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“Really quite splendid”
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Manatus Hotel
Ranked #2 of 8 Hotels in Tortuguero
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Bristol, England
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36 reviews
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“Really quite splendid”
Reviewed 1 April 2012

Lovely room, gardens full of animals before you even start looking for them on the river tours.

Basically, one spends a couple of days trundling along the canals and waterways being amazed by the wildlife, before returning to base to freshen up up with a frozen margarita and a 3 course dinner. In fairness, although the food isn't bad, it isn't as good as they think it is.

But overall, thoroughly recommended.

Room Tip: There are only 12, don't think room number matters.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Attleborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

Efficient pick up in San Jose, comfortable aircon mini-bus for transfer, stopping enroute for breakfast and brief trip round banana plantation, informative commentary on the sights as we crossed the volcanic devide and dropped down into Lemon province. Easy transfer to boat for the very pleasant hour long cruise to the remote lodge.
The main lodge and the fourteen rooms are spread along a hundred and fifty yard stretch of the bank of the waterway surrounded by pleasant gardens. The principle roomes in blocks of four are comfortable with efficient air-con, twin double beds, fridge, sky tv and wifi; the adjoining shower room is spacious but space is limited on the vanitory unit (mostly filled by the safe!) and there is no plug or hot water to the basin.
Food and service are excellent: table service with a good, if a little limited, menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Unfortunately the main purpose of visiting, to see the annimals, was completely ruined by the regular and very heavy rainfall. The trips to the National Park were on open boats with no protection offered from the rain, unlike other lodges they did not provide waterproofs so one just got very wet. And while it was raining there was little to see in the way of animals or birds so it was all a bit pointless and unpleasant. When you run out of dry clothes you begin to wonder why you came! And this was the dry season!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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WestCountryTwo
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

This was the sixth hotel we stayed in during our one month tour of Costa Rica.
Excerpt from my daily blog as follows:-
Day 16
We had to get to Cano Blanco Pier to get the boat to Tortuguero. Our tour operators said it was at Guapiles, but it was in fact nearly 60kms further on, the last 35kms or so on dirt roads.
Luckily the boat waited for us and we were treated to an exciting and surprisingly fast boat journey up to Manatus Lodge, just opposite the Tortuguero village. This took about an hour.
They gave us a very warm welcome when we arrived and we were shown to our cabin/bungalows, which were very nice. Everything to a real high standard. We went across to the local village of Tortugero in the afternoon and had a very nice meal in the Lodge in the evening. Their house wine was wonderful.
They have their own nature trails where we saw poison dart frogs (and some mosquitos!).

Day 17
Good breakfast then a guided boat tour in the morning and afternoon. Visited Tortugero village.
Manatus Lodge is excellent. Small and personal and top quality everything, including the food.

Only a short stay, but we loved it. Would like to go back again. Because they pack in so many tours, two days is probably about right here.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

Beautiful location, charming staff, very comfortable rooms and nice menus.
The best thing, the views and the peace from the pier.
If we, someday come back to Tortuguero, we will stay at Manatus for sure.
The experiene was unforgettable.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Odijk
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Location was superb. The hotel is not located in Tortuguero Village, but a few minutes on a boat outside, which means you will have an undisturbed nights rest. The rooms are very nice, with a lot of attention to detail. The airco is very nice in this warm climate and above all, its silent! The beds were very nice and we slept like a rose.

The ride to Manatus is already a lot of fun. On the way there is a stop with a nice lunch and you also make a blitz visit to a banana plant. On the spot you can enjoy some fresh coconut milk right from the nut. Delicious.

After this bumpy ride, you jump on a boat with another guide pointing out nice stuff you encounter on your way to the hotel. We saw a lot of birds and a herd of water buffalo.

When you arrive at the location itself, you are greeted with a nice cold towel to wipe of the sweat of your face and the most delicious fruit cocktail.

The food is of superb quality (good restaurant quality) and the staff is very very nice. They speak perfectly english, and they were even friendly enough to help us a bit with learning spanish.

The trips arranged in Tortuguero itself are also very nice.

Its really a shame that Manatus isn't meantioned in Lonely Planet (at least not in our edition). You should take advantage of this, because now there is a higher chance they still got some vacancies left.

Room Tip: The rooms at the riverside are a big better view-wise, all rooms are really nice though.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Great little hotel with very friendly and helpful staff. The boat ride to and from the hotel is an experience in itself and the excursions in open boats on the waterways are rich in wildlife experiences, particularly so for birds. We also saw sloths, howler monkeys, capucine monkeys and alligators, some of them at very close distance.

The food is good and the rooms are more than adequate.

Heartily recommended!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2012

what a great place, in the middle of the rain forest and on the banks of one of the waterways it is situated in a dreamy place.

The food was very good, the rooms spacious and very comfortable
and the stuff very helpful and kind,

The location and atmosphere are exceptional, we woke up in the mornings to the sounds of the Howler monkeys ...

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manatus Hotel
Address: located 3 minutes from the Tortuguero National Park | 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
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Ranked #2 of 8 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):
Manatus is the only hotel in Tortuguero that offers all the comforts of the modern world in an exotic and wild environment. Our hotel is an oasis of peace surrounded by a real wildlife sanctuary. Experience ecotourism and adventure, and then relax and enjoy the wonderful amenities of our hotel. Come live the Manatus experience! ... more   less 
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