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“Greeting, Views, Breakfast, private beach and a Monkey trail”

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Parador Resort and Spa
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Huntington Beach, California
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25 reviews
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“Greeting, Views, Breakfast, private beach and a Monkey trail”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We arrived after a very long bus ride to be greeted with non-alcoholic sangria and fresh cool towels. The views are breath taking from all areas of the hotel property. The breakfast buffet had a huge assortment of local cuisine and very fresh and clean with great outdoor eating area with views. The private beach was a nice walk and very beautiful. There needed to be a sign posted at entrance, The infinity pools are of varied temperatures and clean with amazing views. We watched lightning streak across the skies from the pool. Scary but thrilling. The monkey trail was nice,but we didn't see any monkeys. :(. The shuttle bus to/from the hotel was flexible. All in all, I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Lydia G, Guest Relations Manager at Parador Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Thank you so much for your review! We'll have a serious talk with the monkeys - they really need to show up to work :) Thanks for the tip about the sign for the beach, we'll definitely look into it. We look forward to welcoming you back to enjoy more of our pura vida! :)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed for 3 nights at a different hotel in Manuel Antonio which turned out to be a mistake for our family (note: loud late-night parties at Mango Moon). We packed up our kids and went to the Parador and it was one of the best decisions we've ever made! We were greeted with wet towels to clean our hands and fresh beverages. The breakfast is amazing and the staff are all so friendly and accommodating. I don't think I've ever met nicer hotel staff. They really make you feel welcome! The pool is large and looks onto the ocean. There is also mini-golf and tennis on the grounds. The grounds are incredibly beautiful. We saw several animals while staying there: monkeys, a sloth, iguanas, a black vulture and a toucan. The hotel is not really within walking distance of many of the excellent restaurants in the area but they provide a free shuttle that will take you to Manuel Antonio or drop you off at one of the restaurants on the way. The shuttle driver even stopped to show us howler monkeys! I wish we'd had a few more days to stay there. I highly recommend this hotel. We can hardly wait to go back!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Carlos C, Guest Relations Manager at Parador Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Parador Resort & Spa for your stay in Manuel Antonio and for sharing your experience in this forum. We're so happy to hear that you and your family truly enjoyed your stay and the amenities and services, including the amazing wildlife that surrounds our resort. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future. Pura vida!
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East Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We just got back from an 8 night stay in Costa Rica, 5 nights at Hotel Parador and we were amazed at this hotel! We stayed in a Vista Suite which was well worth what we paid for it. The room was beautiful and the view we had was even better. We enjoyed all of the pools here & loved the swim up bar! Breakfast was pretty good and the view we had every morning during breakfast made it better. We also went to La Fragata for lunch and a few drinks one afternoon which was very good with an excellent view.
I knew this was going to be a great place to stay about a month before our trip when I was working with them to help plan my boyfriends birthday which was during our stay. I ended up making reservations in one of the private dining rooms-the wine cellar. Dinner was very good and the room is just beautiful, I would highly recommend reserving this room for a romantic dinner. They also made a very good cake! Our waitress was excellent and we enjoyed speaking with her and learning a lot more about Costa Rica. We were even more surprised when we got back to the room to find balloons and birthday wishes.
We booked a tour of Manuel Antonio National Park, ATV tour and a zip-lining tour all through the tour desk next to the pool. It was very convenient to be able to book all of these together and we would highly recommend the ATV & zip-lining tour!
This is a beautiful hotel with excellent service. We plan on going back and we are also thinking about getting married here because we fell in love with Manuel Antonio and Hotel Parador.

Room Tip: Spend the extra and stay in the suites!!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carlos C, Guest Relations Manager at Parador Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Katie,

We are so happy to hear about your experience in Parador and that you fully enjoyed every day of your stay. Relaxation, happiness, romance, wildlife and adventure - are the ingredients for a memorable vacation! It would be an honor to be part of your Big Day! And Silvia, our wedding coordinator, will be ready to make your dream destination wedding an unforgettable experience that you will cherish for a lifetime. We hope to welcome you again for your BIG DAY celebration! Pura Vida!
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Edmonton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We stayed at the Parador for 1 week. It is a beautiful hotel in a extremely beautiful location. Rooms are fantastic. We had a few little problems with our room BUT were moved to another room. It was unbelievable what a extravagant room they moved us to in order to compensate for the inconvenience. Silvia the manager at the Parador was absolutely fantastic in understanding our little problem and went way beyond to ensure that our vacation was not going to be interrupted and we could continue to enjoy ourselves. She was simply AWESOME !!!. We travel a lot but have never been treated as well as Sylvia and her staff treated us.

Brent and Wendy

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Carlos C, Guest Relations Manager at Parador Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Brent,

We are so happy to hear about your experience in Parador! Thank you for your kind words about Silvia - we've shared with her and truly brought a huge smile in her face! We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Pura vida!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The second day of a four day stay here, I got pretty sick with a gastro-intestinal bug. We ate only at the hotel and I was careful to drink only bottled water, but still got ill. I called the front desk on a Sunday and asked about getting a doctor to see me. Within an hour I had a doctor and paramedic in my room giving me IV fluids and medication. The hotel sent a messenger to the pharmacy to get the prescriptions the doctor prescribed. Our trip could have been easily ruined, but within 12 hours I was much improved. Service like that is very unusual and I was (and still am) grateful for their kindness and help. We had a Vista Suite in the Suites Building and it had a fabulous view of the Pacific. We had lunch several times in La Fragata restaurant which is in the Suites Building which provided good food at a fair price, a lovely view, and cool breezes on really hot days. We ate in the main restaurant for breakfast and dinner and the food was good, but nothing memorable. We enjoyed spa services while on site and the masseuses were well-trained and we came away relaxed. The pools are lovely and we were glad to use the adults-only pools when the main pool was taken over by small children. My husband took a tour of Manuel Antonio park with Elias (one of the guides available through the hotel) and said it was great and he's got the pictures to prove it. We routinely saw a variety of monkeys, including some capuchin monkeys who delighted in tossing ripe mangoes out of the trees onto tourists below. I would definitely return to this property and would recommend it to others.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carlos C, Guest Relations Manager at Parador Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience about your stay in this forum. We were so happy to hear that you recovered quickly and were able to truly enjoy the Parador experience - from the amenities and views to the food and amazing wildlife. We hope to welcome you back in the near future. Pura vida!
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

Parts of the hotel facilities were fabulous (the swimming pools; the proximity to the natural forest and the view) but equally there were disappointments too (we felt we were mislead over the time that our room would become available at check-in and in general and the staff that covered breakfast both days that we stayed there were not friendly or efficient , we had to ask for coffee at least 3 times before we could get it).

However is IMPORTANT TO MENTION the beautiful smile and friendly greetings from the lady that prepared the omelettes . She really made a difference !! ( wish we could remember her name)

The room was ‘solid’ not special and perhaps not quite as good as the reputation or price suggested. The breakfast again was solid if un-spectacular.

To eat, other than in the hotel restaurant, would require a short journey in the car. The flip side of this though, is that it was a lovely tranquil setting with no noise from the road(s).

All in all, and considering the price and reputation of the hotel, we were slightly disappointed.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lydia G, Guest Relations Manager at Parador Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 25 May 2014
We're very sorry to hear about your less than stellar experience, especially with the staff—we will be sure to address this with them as service is one of our hallmarks. The woman in charge of the omelettes is Marjorie and yes, her smile is a definite favorite of all our guests! We do hope we have the opportunity to serve you again in the future and make your stay unforgettable. Pura vida, amigos!
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

The bad:
Room #1- supposed to be superior room (and should have been for the price) but was less than adequate. We upgraded to a suite and it was much nicer upon 1st appearance.
Ants in room....nothing in the fridge in terms of amenities. Had to call and ask for water, etc to be stocked. It was never restocked automatically. Poor service on that level.
This appears to be a resort that is trendy for the 20-30 something's - parties and loud groups. We wished we had known this prior to the trip.
Main Restaurant was close to awful. Flies and gnats everywhere. Unsanitary. The wait staff is ambivilant at best at breakfast. I assume it's due to low tipping for the free breakfast.
The tour group were great very occomodating -went above and beyond. I will include the concierge service in that same category. The rest of the staff I would rate as sub-par.
The good:
Fabulous view from the suites. Nice adult only pool. Beautiful restaurant La Fragata above the pool with wonderful views and cool breeze with decent food. Unfortunately only open for lunch and pool drinks. Only complaint there was music. Would love to hear the ocean and birds vs. Spanish rap music.
All in all- for the money I would not return to this resort.

Room Tip: We were in 4519- nice view
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carlos C, Guest Relations Manager at Parador Resort and Spa, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Parador Resort & Spa for your vacation in Manuel Antonio. We are happy hear that you enjoyed the suite, private pool, La Fragata restaurant and the panoramic views of the ocean and jungle. Thank you for your feedback as it helps us improve our product and service. We hope that you return to Costa Rica in the near future.
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Property: Parador Resort and Spa
Address: | Punta Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#4 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
#5 Spa Hotel in Manuel Antonio National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 121
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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