Fodor's Expert Review La Mariposa

West of main road, right after Barba Roja, across from Mango Moon Hotel, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, 60601, Costa Rica

The best view in town—a sweeping panorama of verdant hills, the aquamarine ocean, and offshore islands—is the claim to fame for this array of spacious rooms tucked between the jungle and gardens ablaze with colorful flowers. The four-story main building holds the lobby and restaurant, above which are three floors of ocean-view rooms reached by external spiraling stairways or an elevator. Other ocean-view rooms are in buildings clinging to the hillside. Recent renovations include a new pool, four wheelchair-accessible rooms, and the beautifully remodeled Units 11 and 12. The sundeck and wraparound pool are lovely. Transportation is provided to and from the beach, four times a day.

PROS

  • gorgeous views
  • free shuttle to the beach
  • website often has last-minute specials
  • large bathrooms

CONS

  • 2 km (1 mile) from beach
  • some ocean-view balconies lack privacy
  • sections of hotel slightly dated

QUICK FACTS

Resort
Views
Quiet
Near the beach
Casual Chic
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2777–0355 | 800-572–6440-in U.S.

HOTEL DETAILS

62 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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