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Parador Resort and Spa
Ranked #10 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
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“not even 2 hours”
Reviewed April 15, 2006

This hotel is a dream if you love the smell of smoke and mildew. The service leaves alot to be desired. This is not a family friendly resort. You need to walk a good distance to the beach, and the infinity pool, the one the website is for adults only. We left the hotel an hour after we checked in, with much resistance from the staff. We found a hotel, no fancy pool, no bar, rooms were bigger, more like local place. Slouths in trees, lots of loud Howler monkey's at Hotel Nicholas, and prefer this over the Parador. The Parador is Motel 6 at Four Season prices, you can't even play miniature golf the course is all cracked. Good luck.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed April 13, 2006

I recently spend 5 days at El Parador in Costa Rica with my family, and it was paradise from the minute we walked in the lobby. We were greeted by far the most friendly and professional staff we have encountered since we arrived.

The Hotel itself is gorgeous, especially if you like art and comfort, with all first class amenities, amazing views, and lovely rooms. We even saw monkeys right outside our balcony! They have 2 pools one for all with a "swim-up" bar and one for adults only. They also have a beautiful Spa that is not to be missed. (we got massages almost everyday!)

We were so impressed with the staff, they spoke English and were all extremely helpful and so friendly.

Our tours were organized and everything went so smooth! The kids loved it! The food was amazing, especially the morning breakfast buffet.

The only thing we hated was leaving...
But we'll be back, with friends, and I would definetely recommend this Hotel to anyone.
Absolutely fantastic

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed March 22, 2006

Avoid this hotel if you possibly can. We had originally booked to stay at the Plenio but had to move out due to lack of air conditioning (we had arrived on an unusually humid day and we ended up enjoying our short stay at the Plenio but by then our group had decided to check out).

We decided to check out the Parador for vacancies and enquired at the front desk. We had time to observe the staff while waiting to be shown available rooms. At best their attitude can be described as diffident and surly. There was a long queue of unhappy residents waiting at reception while members of staff promenaded round the lobby doing little but chat to their colleagues - one was kicking a crab round the lobby area towards the door - which sums up this hotel's attidude to its surrounding environment which affords it such healthy profits.

We were taken to view the rooms on a golf buggy round narrow steep passageways, something to consider if you are elderly or infirm. The resort was deserted and reminded me of the set from the TV series "The Prisoner". The rooms were clean and well appointed but nothing special, given the price.

We were told that there were premier and superior rooms available and, when we agreed to take these rooms, were then told that now only junior suites were available, at a much greater cost. When we phoned the reservations line we found that cheaper superior rooms were available in abundance. Surely some mistake?! Obviously they were trying to screw us for as much money as possible. We left disgusted at our treatment and booked into the Isimo Suites further down the road.

Incidentally, the poorly treated crab was devoured by a hungry igunana waiting in the bushes outside reception. Well at least we got to see some wildlife if nothing else. Seriously, if you don't want to be ripped off then avoid this place like the plague

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed February 22, 2006

Do not book the "garden rooms" - we were booked there by a travel agent and felt the room was similar to a "motel 6" and not on par with the rest of the resort. I was told by other guests that the better rooms were nicer but would not stay there again. Food mediocre. Not enough chairs by the pool.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Reviewed January 19, 2006

After reading the last few reviews of this hotel, you would think it's awful. My family of four (2 girls ages 10 and 12) had a marvelous time during the Christmas holidays for four nights. We had a premium room, which had an amazing view. The room was very clean and spacious. We saw loads of wildlife from our balcony - squirrel monkeys, sloths, toucans, turkey vultures, etc. every day. The grounds of the hotel were also nice, my husband and I took a stroll and came across a group of capuchin monkeys. It was all very nice. My girls really enjoyed the pool area, we did not have any problems with our food orders. We had two dinners at the hotel and they were both very nice. I thought the staff were very professional, accomodating and friendly. They arranged a tour for us every day and we had an amazing time. Absolutely had a blast on the Safari Canopy tour. Granted the road going to the hotel is truly awful, but to us it just added a new dimension to our trip. We loved our stay.

  • Stayed December 2005
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Reviewed December 18, 2005

This hotel and room were clean and the staff were friendly, and they greeted us with hot towels and cold drinks when we ckeched in. However, the problem with this hotel is its location. It is located at the end (1.2 mi) from the main road, and in the humidity, it is too far to walk. There was also a tremendous amount of construction on the road, which made walking dangerous. The hotel offered a free shuttle to the beach but would not stop at the top of the hill until we begged them. And the shuttle did not run very frequently. So this meant that we had to take a $5 cab ride to the everytime we left the hotel. Other hotels in Manuel Antonio are on the main road so you could walk or take a bus. The restaurant at the hotel was extremely overpriced and the food was not very good. If we wanted to eat somewhere else, yep, you guessed it, another $5 cab ride. On a positive note, the grounds were lovely, and there is a private beach a short walk down the road. The pool bar was really nice and we enjoyed the bullfrogs and crabs covered the grounds at night.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Property: Parador Resort and Spa
Address: | Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#4 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#5 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 121
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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