- Air conditioning. As far as I know, this is the only hotel in the area that offers it and it works well.
- The group size. There was only one other couple with us, so we got to know them well. We even stayed at the same hotel in Arenal by coincidence.
- The tours. Well organized and we saw plenty of animals.
- The coordination. Everything was well organized and ran on time.
- This bus ride to and from the port was nice and air conditioned and we had plenty room to spread out. Melissa, our guide on the bus on the way to the port was excellent.
- The massages. We did the honeymoon package and it was an outstanding value. We didn't do the included canopy tour (we forgot and they never mentioned it), but the hour-long massages, which came out to $20 a piece, were wonderful. Jessica and Esmeralda (sp?) were great masseuses and it was a great treat after touring by boat all day.
- The Internet. Strong, fast wi-fi in our room.
- The T.V. had a good selection of channels in English.
- The lack of drinks. When you're in the middle of no where and you have an all inclusive package, you expect at least water and soda to be included right? Not here! We had to pay for every single bottle of water and for every soda. We didn't buy enough during our only trip into town, so we were left paying $2+ per bottle. And with the heat, you want to drink quite a few.
- Rey, our guide, overcharged us by about $6 for the park entry fee since we chose to pay in colones instead of USD.
- The food. Besides breakfast, when I got cereal, every meal was incredibly heavy and greasy. I tired of the options very quickly, as they were very unusual. I would have preferred more local cuisine and, surprisingly, fewer courses. Once you're done eating, there isn't much to do to burn off what you've eaten, so we felt incredibly lethargic the entire time we were there.
- Not much to do. You're pretty much stuck in a relatively small area and the tours only take up a few hours a day. The pool was small and unexciting. The forest trail near the hotel was pretty short and mosquito-y. We tried to play with the pool table but it was so warped that all the balls rolled to one side. So pretty much we just took naps and watched T.V. in our free time.
- The rooms were dark, but you had to keep the curtains closed for privacy and to keep the room cool.
- The lack of king sized bed, but I realize others may like the idea of having two queens.
- No air conditioning, or windows (just a screen), in the bathroom. Bugs got in the shower and it was uncomfortable to get ready when it was hot. It was small, so it felt really stuffy.
- The fact that toilet paper cannot be flushed down the toilet. I realize that every place in Tortuguero is like this, but I would have appreciated a heads up from the hotel in order to mentally prepare ahead of time. And he lack of air conditioning in the bathroom doesn't help with this.
Overall, this is probably the only place I could have stayed at in Tortuguero, but for the price, I felt a bit ripped off.
- Also Known As:
- Manatus Hotel Tortuguero
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