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Hotel Mandarina
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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“Above and beyond”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I stayed here while leading a group of high school students in the summer and it was easily the best hotel in which we stayed during our month long excursion in Costa Rica. Alexandria and the ladies at the front desk were super helpful and accommodating. Lorena helped put fun, memorable, low-cost trips together for the kids. The pool was great to relax at the end of the day and the breakfast ladies always had a smile when they made your individual meal. It seemed other guests enjoyed the Mandarina as well, having mentioned it was their 6th year in a row staying there. If I am in Manuel Antonio again I will be staying a second time. Hotel Mandarina A+!!!

Room Tip: If you stay on the first floor you will hear your neighbors above .
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

the hotel staff was very nice and helpful. Our room was clean and a nice view of the pool and surroundings. our first room the safe wasn't working properly and they moved us into a larger room with a view next door. There are some stairs walking to your room and the pool and breakfast area, but remember there are hills here and everyone walks. you come to Costa Rica to explore the beautiful nature and this requires a lot of walking. the ac and ceiling fan worked and the room was comfortable.

Room Tip: room g had a view of the back of the property and the pool,
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Do you like shacks? Do you like to feel springs in a hard mattress? Are you willing to pay 89$ per night for said shack with vintage mattress? Then the Mandarina is for you. You won't be disappointed! (The place is very clean though and staff are trying their best to make up for the shabby rooms. Perhaps new management intends to renew furniture at some point?)

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Paramount, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This hotel is a true value for the area. The personnel at Hotel Mandarina are very friendly and helpful beginning with Lorena, Alexandria in the front desk to the ladies Esther and another lady (I'm sorry I don't recall her name) who manage the breakfast area. They are all very friendly and make sure you have a wonderful stay. I stayed at this hotel 7 days with my husband and three boys, ages 5, 7 & 15 we actually got a great apartment which is right next door to the lobby. It was perfect as during the evenings we would sit in the front porch and just watch the cars and people go by. It was fun. The complimentary breakfast was good "not buffet style" but it was fine. They serve eggs, beans, rice, toast and pancakes choice of coffee or orange juice. Esther and the other lady did a great job in maintaining our apartment. The hotel also provides towels for the beach. We also saw many monkeys, a sloth, a toad and lizards all around the hotel. That was a great experience, the kids were very excited. There is a market and bank right across the street which is very convenient. The restaurant across the street (Agua Azul) has great food, we had cheese burgers with French fries and quesadillas and we were very satisfied. However, it is a bit pricy. We also had dinner at Barba Roja just down the street we also had cheeseburgers and steaks and it was delicious but a bit pricy. We also had pizza at the Wagon (Wood Fire Pizza) we thought it was ok but the price is just right. My husband and I visited Byblos and and played pool and had some drinks and we even did karaoke and that was a lot of fun. Café milagro also has live music, that place was nice; all the places we visited are walking distance. The beach is about 5 to 10 minutes from the hotel you can take the bus or a taxi both are very inexpensive. The beach is nice, there is a lot of stores and restaurants by the beach and you can do a lot of fun activities at the beach. Manuel Antonio National Park is right by the beach as well. All in all Manuel Antonio is a great place to be. The people, the restaurants, the tours the beach are amazing. We were sad when it was time to come home. One last tip, we took a taxi back to San Jose to the airport for a fee of $100 if they want to charge you more then it is a rip off. We had to pay $180 from the airport to Manuel Antonio as we did not know any better. Make sure you get the drivers information and have the hotel verify it for you just for safety.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Monroe Twp NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This hotel sits on top of the hill but you have to go to the other side of the street in order to see the great views.
Beware of where your room is the hotel reception is at street level but the rooms are built down the hill behind it. I was put in a room at the very bottom of the hill, it was at the beginning of my vacation and my knees took such a beating from this that I had a hard time through out the rest of my vacation ( I usually have no problems with my knees) This is my reason for the lower rating.
The staff was very friendly and helpful the breakfast was cooked to order and the monkeys very cute.
The local bus stop down to the beach was just at the corner very convenient and cheap..

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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College Station, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you are looking for a five star beach resort, then Hotel Mandarina is not for you. However, if you are looking for a nice, reasonably priced hotel that provides you with the true Costa Rican experience, then this is one of the best options out there. For only $89 per night (plus tax), my girlfriend and I enjoyed a weekend in Manuel Antonio that included free breakfast and impeccable service in an authentically tropical environment complete with wildlife. The staff here was extremely helpful, and the receptionists speak perfect English if lack of Spanish proficiency is a concern. They were also kind enough to provide complimentary beach towels in the case that you don't have room to pack any. Hotel Mandarina is convenently located next to a bank, convenience store, several restaurants and a bus stop that will get you to the beach in five minutes for only 285 colones (roughly 52 cents). As I said, it is no five star resort, but I would not have wanted to stay anywhere else. I will definitely be returning to Hotel Mandarina!

Room Tip: Rooms E & G have open air showers. They still provide sufficient privacy with the added bonus of...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This hotel was a great find, and true value for the area. The hotel is perfectly located - close enough to the beach and Quepos, but far enough from each of their hustle and bustle. It's located in the perfect middle, near other hotels and restaurants so you don't have to drive. But you do need to drive, or get the bus, to the beach. But I think the area is better than the beach. The hotel was clean. You definitely need to be OK with stairs. And the pool doesn't get much sun. The jungle views during breakfast are very cool. The room was perfectly fine, but nothing over the top special. The bathroom was down 3 stairs. The best part of the hotel was Alexandria - she was SO helpful and so sweet! And go to Cafe Milagro for dinner. It was the best I've had in awhile - and I live and eat out in NYC frequently.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 48 Hotels in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mandarina 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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