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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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Clifton, New Jersey, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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“Great Getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Great palce to escape. The staff is excellent - Margarita, the housekeeper is unparalled. Making up your room is a matter of personal pride, not just a job. Great breakfast program, from complimentary coffee placed right at your door in the morning, to continental, to full service, as you wish. The Lunch/Dinner menu is ambitious for a hotel this small,but they pull it off pretty well. Nice pool, which monkeys joined us at one morning. Everything is manual - the chaeckin and checkout process. it takes only a few more minutes though, and the ladies at the desk are very accomodating. The hotel owner (Timothy) is frequently accessable on the deck. Ocean is nearby -a bit of a climb, but so is most of the Island. My only wish is that it is a little coser to town. All couples, young, Older, Straight and Gay are welcome. We will likely return here

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I stay four nights at the Issomo Suites in room 109 -- what a fantastic place to stay! It is quiet, intimate and the views are spectacular! The service here is amazing. You can sit on the deck and watch the animal and bird life all around you or watch the sunset. Nearby is a wonderful private cove that has the best swimming that I experienced in this area. The restaurant is good with wonderful food and wine. I highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed May 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, May 19, 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at Issimo. The first two nights in the Royal Suite (free upgrade) and the third night in room 103, a penthouse suite. Both rooms were really nice. The Royal Suite has lots of extras, like a private pool and outdoor jacuzzi. The views from each room were spectacular. A troop of squirrel monkeys came through the canopy while we were on our balcony. The service was outstanding. The rooms are just as shown on the website.

Dixon, our waiter, bartender was very welcoming and took really good care of us. The food is made to order and very good! fish tacos were great and the ravioli was the best ive ever had.
My husband got a stomach bug from a local restaurant while on tour and Dixon arranged some chicken soup!
Pros: rooms, service, meals, prices
Cons: need to take a taxi or walk about a mile to get to main hotel, restaurant strip

I highly recommend Issimo and would definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Penthouse Suite, 103 was a very nice room. Balcony is at the edge of the canopy, so monkeys will co...
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  • Stayed May 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, May 19, 2013
Dear JanfromMichigan,
Thank you for you beautiful review!
We will be waiting you......

PURA VIDA!!!
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Montclair, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Issimo for 6 days for our honeymoon. The first 3 nights we stayed in room 106, which had the best view! The last 3 nights we stayed in the royal suite, which had a massive terrace with a swimming pool and a hot tub! The room and terrace was amazing! The only reason I did not rate this hotel as 5 stars is due to the bug situation. The royal suite had two glass doors with large gaps leading to the terrace. These gaps allowed for bugs to entire the room. Normally, I would not complain about this since bugs come with the price of staying in a rainforest; however, the gap in the door is obvious and can easily be rectified.

The food was good, the staff is very friendly and helpful (we, especially liked our waiter Dickson), views are incredible, and rooms are very romantic. Each room has a hot tub and you receive a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival. Coffee is brought to the door each morning. Couple's massage is great and super relaxing. It's about a 10 minute walk to the beach. The walk is down a mountain so it feels like a mild hike. We enjoyed the walk although it was a bit steep and uphill on the way back up. We went on the ATV tour and the horseback riding tour - both were great! Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel for couples!

  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 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, May 19, 2013
Dear ElinalG,
Thank you for taking some of your time to write this nice review on our property.
We are fixing the gaps between the glass doors, so the bugs will not be an issue anymore.
We want to thank you again, and we sincerely hope to have you back!

Saludos y Mucha Suerte!
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Commerce Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband and I spent one night at this hotel. The staff was very friendly and allowed us to check in several hours before their check in time. We were greeted with a refreshing drink. We were shocked at how large the room was. It was very clean had plenty of space. When we walked into the room there were rose petals on the bed and around the hot tub. It was very romantic. The view of the ocean was incredible. The beach just down the hill was very private and beautiful.

  • Stayed April 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We booked 5 nights at Issimo Suites as part of a longer CR holiday. Our room on the top floor was nicely furnished, nice views (although the balcony had no cover so it want possible to sit out there for long or you baked). However several hours after our arrival we were told there was no water. Which meant no shower after a long days travelling and no possibility to flush the toilet. Not so 5 star. The water was back on by the next morning but later that day there was a power cut - which also meant no water again because they use an electric pump to get the water to the top floor rooms. We decided at this point we wanted to leave. We walked to the hotel next door to enquire about availability. On their reception desk there was a note from the local electricty authority warning of the power cut in advance, so at least the guests were forwarned. Issimo suites denied any knowledge of advance suites, clearly they did know but chose not to let the guests know in advance. We left the next day and after several weeks wrangling with the hotel we got our money refunded for the unused nights. Frankly I would have also expected a refund for the 2 nights we did stay but they would not consider that. In my book a flushing toilet and running water for a shower are a core part of offering when you rent a hotel room. Maybe I am just too demanding.......... Of course we nver got to use the beautiful hot tub in the room either since that needed both water and power.

Other issues:
- the pool is small and lacks privacy
- the restaurant food was terrible. My pasta was from a packet. The sauce was thin and watery
- cleaning ladies always left the door between room and balcony open after they cleaned. Unfortunately this meant that floor was wet and slippery when you got back in as the afternoon showers flooded the room

There was nothing I liked about this place. We moved up the road to the hotel Maripossa from the 3rd day and things recovered. We just wish we had gone there in the first place and given Issimo Suites a big miss.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, April 30, 2013
MR/MRS Tabitha 22,
Power cut, it happens all the time, without warning, and the local electricity company does not warn for power suspensions. Actually, since our opening date, it never happen. The only period Manuel Antonio (the entire area) had no power and/or water for more than two hours was in Nov 2010, when the tropical storm Thomas hit us.
We would like you to contact us (maday@issimosuites.com), to discuss more about this issue.

Maday Mora
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

This is a nice little hotel in Manuel Antonio. The room we were in had a good view from the balcony.

(Positives):
- The room was spacious and good. We weren't big fans of the bathroom/toilet layout; doesn't make for a very comfortable environment when one has to use the toilet!
- The view from the balcony and restaurant is good.
- There is a nice quiet beach just down the road. There were hardly any people there and clean.

(Negatives):
These are not so much negatives as pointing out minor points.
- Location. The hotel is off the main road going to Espadilla beach. It is quite a walk to go to the main road/restaurants. There is a small quiet beach down the road but is a steep walk back. This might not be an issue if you have a car but something to consider if you want a central location.

(Others):
- The hotel is clean and the staff friendly but I wouldn't term it luxurious.
- The food is o.k. We had better food elsewhere. I will however give them kudos for making something off the menu as my wife was not feeling well.
- They have a shuttle that goes to the beach once or twice a day, that was helpful.

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, April 29, 2013
Dear The TravellingG,
Thank you for taking time to write a review on our property.
We hope you had a wonderful vacation in our area!

¡¡¡¡Pura Vida!!!
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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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