Manatus Hotel, Tortuguero
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Our rating: Premium | Property style: Lodge
The Manatus hotel is located on the Tortuguero river side, across from the beach side, only five minutes away by boat from the town and the air strip. The hotel is surrounded by water channels and the incredible wildlife sanctuary of Tortuguero. It is the only hotel in the area with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi connection and satellite television in the guest rooms. The bungalow rooms are spread across the hotel gardens, with private terraces for enjoying the atmosphere of the natural surroundings. The hotel features a bar and a la carte restaurant, serving Caribbean cuisine and refreshing cocktails. When you are not touring the national park and village, enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool, rejuvenate with a spa treatment or wander around the hotel’s own art gallery.
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Tortuga Lodge, Tortuguero
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Mawamba Lodge, Tortuguero
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