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La Mariposa Hotel
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Cherokee, NC
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Is a paradise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is one of my favorite hotels in Costa Rica. The view is spectacular, the food and the service is amazing and the National park is just a priceless experience... You must see this place! I can't wait to go back...

Room Tip: Request the ones with the ocean view, sometimes are a little higher in price BUT OH MYYYYYYYYYY IS S...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have traveled to many places around the world and have seen many fantastic ocean views. The view from our room and the restaurant at the La Mariposa is the most spectacular I have ever seen. I called it the "billionaires" view. We stayed 3 nights as part of a multi-location family trip. Also went to Arenal and Monteverde. Our room (room 50) was updated and very nice. The view from the balcony was breathtaking. Our family had three other rooms and they were good, just not as updated as ours. But their views were also excellent

Service at the hotel was great. Food and drinks were very good. We enjoyed the pool as well.

The national park and local beach is only 10 minutes by shuttle or taxi. We visited the national park and its wonderful beaches. We saw monkeys, sloths, and other wildlife. We also really liked our excursions; horseback riding in the mountains to a waterfall; the catamaran trip where we saw a mother and baby whale multiple times close to the boat; and a really nice and informative Damas Estuary tour.

Our family also liked the "vibe" of the restaurants and bars around the Manuel Antonio area. A lot of good restaurants and bars in easy walking distance.

But the centerpiece is for sure the hotel and its views. I can easily see coming back here again sometime in the future.

Room Tip: Consider asking for ocean views facing Manuel Antonio Park. The walk from the street to the hotel...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

A great place to stay and relax, enjoy the view and the scenery. The staff was super helpful and friendly. We stayed in room 27 and the view of sunset was amazing both nights we wrote here. And the infinity pools are amazing to just hang out in.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Central New Jersey
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Yes, as all the other reviews have mentioned, this place is all about The VIEW! Are the furnishing in many of the rooms tired/could use replacing/updating? Yes. Is the food (the hot wings are delish & there is top shelf alcohol) at the hotel restaurant quite pricey ? Yes. Was the hot tub 'out of service' for 2 days (and we love hot tubs) while we were there ? Yes. But, I will tell you this, THE VIEW alone more than made up for any of our "issues" we had with La Mariposa. We were in room #36, corner room with panoramic views (OMG!!), breakfast was delicious, the location couldn't be beat with walking distance to some great places (ie. Villa Nicolas for dinner) and the staff (esp the person who checked us in) was friendly and helpful. It was easy to catch the bus to Manuel Antonio National Park (yes, we hired a guide at the park). We were also worried about going during the "green" season, but we had wonderful weather and while yes it did rain, it rained either very very early in the morning or during the night and never ruined any of our days. I would absolutely recommend this place and would come back again. Why? The fab location and of course......THE VIEW!!

Room Tip: Room #36 AMAZING VIEWS, but know that its at the top of the main building so there may be noise from...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank TOWNSY
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st. petersburg, florida
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46 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Like others who have reviewed this hotel, we arrived in a pouring rain, and were met by staff with umbrellas, to lead us in from the parking lot. Our family of four spent four nights here, with a truly, full ocean view that must have been about 180 degrees of ocean--best view we have ever had, and we've had some great views. Set midway up the hills--too far to hear the ocean, the hotel has ornate architecture (lots of wrought iron) for Old World charm, and well-manicured, tropical landscaping. The hotel is well-situated, located off the road with many other hotels and restaurants, which is the same road that five minutes down, you'll be at Manuel Antonio National Park, which is the entire reason you are at this spot in Costa Rica.

Our double room was of an average size, comfortable with a nice bathroom and balcony. There is a large infinity pool that wraps around the lower level, plus two different swim-up pools with bars. The included, Costa Rican ("typical," is the word used for local cuisine) breakfast was delicious, (rice/beans, egg dish, meat dish, omelette station, pastries, fruits (watermelon, mango, papaya, cantaloupe, pineapple), juices and coffee), with just enough daily change to not make it boring over 4 days. We ate one dinner there--too many easy-to-reach, well-reviewed restaurants in the area, but the one we did eat was delicious, albeit at hotel prices. Our kids (9 & 14) really enjoyed the pool table, located off the pool, in a covered area, and there was no extra cost to play. The staff was very helpful and friendly. During the time we were there, the hotel seemed about half full, rarely were all the tables occupied at breakfast, and there were always available chairs and tables around the pool. We never took the walk down to the beach (we're from Florida, so the beach isn't our main focus), but I understand it was just down the hill. The hotel seems to be connected or associated with a small local art gallery, with some great items for sale. For me, one of the best times at the hotel, was getting up at daybreak--sun rises at about 5:15 AM, so if you are nocturnal in the States, you won't be in Costa Rica, and photographing the sunrise from the upper floors.

The only negatives to La Mariposa are slight, and would be the parking (only a handful of spots in the lot closest to the hotel, and each are tight fits for an SUV--a larger gravel lot is at the bottom of a small hill, though it is watched 24/7 by a guard, who records your tag and makes sure you're a guest, when you park. The only other negative would be that the inner sides to the photogenic infinity pool need some more attention and upkeep, but you would only see that from swimming.

Still, our family loved the property, and we will have fond memories of our time there. Oh, and they have at least one spider monkeys walking around on the roofs, a huge iguana who was easy to spot, and you won't have to listen long to hear the howler monkeys. Great intro to Costa Rica.

Room Tip: You got to go with an ocean view. Worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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25 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

My fiancé and I stayed here for almost a week and didn't want to leave!! The staff is wonderful, friendly and helpful. The hotel set up our car from San Jose airport and our daily excursions. Everything was so easy and made our trip even better. Definitely recommend this hotel!!

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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61 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We arrived in a thunderstorm at night and were only pleased with the hotel, however on opening the curtains the next morning we were awoken with the best view ever. We were in room 52 and had a corner balcony with views of sunrise (which we made most days), tropical rainforest and Pacific Ocean.
Sunset from the pool bar was a must.
The breakfast was very good with fresh fruit, hot food and made-to-order eggs and pancakes.
Lots of good places within walking distance for food, Emillio's Cafe, Aqua Azul etc.
Easy access to beach with shuttle bus 4 times a day (you can walk it - 20 minutes down/ 30 minutes back!)
Manuel Antoni Park 5mins drive away. Nice drive along the coast to Dominical, Uvita and Hacienda Baru Nationa Park.
Once again must mention the excellent views - no other hotel in the area can boast such a magnificent location.

Room Tip: Pay extra for ocean view.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank CathyandRob
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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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