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“3 days in a swamp!”
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Manatus Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Tortuguero
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“3 days in a swamp!”
Reviewed 1 February 2012

This was an amazing experience! It was wet all the way. We were surrounded on three sides by water and it rained three quarters of the time. But we knew that and the rain was warm.
They have covered boats if you wish, but you don't see as much. With a rain cape you see more and who cares about getting wet?
The guides are amazing at spotting wildlife and the boat trips through the channels are not to be missed.
Manatus is a dormitory village where many of th staff live so very basic.
The rooms are set out in blocks between the water and the jungle. Very comfortable with 2 double beds, mini bar, chair etc
NB mosquitoes are here although we didn't have too much trouble
Food was very good, espcially the fish, and the service excellent with waiters who had a sense of fun.
A short foray into the jungle revealed all manner of insect and frog life at the expense of kamikaze mosquito attack.
Well worth a visit

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

We liked the hotel overall, the rooms were nice but lacking in amenities (no hot water in the sink, no robes or slippers, no phones in the room to call the front desk), and the food is very underwhelming. That being said, the service is amazing, the transportation was effortless, and the location ideal to explore nature. Could be more luxurious for the money, but a very pleasant experience nonetheless.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

We visited the Manatus for two nights as part of a package and will stay longer when we return. The lodge is a well appointed lodge of 12 cabins with the owner on site. we were looked after in an exemplary fashion by all the staff and were made feel welcomed and appreciated. The food was excellent and I could not fault the Lodge in any way.

The boat trips through the backwaters were taken at a sensible pace and provided an excellent wildlife experience.

An excellent destination, we will return and have time to appreciate the wonderful peaceful atmosphere.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

After a long boat ride through the river, with cool wildlife we approached this small hotel. We were welcomed with a nice fruit juice and shown our rooms. You must remember you are in the middle of the jungle. The rooms were comfortable, most importantly with air conditioning. The restaurant did a nice job with our meals. There is a nice bar also serving all different kinds of drinks. The boat tour through the river was the most outstanding aspect seeing the wildlife. It was a very cool intro to Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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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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Property: Manatus Hotel
Address: located 3 minutes from the Tortuguero National Park | Tortuguero, Cosat Ruca, 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):
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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