Hotel Mandarina had the perfect mix of reasonable price and location. It's a cute place with just twelve rooms, and you get a real key! It's like having your own apartment, and the standard was just as nice as the studio my friend had (my bathroom was a titch smaller).
Some people were complaining about the included breakfast. It's a first world problem to complain about walking ten steps out of your room to eat eggs, toast, papaya, pineapple, etc. and drink tea on a patio, surrounded by nature.
The staff was great, and gave very helpful advice on where to go and will arrange tours for you.
It's true that the wi-fi only truly works near the lobby, but there were times it worked in my room (which was F).
My only two dings were the water pressure in the shower (they gotta replace that showerhead, stat!) and that you can hear everyone walking by in the morning due to the way the rooms are situated near the main staircase.
But guess what? That doesn't matter because you're in PARADISE and monkeys are just a heartbeat away!!!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Mandarina Hotel
- Hotel Mandarina Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park