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Hotel Le Manatus Hotel 3 star
Tortuguero, Costa Rica -
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Margot Millier Section editor

On the banks of the great canal and a few minutes' walk from the entrance to Tortuguero National Park, the Manatus is a select hotel in the heart of the jungle where the service is of extremely high quality. The most luxurious hotel in the area, it is the only one to offer air-conditioning, a television, a small gym and an Internet area.

This hotel review is a translation from the French version published on our French site Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Manatus is a 5 minute boat ride from the city of Tortuguero and from the entrance to the national park ,and 4 minutes from the regional airport. Located in the north-eastern part of Costa Rica on the Caribbean coast, it is accessible from San JosÚ by road, then boat or by air (a 30 minute flight.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The 12 bedrooms of the Manatus are spread over three large distinct bungalows. Spacious, the bedrooms are protected from 'intruders' by mosquito nets on the windows. High ceilings, parquet, painted ceramic bedside lamps and four-poster beds make the place most comfortable. In each room, guests benefit from a stocked up mini-bar, a free safe, discreet individual air-conditioning and a fan. It is a shame, however, that there is no hair-dryer in the bedroom and that the only available telephone is at the reception. The fancy decoration can also be found in the bathroom, which is fitted with a large shower inside and outside (with a solarium), a beautiful hand-painted sink and various hospitality products. Room service is available during the day.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Built in 2005, you dock at a small pontoon and at the same time explore the peaceful and open space of the Manatus estate. Beyond it, the jungle thrives. A small path through the jungle quickly immerses you in the sounds of nature as you search for your first Costarican frogs! The architecture here is more structured and quite different from the local style, well represented in the lodges. The bungalows are all gathered in the same place, on both sides of the air-conditioned reception (the only one in Tortuguero!) In the latter, you will find a small gym and two or three souvenirs (painted pirogues and large pictures painted by the owner herself). Between two excursions, make the most of the peace and quiet of the place by swimming in the pool or relaxing on the deckchairs!

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The choice is Ó la carte in the only open-air and covered restaurant in Manatus hotel. Convenient, the variety of delicacies offered are included in the 3 day/2 night package: all you need to do is order your starter, main dish and dessert from the menu which is orientated towards Afro-Caribbean cuisine. There are three options on the kids' menu. A varied breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 9:00 am, lunch is served from 12 noon to 2:00 pm and dinner from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. However, flexibility is still possible!

    To know

    The nationality of the majority of the clientele is Spanish, closely followed by American. 8 out of the 22 employees speak English. Tourists often come on a 3 day/2 night stay to make the most of the luxuriance of Tortuguero National Park.

    Book a room as early as possible in this hotel, unmatched in the region, especially if you wish to travel in the high season - in August or from December to April!

    Accommodation tip:
    If possible, ask for a room with a view of Tortuguero canal or of the jungle!


    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      kayak, paddle boats, water-polo

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium


    • Blends with the surrounding nature.
    • Unique services in Tortuguero
    • Quality services
    • A peaceful and pleasant setting
    • Few rooms


    • Inevitably, the hotel is a little less part of the surrounding nature than some of the other nearby hotels.

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