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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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New York City, New York
1 review
“paradice vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

where do i begin..!! Me and my boyfriend stayed a week at issimo suites to celebrate our 2 year anniversary, and what an experience.. great staff including gatto who became more of a friend, what an amazing guy to the chef who was just wonderful and put T.L.C. in every dish to the receptionist who took care of every adventure or taxi we needed to relaxing couple massage and last but not least the owner timothy who we had the pleasure of meeting and after a broken bicycle incident, put it in the back of his pick up and brought us back into town to return it. very nice guy..!! such a romantic and intimate setting, rooms are beautiful and beach just a 10 min adventurous walk.. manuel antonio park as well as quepos town are a 5-7 minute taxi in oppisite directions but lots to do. saw 3 different kinds of monkeys, sloth and many reptials and birds, we got partially scuba dive certified, the atv ride through the mountains that led to a beautiful waterfall was a thrill and zip lined through the rain forest. its a safe town with many americans and tourist, we met alot of people.. what more can you ask for.. thank you for the best vacation we ever had..!! well be back..!!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Carisa H,
First of all, we would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review on our hotel.
We always thought that the hospitality business, should be based on human relations, that is because we always try to help our visitors in all possible ways by suggesting restaurants, activities and taking care of all their needs.
We are glad that we met your expectations, and we sincerely hope that you had a wonderful vacation in our country.

Thank you again.
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel Staff
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Richmond, Virginia
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196 reviews 196 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Having been to Manuel Antonio previously & having stayed at Arenas del Mar, we were a little reluctant to stay anywhere else but were told they were sold out. We searched on Tripadvisor and other web sites and concluded we wanted to try Issimo Suites. We found the staff to be friendly efficient and knowledgeable. The rooms were extremely spacious and kept very clean- we had a penthouse suite with panoramic views for less than the cost of Arenas del Mar. The food in the restaurant was excellent with the extra touch of Dixon who is a fantastic waiter. Monkeys visited us on the balcony 2 out of the 6 mornings. We had a bottle of champagne waiting for us when we arrived. The location is convenient to the National Park, shopping and restaurants within a 5 minute cab ride. All in all, a great place to stay at a reasonable rate.

Room Tip: 103 was near the trees if you want a visit from the monkeys- also a great view.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Bornabrit,
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we look forward to having you at our hotel in the near future!!!!

Thank you again.
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel Staff
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights. Saw capuchin monkeys our first morning. Welcomed with a refreshing drink. Clean pool. Friendly staff. Great views of the ocean. Can even hear the howler monkeys in the distance. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Dear Sbswayne,
Thank you so much, for your nice review!
We sincerely hope you come visit us again!!!

¡Hasta Pronto, y Mucha Suerte!
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel Staff
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Moncton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This quaint hotel is situated on a road which has many high end hotels in Manuel Antonio. The views are magnificent and you could spend hours just sitting on your balcony taking it all in. The staff are very friendly and the best bartender in the world "Gatto". Gatto also gave us fantastic restaurant recommendations. Food is so amazingly fresh and full of flavor. We had cappucin monkeys and squirrel monkeys come right up to our balcony. Breakfast is included in your room price which is very reasonable for what you get. You can pick from the breakfast buffet or they'll make you something off the menu. They have happy hour every day (2 for 1 cocktails). The front desk can make all the arrangements for tours, but they do charge a commission (between $20-40 depending on the tour) which I think is worth it given you don't have to do anything. I would definitely stay here again. It is an adult only hotel. If you're looking for a bustling night life in the hotel this is not for you. There are much larger hotels on the same strip.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear Agallien, thank you for taking time to write such a nice review on our hotel.
We are a small Boutique Hotel, and that is why we focus on offering the best intimate, friendly and comfortable service, to meet all our customers expectations.
Our front desk staff arrange tours for our guest, but we do not charge a commission. We charge a deposit to make sure customers take the tour. Sometimes customers book a tour, and they cancel it at the very last minute (like at pick up time), compromising (financially) the tour operators that have operational costs. That is what the deposit is for.
We sincerely hope you had a wonderful time in our country, and thank you again!

Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel Staff
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Nevada City, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This hotel is absolutely beautiful! The rooms are amazing, the food is very good, they have a happy hour every day. The View is gorgeous from the rooms and the pool area. We saw a sloth right outside of our room from the balcony just hanging out in the tree. Monkeys come up and play around every morning right up to the room balconies.You get what you pay for here, worth the cost. The rooms are very romantic. Only downside is the location itself, the view is great, a 10 minute walk to the beach, but.. you have to hike up and down a giant steep hill ( approx. 15 mins) to get the main strip or cab/drive it, and the cab drivers like to charge you way too much. Overall, awesome resort, the staff is very helpful and friendly. If your up for it to the ZIP LINE CANOPY TOUR :)

Room Tip: Get the Penthouse suites, they are amazing and have their own balconies.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Dear Tasha M,
Thank you for writing such a nice review about our hotel!
We are constantly trying to keep high standards of service. It is for this reason, that we just won the Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice® 2013 award, in the “Romance” category.
We always recommend our guest to use the public cab service, which is very good. The cost is between $ 8 and $ 10, because the cabs come from Quepos, which is 4 miles away.
Thank you again, and we hope you had a wonderful time in our country!
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New York, New York, United States
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

I am a spoiled New Yorker. I like luxury. I stay at the Four Seasons or the Mandarin Oriental. I eat at Wolfgang's and Tribeca Grill on a weekly basis. I am not easy to please. This hotel was wonderful! Right off the bat I should let you know there are two bad things about this hotel:

1) There is no elevator, so if you have an upstairs room get ready for a hike.

2) The hot water takes a while, so leave the shower running a while before jumping in.

Other than that, the hotel is a great value for the money. The rooms are a nice size and look attractive. The bed is comfortable. The shower is spacious. The staff is slow but eager to please. None of this matters though because the real reason to come here (besides the good price) is the food! I left my luxury 5-star resort almost every day to eat here. There is nothing they don't make well. If you're looking for a nice room at a good price and some great food, stay here!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I was very excited to spend a weekend in this hotel, I saw the last minute promotion (25% rate discount) and inmediately called the booking center. In the booking center they told me there was only one room left, so I asked to book it with the last minute promotion and they told me that I needed to send an email. Seconds later I did, and since I didn't receive a response, I called 10 minutes later. They told me they had received it and that they were sending the format back to fill some additional information.

Thirty minutes later they answered saying that they were very sorry but the room had been booked between the time I called and the time they took to send me the format. Offering me a much higher rate for a higher type of room!

It is very unfortunate that the booking concierge doesn't respect trip advisor promotions even when I called 2 times to confirm that my information had been received.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa

Address: Waterfront, Manuel Antonio National Park 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
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*
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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Also Known As:
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
Issimo Hotel Boutique
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Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel And Spa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park

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