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“Intimate, Romantic resort for couples” 5 of 5 stars
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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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Melbourne Beach, Florida, United States
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“Intimate, Romantic resort for couples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My wife and I spent 3 nights at Issimo in Mid June of 2013 - our expectations were exceeded both in the service we received, as well as our room. We spent approx $700 US total for 3 nights in the "Penthouse Suite" and although not quite a suite - it was an outstanding room. If you go to the Issimo Suites website, our room ( 106) is the room pictured on their landing page. A corner room with floor to ceiling glass overlooking the Pacific from the hillside; it was the nicest view I've ever had from a hotel room - and I do a lot of traveling (Marriott Lifetime Platinum).

The room also had a nice balcony that we enjoyed for viewing sunsets, as well as observing the birds and watching the monkeys as we started the day with our morning coffee. Breakfast was included with our rate, and it was very good. The best Huevos Racheros i've ever had, and that's saying a lot given I spent 10 years living in Texas.

The location is excellent, a twisty mountainside drive to the property and only about 2-3 km to the entrance of Manual Antonio National Park.

We also enjoyed a 45 minute couples massage for only $69 + optional tip. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and this property, location, service and food could not have been better.

Service was outstanding, everyone is always smiling and willing to help. We plan on staying here again on our next visit to Quepos.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed at Issimo back in May for 7 days and we did not want to leave. We stayed in a Penthouse Suite and I don't know about the other rooms but this is definitely the best. Half the room is all windows with a view of the jungle and Ocean. Amazing!! The pool is small but pleasant and deep. The staff is awesome, they will go out of there way to please you. Tips are not expected as I learned about the 3rd day but they are even more grateful and you will be treated like royalty. The food was good just not that much to choose from. The cove near the hotel is amazing, practically all to your self. Be care full with the walk back, it's pretty steep. Oh and don't forget about the view why you are having lunch; monkeys come out to hang out and swing. Don't feed them, it messes up their digestive system. Cable TV did go out for a day in a half but the jacuzzi took our mind off of it. We will definitely be back, we love it.

Room Tip: Ask for the Penthouse that's on the opening website.
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  • 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, July 2, 2013
Dear Jchavarria,
Thank you for your nice review!
Sorry for the Tv Cable, but we are glad to hear that the Jacuzzi replaced it!
Thank you again, and we hope to see you soon!!!!

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

For a couple on their honeymoon, we couldn’t have found a better spot to spend a week. The staff is very friendly and they really take care of you. Each day the room was redone with shaped towels, and flowers to create a a romantic ambiance. The massage staff know what they’re doing and the food is great. The views are spectacular too! Couldn’t recommend it more highly for couples on a honeymoon or just for romance.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Lachlan F,
There's only one thing to say.....
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon last October. The weather was horrible, we only had two days without rain. There wasn't much to do given the weather and the fact that it was tourist season so many things were closed. However, this hotel kept us from regretting going to Costa Rica for our honeymoon. Our room was amazing! We had huge windows overlooking the ocean and the rainforest. We were also able to see monkeys (of course), a toucan and sloths!! How fun! I love the little animals they create from the towels and the rose petals add a romantic touch! The staff was really nice, friendly and accommodating including the owner. My genius husband opened the window and let in some mosquitoes leaving me with 18 bites (that I could count). Let me just say that the owner was so awesome that he hooked it up with a nice relaxing treat. =) Our honeymoon would have been a major let down if it wasn't for this hotel.

Don't forget to get a massage! If you do, ask for Christina (i think that was her name).

I would like a redo of Costa Rica one day, next time we'll go in May.

Room Tip: We chose a room upstairs, I think it was the honeymoon suite. It was an awesome choice, it had a lo...
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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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Dallas, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed at this cute little boutique hotel for a week during our honeymoon. The room was clean and kept cool with a/c. There was a jacuzzi in the room and a balcony to view monkeys and birds by day and enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the ocean every night. The price for our standard room was reasonable and there was a discount for staying over 5 days, plus your hot breakfast is included.
We had read review that there was a private beach you could walk to but in reality its a pretty far hike, its better just to head over to Manuel Antonio beach.
The food was alright but you do get a discount if you are staying there.
The staff were friendly and all the little touches they made to the room made for a great honeymoon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, July 2, 2013
Dear Bronwyn E,
Thank you for your review!
We're really happy that you enjoyed your honeymoon!!! And We would like to see you back, for your anniversary!!!

Thank you again,
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel Staff
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Union City, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in May, lovely suite with jacuzzi, ocean views, private balcony. Staff was friendly, attentive and helpful. After reading other reviews, were disappointed not seeing many birds or any monkeys. Saw more along the walk down to the beach ~10minutes. Second evening, suddenly got a great view of a howler monkey on a tree about 20 yards outside our balcony. After straining to see one very far off in Arenal 2 days before.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better ocean views, though sunset was blocked.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Issimo is a small hotel (10 rooms), very peaceful, with super attentive yet not intrusive staff. Overall the hotel grew on both me and my wife - we stayed for 4 nights and really liked it.

If we were to go back, we would probably pick one of the rooms in the upper floors - our view (#110) was nice but the rooms upstairs probably had magnificent views. it's probably fair to say that the nice views are not only Issimo's but atrademark for many Manuel Antonio venues.

Only (small) snags is that the bathroom design was kind of cumbersome and had no separation from the overall room which didn't help in terms of reducing room humidity (an overall challenge in many places in Costa Rica in Green season).

Room Tip: Higher floors are the best
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) 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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