Parador Resort and Spa
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My fiance and I decided to have a destination wedding. Neither of us had been to Costa Rica so we decided to have a small 30 guest wedding. We found Parador through a travel agent's recommendation. Upon arrival at Parador my fiance and I were treated like royalty. Our wedding coordinator Harold greeted us and told us there was a problem with the room we booked. The problem was he thought we needed an upgrade, so he put us in the pent house suite to celebrate our wedding week. We were also greeted with fresh cold pineapple juice and cold towels while we checked in. Not only was our room upgraded but both of our parents were upgraded as well. Then Harold walked us around the property and showed us the locations that we had picked to have our wedding and reception later that week. He also showed us to our room which the views were breath taking. Not only did our suite have a balcony with a view of the bay it also had a second balcony that over looked the hotel property and ocean. He also had chilled champagne and a fruit platter awaiting for our arrival in our room.Our star treatment didn't stop there, we were given a private dinner in their wine cellar. Which the only thing I would change about the wine cellar is maybe have them add curtains to the window. We felt a bit like fish in a fish bowl when guests would look into the cellar and see us eating. Then we returned to our room to have chocolate dipped strawberries, flower petals and candles leading to the balcony where the spa was drawn up for us. I loved that the property had so much wild life. Every morning we had toucans greet us in the tree outside our bedroom window. We also saw monkeys playing around in the trees outside our room. Iguanas by the pools, sloths in the trees, macaws flying around it was perfect. The wedding was picturesque. Harold was so accommodating to my crazy floral visions and helped to make those visions I had in my head become a reality. He even took the time to add purple ribbons to every small detail from the bows on the guest book and pen holder to the purple flowers he had for me to put into my hair to the purple ribbon and flowers he added to the wedding cake. Just a hint of purple everywhere. He also was very accommodating to last minute menu changes I had when 2 of my guests become vegetarian. Instead of sticking with my finalized menu count that I had submitted prior he had the chef make 2 vegetarian options for them. Which I felt went above and beyond. After the wedding reception we returned to our room where the hotel again put flower petals and candles leading to the balcony to a romantic spa drawn up.Our only regret is that we wish that we would have stayed an extra night after all our guests had left so we could have relaxed and enjoy the resort more. My husband and I definitely plan to return to the resort.No amount of words could ever thank Harold enough for making our wedding day flawless. He helped create the day the every girl imagines for her wedding day. Thank you Harold!!
Being an experienced international traveller having been around the world a few times staying in 4* & 5* Hotels I need to put the record straight on the Parador. The room and housekeeping were acceptable. But the one only resteraunt is not good as catering mainly for the many USA visitors. It's dinner menu is lacking in choice, standard of cuisine and for what it is far too expensive. The level of service provided is variable and very much dependant upon who serves you, there were a few good staff members but the majority ranged from average to poor. The breakfast whilst adequate is not to a 4* standard. Despite this we enjoyed our stay but no way can a hotel with only one resteraunt of "Coffee Shop" standard be considered to be 4*, in my experience 3* would be more appropriate.
We stayed here for three nights. Loved the location, the hotel, the staff, the pool BUT we found the information regarding the bars and eating arrangements confusing. Evening dining is very expensive, the menu restrictive and a 50 minute wait each night to get a very limited choice of food was disappointing. The service was extremely slow and the evening meal could offer a bigger variety. There was no coffee or water available during the day as there had been in other hotels. In fact for an expensive hotel they weren't giving anything away.My advice - eat the lunchtime menu at 5pm rather than the evening dinner.PS breakfast was excellent.
Having spent the previous 10 days living out of a suitcase it was nice to arrive here for some relaxation.Set in beautiful gardens with a huge range of animals and birds everywhere.The rooms are large and comfortable and everything is kept scrupulously clean by the many staff working here.Everyone is so polite and friendly.Breakfast is a buffet and there is a good choice and well presented.Only slight negative is the fairly limited choice for evening meal. Prices were quite high and portions were relatively small but pleasant enough.Highly recommended.
This is a good hotel, large clean rooms with a nice balcony and a lovely large pool with great views. We didn't like the adult only pools as they were very claustrophobic and the sunbeds were squashed together. The best time to be around the pool is in the morning when most people seem to go out on day trips. Lovely just swimming and watching the macaws, monkeys, sloths etc. The walk through the jungle path is ok - but we never saw very much.Food is much as it is throughout Costa Rica - ok. The breakfast buffet was good but the cocktails in the evening were very poor.We had our best evening at a local restaurant called Ronnies Place ($10 taxi ride from the hotel), Lovely sunset views and cocktails followed by fish.The hotel beach is great to spend a few hours - lovely food cooked on a barbecue by a local man and cold beers.
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
If selecting an all-inclusive resort option, the package will also include the all-inclusive features as outlined by each resort.
Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 97 Rooms
- 3 Pools
- Tennis court
- Gift shop
- Meeting facilities
- Tour desk
- Common Area Wireless Access
- Outdoor whirlpool
- Spa services
- Coin operated laundry services
- Jogging trail
- Garden view
- 2 double beds or 1 king-size bed
- 1 bathroom with shower only
- Air conditioning and ceiling fan
- Cable television
- Mini-bar ($)
- Coffee maker (coffee included)
- In-room safe available for a fee
- Voltage 110v
- Maximum occupancy of 4
Resort Location Map
Parador Resort and SpaSan Jose,Costa Rica
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
PO Box 284, Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park Costa Rica
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