This was our first trip to Costa Rica and so we researched our hotel options extensively and chose La Mansion Inn! It was everything we expected and more.
First, before I forget, for those concerned about currency exchanges, the airport has an ATM (baggage claim area) that charges a nominal fee. I believe we only forfeited about 1% of the withdrawal worth.
The hotel coordinated a shuttle to pick us up right outside the airport. The driver had a sign with our names on it, so that alone eliminated a lot of confusion and worry. *We were charged $170 USD for the both of us.* At first it seemed a little pricey. However, it eliminated any hassle/stress that we'd have gone through to rent a car, and as the drive from the airport to the hotel was 2.5 hours, the price seemed reasonable.
When we arrived at La Mansion, we were welcomed in the most friendly of manners and shown to the beautiful Penthouse #2. The room was spotlessly clean, and tastefully decorated. We really enjoyed the two patios, which offered different shades of sunlight at different points in the day. Both patios have an excellent view of the oceans and countryside, and the front patio has a wonderful view of the hotel's gorgeous flower garden. As far as wildlife, it's a prime spot to enjoy a cup of coffee and view the beautiful birds, as well as the cute little family of geckos that hunt bugs on the ceiling after dark.
If you are apprehensive about an English/Spanish language barrier, don't be. Although English is not their first language, most of the staff that we met were very well learned in the language, and were so helpful and patient. If you still find that you are having language miscommunications, Robert, who is from New York, is so friendly and very knowledgeable. We felt like family when he greeted us for the first time.
Dine luxuriously yet affordably at the hotel's restaurant, the Jacques Cousteau! Every meal is accompanied with relaxing music and a beautiful, open-aired view of the ocean.
Breakfast: I'll advise anyone to double-check with the hotel when booking, but our daily breakfast was complimentary. The only thing that we were responsible for was the sales tax and the 10% service fee. The servers are very friendly, and work very hard, so we personally decided to tip them more accordingly.
Dinner: The dinner menu was to die for! Each meal is started with piping hot bread with butter - so good! There is "special" every evening, including a glass of wine, an appetizer, an entrée, and a dessert. As we are light eaters and try to dine on a budget, we split the special between the two of us and were happily content. We dined here about 3-4 times over the span of our trip, and everything that we ate was exceptional! Our compliments to the chef!
As this hotel does not sit directly on the sand, be prepared for about a 15 minute brisk walk to the nearest beach. If you wish to take a less physically demanding route to the beach, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle (scheduled at various times during the day) that will take you directly there.
Don't feel like traveling to the beach? Enjoy the hotel's beautiful pool. The water was always very clear, and it was so warm! The pool has a swim-up bar that we took advantage of daily. If you like banana splits, we suggest you order the Dirty Monkey (adults only)!
Activities: La Mansion has a binder of different activities (kayaking, canyoning, etc) that you can experience on your trip. The prices are affordable, and the front desk will coordinate these for you. Of the two activities that we enjoyed (^), both companies picked us up/dropped us off at the hotel, and both provided lunch or dinner after the activity. Again, a wonderful way to stretch your money if you're traveling on a budget.
One last thing! This hotel is situated in what I'd call a beautiful countryside. Be advised that it is not within practical walking distance of the nearest town (pharmacies, grocery stores), Quepos. It is about a 5 minute drive by taxi ($16 + tip round-trip). If you are looking for a picturesque little town, you are sadly mistaken. We went into the town once, out of necessity, and decided that we much more enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the hotel! On the up side, we found a wonderful little shop that sold a wide variety of fruits/veggies. We brought 3 delicious mangoes and 6 bananas back to the hotel for a super-affordable $2 USD.
In conclusion, we have suggested this hotel to all of our friends and family, and would without a doubt choose to stay here should we ever decide to visit beautiful Costa Rica again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 5 star ocean-view hotel is located only 2 kilometers from the biologically diverse Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica. Complete with roof-top sky lounge featuring 360 degree views and a genuine Cave Bar hidden inside the heart of the hotel, La Mansion Inn is truly unique. Over time, national and international celebrities have stayed at La Mansion Inn, and we look forward to welcome you to our "one of a kind" and super-friendly Inn ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Mansion Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Hotel La Mansion
- La Mansion Inn Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio