I ended up staying here on my recent trip to Costa Rica with a study abroad program and was pleasantly surprised by how upscale and luxurious this hotel is (my initial thought of 30 students roughing it in a sketchy motel in Manuel Antonio turned out to be completely wrong). Upon arriving, we were offered freshly squeezed fruit drinks (you know, the kind with the little paper umbrellas in them?) while the staff checked us all in promptly and offered to take our bags to our rooms. How's that for service?
Once I was checked in, I started to walk to my room. The entire complex is fairly large and contains several different sets of rooms. My room was part of the "Garden Rooms" wing (probably some of the less expensive rooms). As I was walking up some steps to my room, I almost slipped because the pouring rain made it very slick; perhaps a handrail or added traction to these steps would be beneficial, but this is simply a fine detail (that makes me sound really picky... but oh well). Anyways, I was very happy with the room and its super-comfortable beds, nice bathroom, free Wi-Fi, etc.
After settling in a bit, I made my way to the restaurant in the main building where the study-abroad group had reserved dinner. Though I do understand that the hotel was providing a large group with dinner (which they did very efficiently), I felt that my mediocre Tex-Mex wrap with yucca fries wasn't representative of the $15 I had to spend on it.
However, the following morning I was delighted to see the incredible view that the Parador offers overlooking the ocean. Additionally, this hotel has almost every amenity imaginable with a beautiful infinity pool, tennis courts, several trails, a fitness center, an adult pool, spa, and even mini golf!
I was even happier once I got to try the wonderful breakfast buffet with cooked-to-order omelets, fresh fruit, fluffy pancakes, delicious breads, and refreshing juices.
After a long day exploring Manuel Antonio National Park and its beaches, I was glad I could come back to a hot shower and comfortable bed. I was disappointed that I had to leave the next day. I would have loved just hanging out by the pool and exploring everything else this hotel had to offer.
In all, Hotel Parador provided an extraordinary stay in Manuel Antonio, and I hope to stay longer in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Parador Resort & Spa, Costa Rica’s premier eco-luxury resort. Sitting high above the Central Pacific coastline, this award-winning hotel is built on 12 acres of rainforest in beautiful Manuel Antonio, just minutes from Costa Rica’s best beaches.Known for its dedication to preserving and protecting Mother Nature as well as its first-class amenities, Parador offers a long list of activities for your enjoyment and a staff ready to accommodate your every need. Experience inspired cuisine. Take a walk along a white sand beach. Swing through the rainforest canopy. Or simply relax and take in the view from your splendid suite. It’s all about responsible luxury, pura vida style. Parador Resort & Spa… Where Green Is More Than Just A Color. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Resort Parador
- Parador Resort And Spa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park