This medium size hotel has many charms. First, there is no elevator; however the architecture with black wrought iron outdoor stairs belies the modern interiors in the higher end rooms. These spacious rooms have absolutely spectacular views of the MA Park, platform beds, rain showerheads, the most comfortable daybed for admiring the view without oing outside and watching TV.
Like many things in CR, the workmanship is subpar. In this case, the rooms were never sealed up or caulked, and with so many cracks and creases geckos check in and out at will despite keeping all doors shut and the AC on. It is one thing to hear howler monkeys and birds from a distance, it is another to hear geckos grunting in your enclosed room all day and night--not pleasant. Although one certainly gets used to it and geckos are friendly to humans, if you are not used to slithery creatures, they do startle you. When we confronted management, they did not seem to care saying this is part of Manuel Antonio. So there you go, this is part of Manuel Antonio so be forewarn because not many guides will tell you this--noise geckos make.
Otherwise, the pool is also quite nice and long.The food is actually quite good for a hotel except for beakfast but that is not unusual. The hotel is in close proximity to other restaurants within walking distance. Free bus shuttle to the main beach. You can see hawks soaring literally right in front of you because the hotel is at the highest point of a bluff. Very good service. Lovely design. Good mix of Americans, Costa Ricans, Europeans, families, and couples. Excellent service from planning to departure except for the handling of the geckos.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in one of the most magnificent settings in the world, Hotel La Mariposa stands majestically a top the highest point in Manuel Antonio and is best known for its award-winning 360 degree view overlooking the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Manuel Antonio National Park, in Costa Rica. Nature and luxury flawlessly combine with 63 well-appointed rooms in a Spanish-Mediterranean architectural design and tropical gardens with walkways and trails meticulously landscaped to reflect the natural beauty of Costa Rica's abundant plant and wildlife. Experience the stunning magic of the legendary Manuel Antonio sunsets while sipping a tropical cocktail at our "Sunset Bar and Lounge," while dining in our world-class international restaurant "Le Papillon" With over 38 years experience, our personalized service and unforgettable views have made La Mariposa a top choice for the most discriminating travellers, who relish both its intimacy and magnificence. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Mariposa Costa Rica
- La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park