough to do again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 112. It faces the ocean, shares an outside deck with 111. Room was perfect!!!!!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

This review is long overdue. We stayed at Issimo in November 2011. Without a doubt, this is my most favorite place we have ever stayed. The floor to ceiling windows in our room revealed a gorgeous view, and we awoke to the sounds of monkeys every morning and were sometimes greeted by them at breakfast. The bed was extremely comfortable, and I loved the spa-like bath. The food and customer service was the best part. Breakfast and dinner were both fabulous. The fresh fruit, coffee, juice, and fish were so satisfying. We ate other places for the adventure of it, but my mouth would have been perfectly happy dining nowhere else. The waitstaff was filled with great people. They were fun-loving and attentive and could all speak English, but it was more fun to practice Spanish. I very much look forward to staying there again!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights, the room was lovely and the view is breath-taking. Unfortunately breakfast was very disappointing, and as vegetarians we were given cold oily hash browns. A bit more thought could be given to guest who are none meat eaters.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This place is everything that you want from a boutique hotel. For starters it's beautifully designed. The owner did an outstanding job from a design perspective. The entire staff is warm, friendly and extremely helpful. My wife and I are currently staying here and couldn't wait to post this review. The place sits on top of a hillside overlooking the ocean and part of the peninsula. It's a short drive to Quepos, or the beach at Manuel Antonio. There are lots of activities in the area. I can see where having a car in this area is very handy. It's quite hilly and walking is sure to tire even the most physically fit. That being said, taxis are very easy to come by all over the country and the front desk will happily call you one, so don't let that detour you, for it's the location that is worth the stay, on top of the comfort, luxury and beauty the hotel provides.

The rooms are spacious with an open floor plan, there is no door and walls separating the bathroom, at least not in our room (if you have been dating or married to someone for any reasonable amount of time this won't bother you). The decor is warm and has a very earthy vibe - lots of beautiful dark wood and tile. The jacuzzi bathtub is amazing and the room has all glass along the front, providing a stunning view of the ocean. The balcony we have was long and perfect for having the delicious coffee that they leave outside at 6am. Oh and the lights dim in the rooms....this is always a big plus for me. They also provide you with robes and candles for your jacuzzi tub...overall EXQUISITE PRESENTATION, from the rooms to the restaurant area, to the pool.

The food here is delicious and they currently have a 50% off for couple deal, and 2 for 1 drinks during happy hour! Breakfast is complimentary and very good, served by Dixon who is very nice and extremely helpful. Dinner provides a beautiful romantic sunset view and Edgar provides exceptional service. Overall it feels as if you are dining and staying amongst the canopy, and monkeys even joined us for breakfast this morning!

The pool is the perfect size for the property and even has an end that is about 13ft deep, so if you wanted to take a scuba certification they can test you in the pool, and all can be arranged by their lovely staff.

Overall this is an excellent place to stay where I promise you won't regret it. We are staying 6 nights here and are looking forward to some massages at their beautiful spa, and have already been enjoying the beautiful beaches in the area. Excellent location, great value, stunning views, exquisite presentation, and helpful friendly staff, how could you go wrong?

Room Tip: We are staying in a presidential suite, and it has a beautiful Oceanside view, I imagine all their o...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

We came in sept for our honeymoon thinking "we'll it's rainy season so it'll be cheap and we will just have to deal with all the rain. First day driving in, ten mn from Issimo it rained. Holy cow!! I grew up in Houston dealing with hurricane rain.... Nothing compared to a CR downpour. We parked and were met at our car by Issimo staff with umbrellas. We checked into the royal suite and were blown away. Everything was completely immaculate!! The next morning we drank the complimentary coffee (which is really good) on the patio before taking a dive in the private pool, once again, incredible. The pool was in the shade in a.m. So it was kinda chilly but in the afternoon it's very pleasant. The "2 person hot tub" is HUGE and they have what seemed like high dollar bubble bath stuff and put new tea candles out every night which was very romantic. The kitchen in the royal suite was great, we cooked fish one night from the market and it was fantastic!
The bed was great, views from the bed were even better!
Patio gets hot in afternoon on bare feet but is that really a complaint?
A/c works marvelously

Biggest complaints, 1. drink prices are higher than I'd like at Issimo (if your driving in from San Jose, buy it there and bring it with you) 2. The house keeper came at random times which made it hard to be gone when she was there. 3. The infinity part of the private pool flows into a view of the roof of another part of the building. Not bad just not quite what I expected.

All in all it was fantastic and we are already saving to come back ASAP to Issimo. Oh, and the "rainy season" we thought we were walking into was NOT AN ISSUE. It's fairly predictable and the staff is better at reading the weather than meteorologists in the states!!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed at Issimo Suites back in May 2012. The hotel was clean and the staff very friendly.
Our findings:
1) Hot Water - we experienced problems with the water as well (noticed a few comments on line about it). We went a full day without hot water. When we spoke to the desk they said they "had to reset" something and we would have water. Didn't work
2) Food Quality - As we arrived late at night and weren't familiar with the area, we opted to take advantage of a 2 for 1 offer in the restaurant. I had the blackened tuna (it was amazing). My travel companion had the steak...ordered it medium. It was very close to raw. It was almost inedible...thankfully he could eat it as home he sometimes orders his steak medium rare....but I could not have eaten it.
3) Bkfst is what you'd expect...nothing to get too excited about but it does the job
4) Walk to the beach.....not as bad as everyone seems to say...yes it's a hot walk back but if you're used to walking it shouldn't be an issue. However...the beach itself is nothing to get excited about ! It was a disappointment (not the hotels fault)
5) Staff are super friendly and try to get you to speak a bit of the local language. They went out of their way to make you feel welcome.
6) Monekys....saw them while we were having drinks in the restaurant.
7) Room Layout - not what you'de be used to...very open concept...toilet is in a small closet so it is private...however the rest of the room is open concept.
8) Bed was comfortable
9) Air Conditioner in room did the job...we didn't find ours noisy at all..plus it's on a remote..so you cna lie in bed and adjust it accordingly
10) No elevators so you do have to walk up to your room. However, this is not a big hotel and should not be an issue unless you have mobilty issues. There is someone to take your luggage to your room if you need assistance.
11) Maids - only saw them in the hallways...our room was always cleaned while we were gone.
12) Coffee in the morning was a nice perk...we were even given some to take home by the front desk at check out so we could have "a coffee to remind ourselves of our stay"

All in all, I've stayed at nicer places but it is good value for the money. I would stay here agin

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Just stayed here for the 5th time this weekend (Sept 29 and 30, 2012). My Husband discovered this boutique hotel 5 years ago online. We stayed for 3 nights and couldn't wait to return again. Over the 5 visits we have never had one complaint. The staff are always smiling and eager to please you. Maday has been there for 6 years and always calls us by name. I even saw her on the beach on her day off and she waved me down to say hi! Dixon has been our waiter for 2 years and he's like a old friend. I told him one afternoon that we'd like a certain table saved for dinner 6pm. When we came for dinner, he had decorated our table specifically with lovely flowers and stones! Chef David made the most amazing Red Snapper with garlic that I have ever been served. My Steak Only Husband tasted it and ordered his own Red snapper the following night!

Since last year Tim, the owner, has made several nice changes. Coffee served on a tray outside your door by 5:30am! Fresh paint, new lobby furniture and new balcony furniture! There were probably other changes, but these stood out to me. We live in Costa Rica part time. So when we want a romantic weekend, we love to come here. There is no place more romantic than this! You feel like a pampered guest! No kids is a huge bonus! Nothing like kids screaming at your hotel to ruin romance! We are celebrating our 25th anniversary next month. Well - actually we've been celebrating all year! Whatever your occasion, or none at all - This is the hotel for you if you are seeking an intimate, romantic vacation!!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Address: Waterfront, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel, Spa & Waterfront Reserve offers intimacy and elegance for your romantic escape. Each suite includes a Jacuzzi bath tub for relaxation and enjoyment, as well as a majestic ocean view overlooking a pristine pacific cove. A plush king size bed, sofa, and room service from our boutique restaurant await your arrival. You can also indulge yourself with a massage in our spa after a day of adventure on one of our many tours or beaches. Our romantic hideaway suites access adjacent sandy beaches with a walk to the cove or famous Manuel Antonio Park and beaches. ... more   less 
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