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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Mandarina

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Hotel Mandarina
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New York City, New York
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24 reviews
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“Great Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

This hotel was a great find, and true value for the area. The hotel is perfectly located - close enough to the beach and Quepos, but far enough from each of their hustle and bustle. It's located in the perfect middle, near other hotels and restaurants so you don't have to drive. But you do need to drive, or get the bus, to the beach. But I think the area is better than the beach. The hotel was clean. You definitely need to be OK with stairs. And the pool doesn't get much sun. The jungle views during breakfast are very cool. The room was perfectly fine, but nothing over the top special. The bathroom was down 3 stairs. The best part of the hotel was Alexandria - she was SO helpful and so sweet! And go to Cafe Milagro for dinner. It was the best I've had in awhile - and I live and eat out in NYC frequently.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stayed at the Mandarina for two nights. The room was nice (fan and A/C both worked) and had a safe and TV. The bathroom had a curtain instead of a door, but it was fine. The staff was great and really helped you determine what to do when to make the most of your visit. We hiked to Manuel Antonio from the hotel early in the morning based on this advice - it was worth it. There were very few groups out yet, so the private beaches had no one or just a few people. Later in the morning and early afternoon there were A LOT of people, so we left to do other things! Breakfast options were also good. The pool looked nice, but we never used it. The "workout room" is 2 or 3 outdated machines, but an option I suppose.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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57 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

We went to the Manuel Antonio area without any reservations. We tried a few places, but none were up to our standards in cleanliness or technology capabilities. La Mandarina was recommended to us by another hotel, classifying it as gay-friendly. The accommodations were comfortable, but the in-room Wi-Fi was spotty at best. You need to be agile as the only access to the rooms is via a main staircase. The breakfast was OK but I would have rather have fresh fruit juice instead of the packaged artificially tasting options given.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stayed at the hotel in May and we loved it. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially the lady at the reception (I'm sorry I didn't catch your name!), she showed us where we were located in relation to all the main attractions and gave us a map. There were also beach towel available in reception for no extra charge. Our rooms were ready even though we arrived early and were all we needed for a very comfortable stay. We had to check out at 2pm but our transport was not booked until 5pm, the hotel very kindly stored our bags for us while we went to the national park in the morning and then allowed us to use the pool and shower facilities before we left at 5pm. Thank you for a fantastic stay, we will definitely recommend you to everyone!

Room Tip: We had a studio room on the upper level, paying a little more is definitely worth it as they are lig...
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Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed here 3 years ago and loved it so when we came back we booked this hotel again. The staff is very nice and knowledgeable. The rooms are clean and well appointed, although there are a lot of stairs. We went in the rainy season and there was a faint musty smell but not too bothersome. The internet was week but if you went up to around the office it was better. Breakfast was awesome.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

We arrived much earlier than check in time so we were given a place to leave our things which was nice. We were also given free breakfast which was fantastic after the long drive from the airport. The food and service was excellent! Our room was nice and the grounds are pretty. There were monkeys on our roof and above us in the trees!! Just a quick drive to the park and to the beach. I really enjoyed my stay here.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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82 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

We recently spent a week at the Mandarina and loved it. Its location on the main road was perfect for us. It is a short walk to the bus stop that will take you directly to the beach or to Quepos, but the rooms are set back from the road so they're quiet. There's a small but well-stocked grocery right across the street and it's a short stroll to many delicious restaurants (Emilio's Cafe, El Gato Fish & Chips, Cafe Milagro, to name a few). Our room had an extra bed we used as a couch, so we had a great place to relax and hang out. The A/C, in-room refrigerator and coffee pot with Cafe Britt coffee make hanging in your room a pleasure, but the pool and common areas are good for relaxing, too. Lorena, the manager, is a friendly, valuable source of information and tour bookings.

Room Tip: They have 2 types of rooms. The upper level rooms are much larger and have great windows so you can...
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Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Mandarina
Address: Main Road to Manuel Antonio kilometer 4 | across the street from Agua Azul Restaurant, Manuel Antonio National Park 60601, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mandarina 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Mandarina is a small boutique hotel. It has a history in Manuel Antonio since the early 1990s. It has previously been known as Hotel El Dorado Mojado and Hotel Kekoldi. In 2007, the 12 unit hotel has been given the new name Hotel Mandarina. Mandarina is known as a small orange, like a tangerine, in Costa Rica. Hotel Mandarina is located in Manuel Antonio, just outside the small Pacific coast port town of Quepos. We are at the highest elevation on the main road about halfway between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. If you choose to drive, you can park your rental car in our secure lot behind the reception building. Manuel Antonio is only 3 1/2 hours by car or bus from San Jose, so long as you take the shortest route. Faster yet is a 20 minute plane ride from San Jose on Nature Air or Sansa Airlines. Quepos and Manuel Antonio are fairly easy to navigate since there are only a few main roads. We are just 3 km away from some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica with the entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park at the end of the main road. A twenty minute walk down the secondary road from the hotel will bring you to a secluded beach. The local bus stops 50 yards from the hotel and brings you to the main beach or Manuel Antonio National Park in 5 minutes. There are several restaurants and cafes within walking distance as well as services like supermarket, bank/ATM, bars, yoga/spa, gym, and souvenir stores among others. ... more   less 
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