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Parador Boutique Resort & Spa
Gelegen op een heuvel, ca. 100 meter boven de zeespiegel met een schitterend uitzicht over de Stille Oceaan. Letterlijk en figuurlijk: op eenzame hoogte. ‘El Parador’ is een begrip. En niet alleen in de omgeving van Quepos/Manuel Antonio.
Over Parador Boutique Resort & Spa
De eigenaren zijn Nederlanders die een ‘boutique’ hotel avant-la-lettre bouwden. Jaren geleden begonnen zij met de constructie van hun droomhotel. Er moest een ‘top’ hotel komen op een van de mooiste, tegelijkertijd meest geïsoleerde plekjes van Costa Rica. De locatie was bepalend; een hoge heuvel, omringd door maagdelijk regenwoud, met aan de top een zeldzaam panoramisch uitzicht over het Manuel Antonio National Park. Toen de constructie uiteindelijk een feit was werd ‘la casa’ gevuld met kunst en antiquiteiten uit de eigen privé-collectie. Een adembenemende plek, een liefdevol gedecoreerd hotel, toegewijde eigenaren. Voeg daar de comfortabele kamers en uitgebreide faciliteiten aan toe en daarbij een gratis shuttleverbinding naar het strand. Geen wonder dat reizigers van heinde en verre de (stijle!) weg naar ‘El Parador’ weten te vinden.
- rust en natuur
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Airco, plafondventilator, WiFi, televisie, telefoon, kluisje, minibar, koffiezetfaciliteiten, strijkplank en -ijzer, badkamer met douche en föhn en terras met junglezicht.
Zoals Garden, zonder terras, met balkon en badkamer met bad.
Zoals Garden Plus, ruimer en dichter bij de belangrijkste faciliteiten gelegen.
Gelegen op de top van een heuvel, vlakbij stranden en Manuel Antonio National Park.
• 4 Restaurants
• 2 Bars
• 3 Zwembaden
• Watersportmogelijkheden zoals kajakvaren, surfen en snorkelen
Het Manuel Antonio National Park is een van de meest veelzijdige parken van Costa Rica. Onderweg komt u verschillende restaurants en bars tegen, waar u gezellig wat kunt eten voor of na het bezoek aan het park. Via het zilvergrijze strand Playa Espadilla bereikt u het park. Eenmaal binnen kunt u verschillende tochten door het park lopen, variërend van steil tot vlak. Een van de wandelingen die wij liepen is die naar het schiereiland Punta Cathedral, en deze tocht is zeer aan te raden! Tijdens de wandeling komt u zeldzame dieren tegen, zoals het doodskopaapje en de luiaard. Naast wandelen kunt u in Manuel Antonio National Park ook wildwatervaren en paardrijden, en tijdens een boottocht ziet u wellicht wel dolfijnen! Neemt u ook vooral uw snorkel mee, want vlakbij het park ligt ook een prachtig koraalrif!
"Nice hotel but poor service and food"
We stayed here for four nights. The hotel is nice, good views, good swimming pools and nice spacious rooms. Good place to relax and location is good. However the food is overpriced and not great. The lunch menu has a good choice but some were not available to order such as pizza and sushi. The wraps were nice. The dinner menu is more limited and expensive. The chicken is too dry. Service is not great, food takes a long time to come and have to request waiters to serve you. Generally attitude of the staff was poor. Best to take the free shuttle to the beach and there are nice restaurants there for much cheaper. Generally service wasn't great but seems typical of costa rican hotels. We arrived at 1pm and our room wasn't ready. When it was ready the key machine wasn't working so we were waiting in our room for our keys. In the end we had to go to reception and ask for them. Not a five star hotel as advertised by the hotel itself.
"Good resort style hotel"
We stayed three nights early on in a lengthy trip to Costa Rica. The position of the Parador is excellent and it has extensive grounds and being so close to the National Park there is not need to take a trip there (many people have said it is very crowded) as all the mammals and birds come to you at the hotel. Sloths, Monkeys, Coatis and countless bird species. The stay did not start well as we arrived somewhat early (not their fault) but we had to keep chasing to see whether the room was ready. The hotel has been added to in recent years with two newer large tall blocks so it is quite large so maybe some of the facilities are not quite large enough. There are two pools, the children and family pool looks lovely but is rather noisy so we opted for the adult only pool which is a bit further out of the way and was deserted most of the time and is a good animal viewing spot. Our "tropical" room (311) was quite spacious, very much American style with two queen size beds, floor tiles, cream walls. Very clean and comfortable with good service. The bathroom had a large walk in shower with marble tiles, towels were a bit on the small size. There is also a nice balcony which provides respite when it is raining. We ate three times in the Galleria restaurant and found the food quite palatable and also a well priced wine list (for Costa Rica) and with enough choice for three nights. Service was good in the restaurant but a little lacklustre at the main desk. Probably not the best place to stay in the region but we would recommend albeit with the caveat that it is quite large, a little impersonal and not five star.
"Gorgeous hotelexperiece! We want to go back asap!"
Soon our stay in costa rica is over and we ve tried a few hotels. Parador was by far the best!! I would definitely recommend this gem! Its close cabride to Manuel antonio nationalpark but its almost not needed to go to since it feels like this place is situated in one with all the wild animals: liguanas, monkeys and its own sloth Flash. ðŸ˜‚ They even have a monkeytrail. We were given welcome drinks At arrival, the staff were personal and absolutely superfriendly! We had some issues and misunderstandings but they all solved the problems With smiles and were nice about it. There are several pools, all gorgeous, great views, the Food in the main restaurant is great- try the tuna dishes ! The food in restaurant Fregatta not good even though very pricey undortunately. But was ok the first time. Maybe unlycky day. All in all a lovely hotel experience- i will and have already recommended this place to friends and acquaintances and will recommend anyone that wants an authentic costa rican hotel with good standards to go here! ðŸ‘ðŸ»ðŸ‘ŒðŸ½
"Delightful Spontaneous Week"
From the moment I arrived Friday night, until I departed the following Friday morning, I was made to feel welcome and well served by Parador staff. At first glance, I was dazzled by the gorgeous wood and tile work in the lobby, then quickly greeting with a cool, refreshing towel and a delicious glass of Pineapple juice! Deybin showed me to my room, using a fascinating and unique outside elevator, giving me bits of helpful info as we went. Eric, Stiven, Deany were three of my favorite waiters, and Emanuel had the most gorgeous green eyes...this of course had nothing to do with service or rating, but for an older, single woman, still a delight. Hostesses, Marlen and Alexandra were very kind and friendly and Bartender, Harold makes the best Mint Arnold Palmers ever! Make sure to ask for this; he calls it a Harold Special! The breakfast buffet is varied, hot, fresh and delicious; BEST pancakes I've ever had in any restaurant! Incredible array of fresh fruit and breads too; I loved their (very dark, moist) banana bread and could have eaten my weight in papaya....if you are new to this fruit, try it with a generous squeeze of lime juice for extra zing. Lunch and Dinner menus had an excellent variety; I especially enjoyed the pita tuna and pita burger, ceviche, rice bowls, crispy whole fish, rockfish and risotto, and my favorite side was the Yucca chips! Oh, try the Gazpacho Trio appetizer too, yummy, refreshing and different. Marilyn and Katherine at the Concierge desk were most helpful in setting up airport return buses for my friends and me. When Katherine realized I would be gone before she came to work Friday, she called me on Thursday and then stopped to say goodbye and wish me safe travels home. That's so uncommon and very sweet. Raphael set us up with a great Catamaran excursion that included, dolphin sightings, snorkeling, delicious and generous dinner and a beautiful sunset return. Later that evening, knowing that I was in need of an interpreter, Raphael offered his services. My two friends from Guatemala were staying with me for 3 days before joining others at a missionary training camp. They speak no English and I only know greetings and food words in Spanish. Raphael did a wonderful job of helping the three of us communicate better and more clearly (and faster) than Google Translator, which we had been using. Though I was tempted to use the Spa facilities, I resisted as they were pricier than at home; I have an esthetician and massage therapist who are very fee friendly and excellent at their craft so saw no benefit in paying resort prices. If the Spa is anything like the pool and rest of resort, I'm sure it's lovely. Everything was very clean and well kept, beautifully manicured, etc. The rooms were simple but clean, and spacious enough for three of us. The beds were very comfortable and the view was breathtaking! I had a toucan land on my balcony and stay close long enough for photos. I could hear monkeys chattering and even screeching in the early morning hours, but didn't actually see them from my room. It is amazing to be that close to nature though. I cannot rate the hotel room prices as this was a timeshare exchange, so for me it was an excellent value. The food was higher than my very nice resort in Puerto Vallarta, but I think that may be more the Peso and Colone to USD rate... certainly I wouldn't say the menu was overpriced, but it was not cheap. Certainly very good food and a generous portion for the price. Without a doubt, the breakfast buffet was the best bargain. Wifi worked very well most of the time; occasionally slow and several times I simply reset my iPhone; plenty of outlets on patio so you could recharge if needed. Overall I was extremely happy at Parador and would love to go there again. My only complaint is a small one and partly my own fault for not inquiring: On my last night I ordered steak and said I would be interested in a glass of red wine. My waiter (not named above) said he would bring me something special. I should have asked, "how much is special" because when I got the bill it turned out to be a $17 glass of wine! Geez, my filet was only $26! Rodney Strong Pinot Noir must be a great wine, but I'm not a wine snob. While it was good, it was by no means worth $17 to me. This is the only waiter I didn't tip. One other positive note: Water is clean and filtered, even tap is safe to drink. No fear in eating salads or fruit.
"Disappointing stay over New Years"
We had a lot of things go wrong. I don't want to get into lengthy detail about it, but what really was the last straw in the camel's back was the fact that we wrote to the person in charge of hospitality and she NEVER responded! The location and animals at the resort are amazing. Service is horrible. Restaurant food mediocre and extremely slow. NYE party disappointing for the price we paid (although i truly do appreciate the workers efforts in setting up, which was a very very long process). The rooms in the old building have walls you'd think are made out of paper. We can hear the woman coughing next door! Here's the letter we wrote to them after our stay: Hello! Recently, we returned to Costa Rica (where we had our honeymoon) to celebrate our 12 year wedding anniversary. The last time we were in Manuel Antonio, we stayed at Si Como No and loved it. This time, they were booked. Per the recommendations of a friend, we decided to spend 5 nights at the Parador. On the positive side, the hotel was beautiful and we really enjoyed the pool and monkey trail. But, there were some challenges that we would like to highlight for you. I right this email because our challenges at Parador stood in stark contrast to the hospitality we received from all of our other Costa Rican accommodations, both this time and our stay 12 years ago. Upon check in, we asked if we could get a roll away bed for our 5 year old. They said they don't have any left as the hotel is 100% occupied. So, i asked them for a mattress on the floor. They said they could not accommodate that either. We went back and forth until my husband got upset and asked the reception person to help us get a room at another hotel. Magically, they found a roll away bed. I'm not sure why they wouldn't say ok from the beginning when they clearly had the roll away available. At the time of our arrival, they offered our kids ice cream. I thought was really nice and we accepted. The ice cream never came. This is a minor issue. But, when you offer a 5 and an 8 year old ice cream and you donâ€™t bring it, it causes issues for the parents! So, our start was rocky. But, we were looking forward to our adventures and our stay at the hotel. Unfortunately, the problems continued to follow us. We asked the activity desk to arrange for our friends to join us on a mangrove tour. Without even calling them, the activity person said the mangrove tour was booked. We kept checking (hoping that somebody would cancel), and he kept telling us it was booked. We finally called the tour company directly and booked the tour for our friends. It is hard to explain why the activity desk could not call and see if the tour company could accommodate us. But, that unwillingness caused a lot of grief and wasted time for us For the new year's party, we requested in advance that we sit with some friends that we met at the hotel. The hostess agreed. But, the night of the party, she said she could not accommodate our request. In fact, the 2 young hostesses working the restaurant desk were rude. They said, "it's just dinner, Have dinner and then you can be with your friends after". I think for spending $220 a person, it is a small request to ask to sit with friends. It literally took us 2 hours and much frustration before we were accommodated. This was a simple request. It should not have been handled that way. Clearly, the accommodation was possible. The last, and worse, experience we had was with a manager named Harold. He was about the rudest manager I had ever met. When i booked the hotel many months ago, someone from the hotel emailed me the itinerary for what the new year's mandatory party would consist of. One of the things listed was brunch on new years day. When, on New Yearâ€™s day, we sat to have brunch, we were told that it was not included. I tried to show Harold the email in which we were told it was. Before he even had the phone in his hand, he said "the email does not say that." Finally, when he actually read the email, he agreed to not charge us for the meal. But, he said that he was going to have the person who wrote the email pay for our meals. And, he promptly took out all of the alcohol bottles that were supposed to be included with the buffet and told the bar tender to charge us for our drinks. He also stood there arguing with me. It got so bad that my husband came over and asked Harold to leave. At first he refused. But, finally he left; not before ruining our brunch. The staff came over and apologized to us several times. But, Harold never once attempted to smooth over this problem. Also, we stayed in room 220 and the walls are so thin that we can hear the people next door and below us conversation. We can even hear the woman coughing, which made it not a restful sleep for us. You can do with this information as you please. I decided to write it because it was the single worst stay we had in Costa Rica and I thought that the management should know about it.
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