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Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa
Ranked #18 of 46 Hotels in Manuel Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
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“We loved everything about Issimo...”
Reviewed 11 October 2009

Everything about our stay at Issimo was perfect - I can't say enough good things about this hotel. As other reviewers have mentioned, there is a jacuzzi tub and beautiful views from every suite. We were upgraded to room 1 (penthouse), and both the room and the view were amazing. As two of the walls were glass, we had a panoramic view of the rainforest, coast, and the Pacific. The room was spacious, beautiful without being overdecorated. We travel a lot and both of us felt it was one of best rooms we've experienced in a long time. They were offering a great rate during the "green" (rainy) season, but we would stay there again at full price without hesitation. We found everyone at Issimo went out of their way to improve our stay - special thanks to Elizabeth, Gloria, Dixon, Pedro, and to Alex - who we believe could arrange anything if given time.
We ate in the restaurant and also got room service several times - the food was excellent on every occasion.
We did not find the bathroom layout to be a problem - the open shower has a folding screen that closes it off if you want to use it.
The shuttle to the Manuel Antonio National Park was very convenient - we used it to go to the park, to the beach - it goes about 5 times per day. We only used the pool once as we prefer the ocean, but it was great for a dip at the end of a hot day.
We loved Issimo and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2009

My husband and I stayed in the penthouse suite in this lovely boutique hotel. The view was amazing! There was a panaromic view of the rain forest and ocean. It was truly a beautiful experience. The room was very spacious and comfortable. We really enjoyed the jacuzzi, which is in every suite. The only problem I had with the room was the water pressure in the shower. The water pressure was very weak on most days, you may be better off showering in the jacuzzi, but that didn't prevent us from having a wonderful time.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. We arranged to have the hotel car service pick us up from the airport. Lance, the driver is such a sweet young man. He was at the airport waiting for us. The drive from San Jose airport to the hotel is about 3 hours, but the scenery is very beautiful. There are plenty of trees, cows, horses, and flowers. Lance was very helpful and kind. Although we arrived during the rain season it didn't rain much, when it did it was appreciated, because it was very humid and the rain helped with eliminating some of the humidity.

There are 2 beaches located near the hotel that are worth visiting. One beach is walking distance, which requires a hike through the rain forest. I would say the hike is about 10min, but it will be worth it, the beach is absolutel beautiful. The hotel provides shuttle service to the other beach. This is another beautiful beach. There are restaurants/bars and a few stores located across the street. The restaurant have workers on the beach with menus ready to take your request if you don't want to get up to get food.

The food at the restaurant in the hotel is delicious. We stayed @ Issimo for 7 days and ate there at least once everyday and everything we ordered was delicious, except the crab dip, it was made with imitation crab which was disappointing.

There is a nice selection of activities which can be scheduled with the front desk. We did the canopy zipline. It was a truly horrifying experience for me, as I am afraid of heights and thought I was going to fall from one of the cables and die, but the tour company had very friendly and informative staff. If you are not afraid of heights, I would recommend this activity. The views are amazing!

There are 2 computers with internet access located in the restaurant area. There is also wireless access in the pool area. The pool is small, but clean and nice. On most days there weren't any people at the pool and we had it to ourselves.

We had a wonderful experience and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who was planning to stay in the Manuel Antonio area.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 3 October 2009

My wife and I were looking for a honeymoon destination in Manuel Antonio when we came across Issimo Suites. While I've read some negative reviews from people complaining that they don't accept children, anybody who spends two minutes on their website can plainly see that this is not a hotel for children. This was a bonus for my wife and I as we were looking for a high-end hotel designed with adults in mind. Issimo did not disappoint. We cannot say enough about the courteous, professional staff. They routinely went out of their way to accomodate us for which we are very grateful. They were also very knowledgeable (and honest) in recommending restaurants and tours for us. It was as though we were staying at a hotel operated by close friends. The rooms are beautifully appointed (including the much talked about views) and were always kept impeccable by the cleaning staff. While the somewhat open layout of the shower/toilet has been a point of contention for some, again; it is clearly demonstrated on their website. We also had no problems with hot water throughout our entire 10 day stay. Every meal we had in Issmo's restaurant was excellent and the servers did a remarkable job. The food was fresh and flavorful and always delivered in a timely manner. The hotel arranges complimentary shuttles to and from Manuel Antonio National Park and the public beach at regular intervals throughout the day in a comfortable, air-conditioned mini-bus. The biggest highlight for us was the picturesque beach/cove Playa Biesanz, which is about a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel. It is tucked right in the heart of the rainforest with mountain views; the water is warm and tranquil, and wildlife is abundant. Howler monkeys and sloths were evident in the treetops daily, while capuchin monkeys and tropical birds regularly visited the lower-lying trees. We cannot have asked for a better stay and we will recommend Issimo to our friends and family.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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north carolina
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Reviewed 20 September 2009

They do not inform you of many things when you book this room. We were coming there after our wedding and forgot to tell us that no children were allowed. It is not on their website nor did the not inform us of that whe we booked the presidental Suite for 3 and commented that we were on our honeymoon. then when i tried to speak to them about this they were rude. I understand why some hotels do not want children there but inform me of that on your website or when i make a reservation for $3000.

Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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houston,texas
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Reviewed 6 September 2009

We stayed here in early August during the green season. It only rained one day and the rest of the time the weather was beautiful ! You are welcomed by a cool drink when you
arrive as you look out over the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The staff was outstanding and were always willing to help out anyway they could. They even helped out our friends
how were staying at the nearby condos with deep sea fishing and arranging taxis. The hotel rooms themselves were exactly as advertised, and extremely nice. The private beach is a short 10 minute walk down the hill, past the house with the chickens outside. The restaurant is excellent, and I feel it is a bargain, considering the beautiful view you have of the Pacific ocean and the jungle. Taxi's can be easily arranged with very short notice, cost is around 5 dollars to the nearest town. I would recommend using the atms in the town of quepos, and having local currency in hand. There is also a grocery store right next door to the atm. Debit cards can be used almost everywhere but we found having local currency helps with the taxi ride. The best advice I can offer about the area is be prepared for a little bit of an adventure, but it is more than worth it when you
arrive at the hotel. I would rate the hotel and the staff a 10 out of 10 !

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 September 2009

We spent New Years in Issimo--not recommended for their New Years package. The mandatory dinner was forgettable, and the place was dull and dead, and far from town. We would rather have spent the evening at another venue.

We had a higher-end room (our bill for the four nights averaged $500 per night - New Years, plus odds and ends). Room was large with a great view from bay windows, but there isn't full privacy and the balcony isn't private, even though it was suggested to be. Other guests using the passageway could see easily look onto our balcony (as they did) and look into our large windows.

A terrible design flaw, the toilet isn't fully divided from the the hotel room. The toilet is separated by a half wall and swinging corral doors. And no ventilation fan. I think most women will be less than happy with staying in a room where all noises and smells created will fill their room. Less than romantic.

Service was ok, nothing to complain or compliment about. Concierge was helpful.

Location is great for the view because it's on a ridge (the view is NOT the famous view of Manual Antonio Park and beach--the hotel faces the other direction). However, the beach is too far to walk (there is a small cove that is a walkable distance down the road, but it's not very good)--you need to take a taxi to get to the regular beach. The hotel pool was pretty to look at, but didn't get much light and was small.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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FLORIDA
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Reviewed 29 August 2009

My boyfriend and I have traveled all over the world and have visited Costa Rica before. However, Issimo Suites has made the top of our list to visit. The service, food, location, view, etc. was excellent. We would highly recommend this resort. It truly is the best. We look forward to returning soon...............

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  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa
Address: | Waterfront, Manuel Antonio 6350, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Manuel Antonio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Manuel Antonio
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Manuel Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel, Spa & Waterfront Reserve offers intimacy and elegance for your romantic escape. Each suite includes a Jacuzzi bath tub for relaxation and enjoyment, as well as a majestic ocean view overlooking a pristine pacific cove. A plush king size bed, sofa, and room service from our boutique restaurant await your arrival. You can also indulge yourself with a massage in our spa after a day of adventure on one of our many tours or beaches. Our romantic hideaway suites access adjacent sandy beaches with a walk to the cove or famous Manuel Antonio Park and beaches. ... more   less 
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