We have stayed here twice now, once in 2005 when it was Hotel Kekoldi, and then again last week (2012) now that it is La Mandarina. This is a great value for the money. The rooms are clean and decent, the staff is helpful and friendly, and the free breakfast is superb. However, there are some caveats. There are lots and lots and lots of steps to go up and down; it is definitely NOT wheelchair accessible. Also, as it is located on the edge of the jungle, there are a fair amount of bugs (mostly ants) that share the space. It is on the rustic side and not what I would call deluxe accommodations. But, rooms are air conditioned and have TV and free WiFi. The pool is very nice with its own waterfall. I would heartily recommend this hotel to anyone who can handle all the steps. One word about the breakfast. We stayed here with a friend who is a native born Costa Rican. He assured us it was perhaps the best Gallo Pinto he has ever had. Good Gallo Pinto takes at least 2 days to make properly, and theirs is absolutely delicious. If you get up early enough, you can spot Capuchin monkeys scampering about on the the rooftops. We also saw humming birds and a tree sloth. One more thing, many of the rooms have showers that are half indoor and half outdoor. They are totally private, but you can see open sky and some tree tops. It is a strange sensation, but I found it enjoyable!
- Also Known As:
- Mandarina Hotel
- Hotel Mandarina Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Mandarina is a small boutique hotel . It has a history in Manuel Antonio since the early 1990's. It has previously been known as Hotel El Dorado Mojado and Hotel Kekoldi. In 2007, the 12 unit hotel has been given the new name, Hotel Mandarina. Mandarina is known as a small orange, like a tangerine, in Costa Rica.Hotel Mandarina is located in Manuel Antonio, just outside the small Pacific coast port town of Quepos. See map. We are at the highest elevation on the main road about halfway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. If you chose to drive, you can park your rental car in our secure lot behind the reception building. Manuel Antonio is only 3 1/2 hours by car or bus from San Jose, so long as you take the shortest route. Faster yet, is a 20 minute plane ride from San Jose on Nature Air or Sansa Airlines. Quepos and Manuel Antonio are fairly easy to navigate since there are only a few main roads.We are just 1.2 miles (2 Km) from some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica with the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park at the end of the main road. A twenty minute walk down the secondary road from the hotel will bring you to a secluded beach. The local bus stops 50 yards from the hotel and brings you to the main beach or Manuel Antonio National Park in 5 minutes. ... more less
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