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Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ojochal
Certificate of Excellence
seattle area
1 review
“wish we could move in!”
Reviewed 22 January 2009

We booked a 2 week holiday family trip with 5 nights being at the Lookout. This was definitely the highlight for us! The view and sunsets were phenomenal, but paled in comparison to how much we felt treated as royalty by our hosts Eduardo & Denise.

Having older kids, we had adjoining bungalows so they had their space & we had ours, yet we were near enough to keep an eye on them. This was a perfect set up.

The location is great for enjoying many Osa sights & adventures: fishing (see Aldea Del Rio in Sierpe), zip lines, beaches, etc.

The set up of the common areas: pool, lounge & restaurant was great for getting to know others from around the world, yet off away from sleeping areas enough for nights of great rest.

To Eduardo & Denise who saw to every last detail: thank you, and We can't wait to come back & see you again!

  • Liked — friendliness, close-knit atmosphere, view, view, view
  • Disliked — road going in
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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Wisconsin
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Reviewed 21 January 2009

We spent 2 nights at the Lookout and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Lookout is positioned on a hill overlooking the ocean - great views and sunsets. The place is very solidly built, with a beautiful open air dining/bar/sitting area. The rooms were clean, quiet, spacious and well-updated. The pool was small but nice. We enjoyed 2 wonderful dinners - one chicken, one dorado - skillfully cooked Tico-style. Eduardo and Denise are warm and welcoming and willing to help in whatever way possible. We'll be back some day so our son can play Eduardo in chess!

  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
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River Falls, Wisconsin
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2009

From the minute we checked in Denise and Eduardo made sure we were comfortable! Our rooms were overlooking the ocean and we could hear the ocean and Howler Monkeys at night!
The breakfast was fresh and delicious. Denise and Eduardo gave us some excellent advice on local restaurant and dinner choices and we made sure to be on the patio for the beautiful sunsets! The pool was very relaxing after a day at the beach or on one of our tours. The atmosphere was very comfortable and we felt at home. Thanks for such a great time!
The Haskins, River Falls, Wi

  • Liked — the view, the managers
  • Disliked — having to drive to the beach
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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1 Thank likessun
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Corona del Mar, California
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2009

The Lookout hotel has the best sunsets! There is a lookout tower where you can sit relax and watch the sun set. Beautiful horizon. The rooms are very clean, quaint and well maintained. (If you go in the summer time, it may be too warm since there is no air conditioning.) The daily breakfasts are wonderful - healthy and fresh. Awesome coffee. The bardenter makes wonderful margaritas. Hotel is located close to fabulous restaurants.
The managers are a wonderful couple and always willing to go over and beyond.

If you book a hotel here, since it is not on the beach, rent a car. It also helps when you need to go out to eat. If you book any excursions, you don't need a car that day as they will pick you up and drop you off at the front door.

  • Liked — service, sunsets, wonderful company, safe and great property
  • Disliked — steep driveway; no A/C
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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new mexico
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 January 2009

We stayed at The Lookout for 3 nights in November on a birdwathcing and beach expedition for my wife's birthday. Steve and Carol the owners welcomed us with open arms, treated us just like family, and shared all of their secret spots in the area with us.The location of The Lookout couldn't be better and does justice to its name. From our porch or anywhere on the property we had breathtaking views of Playa Tortuga and the Pacific. The peace and tranquility of the hotel just added to our overall experience. We can't wait to go back!! Hats off to Steve and Carol for a memorable experince and the most relaxing vacation we've had in years.

  • Liked — the location and the owners
  • Disliked — not a thing
  • Stayed November 2008
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Saskatchewan, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 January 2009

We are building a house near Ojochal, and stayed at the Lookout for about 5 nights while we were meeting with designers, etc. The location is perfect - right on the highway near the entrance to the town and very close to several beautiful, quiet beaches. The drive up is typical Costa Rica - 4 wheel drive is recommended! We've stayed in many places across CR and have never been at one with a better ocean view - even from our bed in the morning! I'm not a bird watcher, but I couldn't help noticing the toucans and scarlet macaws while eating breakfast. Steve and Carol, the owners, were looking after the place while the managers were away. They were wonderful - very friendly and good company. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. At the end of our days we felt like we were coming home to family. The restaurant was not open while we were there, but I understood that was temporary pending the managers return and more staff to be hired. Luckily there are many nice European as well as Tico restaurants nearby - so we didn't suffer! Carol was quick to offer to make reservations for us and even ordered take-out to be delivered one rainy night when no one felt like going out. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Liked — The view and the friendly hosts
  • Disliked — restaurant not open
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled on business
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Ashland, Oregon
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 December 2008

The Lookout is well-named; the incredible views were the highlight of our November visit. Gorgeous sunsets over the ocean and jungle canopy. Personable hosts/owners Steve and Carol were charming and gracious. Conversation about books and travel and their help with local day trips set them apart from other places we stayed in Costa Rica. Rooms were clean, comfortable and colorful; fresh flowers and candles a welcoming touch. Only (minor) complaint was no service (dry towels) which we chalked up to an off-season glitch. We’d recommend the Lookout to our friends and definitely stay there again. Deborah and Joe, Ashland, Oregon

Stayed November 2008
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Property: Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga
Address: Calle Paraiso (300 Meters Este de Ferreteria Ventanas) | Playa Tortuga, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Ojochal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ojochal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breakfast is included in your Guestroom Rate. Our hotel has twelve cozy bungalows with Queen beds (Junior Suite Rooms have one King Bed and one Queen Bed), Air Conditioners (Standard Deluxe Rooms have Ceiling fans), Tiled Floors, large hot water showers, and individual Patios. Hotel Lookout features magnificent views of both the Pacific Ocean and Jungle Wildlife. In the evening, from our 2nd Floor Lookout, open-air cafe, cozy lounge or outdoor pool, sit back, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the ocean. What could be better after a day at the beach or a day full of fun activities? Ready for fun? Whether you wish to spend the day relaxing at the beach, enjoying a really good massage, hiking to a waterfall or ziplining through the trees, Hotel Lookout, the Gateway to Osa, is your activity coordinator. ... more   less 
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