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“Beautiful location; good food; sleek rooms”
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La Mariposa Hotel
Ranked #14 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 13, 2013

La Mariposa has an amazing location and some of the most beautiful views in an area with lots of beautiful views. The restaurant/bar is absolutely worth a trip, regardless of whether you're staying here. The pool is very beautiful, as well. Rooms are clean, sleek, and modern with great views. Service is uneven; management can have a bit of an attitude what with their 1001 Places to See Before You Die listing. There are comparable experiences at better prices, and comparable prices with better experiences. If you stay here, you will not regret it, though.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

My friends and I had an amazing experience at La Mariposa. As every other review has said (but is still worth repeating) the view is beyond incredible, the best in the area. The property has a large amount of wildlife and we saw our fair share of monkeys, sloths, birds, and lizards right at the hotel. The infinity pool is very nice and has a great view of the pacific and the rainforest. The hotel restaurant has a great selection of very fresh Costa Rican cuisine, which we were impressed with. Every staff member was very helpful with answering any questions as well as being very welcoming. The bartender, Fredrick, is really awesome, great conversationalist and can mix a mean drink. The rooms were nicely appointed but I think the original main building may need some updating. Overall, the hotel is great and I couldn't recommend it higher, for the price it's a great value.

Room Tip: If you're traveling with a group and need two rooms get rooms 28 and 29. These rooms comprise t...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

The people at Hotel La Mariposa were very accommodating to our needs. We stayed there as guests in a great corner room with a view. I wouldn't recommend a top level room for someone scared of heights or who has difficulty with stairs.

I hung out at the restaurant for breakfast and to use wifi after breakfast. It was a comfortable and beautiful place from which to work.

The food at both restaurants is great too.

Room Tip: Higher floors require a climb up grated sprial stairs - not reccommended for someone scared of heigh...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Great views ...but lacking in many other services. We chose this hotel from the beautiful pictures and because it is listed in the 1000 Places to see before you Die book. We did enjoy the hotel, however, you need to know that the view is really the main/only thing you are buying. The hotel is walking distance to many places because of its central location. We took the very cheap (.50 US) public bus from the stop by the hotel when the shuttle was not worth waiting for to get us to the beach. However, the hotel has very little to do or enjoy if the weather is not perfect. Be forewarned, that main building has only outside, wrought-iron open stairs to all 4 stories. If it is raining, you are going to get wet. If you don't like heights - choose another hotel. Also, every member of our family of 5 slipped on the entry paver tiles in the rain regardless of footwear. The jacuzzi and pools are solar heated. Great for the environment but it rained and was overcast every day. They were never warm. The breakfast buffet was good but very pedestrian compared to others we had in Costa Rica. The internet service is not good. Even sitting under the router in the lobby we could only connected a few times and the speed was molasses. Sebastian at the front desk was helpful many times and the swim-up pool bar was staffed by a great guy who taught us to make grasshoppers out of banana leaves one day when we were trapped with a sick child and tons of rain. They do have a pool table and the gift shop/art gallery has better prices than shops in town with better quality. I would stay here again but only because I would know what I was getting the second time around.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is a great Hotel. The view of Manual Antonio Beach is the best. The staff is great and all speak English. The pool bar has the second best view while the infinity pool is nothing short of spectacular. The monkeys also visit the property on a regular basis for the full Costa Rican experience. As far as location, you can walk to many great restaurants, banks and grocery stores, if needed. You can walk to the beach, all downhill about a mile then take their free bus service back to the hotel. They also provide a free breakfast, which is perfect before your daily activity begins. We ate at the hotel restaurant the first night and the food and service was first class. We'll be back

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

We had our wedding in Manuel Antonio and had all our guests stay at the La Mariposa. 56 guests all thought they had upgraded rooms because of the beautiful views from every room. The breakfast was perfect and there were multiple restaurants in walking distance which was great for our guests. We will definitely be back and would recommend this hotel for anyone that is looking for a great place to stay in Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

I have read some of the recent reviews and wonder if I stayed at the same hotel with the negative comments. We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and experienced none of the negative experiences as others. When traveling to Costa Rica, you will see bugs and such, we had no insects in either of our 2 rooms and rude travelers are truly a pain, but not the hotels fault.

We stayed at the hotel 4 years ago and returned for the views and service. We had 4 adults and 2 12 yr old gals. From the check in, to the MANY requests I made to the front desk, where to buy a birthday cake (Emilos), charging up my phone with minutes, tour info, reservations for 14 people at the restaurant and delivering pizza to 9 girls for a birthday party, towels, etc. They could not have been more helpful. One of the managers, Daniel was a true pleasure and professional to deal with. He and his staff handled it all!

The hotel appears to be the highest property in MA and has stunning views. There are 3 pools and one large hot tub at the hotel. All the pools have spectacular views and the 2 upper pools, swim up bars. Be ready, the pools are cold, at least for us Fl folk. Freddy the pool bartender did a fantastic job keep up with out many drink orders, always with a smile on his face.

Breakfast was good and we had a visit from the monkeys who staged a raid on the breakfast area getting some eggs and bananas. We enjoyed seeing them eat on the railing and stairs of the hotel. We arranged dinner for 14 people at the restaurant. The service was great even during a violent storm which rolled in as the entree did. As others have reviewed, the chef needs to step up the game for the food, it was not bad, nor was it that good.

Be warned, if you get a room on the 4th floor, be prepared to get a work out going up the spiral stairs. If you have 2 families get rooms 28 and 29 which share a large patio area. One of the rooms we had was 40 which had incredible views. All the rooms had views, room 40 is special.

If you are in OK shape, the hotel is close enough to the road that you could walk to several restaurants, I highly recommend Milagro's. Excellent food! Enjoy your stay at MA and kick back at the infinity pool at the hotel with a drink from Freddy!

Room Tip: 40 for the spectacular views. Rooms 28 and 29 which are adjoining and share a large patio area.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Address: | Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio 60601, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $166 - $382 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Mariposa Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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 60 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 45 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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