Overall, an enjoyable stay:
High points were:
1. Location - On a bluff overlooking the forests and ocean.
2. Tours - Most of the tours were very good and included in the price of the stay - a pretty good deal.
3. Food - Prepared fairly well.
4. People - Staff was welcoming and most everyone was engaged and positive. Special nods go to Guillermo and Luis who stood out as exceptional guides and servers, respectively.
5. Cleanliness - Rooms were kept pretty clean given the tropical location.
6. Mosquitos - There were none. Brought a bunch of Deet and didn't use it once.
7. Fauna - Saw lots of great wildlife - all 4 monkeys and 2 and 3-toed sloths, not to mention some great birding.
Not so high points:
1. It can get hot down there and it can take a day or 2 to get acclimated. Don't bother with the mosquito netting, you don't need it and it stops the air from circulating in the room.
2. After 4 or 5 days, we were getting a bit bored with the food. They had the same fish on the menu every day (magi-mahi). They need a better selection, especially given the fact that they are right there on the coast. They say they're working on it. Also, for some reason, the coffee that was delivered to our room each day was really weak compared to what was served upstairs.
3. Better beer selection. I'm a beer drinker and while I understand Costa Rica isn't a beer mecca, there are some microbreweries popping up in the country, so they should try more variation.
4. Bugs, other than mosquitos, can get into your room sometimes. We had a large gecko in the bathroom (we called him "Greg" and he was our mascot) who helped a little, but if you leave the lights on a lot, creepy crawlies will appear.
5. Room location - They tried to give us room #14 and I'm a pretty fit person (run, bike, crossfit, etc...) but that was really far away and it's all uphill from there. We got room 15, which is actually in the middle - not as good a view as the others, but pretty private. I think the best rooms from what I could see were 4 through 8. I've attached a map to give you a better sense of the lay-out.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a 1000-acre private nature reserve in Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and a sustainable tourism pioneer. Over the years, we have received many awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to a plethora of incredible wildlife, including monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco lodges Ecolodges will be the experience of a lifetime. Lapa Rios is one of only 24 National Geographic Unique Eco Lodges of the World ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lapa Rios Ecolodge Hotel Playa Matapalo