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“Magical View”
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La Mariposa Hotel
Ranked #15 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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“Magical View”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Visited this place all day while in Costa Rica. We loved this place it was like paradise! Good food and amazing view. Unfortunately we returned for breakfast the following day and breakfast was 25$ per person which was a bit ridiculous. But that being said probably the best view in Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This hotel has views from its multiple, beautiful pools that are truly spectacular. You can see the Manuel Antonio beach, look out over the national park on one side, then watch the waves break against the rocky shore on the other side of the point. The rooms offer a similar view, and are very comfortable and clean. And then, on the other side of the hotel you can look out over the incredibly green mountains, and watch the monkeys eating mangoes in the trees. If it were not so expensive, I would live here. Walking to restaurants is easy, though I would wear some bright or reflective clothes at night since there's no real sidewalk on the busy road. Didn't go to the private beach, but the public Manuel Antonio beach is great.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Linden, New Jersey, United States
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is the best place to visit for amazing unobstructed views of Manuel Antonio. Their outdoor dining area is beautiful. Overlooking the infinity pool & the ocean. The food was delicious as well, Pricey, but that's to be expected as this is more of an upscale dining experience. I enjoyed the surf & turf for dinner along with a tasty Mai Tai. Service was great. This is a must do for anyone visiting the area. Tip: Try to visit around 4:30/5pm to catch a view of an amazing sunset. It's absolutely beautiful!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Springfield, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

If a view is what you are wanting, then you won't get a better one than Hotel La Mariposa. It's at the very top of the hill in Quepos. The location didn't bother us because within walking distance there were several great restaurants and about 2 miles from the hotel is a private little beach area that we walked to. There is a shuttle that will take you to the main (tourist) beach that we did use once, but it's just that...a tourist beach! Very crowded, a little dirty, lots of vendors trying to sell you things. It's something to see perhaps, but more so a tourist trap. The beaches inside Manuel Antonio National Park are gorgeous! Take your suit so once you pay your entrance fee you don't have to go back. Those beaches and the small one near hotel were the best.

As far as the hotel room, they are clean enough, but not super cozy. If you like clean and modern, then they are okay. Pool is nice, but not heated. Hot tub, nice but not hot...more like bath water. We just went in August and since it was the rainy season, it can tend to be a little chilly with the rain. A heated pool would have been nice. There is a swim up pool by the bar, but it was ice cold. No one used it as a result. Staff was friendly, but probably the worst service we had of all the places we stayed in terms of attending to your needs. Poolside service, etc.

The included breakfast was really yummy and served every day. That was an added bonus. And many guests said that they saw white faced monkeys come and visit. We weren't so lucky.

All in all it was just okay, but if I went back to that area, I would stay somewhere else.

Room Tip: We have the double ocean view room and I think it is the best they have to offer. It was the best th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We traveled from Scottsdale,AZ. to Costa Rica in July 22-27,2013.... Our first time going there, so I was concerned about the roads and the hotels. I researched and I found this hotel ..with good reviews ....so I called there and for my surprise the person who answered me, Andrey ... Gave me a better offer that the one given by the Internet!
This was just the beginning of a lot of courtesy and excellent service ..
He organized our tours and our transportation services from San Jose to Quepos ...
My kids will never forget this vacations!! They loved Costa Rica and their people!
If you go there.. Do not forget to ask for Andrey... To receive a VIP service !!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Arlington, Virginia
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stayed here for three nights. The views are terrific. The rooms are large and clean. It is convenient to the beach and the park. Overall the staff was great. The restaurant were so-so, but there were other decent options close. But a wonderful hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights. The view is breathtaking and absolutely beautiful. However, we had very bad experience with almost everything else. The first night, our toilet is clogged, the safe deposit box did not work, the shampoo/soap holder in the shower fell, also, water leaked into the room from the shower. They never fixed the water leak problem. A guy just came and put our used bath towels on the floor to soak the water. Basically everytime after we take a shower, we see water seeped into the room on the floor. The steel outside stairways look nice, but our room is on the top floor so everytime we have to climb 3 flights up. And since it rains every night in August, we had to get wet every time we go downstairs. They should at least have a canopy on the top so the guests won't need to get wet. Also, we borrowed a couple of umbrellas from them and one of them is broken, but that is their last one so we're stuck with that. The room is also very outdated and poorly designed. Will never stay here again nor recommend this hotel to anyone. My recommendation is to just come here for lunch to enjoy the view.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: La Mariposa Hotel
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Mariposa Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 63
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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