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Hotel Shawandha Lodge
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Costa Rica
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19 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Always a favourite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

We've gone to Shawandha several times over the years, and just returned from yet another great 2 nights there with our 18 yr son. We are in the travel business and based in San Jose, so know most of the hotels around Puerto Viejo and also in the country (and many in Latin America as that is where we cover). Shawandha remains one of our favourites: great location beside playa Chiquita, one of the best little beaches in the country, comfortable charming cabins with a delightful balcony, a restaurant with excellent personal service and food, and all set in a very natural and little touched jungle setting where toucans, parrots and often howler monkeys appear. This time there was a change, an attractive pool beautifully designed to fit naturally into the ambience. Our 2 nights should really have been 3, as we felt slightly rushed given the 4 hour drive from San Jose. Overall the lodge is a marvellous natural place to relax. We'll be back within the year this time!

Room Tip: All the cabins are spread out in the jungle setting, with pretty good privacy, and so there is littl...
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Encino,Californa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

This really is a magical place. The beautiful and private A-Frame cabins are serenely tucked among the lush garden-forest landscape. Everyone who helped us, from the front desk to the waiters and waitress were friendly and helpful. This is one place we didn't want to leave!!!

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely, you'll be happy wherever you stay here.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orange County , CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012

The location is far from 'town' but thats just what I wanted. The plan was to experience what the caribean side was all about. Was glad I rented a car which gave me freedom to explore more. There are things I dont like about CR like the humidity and bugs so no matter where you stay you will expereince it. There is a large ceiling fan that cools the room, at night it was fine during the day hot. The rooms were rural just like the pics, individual structures made it fun and private, laying in the hammock was great, the pool is secluded from the main road and the beach across the street is 5 star. You have to walk along a skinny path about 100 yards and the end result is breath taking, just like the the exotics pictures you see. Wifi was intermittent, a storm knocked out the electricity, but who cares, I planned to stay in the jungle anyway. The howler monkeys talked to me every morning, watched sloths in the trees while floating in the pool. I felt safe there, the staff is awesome, and the place was much nicer than many others I saw along the road. If you need lots of stimulation this place is not for you and neither is the caribbean side of CR.

Room Tip: each room appeared to equally good
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012

Really enjoyed my stay in Shawandha Lodge. Very relaxing, quiet and peacful - nice if you want to get away from it all. Staff were friendly and very helpful. Lovely cafe nearby and yoga classes next door too.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

Nice property but a bit overpriced. We stayed for a couple of nights and had a good time. Parking was safe and secure. Rooms were far enough from each other that you weren't able to hear every word being said from the next door. Found a huge roach in the bathroom at night so wasn't too pleased and the included breakfast was lacking (eggs and fruit). Apparently it was "bee season" because a swarm of bees were hovering over our plates during breakfast, this made me loose my appetite. For the price per night, I would expect higher standards. Although with that said, I never felt as if our lives were in danger or property was on the brink of being stolen during our stay here.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Dillon, Colorado
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38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2012

Really awesome property just across from Playa Chaquita. Very quiet and peaceful. Pool area was very nice. Staf was always very helpful and accomodating. A little pricy for location, but definitely recommend at least 1 nights stay here. Food in restaurant was wonderful.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Grecia, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2012

Had an amazing time visiting Puerto Viejo.. and even more being taken care of by the Staff at Lodge Shawandha. Bungalow cabina´s in the middle of rain forest setting. The food cater by the restaurant is amazing. Five Stars to the chef you cooked our meals to perfection, and even came out in the middle of our dinner to make sure everything was cooked the way we asked. Very quiet ambiance and clean rooms. can´t wait to go back and relax...!!! Thanks Guys!!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Shawandha Lodge
Address: Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7304, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
#6 Romantic Hotel in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Shawandha Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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Also Known As:
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Hotel Shawandha Lodge Costa Rica/Limon

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