4.6 out of 5

"Beautiful view and lovely experience! The grounds were beautiful and the staff was wonderful. " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 28 Aug 2018

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Hotel Description

Family-friendly 3.5-star resort near Playa La Macha

Seaside stay

You'll find Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge and Playa La Macha within 2 miles (3 km) of this resort. Playitas Beach and Biesanz Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Poolside dining

This smoke-free resort features 4 outdoor pools and 2 poolside bars. Families will appreciate the children's pool, onsite laundry facilities, and supervised childcare. Relax with a drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges and enjoy free perks like full breakfast and a beach shuttle.

Free WiFi, balconies

The 70 individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and room service. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include balconies and rainfall showerheads.

Standard, Partial Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
$166 per night

Standard Room, Balcony, Ocean View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Premier Room, Balcony, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

La Mariposa Hotel ratings based on 26 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.6 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for La Mariposa Hotel

Everyone (4) Couples (1)
5 out of 5
Beautiful view and lovely experience! The grounds were beautiful and the staff was wonderful.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018

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5 out of 5
OUTSTANDING!!! Everything about this Hotel was wonderful, we stayed there April 4, 2018 to April 9, 2018. The staff is very friendly, rooms are very comfortable and exceptionally clean. The pools and gardens are likewise in pristine condition and very clean. The views from the Hotel are extraordinary. I utilized the laundry service during our stay and our clothes came back impeccably clean and folded. Breakfast was very good with a varied selection of food and of course the omelettes made to order were our favorite. We ate dinner at the Hotel Restaurant one night and the only caution I would say is the restaurant at the hotel is pricey compared to the other local restaurants, the food was amazing but does come at a higher cost. I would absolutely recommend this Hotel to others and I plan on staying at La Mariposa again on my next visit to Costa Rica. P.S. The Gift Shop has some really unique jewelry made by local artists at very reasonable prices too.

Posted by , from Ohio, USA on Apr 18, 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 19, 2018 by Manfred Arias

Dear Cathy, Thank you for sharing your experience at Hotel La Mariposa. We appreciate your comments and are delighted that you had a great stay. With a spirit of service, we feel very proud, not only in the service, but also is exceeding your expectations. Your feedback is important to continue improving our service. Thanks again for your time and come and visit us again soon! Best regards, Manfred Arias Guests Relations Manager Hotel La Mariposa

5 out of 5

Awesome hotel!!

I have nothing bad to say about my stay. EVERYONE was great! My hotel view from a partial beach view was amazing! Free breakfast was very good. Bus right down the street or a cab is easily accessible. Tours were arranged before I arrived, so I was always having fun! I will definitely return to this hotel!!!

Posted by , from Houston on Jan 22, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

by Manfred Arias

Dear Dee. Thanks for staying with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback!

4 out of 5

Amazing view

The partial ocean view room had an incredible view! the room itself was nothing special but it was good enough for us. The staff was helpful but not overly friendly. The pools were nice but a hot tub would have been nice for the evening. The restaurant was extremely expensive for dinner but the view at sunset from the resaurant was the most beautiful view I've ever seen!!

Posted by , from Minnesota on Jul 24, 2015

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4 out of 5

Beautiful Hotel with the best view in town!

Pros: View, pool, location, breakfast.
Cons: Beds could be more comfortable.
Location: Beach, rain-forest, hiking, restaurants.
The view is extraordinary, must see to believe. Large rooms with big balconies and panoramic ocean/mountain/rain-forest views. Infinity pool, fresh, cooked to order breakfast and attentive staff. Close to restaurants within walking distance. Free shuttle to beach or easy drive. Big hotel but the stay felt intimate and very relaxing.

Posted by , from Annapolis, MD on May 7, 2015

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5 out of 5

Best place to stay in the area, best views!!

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants
This hotel was beautiful, staff is very friendly, pool is beautiful, breakfast was great! We loved the swim up bars too :) We saw Monkeys, Iguanas, Geckos, Sloths...all nearby without even entering the national park!

Posted by , from Michigan, USA on Mar 15, 2013

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4 out of 5

beautiful views

Pros: Free breakfast, Free Internet, Quiet
nice hotel, 3 hours from San Jose Airport. great ocean views, penthouse if really cool. had monkeys come to our patio.

