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Parador Resort and Spa
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Reviewed August 19, 2007

The HOTEL PARADOR reflects the original concept of a Spanish PARADOR-Hotel - it has a huge collection of antiques etc in the lobby and dining room area.

The Hotel is mid size with a beautiful infinity pool and a nice SPA offering a small adult only pool as well. We did enjoy the amenities and complimentary upgrade to a bigger room w/ nice view due to our 10th anniversary .

However, it was quite challenging to receive the service one would expect from a 4+++ hotel. Disappointing to find that the package we paid for (hotel incl. air service) was not provided - since air transportation was cancelled for no reason ( maybe Easter Sundy was not a good day for the pilot ?) we did request multiple times a refund for the 4x tickets purchased through the hotel - almost 6 mths later NO REPLY NOR REFUND -- several phone calls were not answered - just very disappointing customer AFTER Service - would have recommended the Hotel but would certainly not stay again..

Stayed: April 2007
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Reviewed August 15, 2007

While well know as one of the best hotels in Quespos, Parador was the most disappointing hotel of my 3 three trips down to Costa Rica.

We booked 6 nights but check out after 4 due to confusion of room availability (having to move to lesser quality) and over priced food/drinks.


The hotel/compound is set on a point off the Quepos mainland that is nothing short of stunning ( the location was best part of our stay). However the decor is tattered Pirates of the Caribbean part VII. Parador is marketed as a boutique hotel but is not, its much more of a 'fat cat' golf hotel (w/o a golf course). The ground were well maintained and all the staff was very attentive, but the management team would/could not accommodate us after 4 nights; nor entice us from leaving. (Having worked on the business side of resort hotels, I learned you never let a guest leave if you still have beds) Cosa Verde was happy to have us.

The food was fine w/ a touch of Costa Rican flair, but homogenized for a suburban American clientele; and very over priced. (lunches w/ two drinks were running >$60.00).

The sort walk to the local beach was a disappointment too, the beach nor the walk was well maintained and rumored to be 'unsafe'. As an alternate we choose to take the 30 min shuttle ride to Beach #1 (playa) at MA; better beach, better food. Also, due to tremendous construction on the road leading to Parador, it was a dangerous walk out to the main Quepos road; so you are pretty isolated out at the end of the punta. (but that may change in time)

All that said, if you want to be isolated on a tattered kitschi compound, and over charged for mediocre Costa Rican food, then Parador is for you. For a true boutique hotel in Quepos try Mankada or Miraposa.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank MisterArmadillo
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

We have stayed in the hotel from the 18 to 20 of June Presidential Suite

This was our 2nd stay in the Hotel in the past 12 months and there have been quite a number of improvements in all aspects of the property and its Guest services as well as Product standards. Further more the Property at this point of time is under taking a large Guest Room Renovation project which was badly needed.

The check in took about 10 minutes due to some confusions in respect to our reservations; however the issue was handled quite well. The Bell boy service is still one of the best to be found in Costa Rica and by the time we arrived to our room, our belongings had been delivered.

The Presidential Suite is perfectly arranged with 3 Bed Rooms, 3 Bath Rooms, Living Room and small reception. The Rooms are well defined, with a good selection of amenities, TV, Mini Bar, Jacuzzis & more, it is well worth the price to use the Presidential Suite if you travel with more then 3 Pax.

The Items we ordered from the Room Service Menu where of good Quality, well presented and nice Presented.

The Breakfast Buffest is very good and with a very good selection of Food & Beverage Items, the product is fine, the same goes for Lunch and Dinner, both are fine but could be improved. Both the Restaurants and Bars are well managed and offers good value for money in all Food and Beverage Items with equal standards in service.

The Spa is quite small but nicely done, nothing over the Top but good, clean with very well offered services. The price is ok and the products used are of high quality.

The Employees are friendly, very helpful and do try their best to offer good Quality services at all times, this goes from the Bell Boy to the Top Management.

Overall we had once again a very good time and can only recommend this hotel property for what it is and stands for, please note it is NOT a Beach Property.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2007

I was worried about the hotel and doubting my choice because of the long journey through the countryside getting there. We got stuck at a tiny bridge for over 1 hour due to some welding they were doing. I have a bad back, so the car ride was quite an ordeal. I made the comment "this hotel had better be worth it". We arrived and it started busting out raining, really storming. We were given fruit drinks at the door and handed much needed cool towels to freshen up with.

The hotel was everything we hoped for and more. We had our five year old with us and she loved the pool. She was a little scared by the monkeys. Yes, there are lots of monkeys on the property, more than you will see in the adjacent Manuel Antonio national park. They were a riot. Throwing mangoes at everyone.

The hotel was a bit out of the way, because it is up on the cliffside. It was a paradise. Beautiful grounds. Lots of gringoes there, which suited me just fine. Pretty hospitable service. The restaurant was pricey, but I felt rightly so. The food was good. The breakfast buffet was excellent. I really miss it!

My only complaint was the mildewy smell the room had. I had quite an allergic reaction to it initially. We complained at the reception desk and were basically told that it couldn't be helped. After that we kept the ac running pretty much non stop in the room. We had a garden room, close to the pool area. Nice balcony with a lovely view. It was steamy, of course it is the rainy season.

All in all we had a wonderful first stay in Costa Rica, due in a large part to our choice of the Hotel Parador for the majority of our trip.

The hotel offers a bus service down to the entrance of the Manuel Antonio national park. A beautiful park, but be sure and wear your hiking shoes. There is a small beach closer to the hotel, but be prepared for the trek back up the hill!

This hotel is great if you are looking for a bit of isolation. I would love to go back again some day. My five year old says she thought is was nice and pretty and she loved the pool!

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank mojomo
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Reviewed June 30, 2007

My husband and I spent 3 nights here in May as part of a tour of Costa Rica arranged by Horizontes Nature Tours. The hotel is beautiful and the staff were very friendly and helpful. We were booked for a Garden room (the least expensive) but were upgraded to a Jungle room at no charge. The room had a balcony overlooking the tennis courts, two comfortable beds, TV, a mini bar fridge, and blissfully cold air conditioning. Umbrellas are available throughout the property, which we very much appreciated (it rained a lot, and our room was some distance from the restaurant/front desk area). The restaurant served excellent food, beautifully presented. An extensive breakfast buffet was included in our package. Dinner prices were on the high side but reasonable given the quality of the food: for example, two entrees, two glasses of wine and a shared dessert was under $60. Bar prices were the highest we encountered on our trip, so we stuck to beer and wine. We did splurge on a couple's massage at the spa one rainy afternoon ($170 plus tip). Use of the spa pool and jacuzzi was included in that price, as well as a tropical fruit plate. We spent 90 minutes on the internet and paid $9 (the price per minute goes down the longer you're connected). There were 3 or 4 PCs with reasonably fast connections, and a printer (and a lovely jungle view!). The hotel tour desk can book excursions with Iguana Tours; we had already booked a Manuel Antonio National Park tour and a mangrove tour with Iguana Tours through Horizontes, and were very pleased with both activities. The one drawback to Hotel Parador is its somewhat remote location, but we were picked up for all our activities and were happy to eat at the hotel restaurant, so it was not a problem for us.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled as a couple
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