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“The Good Life Al & Maryann”

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Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Chesterton, Indiana
1 review
“The Good Life Al & Maryann”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Our stay at the Issimo was a pleasant experience. We stayed for 8 days and enjoyed every day here.The staff was professional and catered to our needs. The rooms maybe a little old but very clean and well kept. The view from our suite facing the ocean was awesome. A very cozy romantic place for honeymooners and to rekindle your marriage relationship. .

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here 2 nights, junior suite first night then the suite on the second. Both have large king size beds and lots of space. The suite is bigger.
If you like a nice clean, air conditioned room, then this hotel is for you. Personally I prefer to have doors and windows opened and use fans.
The bathroom design is unique and not for those who like privacy.
There is no internet in the rooms, however I could pick up a weak signal near the balcony of the suite which was just above the reception area.
Breakfast was good, very good omelettes.
I had read other reviews where the manager had responded to complaints about spicy food and stated that their food wasn't. Since we like our food very spicy, we were going to go somewhere else for dinner, but the restaurant area looked so good we decided to take a chance.
We ordered the fish of the day and asked if they could make it spicy. No problem. This ended up being one of the best fish dinners we've had. I guess the point of this story is just ask the waiter for the level of spice you want.
The waiter, Dixon, is amazing. Never had to wait for anything. We ate their on the second night also.
There are a fair number of stairs, but the staff are happy to carry your cases.
Our air conditioner started leaking water and soaking the furniture below. Called the front desk and a maid and a repairman were there in about 1 minute. They cleaned up the mess and fixed the problem.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Logan D,
Thank you for your review!
We always try to make our best!

Hasta pronto!
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We stayed 4 nights and loved every minute. Small, quiet, kid-free hotel with amazing views of the ocean. The hotel was very clean and well kept. There is a small staff of people who really made our stay as wonderful as it was. The staff made us feel welcome and had our every need handled immediately. We made several friends during our stay and we kept the poor wait staff running back and forth with all of our drink ordering! They always laughed with us and smiled and seemed genuinely happy to be there. That makes a huge difference in a place. The best hotel on Earth can be ruined by bad staff; that is not the case at Issimo.

While our stay was amazing and nothing will tarnish the memories we have, I do have to be honest and say that one of the critiques we read is true. The towels do have an odor. I don't know what is causing it, but I never felt like they were dirty, just had a different smell. Some people on here seem to be really offended, but I think they are just being a bit whiney. It wasn't THAT bad and certainly not enough to rant about.

With all of the options available in the Manuel Antonio area, we were really nervous that we wouldn't find the absolute best option, but I think we did. The National Park is definitely a cab ride away (unless you want a really long walk), but it was a nice and invigorating walk up the hill to get to some really great restaurants and bars. Walking on the roads is pretty sketchy because of the insanity of the drivers there, but that is everywhere in Costa Rica. Just be aware. We would definitely stay at Issimo again!

Room Tip: We stayed in 104 which has a nice sized balcony overlooking the ocean and the canopy. The afternoon...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

This was the first stop on our honeymoon and we couldn't have asked for a more quiet and private setting. The small hotel only has about 13 rooms and the place feels very private even when other couples are around. The views are incredible and it's a short taxi ride to all of the popular restaurants around the area. In particular, the main staff (Geiner and Dickson) were awesome and made us feel like royalty every day. Geiner greeted us every morning with a smile and we discussed the previous day's adventures with him. Would definitely recommend for any couples looking for a quiet escape in a very lush, natural setting. The sunbathing monkeys are very willing to share the grounds with hotel guests :)

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

My Wife and I stayed for 5 nights at the end of our two week Costa Rica trip. It was the best 5 nights of our holiday. Issimo was exactly what we needed. It was perfect, perched on a hill top with some amazing views of the bay and forest canopy, lush with animal life. It was the quiet, personal touch from the staff that made our stay so amazing and we are totally sad to be home. The food was amazing, and far better than eating out at any restaurant. Dickson, and the chef were timely, efficient and insightful. We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace each day, and never saw the need to leave. The local dishes were great! the Steak fantastic and the pasta as if cooked by an Italian themself. Issimo was in an ideal location. Walking distance to the beach, supermarkets, cafe's and restaurants. We pleasantly walked everywhere, even to Manual Antonio and back! Thank you Issimo for making our trip so memorable, we will be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mike H
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Mike H.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make your trip memorable!
We will be waiting for you!!!

Suerte!
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

What I realized on my trip to costa rica is that boutique hotels are amazing! No noisy crowds and this one has no kids! Our air conditioning was broken and so we were given a suite w a large balcony and a private pool!! The bed was the most comfortable I slept in ever at a hotel and the view is amazing from the hotel. The breakfast at the restaurant was great, the other meals were mediocre and the food took forever to be served which I found happened at all the costarican I hotels we visited. This is a place worth visiting! Ghe speak mostly spanish fyi

  • Stayed February 2014
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Thank Shira K
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear Shira K,
Thank you!

Just to clear out.... we do not pre-cook our food. Everthing is fresh! That's the reason of the delay....

Thank you again,
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Georgetown, Texas
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

What a find! My wife and I stated at the Issimo Suites for three nights on our last leg of driving thru Costa Rica. I picked this hotel base upon the Tripadvisor reviews. As alway, these reviews are spot on. I chose a Junior Suite and was assigned #111. The view was wonderful, the room fantastic and the service outstanding, especially for Dixon. We ate all our breakfast and dinners here as the food was excellent. My wife had a massage give by Nancy; saying this was the best she had ever had. Yes, the bathroom is virtually open to the rest of the bedroom, but after 20 years my wife and I weren't bothered :>)
Negatives: I need a coffee pot in my room so I can make my own coffee, and the internet is only available in the public locals. If I had it to do over, I would have a Suite with is own private balcony and bring a french press. Definitely stay here if you like romance. Larry & Kelly, Georgetown, Texas

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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IssimoSuites, General Manager at Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa, responded to this review, March 14, 2014
Dear RoseAlee,
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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