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El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

Gulf of Papagay, Playa Panama 50503 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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El Mangroove, Autograph Collection features boutique hospitality at its best. In this beach front hotel in Guanacaste, you will find everything Costa Rica has been missing. A new and fresh hotel concept that is easily accessible, very attainable and naturally irresistible. Laid-back wholesome sexiness, in a service oriented setting, with impeccable amenities, natural furnishings, contemporary design, state of the art technology and upbeat yet chilling ambiances.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Kids club
Airport transportation
Car hire
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Head massage
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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SoCalCN777 wrote a review Jul 18
11 contributions1 helpful vote
Stayed at this resort in July. I booked a king room with NO meal plan. When I booked online I did not indicate two adults on the reservation. Nowhere on the website did they say they charge for double occupancy. The website only mentions an additional charge for 3th and 4th occupants. When I checked in at the resort they informed me that there was going to be additional $100/nt charge for having a 2nd person in my room. Be careful when making your reservations online at this resort. The resort is a lot smaller than expected. The rooms/suites are large and very nice. Dining was pricey but everything was really good. Nice beach and great view of Papagayo Gulf.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from Mirna Merlo, Guest Services / Front Office at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for your honest feedback. Your experience helps us to improve our service. We compromise that every detail that you mentioned was shared with the appropriate team and we will work to avoid falling short of our guest expectations in the future. Thank you again for staying with us and we hope that you gave us an opportunity in the future and experience our improved service.
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RTW_Aggie wrote a review Jun 2021
Houston, Texas108 contributions88 helpful votes
The hotel itself is very Costa Rican, has a good vibe and all their employees went out of their way to make it an incredible experience and truly seem to care about their guests. At breakfast the general manager, Eduardo came by each table and asked how their stay was going - he and his staff genuinely seemed to care. At both restaurants the service was exceptional - well staffed and the food was great. At check out, I was very impressed that I saw Eduardo again, but this time working at the bell stand to handle bags and greet guests on their arrival. I have a great amount of respect for how he runs the hotel and all of the staff -- it made for a memorable end of our trip. I would absolutely return to the hotel again.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Britt V wrote a review Jun 2021
Atlanta, GA9 contributions3 helpful votes
The Location This is only 25 minutes away from the Liberia airport and we spent a few days here before flying out after a trip up the coast hitting beach towns. The hotel is right on the Gulf of Papagayo and has a very posh lake feel (vs. beach). Super calm waters, beautiful view. We were also able to drive to Rincon for an excursion and that was about 45 minutes. The Experience Valet parking is complimentary and the valets really helped us when our rental car battery died. They noticed we were in a rush and really stepped up to get it jumped and moving. Check in is open air desk and they sanitize the room keys in front of you. Your room has also been sanitized - we needed a new set of room keys the first entry point and the man who brought them refused to even get near the entrance to keep it sanitized for us. There is a very long pool, chairs, umbrellas and little cabanas for rent right along side the two restaurants (more on that below). The pool has sunscreen, aloe and poolside service with towels. This is a great place for families but NOT for adult looking for quiet (there were plenty of those too but the kids really changed the feel from luxe relaxation to block party). The staff were all above and beyond kind, and accommodating. WORD OF CAUTION: I decided to spend the day under the umbrella at the pool in lieu of sunscreening (I have pale skin) and I still burned terribly. It was likely the water reflection so PUT SUNSCREEN ON NO MATTER WHAT). There is aloe for sale at the gift shop but it's in a huge 16 oz bottle so try to snag the free stuff at the pool if you make a mistake like I did and can't travel with a huge bottle. The Room We loved how these rooms were styled. We got the Bark room, bottom tier. It has a separate screened in sitting room with a hammock and rocking chair, fan, etc. and then a glass door leading into your main room, bathroom. There is a walk-in closet, robes, ironing board, toiletries, alarm clock with blue tooth connection, TV etc. and some great blackout curtains around the entire room. We also found the bedding to be very comfortable. The floors are beautiful brushed concrete but not cold. The central air worked VERY well. There is a handless telephone, as well, to make calls to the front for your car, reservations, etc. Dining There are two restaurants on site. If you eat a vegan, vegetarian, plant-based or flexitarian style of eating, SCROLL DOWN on the QR menu that pops up and choose the Vegetarian Menu - it is excellent! The veggie burger, quinoa salad, and vegetarian pizza (made without cheese for me) are excellent. Breakfast is $25 for a VARIED continental. You can order things for cheaper but we found we were so hungry that we just said YEP when we got there. TIP: add the continental breakfast to your bill when booking the room. It's $5 cheaper than in person. TIP: if you are a SUPER early bed-time person, ask if there is a wedding (great place to host). There was one while we were there and we listened to the DJ easily - although it was turned off by 10 PM and was great music.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: We recommend choosing one with a screened in patio vs. the open air patio (although those are...
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Becky A wrote a review Jun 2021
16 contributions
We had an unexpected stay at this hotel. We used Bonvoy points and booked the hotel the same day. We were greeted by the reception staff an hour after we booked our room and we were supposedly upgraded. Our room was big enough for our family of 4. We enjoyed the pool and the small beach. We enjoyed the various restaurants from a snack at the pool to dinner at night and lastly followed by breakfast the next morning. The beds were very comfortable. My husband and I borrowed the bikes and went for a bike ride along the path near the beach in the forest. Our family had such a short and sweet stay that we were disappointed we had to leave.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: This hotel is very low key. If you are looking for a lively nightlife then go somewhere else
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Ginny L wrote a review May 2021
Zurich, Switzerland35 contributions49 helpful votes
This was our last and longest stop on a two-week trip to Costa Rica. We'd requested a hotel in an area that's not too touristy. Our wish was granted. They front desk personnel was incredibly helpful and welcoming. Our room was on the ground floor, towards the back of the garden. Very much to our liking, comfortable big beds and enough room for our suitcases. The cleaning ladies are lovely too. We had no tours and trips booked in advance and the hotel-own service was very much to our satisfaction. We were well advised on our possibilities and they were even so kind to change and shorten a day long tour to a half-day tour to accommodate to our preferences. The hostess and waiters at the restaurants were all most helpful and open. We enjoyed the food very much as well. Over all a very pleasant stay.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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El Mangroove by Enjoy Hotels
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteGulf of PapagayoPlaya Panama
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Mangroove, Autograph Collection
Which popular attractions are close to El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Nearby attractions include Tio Leo Coffee Tour,a real cultural experience (4.6 miles), Playa Hermosa (1.9 miles), and Playas del coco (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Conveniently located restaurants include Toucanoos, Restaurante Mar Azul, and Abbocato.
Are there opportunities to exercise at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does El Mangroove, Autograph Collection have an airport shuttle?
Yes, El Mangroove, Autograph Collection offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is El Mangroove, Autograph Collection located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Playa Panama.
Are any cleaning services offered at El Mangroove, Autograph Collection?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does El Mangroove, Autograph Collection offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.