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“Great value for money.”
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Exotica Lodge
Boquete, Panama
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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“Great value for money.”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

We have have been to Puerto Viejo 3 times in the last year and stayed at 4 different hotels. Exotica Lodge is great value for money especially as they offer the option of air conditioning for only $5 extra per night. The rooms are big and spacious and the grounds make it a nice environment to just hang out in. The location is very convenient for walking to the beach, shops, bars and restaurants.
On the down side I could hear the noise from the bars late on Saturday night and the beds are quite hard. This didnt bother me but it might be a problem for some.
On the whole this is the best place we have found to stay and will be staying there again in the future.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Halifax, Canada
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

The young woman working at Exotica (don't know her name) was the best part about the place. She spoke English very well and was able to get us an on-the-spot booking and then extend it later during the week. We loved the outdoor kitchen area but the wooden, backless stools were awful. Please get some cheap camp chairs with backs!. Love the room (we had a/c) and the woman who cleaned each day was lovely (even though we could barely communicate). The beds were not comfortable due to really thin, worn mattresses. Could also benefit from night lights (cheap ones) for the beds as we had to leave the overhead light on so I could read at night while my friend wanted to be asleep by 10pm.

Loved the location, loved the staff. Mattresses and wooden stools need to be tossed! Loved being surrounded by jungle and saw a sloth just up the road (right in town).

Would stay here again but request chairs in advance...would also check to see if mattresses were changed.

Room Tip: we liked room 7...air conditioning (not needed unless you're super hot all the time like me...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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UK
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395 reviews
110 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

Pros;
Location- between the local beaches & en route to manzanilla beach (hire a bike)
Helpful staff
Privacy of kitchen area/garden
Nice big beds
No issues with safety as some reviews have questioned - it's 5 mins max to the heart of the town

Cons:
Kitchen not well equipped
Hammock was dirty - felt horrid!
Gardens= bugs so come prepared

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank GayleUK
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

We loved this place! It is a short, safe walk to town, but it has the privacy of a remote resort. The room is simple and basic with everything we need; the bathroom and shower are big with lots of counter/shelf space. I recommend asking for a room with a kitchen, because the kitchen is outside on the covered patio. So not only do you have kitchenette facilities, you also have an extra-large patio for hanging out (especially nice when it rains; you feel like you're out in the rain forest but with a roof over your head). Nacho and Carlos are terrific; they'll help you with everything from local advice to transportation to your next destination--if you can even pull yourself away to go elsewhere! There is beach just across the road, but the really nice, expansive beach is about a 20-minute walk or very fast bike ride. Highly recommended! We will stay there again!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Scheyern
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

I have been in this hotel for three nights and we really loved it. There a so many loud and overpriced places in puerto viejo that we have been so happy to find this hotel: it is a bit outside of the center (approcimately 5 minutes to walk) and very quiet and clean. The stuff was really friendly and helpful.

The hotel offers 8 rooms: 4 with and 4 without kitchen. They have two beds, a big bathroom and each has a nice balcony. Free coffee in the morning is included and nextdoor is a great bakery.

Room Tip: All rooms are equal. But we were very happy with room number 1 - it is without kitchen.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

Carlos and Nacho are two friends running the exotica lodge that will make you feel always welcome in this very clean and comfortable place. Very well located, room cleaned every days. The price is low according to the quality of the services provided by those two spanish guys that are very friendly and always at your disposal for anything you need. Looking forward to come again. Many thx to Carlos and Nacho!

Benjamin & Aurélie

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We were 2 couples staying in Exotica lodge and we really enjoyed our time! The place have beautiful rooms and garden. We had our quite and privacy and on the other hand enjoyed the fact it is 1 min walk from the beach and from the center of puerto viejo where we got out at night. We took one room with a kitchen which was fully equiped, and we msde us great mills with the amazing baggettes from the bakery next door ( the smell wake us up). In addition to all, the owners are very nice couple which supply us a lot of information about the area. Enjoy!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Thank Yolyolit
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Property: Exotica Lodge
Address: Main Street 300 metres south of Salsa Brava | Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #43 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Exotica Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Exotica Lodge is located just steps away from the main centre and situated in a quiet tropical garden setting. There is plenty to see and do while staying at Exotica Lodge, discover the black sandy beach of Playa Negra then travel south to the golden sandy beaches of Playa Cocles, Chiquita and Punta Uva, all just a bike ride away. Aside from the some of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica, there’s plenty of other activities to do. We look forward to seeing you soon at Exotica Lodge! ... more   less 
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