El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

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Luxury boutique resort

Located just twenty minutes away from Liberia Airport, this boutique property is the closest beach resort located to any international airport in Costa Rica. The hotel's grounds cover 17 acres including 150 metres of stunning beachfront alongside Panama Beach. It's also just 15 minutes from El Coco, a lively beach town with restaurants, bars, eclectic souvenir markets, parks and shops. Choose to relax around the 130 metre stretched swimming pool with a cocktail on one of the poolside lounges, cabanas or choose to revitalize in the forest inspired gym, spa and outside yoga areas. This luxury relaxing yet trendy resort is a must visit when travelling to Costa Rica.

  • Laid back luxury
  • Fully sustainable
  • Live music nights and events

Hotel Features

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  • 85 rooms
  • Transfer duration: Approx. 20 minutes from Liberia airport or 3 and a half hours from San José airport

Main Facilities

  • Fitness facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa facilities
  • Watersports
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • Boutique
  • Luxury Collection

Board Basis Options

  • All Inclusive

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Kid's Club
Location Highlights

El Mangroove, Autograph Collection

  • Beach
  • Approx. 20 minutes from Liberia airport or 3 and a half hours from San José airport
765 Reviews 89% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 494
  • Very Good 179
  • Average 56
  • Poor 23
  • Terrible 13

What to Expect

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Jan 22, 2018

Small Botique Ambiance within Natural Habitat

LaGrange, GA

I recently was blessed to have a 3 night stay at this wonderful property in Papagayo on the Pacific in Costa Rica. I booked a lovely Habitat suite and was fortunate to be treated to Howler monkeys and tree frogs, as well as iguanas and many exotic birds. It almost seemed impossible that so many of the wildlife I wanted to see were just outside my very upscale, contemporary room. The approximately 10 foot x 5 foot shower had 2 rainheads and a viewing window, along with an access door to the balcony. The accommodations provided a lovely sitting room with a large flat screen tv, a separate bedroom with a comfortable king size bed with a large balcony with a hanging chair, as well as a table and 2 cushioned chairs. The dressing area has a nice long vanity and a large walk in closet. There is also a private, frosted glass water closet. The breakfast at this hotel is the best I've experienced at any hotel. The buffet includes a cooked to order egg station along with plentiful European and American breakfast items. However, I found the local Costa Rican foods offered to be my favorites. The pool is a feature for day and evening use, with globe lights lighting the area at night, along with a wood burning firepit. The beach area is kept very clean and is in a secluded cove area, providing shelter from the Pacific waves. The only downside is the sunset is not visible from their location. I suggest you book a sunset cruise that sails from nearby Coco Beach. The tour picks you up at the hotel. I fully enjoyed my stay and look forward to returning here.
Jan 22, 2018

2star service at 5star prices


Honestly I would probably never stay here again, just because I found such better beaches and resorts in Costa Rica for half the price and incredibly better service. Immediately at check in they suggested I book two rooms instead of one because I had three kids; adding $400-500/night because the poorly trained manager said it was to protect me and it was a “legal liability”. I clearly expressed my disagreement on breaking up our family vacation. After an extensive argument they caved in because other hotels we stayed in had no issue with it and added an extra person fee. Secondly we arrive at the pool and there are no pool chairs to accommodate the number of guests they had - not yet full capacity even. The pool guy says we get this issue all the time and I think it’s awful but the pool manager never does anything about it. One day my daughter steps on a sea urchin needle and her foot was bleeding profusely. The hotel doctor unsuccessfully tried to take it out and says consider yourself lucky as it happens all the time and yesterday someone had 40 needles in their foot. How about a sign or warning from the hotel that says our beach is filled with sea urchins with poison needles and if you don’t protect your feet in our beaches be prepared for toxins in your body, respiratory failure or organ failure if you step on too many? The water on the dark sand beach is very murky and so it’s impossible to see urchins. Drink service was so slow that patrons started lining up to ask why it had been one hour since they ordered it; oh because the restaurant staff seems to turn over every day and orders are either lost or forgotten about. Seems they say locally owned hotels are better staffed because they invest more in their people and care about their customers; it seems this used to be locally owned but since it was bought out by a big chain hotel the service seems to have declined. On bright side, it was clean and the rooms were nice.
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