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“An amazing couple of days - forest, water, lovely staff, beautiful surroundings” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Manatus Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Tortuguero
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“An amazing couple of days - forest, water, lovely staff, beautiful surroundings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

Almost everything about this place was top notch. The room was wonderful and attention to detail was everywhere. Everything was clean and well looked after, including the grounds and communal areas. The staff - especially Ray, Moises and Gregory, were extremely friendly and helpful as well as knowledgeable about the area and we had a great evening getting to know them and their stories a bit better.

The morning boat safari was amazing. It was raining when we started, so we set off with our ponchos on thinking we might not see a lot. But then the sun came out and all the animals and birds started appearing to bask in the warmth. It was a fantastic experience and our guide, Ray, and his colleague had very sharp eyes and a seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of everything around us. There was also the path through the forest, the trip to the village, the viewing deck and the lovely pool to keep us busy.

The only criticisms I can think of would be that the quality of the food could have been a bit better and the surly lady walking everywhere with the very cute dog was a rather unsettling. Other than that, I would recommend this place happily.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2011

We enjoyed our stay (two night, three day stay.) The value of the room which includes transportation, meals and the guides made the lodge an excellent deal. We got picked up in San Jose and got a nice feel of the countryside with stops along the way (banana plantation, breakfast) and information pertaining to animals and plants. The final leg on the boat was fun and exciting (its "sport" to see how fast they can go) The owner welcomed us with a cool towel and a refreshing drink. The overall food experience was good. The selections allowed something for everyone but it was the service and chance to talk to other travelers that made it really fun. Pricing for the alcohol was reasonable. The tours in the canals were great and we really could take our time, take lots of pictures and ask questions. Our room was big and clean with fridge, safe and a large shower area.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2011

Having travelled and stayed in good hotels, Manatus was an excellent example where the staff were exceptional and made our stay most unforgettable. We had a lot of rain, but Greg Moses, Ray and the hotel manager did everything they could to keep us happy.

The overall value is excellent as it includes the transfers, all food and tours if you book the 2 night package.

The only negative we had was that the bathrooms were not very inviting and lighting in the rooms was very poor.

Room Tip: Room No 2 is close to the reception and better in rainy season
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

We had a lovely stay at Manatus hotel. We booked the 2 nights/3 days package, which at the beginning appeared to be expensive, nevertheless we have to admit that it is right the opposite, since it included everything we needed at our stay in Tortuguero, such as transportation from/to San José, breakfast, lunch & dinner, and two tours through the channels to see the rainforest and wildlife.

Hotel location was perfect, since it is integrated in the main channel heading to Tortuguero natural park. Hotel has a small and very nice swimming pool, and a private path in the rainforest, where we had the opportunity to see dozens of red frogs, blue jeans frogs, birds, butterflies…(and unfortunately thousands of mosquitoes, be careful!)

Rooms were very comfortable and nice. They even had a second private shower located outdoor.

Food at Manaus was outstanding. There were several options for each meal, which included very nice and tasty typical Costa Rica or Caribbean dishes. All personnel did continuously their best to ensure we had a very pleasant stay, and we would like to make a special remark on the very good service given by both Gregorio and Moisés (our waiters), who tried always their best to pleased us.

Tortuguero was our first stay in a two weeks trip to Costa Rica, and we still had some reservations to make. Margie, the Manatus guide at the bus, provide us with very useful recommendations, and we can say that we completed successfully our tour thanks to her advises.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

We were so lucky that friends told us to stay in manatus. Otherswise we probably hadn't as it is quiet pricy. Fortunately we did follow our friends recommendation. The
Hotel is awesome! The food was really good and the restaurant area is very nice. So is the pool... Our room was very clean and the staff was always great. Definately do the boat tours they offer through the national park and turtle watching!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

This place was just beautiful! Everything was perfectly organized from the minute I was picked up in San Jose to the minute I was dropped off back in San Jose. The rooms and grounds are beautiful. The service was extremely attentive. The tours were great and the guides top-notch. They had what I started to call the "Costa Rican Eye." They could spot an iguana in a tree at a hundred yards away! And we even stopped at the Dole banana plantation on the way!

I also had an excellent in-room massage that was a great way to start my trip!

I will say that I traveled solo and there were mostly families and a few couples there.

Room Tip: All the rooms have two queen beds. They are more like cottages spread out down the lane.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

What a place!!!!!! The rooms are beautiful and ample. The surroundings unbelievable. The service is five stars. Starting from the owner, to the waiters, and the boat staff service is personal and excellent. We went there with four other couples of our closest friends and everyone was totally pleased. So much that we're already planning another visit in the near future. Other friends want to join us. I would surely recommend Manatus.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Manatus Hotel
Address: | located 3 minutes from the Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero 454-4005, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manatus Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A room at Manatus Hotel begins with an extraordinary sense of peace and comfort. Your guest room is designed to inspire, its beauty connects you with the surrounding environment of a wildlife sanctuary and the water canals, while ensuring your comfort and convenience. Here at Manatus Hotel, the first class experience is the rule rather than the exception. We offer all the possibilities for family getaways, romantic escapades, vacations and wildlife adventures. ... more   less 
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