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Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa
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Kingston, Rhode Island
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“Cool paradise in the tropics”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

My wife and I spent three days at Savegre lodge in July and loved it. The purpose of our trip was to hike on Cerro del la Muerte. We rented a car from Poas in Alejuela (a good experience). The ride was uneventful except for getting lost for a while in San Jose and gets "interesting" as you descend the steep dirt road into the valley. The accommodations were very nice. The room was large and comfortable. The hotel has beautifully groomed gardens that seem to have been planted specifically to attract birds. We chose not to get the meal plan and had only breakfast included. This worked out well for us. There is a small "soda"(restaurant that does not serve alcohol) and plant store a short walk down the street that served really good food for much less money than the hotel. We had some meals in the hotel and the food and service was very good. The hotel will also pack you a lunch if you are planning to go off on adventures. Most of the visitors here seemed to be birdwatchers. The lounge is very comfortable with a nice fireplace burning in the evenings. You might think that a fire in July in the tropics would be strange but at 7000 feet elevation it was really welcome. Drinks were a bit expensive and I would recommend that if you wish to partake in beer wine or other adult beverages that you stock up before leaving Cartago since there did not seem to be anywhere to get supplied anywhere on the interamerican highway or near the hotel. The first day we hiked the cataratas trail with spectacular waterfall views. The second we took a much longer hike the Robles or oaks trail up into the cloud forest . There are a few nice views of the valley below but for the most part we were in the forest. The entire 4.5 hour hike is on the hotel property! The last hike was from the top of the Cerro del la Muerte 11,332 feet to the hotel. We arranged a ride to the top of the mountain through the hotel and a guide, Raul and I would highly recommend him. The valley around the hotel has been developed to farm things that do not generally grow in the tropics, like apples, peaches, cherries and trout. It is an unbelievably beautiful area and I strongly recommend that if you are looking for something a little off the beaten path in CR you check out San Gerado de Dota and Savrege lodge.

Room Tip: Some rooms are separate cabins with fireplaces. We did not stay in one of these but they looked nice
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

After 3 days in the jungle, the stop at Savegre was a welcome relieve for out group. After a long drive through the beautiful country side of Costa Rica, we arrived at this beautiful mountain oasis.

This stop was a thrill as we were looking for a sighting of the Resplendent Quetzal and we were in luck. There was a pair nesting just a short hike from the lodge ground. In addidion to the Quetzal, we all enjoyed the many hummingbird species that were feeding at the hummingbird feeders placed around the main lodge.

The cabins were warm and very comfortable. The cool night air was warded off by the wonderful heavy blankets on our beds.

Meals here are served buffet style. There is plenty of variety to meet the dietary needs and wants of the quests.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have fireplaces. This would be really nice if you are there in cooler weather. How...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This wonderful Eco friendly lodge is in the middle of the Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. Getting there from San Hose Airport was an adventure in itself. It was 3.5 hours of driving up (11,500 feet above sea level). Literally into the clouds. We were not sure what to expect. It was magnificent. The rooms are basic but clean and adequate - nothing fancy. Our room had a wood burning fireplace which was welcome due to the very cool nights. The staff was wonderful. It is a family owned business. The vistas are indescribably beautiful. The Savagre river and waterfalls are outstanding. There is a restaurant on site (all meals are buffet) and a Spa - lovely. Our 3 days there were a full 10 out of 10.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a fireplace.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We got a promo from Yuplón (sort of Groupon in the US), two nights for two half price. Which is a great way to attract local tourists who don't mind traveling during rainiy season.

We checked in on Friday, just in time for dinner and checked out on Sunday. The staff is really nice, the food was great and with a very decent price tag, especially for a buffet. The variety was nice and I'm still thinking about the deserts table.

The rooms are big and comfortable with heavy courtains, the beds and bedding were really nice and warm. Except that maybe the bed is a bit too short for tall people, like my boyfriend, who's 1.90mts tall (6'2", I think).

The bar is really nice with a fireplace and since we were there during the World Cup this was a great place to watch the CR-Uruguay match.

