Staying in Manuel Antonio
As one of the most scenic regions in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio feels refined with its white-sand beaches, hillside resorts, and dense jungle stretching to the Pacific Ocean. But you don’t necessarily need to book luxury accommodation to enjoy the region. With its incredible beaches and miles of rainforest inside Manuel Antonio National Park, you’ll find plenty of options for high-quality yet affordable lodgings with just as many perks as their lavish counterparts.
The village of Quepos is the main town of Manuel Antonio and where you’ll find many places to eat, plus art galleries and a marina. But most travelers opt to stay a bit closer to the national park and beaches, such as Biesanz Beach, Espadilla Beach, and Manuel Antonio Beach. If you’re looking for views, amenities, and comfort but don’t want to splurge, consider one of kimkim’s recommendations for the best mid-range hotels in Manuel Antonio.
La Mariposa Hotel
If 360° panoramic views are your thing, then La Mariposa is for you. The hotel sits on the highest point in the region, so you’re treated to jaw-dropping vistas of rainforest jungle and the Pacific Ocean. With 65 rooms, the hotel is a bit large but feels intimate, and the rooms are genuinely incredible, thanks to those views! We recommend skipping over the standard category because you’re here for the views! Upgrades offer wraparound porches, private Jacuzzis, multiple bedrooms, and/or kitchenettes.
Although it’s farther from Espadilla Beach and the national park, the hotel operates a scheduled shuttle to the main sites four times daily, and it’s only a 20-minute walk (up and down a few hills) from Biesanz Beach. But if you want just to relax on-site, you can enjoy the hilltop open-air Le Papillon Restaurant, lounge/bar area, and outdoor infinity pools. All feel very serene with bright neutral colors, green tropical plants, and thatched roofing. There’s also an onsite art gallery worth a visit. Learn more
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Parador Resort & Spa
Parador Resort & Spa is a large hotel, but its expansive grounds on the hillside lend it an intimate feel. All of the property’s 129 rooms feature modern amenities, like air conditioning and minifridges, and the premium rooms have private balconies with sea views. The suites include all of the above, plus a private Jacuzzi. There’s an adults-only section of the hotel with its own pool, plus options that function more like apartments, such as the Penthouse, Family Suite, or La Casita. These units feature multiple bedrooms, seating areas, and kitchens or kitchenettes.
Although not beachfront, the hotel is near two of the area’s most beautiful beaches. A quick seven-minute walk gets you to the quiet and more secluded Biesanz Beach, where you can rent kayaks and snorkel gear. If you’d like to spend time at Espadilla Beach, the resort offers a direct shuttle service.
On-site, you’ll have a few amenities to enjoy. There are beautiful outdoor pools with ocean views, tennis courts, mini-golf, hiking trails, and a spa. When you get hungry, you can eat right at La Galeria, the main restaurant, serving a breakfast buffet and a la carte menu of local and international food, or stay causal with snacks at the lounge bar or swim-up bar. Other options include a wine cellar and private dining. Learn more
Not far from Biesanz Beach is Issimo Suites Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, a quaint adults-only hotel with just 13 rooms. Opt for the penthouse suites for the best views, which feature a wall of windows overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But all units have ocean views, plus jungle views, private Jacuzzis, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and flatscreen TVs.
Amenities include an outdoor pool with a terrace and sundeck, a perfect spot for sunset. Grab a cocktail at the adjacent pool bar and watch the sun melt into the ocean. Next to the pool is the onsite restaurant, Terrazza by Issimo. With open-air seating, you can enjoy breakfast or lunch in the sunshine and dinner by candlelight. For some pampering, head to the spa for a relaxing massage or stretch your legs on the property’s nature paths, many connecting to nearby trails to beaches or cliffsides.
Hotel Plaza Yara
You’ll find Hotel Plaza Yara close to the town of Quepos, meaning it’s a bit farther from the main beach and national park entrance. All units come as suites, so they have seating areas and a bit more space than a standard room. However, they’re still rather simple in design and decor, with an overall basic look. But one thing that makes the rooms unique is the custom-made furniture using wood and bamboo, plus all suites include air conditioning, kitchenettes, and complimentary breakfast.
Onsite, you’ll find a handful of amenities. Breakfast is served in a quaint dining area with wooden tables and bamboo chairs. An outdoor lounge area overlooks the jungle, complete with comfy seating, flowers, a wraparound porch, and a fountain. Don’t be surprised if a few animals come to greet you! It’s not uncommon to spot monkeys, birds, and sloths throughout the property.
Head to the outdoor pool or peruse the onsite art gallery when you need to relax. Quepos and the entire Manuel Antonio area are known for art and art galleries, so it’s convenient to have one right at the hotel.
Hotel Costa Verde
For a unique experience (though one that could appear a little gimmicky depending on your style), try Hotel Costa Verde. Quirky banners, billboards, and old airplanes converted into restaurants and villas (plus grounds covering 20 acres) make it feel like its own town. You’ll also notice walls and light fixtures made from old glass bottles and handmade wood furniture on the property.
Rooms, cabanas, bungalows, and cottages stretch across 20 acres of forests and jungles. There’s a ton of variety in room type, but all units have patios or balconies, kitchenettes, cable TV, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. Much of the furnishings feature recycled materials, and you can even sleep in the cockpit cottage, accessible by a hanging bridge. Because the hotel sits on a bluff, the views are fantastic, especially at the top of the property, where you’ll find an old helipad-turned terrace.
The property has a lot of amenities, starting with three outdoor pools. Two are family-friendly, whereas the other is in the adults-only area of the hotel. Nearby is a sundeck and lounge, and you’ll have five eateries to enjoy; two onsite restaurants with open-air dining and three other options along the road near the hotel’s entrance. To get to the beach, you’ll need to walk about 10 minutes via a slightly steep path, and the hotel is also within walking distance of a few offsite restaurants and cafes. Learn more