Stayed in rm 107 and was blown away by the view and the room! Room was clean and beautifully presented w/ flower pedals strewn about, and towels shaped into hearts. the room was open floor planned, meaning there was only a half wall between the bathroom area and the bed area.
Room is large, with high ceilings, so it didn't feel like the bathroom was in the same room. Has a desk/chair, walk in closet w/ shelving, a sm.fridge, a safe, stone lined open shower, jacuzzi tub (which was the only problem we had, the water wouldn't get better than luke warm, but shower/faucet temps were great!), comfy king bed w/ abundant pillows, 2 casual couches, a bidet, and a great private balcony. The balcony on 107 was what really made it for us. I believe it is one of the largest balconies there, had a great view, AND also the most private. Maid service did a nice job. With the humidity vs. the A.C. inside, the windows are pretty much always fogged up, so don't expect to have stellar viewing from inside. You have a pretty darn good ocean view over the forest. This small hotel does have one restaurant, that has a small menu, but still manages to have a little something for everyone, and manages to do a good job at it. Food is really good. It's nothing you will be telling all your friends about, but its good. Morning coffee and breakfast is free and good (again good, nothing to write home about) The pool area is a little small, but adequate for the size of the hotel. Decking is all very nice. Pool is not huge, but again, nice. Two levels within the pool, shallow, and REALLY deep for a pool (at least 12 ft?). Nice shady area over part of the pool. Noodle floaties supplied, bar nearby, and great view from it all! The hotel does have a professional spa available, but we did not use their services.
We stayed 8 nights right before Thanksgiving. The weather was great, the crowds were low (I love the "shoulder season"), and the hospitality was awesome.
During our stay, we had multiple squirrel monkeys come down on our balcony to get some bananas 3 different times (which we later learned many monkeys are becoming diabetic due to the high banana diets, so please go easy on the bananas). Also saw a sloth from the restaurant, and a few kinds of birds.
Quepos is a small quiet town (about 8,000). The town itself is not going to be a place you will probably want to spend any extra time in. Very quaint little village, but most of the touristy stuff is just outside of town and separated. Town has the necessities (food, alcohol, tobacco, buses, tour starting points, and local eateries), but that's about all. If your looking for the walk around and look at knick knacks place, this is not it. Most tourist hotels are located outside of town, closer to Manuel Antonio Park, as Issimo is. Quepos is a supposed to be a great fishing area, but we did not get out to fish. Night life has a locals vibe downtown, but there is some stuff going on out at the resorts. If you want to party down, the city of Jacos was about 80km's away and had a party / night club scene.
We recommend having a vehicle if you stay here, but you can do w/o it. Bus stop is at least a ten minute walk away (taxis are avail), beach is at least a ten minute walk. We spent more time hanging out at this hotel than we have ever done on any other vacation, because we were so comfy there, so if you just want to do this and sit on the beach, the car is not necessary.
The hotel is out on a peninsula, and has access to beaches on both sides. You can walk to either, (we did not, but it's probably about 15 min walk), or drive to one. Less than a half kilometer up the road is a dirt rd. You can take this down to a great beach where there is someone to watch your vehicle (for safety). 4x4 is recommended to drive back up (plus parking is ON the beach). This beach extends all the way down to Manuel Antonio Park entrance area, but you are at the distant end of it, so its not crowded.
If you are planning on going to Manuel Antonio Park, I recommend hiring a local guide to show you around (we paid $70 for two of us). They can show you lots of things you never would see on your own. Animals like to hide, and trained eye goes a long way. He showed us sloths, insects, iguanas, monkeys, chameleons, and more. The only thing we would have seen on our own would have been the noisy monkeys. We were so pleased with our guide, his name was Wilbert, we had him take us on a kayak mangrove tour a couple of days later, which was great too.
If memory serves me right, it was about a 3 1/2 hour drive from the San Jose Airport to Issimo Suites (taking the tollway which adds about $2 in cost to your trip, but saves time and makes directions much easier). If driving, get a GPS unit. Street signs/names are limited / non-existent. you are generally safe to do at least 20Km's over the speed limit and painted lines mean nothing to Costa Ricans (pass when and where you want. It's kind of a free for all).
Both US dollars and Colones are both widely accepted in Costa Rica. Credit card machines are not always, so having some cash on hand is recommended.
Although we never felt unsafe during our visit to Costa Rica, we recommend you use common sense. Don't leave valuables in your car, tip the guys that do watch out for your car, etc. There is theft problems, etc in Costa Rica. Don't set yourself up to be a victim and you will have a great time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel Manuel Antonio National Park
- Issimo Hotel Boutique
- Issimo Boutique Hotel
- Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel And Spa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio