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Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 21, 2007

My family and I (2 adults, 2 kids, 10 & 8) just returned from a 12 day stay in Costa Rica where we explored four different parts of the country. Out of all the 5 star resort hotels that we stayed at, our best experience was at Issimo Suites. We were fortunate to get the Presidential Suite, and believe me, it was worth every penny! Our two story room had a magnificent view of Manuel Antonio and was enclosed in glass, so there was no obstructed view! We also had our own swimming pool and a fabulous wrap around balcony. We had many curious howler monkeys visit frequently, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Our kids loved the swimming pools and enjoyed playing pool in the lobby. The staff of Issimo went out of their way DAILY to ensure that we were happy and helped confirm our itinerary. The owner (she was so nice!!) also visited us to make sure that we were pleased with the services, food and our stay. THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT!! I have already recommended this place to our friends. I do plan on returning!!!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 16, 2007

This was our first stop on a 10 day trip through CR and Nicaragua. We traveled with our two young boys, ages 4 and 10 months. We were a little nervous about this place because it looked like a honeymoon paradise. Yet we quickly found that they would take great care of us and our children.

A crib was waiting and a small bed for our 4 year old.

The rooms are remarkable. Beautiful. Open tub and shower. Wall length widows overlooking the forest and the ocean. Hardwood floors. Fresh flowers. Clean.

The hotel is small with only a few rooms. That was nice because you got to know everyone and had a real feeling of peace. The staff went out of its way to be kind and helpful. They were really nice to our children and loved to fuss over them. This meant a lot to me and my wife.

Miguel was the real star. He was so nice and helpful and was a real pleasure to talk to. He is a great asset to Issimo and makes me want to go back.

The pool is nice and its a good touch to have the hot tub. The owner even let us take their childrens life jackets to the beach one day.

Overall this is perfect for couples. Its a little harder for kids only because everything is harder with kids. You worry about them falling off ledges or down stairs or eating bugs.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2007

The staff was amazing, so friendly and helpful with everything. The best food we have had yet at any resort or hotel! By far the best room we have stayed at in our travels, perfect for us honeymooners. Would love to come again soon!!!!! Will miss this place.
Devon and Rocky J.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2007

I can honestly say that it was the best time of my life. We were papered and made to feel like royalty. Our wish is thier comand, and they don´t let you down. I would tell anyone to come here for anything from, marriage to get away. I loved it and will be back. We had the best of evreything, nothing was left out. Thank you to all that made our trip the best ever, and the spa was fantastic. I would say that there is nothing that I wouldn´t try. We will see you again soon , with out a doubt. Thank you, Friends for all ,,,,,Carrie Hunter

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

Hands down, this was the nicest place that we've ever stayed. We were in the Presidential Suite... 2 stories, personal pool, floor to ceiling windows, jacuzzi, full kitchen, etc! The view was outstanding.

The people were very hospital... Miguel, Damien, Alvero, Edgar, and the entire staff went out of their way to make us feel special.

We were expecting the food in MA to be so-so, but it was fantastic. Meals at the hotel were great, especially the free breakfast... the banana pancakes and watermelon juice were gourmet.

We stayed at one other hotel on our visit (you never know when booking online) and also visited many other hotels in the area for meals or just to explore. If you're even considering staying at Issimo Suites, book it!

Rented a small motorcycle- great for getting around and exploring (rented from Fast Eddies in Quepos)
Osa Mud Wrap at Body Life Spa- definitely worth the money
Makenda- Best Dinner that we had
La Mansion- Bat Cave Bar very unique- go for a drink!
El Avaion- Great atmosphere, food good but not excellent
BBQ Cantina- Great atmosphere & food
Ronnie's Place- Great food and view
Manual Antonio Park- great wildlife and best beaches for laying out
Canopy Safari Zipline- A Must Do!

We also stayed at Buena Vista Villas and will write a separate view. Accomodations were very nice, but not anything like Issimo. Great wildlife at Buena Vista.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2007

We spent our last two nights of our 12 night CR vacation at Issimo. It was an amazing way to end our trip. We stayed in suite #4 which was beautiful. We had a nice view from our balcony and we loved the comfort of the suite. They welcomed us with a delicious smoothie and the staff was very friendly.
The included breakfast was very good (I had the banana pancakes!) and lunch was the best we had in Manuell Antonio. The open air restaurant was so nice with a tranquil view of the ocean. We even had a visit from some monkeys while we were eating lunch!
The best part of our stay was the spa! My fiancee and I both got a massage there and they were WONDEFUL. Candyce gave me the best massge I've ever had!
Just a couple of side notes:
-Just a warning that the "private beach" (or "cove" as they title it), is a steep HIKE! It isn't very accesible and it is very small and rocky. Not really a place to spend the day but beautiful all the same.
-Do not book this place for the pool area! It is very small and the sun deck only fits 3 chairs. Its lovely but just really a place to cool off after the beach.
-The hotel is all the way at the end of a very bad road. This did not bother us but just be warned.
-It is a bit pricy. We got in on a green season special which was very affordable but their regular prices are pretty high but for a special occasion or a splurge, it is totally worth every penny!

All in all, we would definitely stay here again! We loved our experience and can't wait to return to Manuel Antonio.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2007

Issimo Suites is the all-around best hotel I have ever stayed at for a vacation. First and foremost, the hotel is beautiful. Its small enough so that you don't feel like you are staying in a commercialized hotel but big enough that you can retain privacy. The actual buidling and surroundings are so pretty and the room we stayed in was beautiful, especially the floor to ceiling windows with a breathtaking view of the Pacific. The food was probably some of the best I have ever had. The breakfast (included in the room price) is phenomenal. A fresh fruit plate is served first and you then get your choice of about 8 breakfast dishes, all of which are delicious. Make sure to try the pineapple juice and the pancakes! Also, they had just started a happy hour special which was 2 for 1 apps. The best was definitely the seared tuna and the mahi specials. so good for such a good deal. Again, the food was definitely 5star + Lastly, the service was exactly what you would want for a vacation. The staff (particularly Damien and Miguel) will bend over backwards to make your stay the best possible. We also got to meet the owner and his wife Linda who were great. They all really just want to make sure you have everything you need all the time to make your vacation the best it can be. I will definitely be back to Issimo and recommend it to everyone and anyone.

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa

Address: | Waterfront, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $161 - $280 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel, Spa & Waterfront Reserve offers intimacy and elegance for your romantic escape. Each suite includes a Jacuzzi bath tub for relaxation and enjoyment, as well as a majestic ocean view overlooking a pristine pacific cove. A plush king size bed, sofa, and room service from our boutique restaurant await your arrival. You can also indulge yourself with a massage in our spa after a day of adventure on one of our many tours or beaches. Our romantic hideaway suites access adjacent sandy beaches with a walk to the cove or famous Manuel Antonio Park and beaches. ... more   less 
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