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Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

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Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

Hi! Can anyone help us? We just reserved a room for Lapa Rios for the Christmas holiday week at Expedia, but when we tried to confirm it directly with Lapa Rios they said they are all booked up. Is this possible? the room was very expensive and we are now worried about flying down there, showing up and not having a room (and having to sleep in a tree:-) ).

Are we setting ourselves up to get screwed here?

Should we cancel Lapa, find some small but clean hotel, rentacar and drive around Costa Rica instead?

We already have our flights to San Jose, then to Puerto Jimenez.

Any help is much appreciated!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

Did you explain that you had reserved a room through Expedia? Did you confirm with Expedia? Lapa Rios may have some rooms that are held by E but they don't know who exactly is staying in them yet. I would try again because the processing between the two can be slow. Lapa Rios is showing that they are booked up that whole week but some of the rooms could be the Expedia rooms that they put on their web site. I just looked at the Expedia site and the Lapa Rios site and was very surprised at the difference in the cost between the two. Expedia was showing the rack rate per night as 797.75 for two people. Lapa Rios rate was 638.00 for two people. A difference of almost $160 per night!

http://laparios.com/rates.html Unfortunately you can't get a room at the LR price now.

You could try Bosque del Cabo just down the road if your reservation doesn't work out at LR. I love it there. It is a beautiful place with tons and tons of wildlife and wonderful people and food. You may run into a problem with them being booked as well. More and more places will be as Christmas gets closer.

Driving around Costa Rica at that time of year without reservations is not a good idea. it is a very busy time of year with a huge amount of tourists and the Costa Ricans themselves traveling around. Very soon Monteverdeinfo.com/Arenal.net will be showing who has rooms and who doesn't for the Arenal area. Those hotels will be booking up too.

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2. Re: Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

CRT--thx for your advice. We called Expedia today and they didn't have much to say other than we can cancel if we want. We've got a follow-up email to Lapa Rios explaining that we bought through Expedia and hope they respond soon. We're hoping it's what you suggest. And, yes, it's really expensive!! We are worried it's not worth the money (it's our only vacation of the year)--but hopefully it is (if we end up with a room).

And thanks for warning us about not driving around that time of year!

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Cabo Matapalo is a beautiful place. Most people leave there feeling richer rather than poorer in spite of the high rent in places like Lapa Rios or Bosque. More wildlife than you can imagine. We stay at Bosque at least once or twice a year and it is worth every penny. It will certainly be different from Nevada! The rooms at LR are very pretty and other than being able to hear our neighbors the deck was very private with nice views of the Gulfo Dulce. You will be doing a lot of walking up and down stairs but there are places to rest and always some form of interesting wildlife.

I was in Reno a few months ago. Spent some time looking around Tahoe and other places. A pretty interesting place and very different from the cornfields of Ohio where I live.

Hope it works out for you

Suzie

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4. Re: Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

I'm an agent, and what we do is allot rooms in a hotel, sometimes pay a deposit, and then they're ours to sell.

We may not notify the hotel who's names are going down for that room until 30 days prior to your arrival though. So, if Lapa Rios doesn't know if you have a reservation or not, that's pretty normal.

Someone from Lapa rios should be able to find out if Expedia sold you a package. If they don't, that's bad service.

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5. Re: Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

Hi Sugoizo!

If you already have your flight to Puerto JImenez, don't change your plans! Osa is the best place in Costa Rica if you are looking for a untouched forests and much wildlife. We stayed at El REMANSO this july, incredible lodge with warm hosts, luxurious cabins and we liked the food better than Lapa Rios (where we stayed also for 4 nights).

I think there's also cheaper options for lodging in Puerto Jimenez itself but it's not as nice....

OSA FOREVER!

Johanna

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6. Re: Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

The Lapa Rios management offers its apologies for this situation. Unfortunately we are having some technical difficulties with our room inventory currently posted. We are already working on correcting this, but we advise you to contact our reservations office directly at info@laparios.com. We will gladly give you accurate and updated information on our availability, and answer any questions you may have. Once again, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and are working to get the inventory up and going again as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

Lapa Rios Management

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7. Re: Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

why don t you just ask you agent for the confirmation number ?

S_S
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8. Re: Lapa Rios - weird stuff...

If you can't get into Lapa Rios - try La Paloma - we had a great time there last summer.

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