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Manatus Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Tortuguero
Certificate of Excellence
Bruges, Belgium
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38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice place to stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Manatus.

The big advantage is the airco. The food is very good (menu style, no buffet) and varied. Extra drinks not too expensive. Nice swimming pool and friendly staff.
The boattours are enjoyable, although 2x three hour boat tour instead of a 2x two hour tour would be even nicer.
There is a small jungle trail behind the hotel, full of mosquitos and little poison dart frogs.

The only thing we didn't like were the transfers to the lodge and Tortoguero village. As rather independant travellers, we don't like to be treated in a 'school-like' way with 'school-like' information that is repeated over and over.

We did in mid July the turtle egg laying tour. Saw some turtles come ashore but they didn't lay eggs. A pity we missed it but that's unpredictable nature.

Nevertheless, we had a very enjoyable stay and we would recommend this hotel. If you stay longer than two nights, it is probably a good idea to contact in Tortuguero village, some local people to do extra boattours in smaller boats or kayaks so that you can enjoy the smaller canals in Tortuguero National Park.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stayed two nights at this hotel on our honeymoon in Costa Rica this summer. What an amazing place! You can only arrive here by boat and from the minute you arrive the personnel makes you feel at home. The cabins are big, clean and has air condition and a safe. You live right beside the jungle and you can hear the howling monkeys close by! Do not forget to bring mosquito protection! Exquisite food in the hotel's restaurant and a nice little pool is located on the area. We recommend everyone to take a trip to the city Tortuguero and to take river safaris in the national park close by. A special thank you to Ray, our guide on the rivers, who showed us the amazing nature and animal life here.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Prescott, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

While not my first trip to Costa Rica, this was my first visit to Tortuguero and the Manatus Hotel. What I experienced was an environmental adventure with all the comforts of a world-class resort-hotel. I booked my stay at the Manatus Hotel, based on its positive reviews and something mentioned on its website, which has since changed… something about “platforms, offering views of birds and wildlife normally reserved for professional photographers.”

Being a photo-enthusiast, I was immediately attracted to the prospect of having a unique photo opportunity. However, when I arrived and asked the guide about the location of the “platforms,” he had no idea what I was talking about. Could be the old website was actually referring to the upper-level deck that overlooks the river… not the platforms I was expecting.

On the positive side, I was immediately struck by the beautiful and well maintained grounds. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, air conditioned, clean and attractive. However, guests should be informed that the faux-mosquito netting around the beds, but open at the top, is misleadingly decorative. The standard two-night inclusive hotel package offers morning and afternoon guided boat tours of Tortuguero, plus three meals per day. I opted to stay an extra day/night and had the opportunity to tour with two different guides, Chito and Rey. Both were informative, English-fluent, and good at spotting wildlife and birds. However, I definitely preferred Chito’s personality and demeanor.

The restaurant is attractive, with each meal offering several eclectic “Caribbean-fusion” menu options that are good tasting and nicely presented. Adjoining the restaurant is a full-service bar, serving optional, reasonably-priced drinks, plus a good selection of beers and wine. Except for a young, apparently new waiter, the wait staff was friendly, helpful, efficient, and fluent in English. Leonardo, in particular, is an excellent English-speaker and especially accommodating… making sure we were well care for and had everything we needed.

The facilities and grounds reflect the attentive, involved management. Early each morning an army of professional-looking hotel employees are out maintaining the grounds, cleaning inside and out, sweeping the walkways, etc. Other than a short hiking trail on the hotel grounds, everything (village, etc.) is accessible only by boat. The hiking trail starts next to the office, and goes back into the forest about 200 yards through mud and very heavy vegetation. At the end is a large meadow, surrounded by trees that are frequented by howler monkeys. Bug spray, a walking stick (handy for clearing spider webs across the trail), and waterproof boots are recommended. The hotel has loaner rubber boots.

Tips: Expect and be prepared for rain in the rainforest. Also, prepare for your time in bug heaven. Bug repellant is a must. Don’t be shocked by the requirement to dispose of ALL toilet tissue in the waste basket… not to be flushed!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Mount Dora, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Our stay at the Manatus Hotel was worth the upgrade. My husband and two teenage boys enjoyed every minute of our stay. We slept to the sounds of rain and howler monkeys in our luxurious rooms with thick white linens and netting. Our beds were comfortable and plush with air conditioning.
The nature excursions were well planned and educational. Our guide, Rey, and boat driver, Filiberto, went out of their way to point out birds, caymans, and monkeys. They had excellent tracking skills.
The dinnig room and food services was the best we experienced in Costa Rica. The service provided by Sergio and Carlos was excellent. We felt taken care of and welcome. I try to maintain a vegan diet and they were very accomodating to my needs.
The grounds were well maintained and lush. We saw more wild life our first day on the hotel grounds at Manatus Hotel then we did our entire stay on the Amazon in Brazil a few years ago. This is the best place to stay in Tortuguero.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We recently spent two nights at the Manatus Hotel to start out Costa Rican Vacation. We were the only guests at the hotel which turned out to be great for us. The rooms were well decorated with air conditioning (a premium in Tortuguero). We received personalized attention from our waiter, Sergio, with candlelight dinners on the dock and great food. We also had private tours of Tortuguero with our guide Rey, who did a great job showing us the wildlife, and our boat captain, Filiberto. We saw sloths, monkeys, caymans, crocodiles and all sorts of bird species. For anyone going to Tortuguero, the Manatus Hotel is a must stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Our visit to Costa Rica started with an excellent experience at this Hotel. We were met by their staff and conveyed by their private coach and motor launch to be greeted with Hot Towels and Cold Drinks. The rooms were all spacious and the restaurant excellent. Guiding by Rey was a highlight although we were also able to see a Sloth in front of our 'Chalet' and poison dart frogs on their self-guided trails.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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142 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Manatus is one of the best hotels in Tortuguero, with air condition. This is what gives the hotel its major attraction, having air conditioning in such an area is great comfort, as it reduces mosquitoes and insects from entering the room. Throughout my stay i found very few insects in the room, which was a great comfort. It has impeccable service though and very private, as we were 11 of us and there was only 1 more couple, so it was very private and we were vegetarian, so they changed slight things in the menu for us. Gave us brilliant service, did what we wanted and even let someone from our group cook in their kitchen. Mothers day was at a time and they got the mothers breakfast in bed with a very special breakfast. It has a great forest trail from inside the hotel itself, where you can see different types of frogs and insects.
It is a very safe resort and you have to go there by boat. The guided tour to the rivers helps to see many different types of beautiful birds and we also saw a cayman and a great number of monkeys, iguanas and lizards. They also offer free kayaking.
We saw some toucans, monkeys and Iguanas in the hotel too. If you request them they take you to a hotel just opposite this one to see the red eyed tree frog, which is a must. One thing to keep in mind though is that to get around you need to ask the hotel to call for a cab (a speed boat) as all the places are islands.
This hotel has great service, great accommodation, a lot of fun and a very comfortable stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Manatus Hotel
Address: | located 3 minutes from the Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero 454-4005, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manatus Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A room at Manatus Hotel begins with an extraordinary sense of peace and comfort. Your guest room is designed to inspire, its beauty connects you with the surrounding environment of a wildlife sanctuary and the water canals, while ensuring your comfort and convenience. Here at Manatus Hotel, the first class experience is the rule rather than the exception. We offer all the possibilities for family getaways, romantic escapades, vacations and wildlife adventures. ... more   less 
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