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“Decent Lodging in the Middle of the Rain Forest”
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Selva Verde Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sarapiqui
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

The room: basic. Two beds. Bathroom: simple. One downside to the shower: you are sharing solar-heated water with three other rooms... rise early to ensure a hot shower before other guests sharing the same system. I figured this out on day one, and set the alarm early for days 2, 3, and 4.

The bar and restaurant area are pleasant. The daily breakfast...excellent. I'd recommend the full meal plan. We didn't have a sub-par meal during the entire stay.

Take advantage of the nature hikes/paths surrounding the lodge.

And bring more clothes than you think necessary (particularly socks and underwear)--it is so humid that NOTHING dries. Damp sheets. Damp towels. You get used to it...it's the middle of the rain forest.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

We spent 3 wonderful, active days at Selva Verde and cannot say enough about how enchanting our stay was. Seeing Toucans at breakfast, waking to the sound of Monkeys, avoiding dart frogs and the occasional lizard in your path. You are living in the rain forest -- it looks like Jurassic Park!

The staff was kind, generous, accommodating and even sought out our kids to help them practice their spanish. The food was terrific. Most importantly, you will find a group of professionals dedicated to preserving the cherished rain forest. Their naturalists are always on site, ready to answer questions from even the youngest tourist. We took both day and night hikes (bug spray and rain coats are a MUST).

You will never see anything like it. Enjoy, relax, learn together.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

We had a river room for 1 night only. We arrived in the afternoon and staff recommended to do the trails on the hotel property. Seemed like a good idea, but the trails were not interesting at all and full of mud (and it had not even rained). The map we got made no sense at all. We passed by the pool but it was very uninviting (dirty and full of leaves and branches) and nobody was there. I wonder why ....
We had de buffet dinner, but that was a bit disappointing. The breakfast was very good though. I don't want to sound too negative because the rooms are very nice, clean and pretty big with wooden floors and stuff. Really liked our own hammock and rocking chairs.
We saw some interesting animals right just outside room, like tucans and dart frogs. Staff was friendly and helpfull. They booked a safari boat tour (operated nearby by a guy called Juan) for us, which was the best!.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2011

We stayed in this lodge for the first 3 nights after having arrived in San José for our fist visit to central America. We traveled with our 2 year old daughter and my pregnant wife.

I booked a bungalow, it was slightly more expensive so I figured it would be more comfortable after having travelled for a long time to get to Costa Rica. We arrived just after dark and went to the bungalows, which were FAR away from the main building with all the facilities (pool, breakfast).

For us this room was clearly unsuitable, it was mentioned on the website that it was more secluded but I might have missed that during the booking.
We were reassigned into a cheaper but much nicer lodge on the main grounds close to the pool and breakfast area.

The rooms however are not very soundproof, so I guess people must have heard our daughter during the night, as we heard our neighbor snoar. The road is nearby so some truck noise is there during the day and evening.

The lodge, wooden deck, hammock, trails are great. Very friendly staff and a nice restaurant with good food.

The pool was clean but it looked it was not used on a daily basis. We enjoyed using it.

Since we pre payed the more expensive room we emailed the management for a refund, wich was given to us.

Alltogether looking back we enjoyed staying here and think it was a good value for money.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 7 December 2011

Easy check in and our room was in the main area - not in the bungalows which were pretty far away. Not too many guests and it was very quiet at night. The food was plentiful and good with beautiful views from the restaurants. Best part was meeting up with our guide, Alex, who first took us on a tour of the rainforest. After a soggy trip in the pouring rain (which we really enjoyed) we made a trip to Sarapiqui Eco-Observatory where we finally found the toucans and frogs for photographs worthy of Nat Geo. Best part of Selva Verde was that we had rain for the majority of the time but were able to walk through the property while staying dry because of the covered walkways. A delightful stay and highly recommended!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

