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La Mariposa Hotel: A Piece of Paradise

Written by Edith & Juan

Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and enchanting rain forest.  That’s why on our last day in this country, we decided to stay in a luxurious hotel overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park.

Sitting atop the highest point in Manuel Antonio, Hotel La Mariposa offers 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Manuel Antonio Park.

A stay at La Mariposa Hotel offers some spectacular views and amazing sunsets.  You will be surrounded by tropical gardens, nature, oversee the rain forest canopy, and enjoy a Spanish-Mediterranean architecturally designed room.  Simply put, you will be in Paradise. Be ready for picture overload of La Mariposa, as we have never fallen in love with a hotel room view more than here.

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

The Rooms at La Mariposa Hotel

With just one room left, we were given the Double Connecting Room. This room is ideal for groups of friends and families because it features 2 king size beds, 2 futons, 2 private bathrooms, and two living rooms. We didn’t need so much space but hey, we’re not complaining. We had these huge connecting rooms all to ourselves!

Located on the corner of the second floor, this room offers unbeatable views of Manuel Antonio Park and the Manuel Antonio Beaches.  The rooms are separated by an internal door and for more privacy, each room has its own private entrance via the wrap around terrace. 

The larger bedroom, leads out to a private terrace with a spacious seating area. The terrace overlooks more than a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean. 

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

Other room options include:

Premier Ocean View Room-These rooms are spacious and offer panoramic views of Manuel Antonio beaches and park.  They also include a furnished balcony, king and queen size beds, and some come with a kitchenette.

Standard Ocean View Room-With view of the Pacific Ocean, this room comes with a private balcony, panoramic ocean views, and queen size beds.

Standard Partial Ocean View Room-Also with a balcony, this room sits next to the tropical rain forest.  A stay in this room includes the chance to listen to howler monkeys and a visit from wildlife, such as monkeys, sloths, and birds.

Standard Garden View Room-This room comes with garden views and a balcony.  It  offers tranquility and comfort at a lower rate. To enjoy the panoramic ocean views, simply visit the pool and restaurant area.

The Honeymoon Suite-This suite consists of a complete top-floor that includes a king-size bed, living area, walk-in closet and panoramic views of the Manuel Antonio beaches and park.  It also includes a Jacuzzi for some relaxation and over-sized terrace.

Two-Bedroom Apartments- These rooms serve families and groups of friends well as they come with the comforts of a home.  It comes with appliances, a private terrace with garden views, and seperate bathrooms in each room.  The location of these units sit on the outskirts of the property but still comes with 24 hour security service.

Booking a room at this hotel offers many amenities that come along with a reservations such as a terrace or balcony, free shuttle service to the beach, free WiFi, hair dryer, electronic safe, cable Plasma TV, beach towels, room service, 24 hour security, infinity pools, and a delicious full breakfast!

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

 La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

The Views at La Mariposa Hotel

La Mariposa Hotel was a memorable experience for us because we got to see the most incredible views of the Manuel Antonio area.  The hotel has a 360 degree view because it sits atop the highest point in Manuel Antonio.  From our Double Connecting Room, we had a terrace that had over 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and from the connecting room we had access to views of the park.

The hotel itself is beautifully designed.  It has tropical gardens, abundant plant life, nice walkways, stunning views from the pools, and wildlife that comes by.  You are immersed in true and natural beauty.  Apparently we are not the only people who believe this hotel is amazing.  Patricia Shultz’ mentioned La Mariposa Hotel as one of the “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” in her best-seller book.  There’s no doubt that this hotel offers majestic views of Manuel Antonio!

 

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

Infinity Pools

The hotel itself included two infinity pools.  One large enough to swim laps and one with a bar.  Poolside, you have access to a jacuzzi and pool side chairs with some shade.  The pool area also has different bars and sits next to the restaurant.  The hotel includes beach towels for those who need them.  From the pool area, you will also have views of the Pacific Ocean and can enjoy stunning sunsets.

Beautifully landscaped, the pools reflect the natural Costa Rican beauty. Because Manuel Antonio sits atop of the highest peak, you will have a forest canopy view of the surrounding areas.  If you’re lucky like us, you might even spot a large whale moving across the ocean.  Sitting at the lower floor, you have access to another pool that sits next to a bar and pool tables that come as great entertainment.

 

La Mariposa Hotel Costa RicaLa Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

Lower level pool with bar area and pool tables

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

Wildlife at the pools.

Eating at La Mariposa Hotel

La Mariposa Hotel comes with a full complimentary breakfast.  Some food options include gallo pinto, chicken, ham, hash browns, fried banana and more.  You can also ask for fresh scrambled eggs and pancakes that are made right in front of you.  More options include a variety of fruit, yogurt, cereals, and different desserts.  Breakfast also comes with stunning views and a beautiful atmosphere.

Le Papillon restaurant serves international cuisine and Costa Rican seafood and comes with a Sunset Bar and Lounge so you can sip on some tasty cocktails.

 

 

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

Other Services at La Mariposa Hotel

Aside from the stunning views, this hotel offers assistance with tours and activities.  They can help you to make arrangements with Canopy Tours, Offshore and Inshore Sportsfishing and Flyfishing, White Water Rafting, ATV tours, Mangrove Tours, National Park tours, and horseback riding.

The hotel also offers free shuttle service to and from the beach four times per day to the Manuel Antonio Beach and National Park which is located just a mile away.

La Mariposita Gift Shop & Gallery is located next to the hotel.   Here you will find crafts by local artists, paintings, jewelry, and small souvenirs.  The hours are Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

You will find that the staff here is amazing and willing to help.  From the front desk service to the restaurant staff, you will be treated well throughout the hotel.  So don’t be hesitant to ask for help with arrangements you may need.

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

How to Get There and When to Visit

This property is located 10 minutes from Quepos downtown and only a 5 minute drive from Manuel Antonio beach and Park.  If you come from San Jose, it’s a 2 1/2 mile drive on route 27.

During green season (rainy season), you will find better and lower rates for the rooms.  It’s possible to find a room without booking too ahead of time.  During high season, make sure to book before coming especially if you have a specific room in mind.

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica

This is not a sponsored post.  We simply loved the hotel so much we wanted to share why we recommend it to others.  Opinions are solely ours and some of the information is found on the hotel’s website.  

About the author

Edith & Juan

From Arizona but temporarily based near California, Edith and her husband Juan created Life Beyond 520 to share inspiration from their local travels and adventures in California and beyond. Edith is the blogger behind these posts, but together they hope to inspire couples and others to get out there and explore new places, including their own city.

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