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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We stayed here two nights and dearly wanted to stay longer; we would have gone out of our way to do so if we hadn't already booked reservations further up the coast. It really isn't too hard to reach the property - no vertiginous climbs, and the roads aren't too bad. The property is just stunning, a steep, sweeping, beautifully landscaped sort of valley culminating in a surrounding of lush rainforest and mountains. The owners, Enzo and his lovely wife Jeanette, are such gracious hosts, obviously very proud of their property, and Enzo was delighted to show us around the grounds, pointing out vanilla bean vines, pineapple plants, guanacaste trees and ylang ylang. The grounds are beautifully fragrant with the scent of ylang ylang flowers.
Be prepared to descend quite a few steps built into the hillside to get to the cabanas, which each have their own hammocks and are breezy, lovely, and so clean you could eat off the floors. I don't know what it took to get such amenities into the Costa Rican rainforest, but the owners obviously care very much about the comfort of their guests.
After checking in and relaxing, we walked back up the hill and dined by candle light in the open air restaurant on the side of the main hotel property. Do yourself a favor and order the fresh pasta. My pasta-loving husband was on cloud nine! Gorgeous ribbons of tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms, or clam sauce, or carbonara...I salivate at the memory. Not even the gorgeous-looking pizzas could tempt us away from having pasta both nights. Breakfast is equally delicious, served in the same area, overlooking that magnificent vista of rainforest and mountains.
It's also a spectacular place to bird watch - many species come to visit from the forest and their calls are as varied as the fauna. Surrounding the properties base, if you are willing to venture a bit further, is a stream that runs back through the rainforest, ripe for exploring.

When it was time to pack up and go, the husband got a bit misty-eyed. The only negative thing about our experience at Mamma e Papa is that it's 2500 miles from our home!

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank portiafimbriata
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

This was such a beautiful place to stay. Your room is in an individual cabin which made it feel so special. The biggest thing for me though was the unbelievable food. Anyone who has been t CR often knows that there tends to be little variety in the food. Well the food here was no only great for CR, but amazing all around. Truly some of the best authentic Italian food of my life! So good that I drove back almost an hour out of my way to eat there again before my trip was over. The couple that run the place were really nice too. FYI the man speaks very little English and the woman speaks none. Oh and also you have to make a reservation at night to eat, even if you are a guest at the hotel. Overall a lovely experience.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Miriam V
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Reviewed 31 March 2013

We stayed in this small hotel for 5 days in March 2013 with our six year old daughter and her grandparents. On previous trips to the area, we had eaten at the Mamma e Papa restaurant on a few occasions and our experience was always exceptional - terrific food, terrific service, terrific atmosphere. Enzo, the owner/host, is always friendly and attentive and upon discovering that there was a hotel on the property, we decided to try it out. They have four private cabinas/chalets and we booked two; the family room, which had a queen bed and a single bed, for us and a chalet with a king size bed for the grandparents. The rooms were exceptionally clean and well maintained and had very comfortable beds. There is a lovely pool with a common area including a self-serve beverage fridge, as well as an outdoor entertainment room with a television and a pool table. The grounds are immaculate and beautiful (be aware that there is a set of steps to get down to the hotel that would not be suitable for anyone with mobility issues). We even had the opportunity to see toucans in the trees surrounding the pool during an evening swim - beats high end luxury any day! Our experience was excellent and we will stay here again in August and on any return trips to the area.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

This place is spectacular... Weren't sure what to expect.. after driving up a dirt road (common in costa rica) we arrived and were astounded by this place.... it reminds me of switzerland but in a rainforest environment. The landscaping and surrounding environment is heavenly. This place is CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!!! The owner has class and is obviously very passionate about this place in making it first class and in maintaining it well. This place is family owned and they are wonderful people which makes it even more pleasant. The food here is also very good, italian style. The cabins are great and we ended up staying here instead of going to the beach as it was a very nice place to relax, play pool, swim, and take a nap in the hammocks. We would have loved to stay here longer...

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank SuperMariam
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

Mamma e papa' is a great place to stay. The restaurant is amazing. Enzo was so accommodating with everything. The rooms are completely separate from one another they are like their own little cabana. They are very nice and clean. The pool is situated at the bottom of a hill with beautiful landscaping everywhere.

Holly and Jason

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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