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Ara Ambigua Lodge
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Birds View”
Reviewed 15 May 2013

A comfortable place to stay with a good kitchen. Staff is professional and very kind. A special remark in respect of the bird feeders. The restaurant is a place with open windows and several bird feeders very close to it. While enjoying your (good) meal you can enjoy the view of a lot of different birds and squirrels very close by.
Large and clean rooms in a lovely environment

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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San Antonio, TX
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

The grounds are beautiful and well kept. Dining area was nice and out in the open. My room was away from the other smaller lodges, but it was very spacious and surrounded by beautiful flora and different birds. Was situated up on a hill, so it had a nice view. There were nice hiking trails. You have to look for them, but they are there. Nice pool area.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2013

A little bit off from the main road is this lovely hotel. The grounds are excellent for wandering around during which time you can see various frogs,birds,insects and reptiles at close view. Breakfast is a delight from the food point of view, but also the entertainment from the bird feeders. We were in room 37 on the hill above reception which was quiet and had a lovely open view from the veranda. Some of the other rooms near the pool appeared a little closed in.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Magoebaskloof, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

Visited for one night in January en route to Arenal. I love birdwatching and this spot is great if you wanted to make it your base for a birding trip into the rainforest. At breakfast they leave fruit out for the birds attracting some nice species. But for us it was fine for just one night: the rooms are simple and slightly dated decor and the hotel was virtually deserted giving it a slightly eery empty feel. The food was very good both dinner and breakfast were delicious and moresome. The staff are the highlight: so welcoming and friendly, and being family owned and run really shows. Top notch customer service! The gardens are lovely and the pool a welcome refresh after an active day. All in all would recommend using as a base to expore this region, but if you have sensitive hearing the trucks on the main road may still be a little disturbing at night, despite being well set back from the road. Room suggestion: ask for one with a good view!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Columbus, Georgia
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

The Ara Ambigua Lodge is convenient to activities in the Sarapiqui area and provides comfortable lodging and good food. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the rooms are clean and roomy. There are different types of accomodations in three different areas; we we up a small hill from reception in ground level rooms, and did not see the others.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

The room was big with 2 double beds and good air con. A fridge would have been nice. WIFI is only available in the hotel lobby and a computer is available if you don't have your own. A reasonable size pool (very warm) was great and we pretty much had it to ourselves. Good breakfast, we were visiting with a small group and so a buffet was provided just for our group (10 people) this was very mediocre and I would have preferred to have been able to choose from the menu. Large gardens which you appear to be free to roam about, lots of flora, birds (they are encouraged to visit at breakfast with fruit left outside the restaurant to attract them).

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

After driving 400 meters down a “gravel road” you come to a beautiful place in the jungle. At the front desk you are immediately greeted with a warm smile, checked in and shown to your room. We stayed in 3a and 3b which were wonderful rooms that have an inside door that attaches them. This was wonderful since we had our children with us and it gave them the feeling of having "their own room". This room is right in front of the walk to the pool but is still very quite. Each of the rooms had an AC unit, TV and bathroom. We had no odor issues that one of the other reviewers mentioned.

Each day we went to the open air restaurant where the staff was always happy and very helpful. The food was amazing. Most nights we were there (3 in total), locals would come to the restaurant for dinner and/or to play pool. The atmosphere is very welcoming and is like walking into a group of old friends.

The grounds are amazingly beautiful. The family that owns/runs the place takes great care in preserving the environment which gives you the feeling of being in the middle of the jungle. There are many paths on the property to wonder around, one of the paths takes you to two lakes where you may see caimans (we did); another path takes you up towards the restaurant and off to one side is a path to the frog garden. We went to the frog garden during the day and saw many frogs. We were encouraged to go at night to see different frogs but we never managed to have time to do so.

While we were there we got to take part in the “Plantemos un Arbol” program where visitors get to plant a tree on the property. This was a great joy for our children. I can’t express enough how wonderful, friendly and polite the staff is. We will defiantly be staying at this hotel again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Ara Ambigua Lodge
Address: 400mts Norte de la Iglesia de La Guaria, 2110-1100, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Sarapiqui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ara Ambigua Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ara Ambigua is a beautiful mountain hotel, located in Sarapiquí in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica just 1.5 hours from San Jose. Here, you can enjoy the peace and exotic beauty of the tropical rainforest. Throughout your stay, you'll have a relaxing and enjoyable experience in this family-owned and run hotel. ... more   less 
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