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“When you want to see the real side of Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Paraiso Carlisa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Los Angeles De Chiris, Parrita | Puntarenas , Parrita, Parrita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Parrita
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“When you want to see the real side of Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We spent eight days in Costa Rica. While we enjoyed the ziplines and rafts and the tourist areas, the drive to Manuel Antonio seeing resort after resort did me in.

We stayed at Paraiso Carlisa our last night in Costa Rica and our only regret was not staying longer. Before staying here read their website, it is off the beaten path. Make sure this is the place for you (I would recommend it to anyone, but if your looking for a McDonalds your looking at the wrong place:). There is a small local cantina about 8km from this place in a small village, otherwise its a good 45 minutes to civilization.

If you want to see wildlife this is the place to be. We saw more wildlife in 24 hours at Paraiso Carlisa than we did all week in Arenal, Jaco and Manuel Antonio park.

We stayed on the off season and were the only guests at the time. Our villa was huge and included a bedroom, separate bath and living/dining room. The room included cable, decent internet access, small fridge and AC. The rooms were clean and well maintained. Our room had a patio with a hammock and in the morning we sat out and watched a troop of monkeys.

The restaurant was very good and I thought was well priced for the caliber. They buy a lot of their food locally. We ate out on the lodge porch for both dinner and breakfast and watched the macaws and other birds.

We declined the horse back tour of the waterfalls because we were on the last leg of our vacation and were done. However we did get a free personal tour of the grounds and when we saw the waterfall, we regretted not taking them up on the offer. The staff was so kind and very knowledgeable about the area.

We drove a Toyata Yaris up here and our TWD car did fine, we had to take it a little slower. If you have driven American gravel roads they were comparable to spring. We had no issues driving it, I posted some photos of the road. The views on the drive up is worth the trip alone.

We would recommend this to anyone.

  • Stayed August 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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Paraiso C, Manager at Hotel Paraiso Carlisa, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Dear herd_of_5,

Thank you for your review of your stay at the Hotel Paraíso Carlisa. The feedbacks we get from our guests at Tripadvisor are very important to us. As our main purpose is to exceed our guests´ expectations, it is a great pleasure to know when we do so.

We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay with us. Specially we are delightfull to know that you enjoyed the Animal Rescue Center and the property´s surroundings and got to know better Costa Rica.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Costa Rica and the Hotel Paraíso Carlisa in the near future.

with Best Regards,
Mariya Herman
Hotel Paraíso Carlisa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Geneva, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

A 17km dirt road separated this hidden gem from the main road between Jaco and Manuel Antonio and is a must stay! We stayed for two nights at this eco hotel, which was a peaceful and restful time.

The day of arrival, we drove down from the Arenal area, along the pacific coast side to this hotel. Finding this hotel at the end of this dirty road is an experience by itself. The staff is friendly, serves you during the buffet dinner and offers you advice on what to in the hotel area or surroundings. Per their advice, we took a 1hr hike to the waterfall area, which a nice hike with great views and reward to reach the water. The hotel also offers to do this hike on horseback, which will save you a long hike up a hill. The rest of the time we explored the coast area between Jaco and Manuel Antonio.

We stayed in cabana 7, a free standing building with bedroom, large living room, a surprisingly good bathroom and large terrace overlooking a stunning forest. The bed was comfy and comes with a mosquito net, which can take some time to get used to. In all, a very nice eco lodge with animals and a great pool. Would certainly stay again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2011

This hotel is an experience, not just a place to stay. The beautiful setting, natural areas and wonderful staff made our stay truly enjoyable. The food was exceptional! Tony the chef made every meal a tantalizing delight for our tastebuds - the best food I've had here in Costa Rica. Joshua, from the front desk couldn't have been more helpful - he welcomed us and showed us around with hospitality that went above and beyond our expectations. The animals, the setting, the staff and peaceful ambiance is all well worth the visit. A true example of Costa Rican hospitality! This hotel will remain forever, one of my favourite places!
Connie Dye, Calgary AB, Canada

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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connaught
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2009

When previous reservations fell through due to the World Surfing championships and almost every hotel being overbooked, my colleague managed to get a booking at the Paraiso Carlisa for 1 night, I ended up staying 4.
Lthough advertised as a Best Western, the hotel is actually an independently owned and operated eco lodge about 15kms north of the main Jaco-Quepos highway.
Instead of the usual bedroom with twin beds, the accomodation was an individual bugalow with a huge bedroom, kitchenette and large bathroom. The whole place was immaculately clean and the staff couldnt have been more accomodating, including the owner Gaultier, who went out of his way when my rental car broke down, (driving me back to the car to tow it to a secure location and making all the necessary calls as my Spanish is not great).
Im definitely going back to Costa Rica and will definitely be staying a few nights here again. The only drawbacks I can think of is the road up to the hotel is not great and you need to take care while driving (its only 15km though and quiet). There was internet access in the main hotel but the wireless in the bungalow was weak. Apart from that I couldnt find fault with the hotel.
If you're looking for somewhere peaceful and quiet, yet not too far from the beaches and towns in this part of Costa Rica (Jaco, Hermosa, Quepos etc), then this hotel is perfect.
I was even lucky enough to be there when the family of white faced monkeys paid their weekly visit!!
BTW Do yourself a financial favour and book directly through the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Rica
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

