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“Great first stop from the airport”
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Tirimbina Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Virgen
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I picked my daughter up at the airport at 1:00 and was taking the chocolate tour by that afternoon. They did a great job demostrating the traditional method of making chocolate and encouraged audience participation. You even get to taste some. You are sitting in the middle of old cacao planation, surrounded by rainforest. I watched an agouti. The bird watching was good although it rained in the rainforest, imagine that. Close enough to walk to, the nearby Nature Pavilion has a covered seating area for watchng and photographing.The rooms were basic, but just fine. I really liked the sound of the rain running down the rain chains. The view from their hanging bridge was an exciting way to look at the rainforest. The staff was very helpful and frienly when I emailed them with my many questions before my trip.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

Tirimbina is a wonderful place to visit. In two days we did the chocolate tour in the morning, the frog tour in the evening and the birdtour early in the morning. The tours were really interesting, facilitated by enthousiastic guides. The selfguided tours are easily doable with a map and clearly indicaded trails. The rooms are basic but clean. The food is local but well prepared. we were glad we got this recommandation to visit this area.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Tirimbina Lodge, Sarapaqui - 4.5 out of 5
This lodge was a bit more basic but suited us because we got to go out with the scientists – watched the release of a raccoon from the mammal trap and went out with fellow Lepidopterist. The hanging bridge leading to Tirimbina's own reserve was a particular highlight, especially when we were on the bridge watching toucans and a howler monkey walked over our heads on the cable. We also enjoyed being able to walk quietly in the forest on our own. Although being in the rainforest without a guide is “like being in a library without being able to read", we saw peccaries and a rufous motmot. Only disappointment was not being able to get on the night walk - we should have booked in advance.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Yes all the reviews you have read in TA are true!
Yes not a luxury hotel. But a unique adventure with comfort amenities
for $90 plus tax ($15x2 entrance fee and $10x2 breakfast) for a base cost of $40/night.
Rooms:
ours single + Q, yes the Q is next to the wall. We just moved the night stand to another part of the very very large room then moved the bed away from the wall., Plenty of room for both of us to get out and used the single for our suitcases etc. Bed comfortable. AC worked extremely well. Crystal clear wall of windows (some one is washing them daily) with own bird show if inside looking out or sitting on patio. Simple tile floor and furnishings including safe and pleanty of hanging and get your stuff off the floor open storage.. Plenty of hot water- just let it run until it gets to you then it never stops. Yes water Is NOT potable so fill your pitcher from the water coolers for brushing your teeth.
Yes, as all over CR. TP goes into trash not toilet.
Other room choices: 2 bunks with AC, 2 bunks with no AC.
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Missing: ice but water coolers everywhere with cold water, and cold drinks in cafeteria and can buy cola in gift shop
We loved the food. Simple typical tico but very well executed. We ate next door at the rain forest lodge one night (contiguous with a gate between). Their food on menu included chicken kiev but ok food but Tirimbina just done better.
Home made bread. Eggs to cook your style (just ask). 2 main dishes with rice, beans, plantains, salad, fruity ice tea or fruit juice, coffee and tea.
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Missing: mosquitos. never had to use deet
From your room or an the grounds : Flowers everywhere. Parking lot Toucans, just outside dining room macaws, hummingbirds, woodpeckers gorgeous "other" birds outside my patio. Red/blue legs frogs on my patio
Guided walk: birds galore, sloths, monkeys, snakes (running away form me of course), flowering bushes and trees.
Cocoa tour: a popular and big hit even for the skeptics
Lazy boat tour down the river: holler monkeys, iguana, birds galore, caymen crocs. The hotel even arrange pick up and drop off for us.
Tip: schedule your tours before you come. Big groups come in with prearranged tours. The front worked hard and found a places for us at but not clear that would happen.
Large tours (think 8 grade groups and large birder groups) come in for lodging and tours. Not feel crowded but not a place for luxury romantic stay- no room service etc.
I loved the place, the service, nature and food. Like an well done summer camp.

Room Tip: Note that some rooms are 2 bunks some with and some without AC. We choice the single and q room with...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

The research center hotel is a fine place to stay and enjoy the nature of the area. The night walk is always a nice evening activity. Staff are helpful and friendly. Rooms are clean and fairly large, although they can be a bit noisy if your neighbors are enjoying the evening later than you

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

We are rather puzzled by some of the rave reviews of this place. Maybe it depends where else you have been and where you have stayed. We stayed in a "de luxe" room, which was pretty basic and over-priced compared with other lodges we have stayed in. Our room was large and very simply furnished. The beds were not ver comfortable. We had a double bed and a single, but the double was pushed against the wall, so not good for a couple if one has to get up in the night and climb over there sleeping partner. The little patio was ok, but did not have the rocking chairs the website mentions.
The restaurant is more canteen in style and quality. The food is just basic Costa Rican fare, filling but very simple. Rice and beans at every meal. The staff were lovely, though. Other than a small gift shop there are no other facilities here. No bar, or anywhere other than your room to go to after an early dinner, unless you go on the night walk, which was excellent. This may not be a problem for guests with their own transport, otherwise you're pretty much stuck.
Many reviewers have praised the grounds and rainforest trails, and these are good, especially the long hanging bridge, but it is worth noting that for a small admission fee you can visit these without staying here. Same goes for the other tours people mentioned.
Would we stay here again? No way. The whole place had more the air of a hostel than a decent lodge. The only upside is access to the forest, and you don't have to stay here to get that.

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms have private patios where you can watch the birds.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2014

The actual accommodations here are just ok. But don't let that stop you from coming here. It was one of our favorite stops of our whole two week trip! The rooms are large, air-conditioned, clean, but plainly decorated. The beds were only average comfortable. But the patio was great to sit out on and watch the many different species of birds that flew by. The food in the restaurant was buffet, and I am not particularly a fan of buffet food. But I would come here again in a minute! Why? This lodge is part of a research facility, and they have trails into the rainforest, including the longest suspension bridge in the country which goes over the Sarapiqui River and offers a stunning view. You can walk the trails at your leisure which is such a great thing! You can also take a trail down to the river. Best of all, they offer a night hike with a guide which was so much fun! We saw sloth, raccoon, possum (a different species from North America), and a porcupine. Not to mention walking across the suspension bridge in the dark with only flashlights and the stars (so beautiful) to light your way! It is also not real touristy, so you can walk the rainforest trails and only see a few people during your whole walk. It is like being in the jungle all by yourself-loved it!

Room Tip: Get an upgraded room with a patio. It is so worth it just to relax and watch the wildlife from the p...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: Tirimbina Biological Reserve, La Virgen 3069, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > La Virgen
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Virgen
Price Range: £45 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tirimbina Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Sarapiqui region, the Tirimbina Rainforest Lodge along the Sarapiqui River, is contiguous to a Biological Reserve of 852.5 Acres.We offer 12 comfortable rooms with A/C, safe deposit box, hot water, WI-FI, and phone. Enjoy our welcoming atmosphere and discover the exciting tropical forest, walking along several trails and suspension bridges of tropical forest and river discoveries from our study trails and bridges.Services (Restaurant, laundry , 24h security, a be-lingual staff welcomes)Facilities (souvenir shop, parking lot, A/C conference room, library, internet access) Attractions: (More than 9km trails, chocolate tour, bird watching, bat program, self walking tour, guided tour, night walking tour, eco education programs, volunteer and research opportunities and more) ... more   less 
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