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“Great place for birders to stay.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gavilan Sarapiqui River Lodge

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Gavilan Sarapiqui River Lodge
Panacea, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great place for birders to stay.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights while birding the nearby the La Selva Biological Station. It's a bit more basic than the higher priced lodges nearby but it's a very relaxing site with a very helpful family running things. Just what we go to Costa Rica for. Good birding on site too with their feeders and a trail down to the river and family of Spectacled Owls hanging around. If you are a birder or nature nut or just want to relax this is an excellent lodge. If you are a family looking for adventure touring and a lot to do I'm not sure it's the best match though they will be happy to book those things for you and make recommendations.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Geauxsp
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2013

We stayed here one night and the place was really nice- everything was clean, staff was great- breakfast was very tasty and an interesting juice in the breakfast was wonderful. There is no TV in the rooms, but if you are looking for a good time with friends or family member- TV is not necessary and anyway- you can read news in the lobby via your mobile phone or tablet- there is free wi-fi.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ieva S
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Gloucestershire
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100 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2013

We enjoyed our one night stay here. The gardens were lovely and peaceful and they have a large bird table to attract the most amazing birds. Could spend hours just watching these brightly coloured birds flying around. The rooms were large and clean and the evening meal we had was very nice.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gloslass
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

We were at this beatiful little lodge and had a great time. Birds flying all around, amazing river, great horseback riding, great boat ride!!! The most friendly service in all the world! And delicious typical food!

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sigaandfam
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Lufkin, Texas
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84 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2012

Even the newer and larger rooms are a bit dated and the prices were a bit high, but Gavilan Rio Sarapiqui is a comfortable alternative for anyone planning to visit La Selva Biolgical Reserve for a day tour. The birding on the grounds of the hotel is also good, especially when they are stocking the feeders. The people were friendly and the service good. Internet access was iffy at best. Food was excellent, but also a bit pricey.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank PineywoodsBirder
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puerto viejo
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2010

We stay at this lodge as a recommendation from a friend. I was happy from the first moment we walked in It felt great. The gardens where spectacular, well manicured and with informative signs. We chose the superior room, my husband and I, it was a very confortable and spacious room, well worth the price difference. The standar rooms ( where my kids stayed) where nice and cozy caribbean style just a bit too small. Food was delicious, specially the grill chicken, pastas and salads and fresh tropical fruit drinks.
We took the time to relax as well as we venture on some fun tours, with teens on board we chose to make the rafting tour which was sooo much fun. We also made the hoarse back-ridding, a boat tour and a guided adventure on the hotel's own reserve. We appreciated specially the helpful and kind stuff that made our stay stress free. I could only recommend to bring rubber boots because the day we made the tours they didn't have any available and we didn't come prepared so our tennis shoes got a bit muddy. Also to get to the Hotel we got a bit off track for their where not many signs coming from La Fortuna so you have to ask a couple of times, which wasn't a problem for everyone new " Hotel Gavilan de Sarapiqui" and the owner Mariamalia Sotela who's beautiful paintings enhance the decor of some of the rooms is well known in the area. I am sure to comeback again !!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WandaPatt
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Barcelona
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2010

We were going to La Fortuna, but a friend told us we should visit the Sarapiqui area on the way there. On the road to Puerto Viejo, we saw a sign of this lodge, and since we were tired, we decided to spend one night before continuing our trip to La Fortuna.
The gardens looked beautiful! We took a standard room (not the Superior, which was a bit expensive) because we travel with a limited budget. The room was OK, with private bath and ceiling fan, nice decoration. The manager was friendly, and was very helpful when we needed to confirm our reservations in La Fortuna.The meals were very good! We wanted to use their Jacuzzi in the evening but the water was too cold...
In general we liked our short stay in this small lodge, recommended if you're looking for a quiet, peaceful environment!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Aliceblue9
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Property: Gavilan Sarapiqui River Lodge
Address: Heredia, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Heredia
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Ranked #3 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Heredia
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Number of rooms: 22
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