Posted by , from USA on Mar 27, 2012

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5 out of 5

La Mariposa has a wonderful homely feel

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet, incredible view the highest point in the area
My first time to La Mariposa, I immediately commented to my friend that I felt very welcome, like I was in someone's home. The staff were all fantastic and very friendly and professional. The pool and jacuzzi are stunning, the view amazing, it's impossible not to feel relaxed and with a great margarita in hand, I couldn't wish to be anywhere else. The room's are extremely comfortable, the view stunning from our top floor room. Breakfast with such an incredible view was a great way to start the day. I would absolutely recommend this resort.

Posted by , from Sydney NSW, Australia on Jan 29, 2012

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5 out of 5

Beautiful Resort

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Quiet
I certainly recommend La Mariposa to everyone ...The view is amazing ...,very clean ,and the staff very helpful..It's a short walk to a grocery store and other restaurants...the best food we ate ,while stayin there, for a week was right in the parking lot of the resort ...wonderful French cusine. The chef and his son were wonderful ,everything was so fresh and the deserts ,to die for.We looked at other resorts in this area and would choose La Mariposa again.. vacation 5/21/11

Posted by , from North carolina on Jun 6, 2011

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5 out of 5

I have recommended this hotel to many friends and will definitely stay there again...

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet, Quiet
Cons: beds weren't the most comfortable
The whole experience was amazing. The rooms, staff, restaurant, bar, service, location, feeling of safety and ease of scheduling activities were more than we expected. We will definitely stay there again and have recommended this hotel to many friends...

Posted by , from St Petersburg, Florida on Apr 13, 2011

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Property Features

La Mariposa Hotel offers its guests 4 outdoor swimming pools and a children's pool. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. For a drink, you can stop by one of the onsite bars, including 2 poolside bars and 2 bars/lounges. Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the family-friendly La Mariposa Hotel. An area shuttle within 300 km and a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) are available for a fee. A complete renovation of La Mariposa Hotel was completed in December 2018. This Mediterranean Manuel Antonio resort is smoke free.

  • 70 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 6 buildings
  • 2 bars by the pool
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • Built in 1973
  • Full breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Coffee shop
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Grocery service (free)
  • Wedding services available
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Convenience store
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Beauty salon
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Number of outdoor pools - 4
  • Children's pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) (155 km / 96.3 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free beach shuttle; airport shuttle, area shuttle within 300 km, cruise terminal shuttle, and ferry terminal shuttle available for a surcharge
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

La Mariposa Hotel offers 70 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and hair dryers. Rooms open to balconies. Each accommodation is individually decorated. 28-inch LCD televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include showers with rainfall showerheads, and complimentary toiletries. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. In-room massages and irons/ironing boards can be requested. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Private balcony
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • Shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free full breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

Le Papillon - This poolside restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can order drinks at the bar and enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available. Open daily.

A complimentary grocery shopping service is offered and room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

4 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Fishing on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Hot springs nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Ziplining nearby
  • Beach yoga on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Boat tours nearby
  • Segway rental/tour nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby

Spa Services

  • Hot stone massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai massage
  • Reflexology
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Detoxification wrap
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 6 AM - 11 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 11 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 6 AM - 11 PM.
Guests arriving after 11 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for CRC 11000 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at La Mariposa Hotel


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. No onsite parking is available. Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No onsite parking is available.

  • No pets or service animals allowed


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: CRC 215000 per vehicle (roundtrip)
  • Rollaway bed fee: CRC 11000 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Hotel Mariposa
  • La Mariposa
  • La Mariposa Hotel
  • La Mariposa Hotel Manuel Antonio
  • La Mariposa Manuel Antonio
  • Mariposa Hotel
  • Hotel La Mariposa Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio National Park
  • La Mariposa Costa Rica
  • Mariposa Hotel Manuel Antonio
  • Mariposa Manuel Antonio
  • La Mariposa Hotel Costa Rica/Quepos

You should know

  • La Mariposa Hotel offers transfers from the cruise terminal, ferry terminal, and airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 48 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.