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“The only place to stay in Tortuguero”
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Manatus Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Tortuguero
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“The only place to stay in Tortuguero”
Reviewed 24 September 2009

We loved every minute of our stay at the Manatus.

Chito (our tour guide) and Ramon (our waiter) were excellent. Knowledgeable and friendly. The food was great.

Our favorite thing was coming back from an excursion hot and sweaty to find Ramon waiting for us with a delicious cocktail. All we needed were the cocktails and a dip in the pool to be revived and rejuvenated.

We'd go back in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

We were picked up in San Jose by the Manatus team and driven to the river quay where you meet the boat to the hotel. The trip down river was just brilliant, the scenery spectacular.

Our first view of the hotel, was of the over the landing stage viewing area, great for watching the river and wildlife.

The owner greeted us and we were quickly shown to our excellent, comfortable room with two comfy 4 posters and great air conditioner! The restaurant was good, the staff great, really friendly. Perhaps most people stay only 2 nights but by the 3rd we really could have done with a 'special' on the menu as lunch and dinner did get a bit repetitive
( although the sushi and fish were really good.)

The thing about Manatus is the wildlife. Travelling by boat through the rivers and waterways is a brilliant way to see things and get back quickly should it rain. We were lucky only half a day but it can be longer. The boat captain Leo and Chito our guide managed to find an amazing variety, spider, white faced and howler monkeys, cayman, otter, sloath and endless birdlife.

Watch out when going into the jungle behind the lodge the mosquitos are just waiting for you but it is worth it to see the minute blue jean poisonous frogs.

Good swimming pool that you can watch the river from and if you want a massage, the hotel will call and someone arrives and provides an excellent relaxing service.

We were lucky to be there at the time the turtles lay their eggs. Not quite the 'them and us' visit we imagined with a whole group of eager people waiting in the dark for the poor thing to lay its eggs. We were reassured that she was unaware of us and that many other turtles were left undisturbed, so we were grateful for that.

Flying back from Tortuguero is a 25minute buzz to San Jose - but if you are like me and don't like small planes, seeing a 12 seater arrive makes the knees tremble, however having spent 3 days bouncing up and down on the river, I just closed my eyes and pretended I was back on the boat - it works.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Alkmaar
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Reviewed 21 August 2009

When you go to Tortuguero (Costa Rica) you should go to Hotel Manatus! The hotel exists of about 12 luxurous houses, so it's rather small, but that's also the charme of it. It has a path that leads into the jungle, a good swimming pool, a restaurant with a vieuw on the ocean and...last but not least a staff that cares! Real enthousiastic people who are always busy to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2009

If you're into shopping, this isn't your place. The Manatus is well off the beaten path, accessible only by boat or plane. But this makes it the perfect retreat, serene and quiet (unless the spider monkeys are tossing water apples onto the roof, of course). The staff members are very friendly, and the guides extremely knowledgeable. Our wait staff--Sergio and Ramon--were as charming as they were attentive. All in all, the Manatus is relaxing, entertaining, and unique!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2009

We spent 3 days and 2 nights at the Manatus and let tell you, it is the place to be. My family and 3 others families were all in love with the Manatus. The kids had so much fun. We were there in late June and we saw a turtle laying eggs. This is an event that you have to see. The service here is just incredible. The manager Roberto is very accommodating and super nice. Even though it was not very hot, but you definitely need air-conditioning. We all enjoyed the food and the restaurant atmosphere. All the employees were so nice and very helpful. Initially, I thought the tour was expensive, but it turned out that it worth every penny, since it took so much effort to get to Tortuguero. The boat rides to/from the hotel were very pleasant, I am sure you will enjoy it. The breakfast and the lunch provided along the road trip were also very good. The rooms were very spacious and nicely decorated. Give yourself a treat, STAY AT THE MANATUS; I am sure you will love it!

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 March 2009

Manatus was a very nice property although I hesitate to say "luxury". The people were very accommodating, Chito and Oscar picked us up at the airstrip and we were on the property in 5 min. The rooms are very spacious, A/C is a little noisy but certainly beats the alternative, which is nothing! The shower was huge but wish the sink area was larger, couldn't even put any toiletries on there. The restaurant was fine but not special, service was very good, decent menu for a couple of days. The bar is cute (pool table), and they take very good care of the grounds. Nicest feature was the deck built out above the dock, rocking chairs, nice place for a drink later afternoon as the sun sets. They have free internet in the reception area, a few people speak decent English. Saw a sloth in a tree and a couple of monkeys swinging around which was really fun to watch.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 January 2009

We spent two weeks in Costa Rica and the Manatus was one of the highlights of our trip.

We were picked up by Oscar and Chito and spent the entire afternoon touring the river, village and all of the wonderful wildlife. It was an experience of a lifetime.

The hotel was really fantastic. We occupied rooms 1 and 2. The beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean, elegant and spacious. The hotel property was very beautiful. The website photos don't do it justice. The restaurant staff were always friendly, professional and helpful. The food was great too.

We only stayed one night but we would recommend that you stay at least two nights.

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Manatus Hotel
Address: located 3 minutes from the Tortuguero National Park | located 3 minutes from the Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero 454-4005, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manatus Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Manatus is the only hotel in Tortuguero that offers all the comforts of the modern world in an exotic and wild environment. Our hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a real wildlife sanctuary. Experience ecotourism and adventure, and then relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities of our hotel. Come live the Manatus experience! ... more   less 
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