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La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge
Ranked #2 of 3 La Virgen B&B and Inns
Reviewed 13 April 2013

This is a quaint place which is ideal for those with a passion for birds in particular but also for monkeys and frogs.
The twin rooms are clean but basic with a rustic charm but totally adequate especially as most visitors are here I'd guess to view the wildlife. Air conditioning, room safe, shower and terrace are standard. A walkway is set up so you don't get wet going to the restaurant.
This was good though the buffet a little bland. Drinks prices are normal for costa rica and there is complimentary coffee and tea on all the time.
The grounds of the hotel incorporate a series of lakes, a river, butterfly enclosure, and a wide variety of costa rican plants and vegetation. Trail walks around the grounds are well laid out and quiet, especially first thing in the morning. A feeding station attracts a wide variety of beautiful birds enabling those close up photos. Our group was fortunate to have a swim when the howler monkeys visited and obtained some stunning close ups.
There is an area of habitat specifically to encourage frogs and a wide variety were seen regularly.
A couple of caiman reside in the lake.
The hotel is close to La Selva biological research station which is well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Most rooms allocated to our party were good although there was a lot of road noise from the plantati...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

You need to manage your expectations when staying here. It sells itself as an eco-tourism destination and it does a very good job of being one. If you're looking for five star luxury then you shouldn't come here. If you're here to view Costa Rica's wildlife and scenery with minimal impact on the environment then this hotel is probably the best compromise between comfort and facilities and eco-sensitivity. It's clean, everything works in the rooms, the grounds are fantastic (especially the bird feeding/viewing areas. Unfortunately it rained virtually 100% of the time we were there (even more than normal for this part of Costa Rica), meaning that everything was a bit gloomy and dark but in better weather the place would be ideal.

Food was OK but no more than that.

Staff were extremely helpful and there is lots of information available about the area, the wildlife and activities available

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Although room was small, and we had to ask management to unscrew the windows so we could enjoy the breezes (we like fresh air rather than air conditioning), we enjoyed our stay. It was nice to read on the porch hammock, surrounded by vegetation and birds. Unfortunately, when it got dark there was a VERY bright light outside our window at night. Clearly the inn appeals to ecotourists with it large sitting room table filled with animal and plant ID books and a separate gallery with displays of beetles, moths and butterflies (wish they had been better labeled). The inn also has trails to explore, a butterfly garden with a walk-up viewing area, a frog pond, and every morning in the open public area fresh fruit is put out for the birds. The breakfast buffet had the regular scrambled eggs and fruit, but also pancakes for the Americans!

Room Tip: we were in back, so beware of large bright vapor lights
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

This hotel would get 4 stars if it had some updating done to it. It's a bit run down, but clean and has alot to offer. Trails, a river, pool, butterfly garden, ponds, etc. The food was very good at the restaurant.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

Don't let my three stars put you off this hotel. Maybe the bathroom doors don't close completely, or the door to the neat little patio doesn't latch 100%, or the finishing and fitting of components left a bit to be desired...the bottom line is that we really enjoyed this place. The open air concourse just off the lobby is basically a jungle, with all the flora and critters that go with it. All the rooms have a small patio and ours, facing the back of the property (jungle) was no exception. Greatly appreciated was the hammock, the two easy chairs and at night, a selection of animals. Our favorite was the armadillo that just wandered by while we were enjoying the quietude one late evening with the lights off. If you are an early riser, the trucks that go by starting at five in the morning won't bother you ( I suppose they are part of the pineapple plantation not far from the hotel)...then at six in the morn, the next batch of commuters go by, usually on small motorcycles...after that, things settle down. You should keep in mind this is the real Costa Rica, not the gated communities and all inclusive resorts of the west coast. As for the buffets, as another reviewer put it "was good (but not excellent)"..more than adequate. The surrounding area has a number of things to do, bird watching, bat tour, chocolate tours, and events on the Sarapiqui River. We ended up doing the white-water rafting with our guide JJ (Juan-Jose) and it was excellent. Highly recommended! So, in short, feel free to enjoy the laid back atmosphere of La Quinta.

Room Tip: Try to snare a room facing the back of the property...a bit more private.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Reception was friendly and efficient. Having visited this establishment some years ago, I was looking forward to seeing what changes had been made: fortunately very few. This is not a B&B hotel, rather a lodge for naturalists who can enjoy the bird-life and vegetation. The rooms are adequate although some rooms (and bathrooms) could usefully benefit from a lick of paint. Rooms are small, but have a good-sized terrace with rocking chairs and a hammock. Toiletries are minimal, beds are good but quality of sleep can be poor owing to heavy late night/early morning traffic at the adjacent pineapple plantation. Food is best described as basic and wholesome with some choice at all meals. Although there is a theoretical menu, dinner is usually served on a buffet basis to accommodate group tours. It is reasonably priced which is welcome as there is nowhere else to eat. Wines at about 20 USD are reasonable quality Chileans. WiFi is good in the lobby area (and free) and there is a small pool, a further one is under construction. Overall, I would return.

Room Tip: As far from the road as possible
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2013

This hotel is described as "a mid-range lodge" and coming as it did sandwiched between two exceptional hotels did these premises no favours.
The reception was small and poorly lit,two travellers sat,feet on table,had "Basil Faulty" appeared I would not have been surprised.We were taken along an open air passageway which served the single storey accommodation .
The rooms were quite small,however the shower was hot and the bathroom generally of good standard.The bed was comfortable and the storage available was much appreciated.The room was kept very clean.
The dining area is an extension of the reception however the indifferent welcome we received was vanquished by those working in the restaurant who were friendly and attentive.The food was very good particularly the breakfast which was of a high standard and huge portions if needed.
Visitors would do well to tour the gardens,they hide a variety of wildlife and some very beautiful plants,but do leave time to explore properly,there is much to catch the eye.
There is also a patio area(near the reception,you never seem to be far from the reception)which again is worth a visit.Fresh fruit is left for the wildlife and an abundance of colourful birds and small mammals make a bee line for these feeders.Once again time is the enemy so get there early as there is always much to see and hold your interest.
Reference books and the internet are readily available to ensure that visitors get the most from his/her stay and add to the experience.
Without doubt the poorest lodge on the tour,but in fairness probably the best in the area and it did give us all an added dimension to our tour.

Room Tip: There is a busy and dusty road running along one side of the lodge.It is in poor repair and lorries...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge

Address: | 95 kilometers from San Jose, La Virgen 3069, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > La Virgen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in La Virgen
Price Range: £85 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Quinta Sarapiquí Lodge is a simple but charming hotel, located 95 kilometers from San José. This perfect destination combines a tremendous biological diversity with comfortable accommodations, easy access and personalized Costa Rican hospitality. It is an ideal base for both casual and avid birders. Our lodge has 5 rooms in bungalows, most of them accesible by wheelchair, complemented by a roofted porch with a hammock and rocking chairs. Our rooms are surrounded by tropical gardens rich in heliconias, gingers, palms and flowering trees, which are home to hundreds of different species of flora and fauna. On site features include a butterfly house, a frog land, lush tropical gardens, two swimming pools, reforestation area, vegetable garde, animal production units and pathways along the riverside. We also offer homemade jams cooked with a 100% renewable energy using products from our gardens. One of the very few Costa Rican hotels certified with 5 leaves in sustainable tourism. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Quinta De Sarapiqui Country Hotel Sarapiqui
La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge Costa Rica - La Virgen
Country Inn Sarapiqui
Sarapiqui La Quinta
Sarapiqui Country Inn

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