I went to the hotel last weekend with my boyfriend and we had a blast. It was all we expected and more. We enjoyed a horse back ride; we had the chance to hike in the mountains and discover two amazing waterfalls, that were the highlight of our trip. We observed different kinds of animals including white faced monkeys, woodpeckers, a sloth, toucans, and a beatiful frog (Dendrobates auratus). The pool is very refreshing. The rooms are clean and comfy. The staff is willing to attend all your needs. The food is simple but good. On the last night they planned a barbecue with live music included (Superb!) Im costa rican and I can tell you, this place feels really like paradise. We are very satisfied, and planning to come back for sure. Overall: TWO THUMBS UP!!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oklahoma
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2008

I went to Costa Rica to remodel a vacation home belonging to my employer. After 10 days of living in "the rough" I headed up the mountain to check out reports of a "local" hotel. It was the Paraiso Carlisa, not exactly a local hotel! It's more like a slice of heaven. It is an amazing place. I decided to indulge myself and asked for the best room available. I was led down a short paved driveway to a bungalow (the size of a small house) in the forest only 40 yards from the main lodge yet it was secluded, private, and felt as though I was deep into the rain forest. I could stay for only 2 nights and immediately made plans to return. I returned later that year in August. I invited local friends to join me for my vacation and the staff treated all of them like royalty. While there, the owners arrived from Spain and decided to throw a party for us. Dinner and dancing for everyone. We rode to the falls on horseback led by the owner himself, a delightful person. If I had spent a million dollars on a vacation I could not have had a better time than I did here. The Paraiso Carlisa is a real quaint and romantic hideaway, a place to relax and reflect, to be pampered, and sample "the good life".

  • Liked — Huge, impeccable room. Friendly staff. The amazing views. Price! Remoteness.
  • Disliked — The road, however paving is in progress.
  • Stayed April 2004, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2008

This place is amazing!!! We went to Costa Rica for a short amount of time just to see the country to eventually come back and know where to go. As we were looking on internet for hotels, we found this 4 star hotel wich had an amzing deal! It was 169$ for three days, two nights. We had 1 lunch included, 2 breakfast, 2 dinners and a wonderful hoseback ride to a lovely waterfall. The room was impeccable. We had a little cabin with a nice kingsize bed, tv, bathroom etc. and very nice wood finishing.
We were surounded by forest and on our last morning, we were awakened by capuchin monkeys at our window.

Theres was about 10 people staying a the ''resort''. It felt like our private hotel!. The food was very good(simple but good) the staff was VERY VERY nice!!! We had a problem because we din't speek spanish and the waitress understood absolutly nothing but the guy who was incharge was bilingual and was very helfull. The pool had a very nice view and there was a sloth with baby living in a three right near the pool. They say it is a salt water pool but expect a good amout of chlorine:P. Still very nice.
There is a nice little road you can take that leads to a ''ranch'' wich they sadly do not use because it has a lovely ambianceand the views are amazing.

The hotel is located about 1h by taxi from the town called Parrita and its a long dirt road wich amazingly leads to San José.(I wouldnt want to take that whole ride).Theres not much around the hotel...actualy, there is nothing but land. Its an amazing place to come and relax, see the nature, take nice walks and enjoy yourself. Don't expect any ''Macdonald'' right on the corner! (thank goodness) Its not a place tp meet plenty of people, shop and see tourist. You will most likely meet some Ticos who are extremely nice and friendly.

Finaly I strongly recommend this hotel and if ever you go to this hotel or anywhere in Costa Rica and you dont understand spanish, BRING A PHRASE BOOK!!!!

  • Liked — peace and respect of nature, service
  • Disliked — rocky road to get there
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Los Angeles De Chiris, Parrita | Puntarenas , Parrita, Parrita, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Parrita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Parrita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Paraiso Carlisa 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Hotel Paraíso Carlisa We would like to introduce you to an unexplored destination, one of the most exotic places in the world. Our hotel has an intimate atmosphere and is located between the traditional villages of Quepos and Jaco in the mountains. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty near the National Park 'La Cangreja' and is ideal for nature lovers, bird-watchers and people wanting to experience the adventure and traditions of Costa Rica. It is within over 100 hectares of virgin mountain and tropical forests containing a great variety of unique flora and fauna. The hotel is 16 km from the beach and close to the Indian reservation 'Zapatón', where you can experience the traditional lifestyle of Central America. We look forward to welcoming you in our Hotel ... more   less 
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