Now, we do have a couple of complaints: 1.We don't drive, so before I purchased the offer I went online to look for instructions to get there and found an independant review that said you can take the bus and the Hotel would pick you up at the bus stop 9kms away. This was confirmed when I called to make the reservation, the guy said we just needed to call and let them know which bus we took and they would send someone for us, which we did. This seemed ideal to us.
What no one told us was that there was an additional charge for the ride, nevermind that this is an informal driver with no fare meter. We first heard about it when we arrived at the hotel and the driver asked if we wanted to pay him or the front desk. The fare turned out to be $25 each way and there is no other way to get in or out. For people traveling on a budget, $50 make a BIG difference. A lot of hotels do pick ups and since nowhere on the confirmation email or our different phone calls it was mentioned, I had no way of knowing this was charged. "We'll pick you up" is all he said.

2.The other issue we had was that the walls are very thin. Our first night there (Friday) we were pretty isolated, but the following night we did have neighbors on both sides. We know it because at night we heard snoring on our left and a full conversation on the shower next door to our right the next morning.

All and all, for the half price we paid it seems ok, but I wouldn't want to pay full price for thin walls on top of the pick up charge no one bothered to tell me about.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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61 reviews
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

we stayed 2 nights for a romantic getaway and had a blast. Room was spacious, squeaky clean and with large comfy bathroom. They even decorated it for us with rose petals.
It does get a little chilly at night so we had to use the portable heater.
Food was ok, bar was great but a little pricey.
We had amazing walks through the rain forest and waterfalls.
At night we sat around the fire and they had musicians playing live music. It was an overall great experience.
Only thing he missed was a TV to catch up on world news an hour a day.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oxford, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

My goals for the entire trip to Costa Rica were to enjoy a trip with friends and to see the Resplendent Quetzal. I achieved both of these goals and part of that had to do with our stay at Savegre Hotel. We were able to see the nesting spot for the bird and get some very incredible photos. The setting of the hotel was beautiful with lots of flowers and the rooms were lovely and clean. We were served buffet style and although there was lots of food often it was not warm or very exciting. As another travel in our group said the salad bar and desserts made up for it. I loved that this resort is doing so much to preserve the environment. Can also recommend the spa. Had a great massage. Only issue was the distance of our room to the main building...quite a hike. We were there to hike but not for every meal :). Also loved the hummingbird feeders.

Room Tip: If walking is an issue make sure your room is close to the main building.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

It is amazing how many hotels don't meet what I consider basic requirements. Comfortable bed with variable weights of bedding, enough pillows and good reading light. Provision for more than one suitcase. A bathroom that has space for personal items on the vanity. Comfortable seating so that you don't have to sit or lie on the bed. Add an open fire and a supply of firewood and you have accommodation that ticks all the boxes! The restaurant was excellent. The staff helpful and friendly. Add to this a guided tour through the adjacent rain forest with its diversity of wildlife and you have the makings of an experience of a lifetime. Only niggle was the restricted access to wifi.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the few rooms that has access to wifi.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa
Address: 2km South from La Lidia School, San Gerardo de Dota 11703, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Gerardo de Dota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in San Gerardo de Dota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eighty-nine kilometers (55.3 miles) south of San Jose in a private natural reserve of 400 hectares and just 9 km. (5.5 miles) from Los Quetzales National Park, Hotel Savegre is the ideal starting point for exploring Costa Rica’s magnificent tropical cloud forest in all its beauty. Hotel Savegre’s services are the perfect complement for every nature lover seeking a memorable experience. We offer 41 rooms, bar and restaurant, day spa, conference room, laundry service, shuttle service, tours and related activities, as well as our beautiful gardens and impressive private reserve with its extensive network of trails. Our helpful and genuinely friendly staff are the hotel’s signature feature.The Chacon family, pioneers in the San Gerardo de Dota region have been operating the hotel since its inception and it has always been our utmost aim to provide top-quality service that goes hand in hand with the environment. ... more   less 
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Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve And Spa
Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve Hotel San Gerardo De Dota
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