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Stale bagels, sour OJ, weak instant coffee, cornflakes and greasy muffins. When a hotel offers a free continental breakfast, that’s usually what it entails. Not the ideal way to start your vacation mornings. But what if you were offered fluffy animal-faced pancakes with maple syrup, whipped cream and exotic fruit? Free breakfast just got a whole lot better!

While vacationing in Costa Rica, Plato Putas were blown away by the made-to-order breakies served at La Mansion Inn in Manuel Antonio. Breakfast here is the main reason to rise and shine early each morning. During our three-day stay we feasted on massive omelettes; traditional rice and bean plates with fresh tropical fruit; stuffed tortillas smothered in creamy cheese sauce. Don’t forget the bottomless glass of freshly squeezed OJ and the best cup of coffee featuring local Costa Rican beans. I’m weak in the knees just thinking about it.

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La Mansion Inn is a small, luxurious 4-star hotel situated on a mountainside, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Besides the free breakfasts, we experienced an incredible stay thanks to the attentive staff, breathtaking ocean view rooms (at $125 per night) and constant colourful sunsets.

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Clearly, Best Western and Holiday Inn can suck it.

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