The property is located right on the Sarapiqui River, and it is quite pleasant to while away a happy hour sitting in one of the rocking chairs on the patio watching the river rafters sailing by on their white water adventures. The rapids are just strong enough to get your heart rate up, but nothing too terrifying. The rooms are spacious and airy, but there's not much to keep one in the rooms, unless of course a troop of howler monkeys decides to swing through the trees where you can watch them from your open window. Trails on the property are easiy accessible, and if you keep your eyes on the ground, you are sure to see at least a couple of varieties of poison dart frogs. The only downside is that the eco-lodge caters to large groups of middle school kids from the U.S. who come for the environmental education workshops at the lodge. While I am the first to applaud the work that Holbrook is doing to enlighten kids to the need for environmental stewardship, it was rather annoying for us oldsters to have the kids galloping around the grounds late at night. In fact, Holbrook organized our program as well, so it's not as if they were not aware that we were in house. There were other signs that we were not getting their priority attention since their speaker who was supposed to brief our group on rainforest ecology was a no-show and we never did find anyone to refer the mishap to even though the property is owned and managed by Holbrook. But the monkeys provided us with racous entertainment as they romped through the trees right at eye level just outside the open-air conference room where we waited for the speaker who never showed up. Their antics were in all likelihood far more diverting than any speaker's lecture could have been!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

Located on 500 acres of primary rainforest adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park, Selva Verde’s history dates back to 1982—a time when Giovanna Holbrook purchased a large section of old-growth forest in the area of Río Sarapiquí that was about to be clearcut. A dream and—eventually—a world-renown eco-lodge were born.

We arrived a bit before lunch, so we headed to our rooms along the extensive series of covered walkways lined with lovely plantings and feeders attracting birds. Oh, yes—we were definitely in the rainforest now! Río Sarapiquí cut through the grounds—a truly lovely setting. We stayed in the River Lodge rooms. Our room was one of 4 that shared walls; we could hear our neighbors when we were in the bathroom (the bathrooms shared an inner wall). But otherwise, noise was not a problem. No air conditioning, although the room had a ceiling fan. Given it was quite hot and humid, I worried that sleeping might be a challenge, since there was no air conditioning (although the room had a ceiling fan). However, the room was 79 F when we hit the hay and switched off the ceiling fan around 10 p.m. and was 71 F early the next morning. Not a problem.

The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was large and well appointed. No television and the lights in our room weren’t well situated (or sufficiently bright) for easy late-night reading. So if you enjoy reading after dark, bring a small booklight that can clamp onto your book. Made a big difference for me.

Meals are served in a large, lovely dining room overlooking the river. The buffet-style food was plentiful, fresh, and delicious. I especially appreciated the signs by the main dishes—in both Spanish and English. I'll take every opportunity to brush up on my Spanish nouns. The main dishes and desserts were served by the staff while the side dishes, salads, and drinks were self-serve, which made portion control a bit easier. (I suggest you practice your Spanish for "That's enough"--e.g.,"Eso es suficiente, gracias" and a gracious smile--to help avert heading back to your table with a heaping plateful of scrumptious food just crying out to be eaten, whether you're that hungry or not.)

Before dinner, we sat on the patio below the dining area for drinks and appetizers by the river—pizza slices! The patio has many rocking chairs that can be moved hither and yon. A lovely way to end the day--rocking in chairs, listening to and watching the glorious river tumble and play just beyond.

You can read more about our activities (mostly birding) in this area at our trip report.

Tina
http://costarica201102.wordpress.com/

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Address: | 9 Kms from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, 553069, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sarapiqui
Price Range: £85 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Selva Verde Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Selva Verde is more than a lodge and more than a rainforest reserve. It is your gateway into a magical world of towering Almendro trees, Mantled Howler Monkeys, and Keel Billed Toucans. Immerse yourself in tropical nature as you hike through deep green forest or reflect quietly in a comfortable hammock. Discover something new as you encounter Selva Verde's amazing wildlife and vibrant people. Rekindle your sense of wonder and experience the out-of-the-ordinary. Experience Selva Verde! Located just 2 hours from San Jose, Selva Verde provides easy access to the wonders of the rainforest. For over 30 years, we have been a haven for nature enthusiasts from around the world. Our abundant biodiversity, comfortable rainforest lodge, and exciting activities are ideal for adventure seekers, bird and wildlife watchers, students, and families. Come explore Selva Verde's 500 acres of vibrant tropical nature in the heart of Costa Rica's Sarapiqui Canton. ... more   less 
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