We arrived after a lovely boat trip along the river spotting many types of birds along the way. We were greeted at the dock with a cool fresh mint towel and an ice cold cocktail.
Although portrayed as a luxury hotel we didn't feel it quite lived up to the description but that said it was comfortable enough. The hotel is very rustic and quite dated but the staff were lovely, helpful and friendly. The rooms are in blocks of 4 but have limited view of the river, some face the opposite way completely which seems odd as the water is the main attraction. We had a very small porch with a bench which had to be moved if you wanted a chance of watching the water. None of the rooms have a proper sitting area for relaxing although the restaurant/bar overlooks the river and there is a viewing area with seating above the dock. The pool is lovely with a few sun loungers scattered about.
We had two boat trips out on the waterways with a very informative guide and saw plenty of birds, camen, iguanas and basilisk lizards.
All meals were good and not buffet which is always a bonus for us.
We also saw a sloth in one of the trees and took the short 'jungle' walk behind the hotel and saw lots of small strawberry poison dart frogs. Lots of Mosquitos too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manatus is the only hotel in Tortuguero that offers all the comforts of the modern world in an exotic and wild environment. Our hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a real wildlife sanctuary. Experience ecotourism and adventure, and then relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities of our hotel. Come live the Manatus experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manatus Hotel Tortuguero
- Manatus Hotel Costa Rica/Tortuguero