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Alby Lodge
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

My husband and I recently stayed at Alby Lodge and were overall very comfortable. The location was good - about a five minute walk to the National Park and beach. The howler monkeys will wake you up beginning very early in the morning, but you get used to waking up early (so will the dogs, but I was perfectly happy having the dogs chase away the monkeys).

The cabins are fine - nice shower, a safe, a nice porch. The only complaint I would make is about the bed and totally lumpy pillow, both of which were very uncomfortable.

The man that met us, answered questions, and generally took care of things was very nice. There is a common eating area that has a fridge, coffee makers, tables and chairs that was nice for breakfast in the mornings. They stocked the fridge with sodas and beer that you could purchase, which was convenient. The wireless was very weak.

The town isn't much, but the beach and park were beautiful.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Beautiful, comfortable cabins in a really lovely garden on the edge of "town" - approx 5 mins (if that) to beach / park / town.
Our cabin had a double bed and a single bed - both with mosquito nets. We also had a lovely veranda/ porch with a hammock and chair. There are cooking facilities, fridge etc in a separate "open" cabin where you can sit and have your breakfast/dinner.
Only caution / complaint was that the owner wasn't particularly friendly. No big issue, just unusual for CR.
In terms of location - Cahuita is a quiet little town with a few restaurants/ shops. The beach is not very big but is nice enough. Nearby Puerto Viejo has more life if that is what you are looking for.
Whatever you do DO NOT go to the chocolate plantation $25 for a very poor tour. Not good value at all.
Oh and final warning - the howler monkeys are loud and if nearby will wake you......../first time scare you S**tless!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

My husband and I are artists and always travel with a lot of camera gear. We were looking to get away from NYC for a few days and wanted a laid back tropical environment to explore the native animals and plants. Alby Lodge was perfect. We had cabin #4 which sits furthest into the center of the garden. I felt it was safe and secure to store our gear while at the beach. The location is close to town and you will not need to drive everywhere. It made a perfect home base. The garden is stunning ! and home to howler and capuchin monkeys and many species of birds which you can view on your porch all day long. Also, Yvonne connected us with a local guide in town which took us snorkeling on a private tour. He showed us a few different areas, got in the water with us and located nurse sharks, lion fish and other hidden aquatic life that I would not have found myself ! I liked that he was also protective of the reefs and expressed the importance of their preservation. A great place for the price.

Room Tip: cabin #4 for more privacy
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

My Husband and I spent the last 5 days of our Costa Rican Honeymoon in Cahuita. The town itself is not exactly our preference. We were there to explore the park and beaches as well as just hang-out and relax. Thank goodness for Alby Lodge! Yvonne and Thomas were such excellent hosts! Their property is absolutely an Oasis from the rough town. Our cabina was the perfect home to return to everyday, and we were so glad for the well-equiped shared kitchen (the food in Cahuita is not the best). I would recommend Alby Lodge above any other place we saw for it's traquility and friendly atmosphere. It is secure and frequented by much wildlife as it's on the edge of town next to the park. Though we did not go on any excursions we did hear from other guests that the hosts arranged some great outtings, which I would do if we were to return. Amazing garden's and hosts!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

The landscape, atmosphere and cabins are nice. They have a lots of birds and monkeys on the site with a nice separate common kitchen area. The mattress and pillows were not comfortable and the toilet didn't flush well but apart from that, the host are nice and it is cheap for what you get.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We cannot comment on the place fully as we did not stay here. Due to a rescheduled flight as a result of bad weather, we arrived a day late and had to cancel our stay here and continue on to Puerto Viejo. We did stop in Cahuita, though, which is a gorgeous town. We drove into Alby and checked out the grounds and it is incredible!!! Stunning gardens, gorgeous cabins, and we saw nothing else like it anywhere else in Costa Rica. We were heartbroken not to get to stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Nice bungalows in an incredible garden. Our bungalow got a little crammed as we were 4 people, would have been perfect for 2. The communal kitchen was great, so clean and well equipped, and it´s really nice so sit there on a rainy day. The national park is a 5-minute walk away and so are the shops and restaurants. We really enjoyed our stay here, despite all the rain!

Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Alby Lodge

Address: Cahuita Centro | 200m From The National Park Entrance, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 43 Speciality Lodging in Cahuita
Price Range: £38 - £46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Return to nature? At last we have fulfilled a lifetime dream and built our lodge right here on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast close to the National Park. The center of the town and the beautiful white sandy beach are only 200 meters away. lf you are looking for a nice cute place or if you just want to see and listen to Kongos and other animals, You'll love our big Tropical gardens which are surrounded by giant trees. ... more   less 
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