The Hotel is up on a cliff/high point, essentially, in a hip, tourist area in the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. The views from the hotel are spectacular, and the room we had -- a small suite in the new wing -- was well appointed and super comfortable. We had an outdoor jacuzzi tub, a large bathroom area, a plush king size bed, a bar area, a flat screen TV, and a host of other high end amenities. If you are looking to lay by the pool and sip Guaro Sours (the local drink), you will be happy here, and for that purpose this is a four star resort. Our building (suites) had its own pool for the guests, with a waterfall and boundless views of the Pacific Ocean. The service by the pools, for food and drink, was excellent, and we were able to relax at the end of our Costa Rican adventure.
My criticisms of this property might be minor to others, and the property truly has its high points. First, the property is relatively large, and you have to be prepared to walk for a drink, walk for food, and walk to the lobby -- up and down hilly paths. Second, the designer of the place was possibly blind, as nothing makes sense. You have a Spanish Colonial theme with Roman and Greek statutes (cheesy!) all over the place. The room, however, was modern, and the pool bar played Jamaican reggae. It was like a world wide mishmash of styles, and it was somewhat disconcerting. Third, the restaurant was great for breakfast, but for dinner I would suggest you eat out. Try some local "Tico" food, and there are many places with great views, cheap prices, and good grub! Jump a taxi ($10 or so from the hotel to a decent restaurant) and then have the restaurant call one for you to take you back (they give you a Taxi ID Number so you know which one is "yours"). Finally, the beach is basically inaccessible, as it's down the mountain and crowded with locals. You are essentially relegated to the pools (unless you get a tour guide to take you around, which we did -- and found out that the snorkeling nearby is absolutely horrible!). This is the kind of hotel that some might like (obviously, many Europeans do, judging from the clientele), but overall was not our cup of java.
- 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