I purchased a groupon to stay at the Hotel Parador for four nights. From booking the room to checking out the entire staff went above and beyond to help. The hotel was fully booked for the groupon that I purchased but Moises found a way to reserve a room for me. The hotel is about 2.5 hours outside of San Jose but it is well worth the time to get there. Tip to people driving and using GPS: Hotel Parador is not on the GPS from rental car companies. I stopped at Alamo in Quepos and they gave me a map so I entered in a nearby hotel on the same road.
Check-in was a breeze. I was welcomed by Beatriz who took my luggage from the car to the lobby and would later help me find an ATM. While I was checking in I was given a welcome drink and cold towel which was much appreciated after a long drive and the humid, hot weather. Rafael at the front desk informed me that they upgraded my room to the newer adults only building. I was then driven in a golf cart with my luggage to my room.
The room was larger than I expected with nice, up to date decor, big bathtub, separate shower, king size bed, flat screen tv, balcony, and outdoor jacuzzi. The bellman informed me of where all of the light switches were and pointed out the chocolate covered strawberries and bottle of champagne, compliments of the hotel (both were delicious). Room 1502 overlooked a fountain and private pool. I had no problems with water pressure, water temp, or air conditioner.
The grounds are meticulously kept with an abundance of flora and wildlife. There are plenty of staff tending to the grounds who are all very friendly saying hello every time you passed them. I only visited the private adults pool which was clean every day and plenty of towels set up for guests.
I visited the spa which was really nice, allowing you to use the facilities if you were getting any services done. They give you a welcome drink as well and show you the cold water pool, jacuzzi, steam room, etc. After my appointment, I was given a fruit plate and parfait. It was truly relaxing.
The food was good, not excellent. On a side note, I was in Costa Rica for a month and the food there is really good, simple. It may not be the extravagant meals that you may be used to, but it still is good, clean food. So back to the restaurants, the breakfast buffet is included. Never had to wait for a table. They had an omelet station, a variety of hot items, fruit, pastries, yogurt, and juices. Mercedes at the main restaurant was always smiling. I ate most of my lunches at the restaurant located by the private pool. They have a nice selection and a decent number of vegetarian options. The view from the restaurant is amazing and offers a welcomed breeze. I had two dinners at the main restaurant that were nice as well and the servers were all very attentive. Ordered room service twice, both times the food was delivered quicker than told.
The hotel also provides a free shuttle to and from the beach in Manuel Antonio and the National Park. If you go through the national park make sure you pay for a guide. It is well worth the money b/c you will not be able to see a lot of the animals without one. The shuttle will also drop you off at a different destination if it is on the same route. This was really convenient.
The closest beach to the Parador was less than a 10 minute walk. Small, but quiet. There were a bunch of monkeys in the trees when I was there. You can also rent kayaks and snorkel equipment on the beach.
Overall, I would absolutely stay at this hotel again and recommend it to anyone in the area. Special thanks to Rafael (Front desk), Moises (Reservations), Mercedes (Hostess), and Beatriz (Lobby) for all going out of their way to help make my stay more enjoyable. Pura Vida!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Parador Resort & Spa, Costa Rica’s premier eco-luxury resort. Sitting high above the Central Pacific coastline, this award-winning hotel is built on 12 acres of rainforest in beautiful Manuel Antonio, just minutes from Costa Rica’s best beaches.Known for its dedication to preserving and protecting Mother Nature as well as its first-class amenities, Parador offers a long list of activities for your enjoyment and a staff ready to accommodate your every need. Experience inspired cuisine. Take a walk along a white sand beach. Swing through the rainforest canopy. Or simply relax and take in the view from your splendid suite. It’s all about responsible luxury, pura vida style. Parador Resort & Spa… Where Green Is More Than Just A Color. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Parador
- Parador Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio