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La Mariposa Hotel
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“Amazing views!”
Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed at this hotel on our recent trip to Manuel Antonio. The minute we walked up to it we fell in love with the views. The hotel staff was very welcoming! We received a welcome drink the minute we got there and the staff helped us book the tours we were interested in. We had a partial ocean view room and the view of the ocean was amazing. But I believe the best view was from the restaurant/pool area. We ate breakfast every morning from the restaurant where you had a 180 degree view of the ocean( you would not believe it was real)! For breakfast they had a wonderful buffet including: toast, rolls, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, plantains, and a made from scratch pancake/omelet bar. The pool was one of the best parts- It had an infinity pool, hot tub, and swim up bar. Our room was very nice ( room 12) it had 2 queen beds, separate shower/bathroom and a sitting area. Every morning we woke up to the sound of Howler monkeys! We even saw a few monkeys climbing around on the hotel. From this hotel you can walk to the beach and many local restaurants. We loved this hotel and I will definitely be back again!!

Room Tip: get a partial ocean room or full oean room totally work the extra money for the view
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Northville, Michigan
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We wanted to see the wildlife and beaches in Manuel Antonio and booked this hotel based on a few internet reviews - it Way exceeded expectations and was, without a doubt, one of the most fantastic hotels I have stayed in. The view and the sunsets are mind blowing, surreal - the photos don't even do them justice. The infinity pool was heaven - a perfect view and a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail. And the Monkeys - they were everywhere! The best monkey pictures from the trip were Not from the national park, but rather from the hotel. Just siting by the bar, I snapped some amazing pictures of a mother monkey with a baby on her back. The rooms are nice, but the views are Outstanding. The included hot breakfast every morning was beautiful (the other meals at the hotel are pricey and unremarkable). This hotel alone will bring us back to Costa Rica - I cannot recommend it more highly.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Partial Ocean View Room which was in one of the smaller buildings outside the main...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Great views, excellent service, Johannes at the front desk helped with our tours, the setting of the restaurant, breakfast and dinner, we had a great time and hope to be able to come back to La Mariposa

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Round Rock, Texas
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Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

We recently stayed at La Mariposa for our friends wedding, and fell in love with the most amazing views, and staff. Allan, who was working the pool bar worked hard to not only make sure we had a good time, but that the wedding reception was top notch (worked a 13 hour day). The staff went out of their way at every turn to make sure this was a truly enjoyable experience. You won't be disappointed staying here. If your going to plan a destination wedding, Maria does a great job. We'll be back to La Mariposa for sure!!

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

My first time in Costa Rica. 2nd for my girlfriend, we stayed here the last week in October into Nov.

La Mariposa was excellent in every way possible. The view was incredible, the food was great and the staff and service were second to none.

I Would highly recommend staying here to everyone.

It's also conveniently located to a lot of great restaurants and a few local shops.

The room was very spacious with an excellent view of the ocean. we were lucky to witness capuchin monkeys outside our door along with many species of birds on a daily basis.
Don't be surprised by geckos in your bedroom. They don't bother anyone. They just hangout on the walls and in the corners.
We were very comfortable with our accommodations

The time of year we went. The temperature was excellent. It wasn't too buggy.


I can't wait to return. The infinity pool is calling me and my soon to be wife, to come see that sunset again

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

I've traveled extensively with my travel buddy and choosing a good hotel is of utmost importance to us. We liked what we saw in the comments for La mariposa and hoped our experience would be as wonderful as others. WELL, I would say it SURPASSED others' experiences. Our room (32) was spacious and clean and the view was beyond incredible (especially during sunset) . More important than the accommodations was the STAFF - we felt like we were part of the Mariposa family :) ! Byron was so helpful and Johanness (hope I spelled his name right) went out of his way to accommodate us and took a personal interest in helping us plan our days to our specifications. ( I apologize but there's a third guy at the front desk who was wondrerful as well ) But even better than the staff were... THE MONKEYS! OMG, they scampered about and were more than willing to pose for photos :)
Overall our experience at La Mariposa was awesome and, in addition to recommending this hotel to others, we plan to return! They ROCK in guest services.
we highly recommend the villa vanilla tour as well as the national park.

Room Tip: the rooms in the main building are huge and have incredible views. the corner rooms looked awesome i...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Waking up to a stunning view of Manuel Antonio National Park will be one of my favorite memories of our Costa Rica trip. We had two rooms for a family of five, adjoining by balcony. The rooms were comfortable, clean and well-appointed - no problems at all. Loved the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors with the amazing views -- even saw a dozen or more squirrel monkeys racing through the trees one morning. There are great cafes in the neighborhood, easy to walk to. Cafe Milagro (incredible food!) was our favorite, and my teens enjoyed El Avion for the atmosphere. The walk to the beach was easy and fun for us, maybe a mile downhill to get there, uphill to get back, and the beach was expansive and lovely. Our funnest day by far was white water rafting the Savegre - a tour booked by Sebastian at the front desk (he is AWESOME). The front desk and housekeeping staff do a topnotch job at La Mariposa, as does the pool bartender. Unfortunately, the bartender upstairs is often MIA and getting a drink in the evening is nearly impossible. The restaurant is great for the breakfast buffet (included), but too over-priced, with mediocre food and service, to bother with at other times of the day. The pool is gorgeous with amazing views, but it gets crowded, with only half as much seating as it needs to accommodate the amount of guests. The views and the location make this hotel a great, comfortable place to stay while you explore Manuel Antonio.

Room Tip: Stunning views facing Manuel Antonio National Park and the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: La Mariposa Hotel
Address: Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
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:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
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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