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La Baula Lodge
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Tortuguero
Reviewed 23 May 2014

Nice hotel with friendly staff. David the bartender is quite friendly and makes good drinks and you can have a nice conversation with him. The food is good here and included in your stay. Breakfast lunch and dinner. Monkeys wake you up and you can see a lot of birds here. Room are just fine.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

We arrived via taxi to a wonderful woman and a server with a tray full of delicious fresh juice!
We had reservations for three rooms and she took us around to the open rooms to find just the right rooms for our group.
The rooms we not outstanding....but they were clean and odor free. Odor free is hard to come by in older buildings in the moist costa rican air. The rooms are older and the walls are paper thin. This I would not enjoy surrounded by strangers but we were with friends and talked through the walls like camp days as kids! The comforters and window treatments were all new and bright colored, it was a nice touch to an older room.
The shower was hot and great pressure, not something you can count on in Costa Rica.
The absolute joy of La Buala is the food! We ate all three meals there and the food was delicious, fresh, and the presentation was incredible! Our dinner was multi course and on par with a high end restaurant.
Oh and the service was absolutely behind reproach! We loved everybody we encountered! Thank you for the great vacation!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
2  Thank kimberlyt05
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

we stayed there only 2 nights owners & staff very very friendly basic rooms (but you are in the jungle) it was quite different having to hail a taxi boat to go into town im really going to miss the howler monkeys that would wake me at 5 AM I didn't even realize our room had no tv no ac no phone or clock it was such a nice experience

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

A simple, sweet & peaceful escape w/a fine waterside lounge, good food, friendly service, lovely grounds & nice little pool. A great place to hang out for a couple of days after more hectic travel, watching howler monkeys, parrots & canal traffic. A good value & a wonderful ride in by water bus!

Room Tip: We had the quad in the corner, which was comfortable and very economical for the family.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank farmer-at-heart
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

This lodge is great. You get there by water taxi ( 2 hour) because it is in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. We came on holidays at La Baula Lodge to see wildlife and fauna. It was great!! I did not attempt to use internet in my room, we slept there and spent family time with our child, but the internet at the lodge was great , The food is pretty basic and I would have liked it to be a bit more spicy but it was good comfort food , served hot and with a smile. The salads and especially the dressings were excellent.
Again the rooms were basic, clean and comfortable.

Grounds were lovely we were able to spend time with the toucans, howlers and the live in Iguana. My biggest complaint is that I couldn't get a mojito.
If you want the best western go for it, but I think you will regret it , you may never get to stand under a trail of hundreds of Morpho butterflies beginning their migration. I get a little crazy when folks write reviews and make comparisons that just don't work here. This is a protected National Park, and we like it that way. Don't lower your expectations, just change them, so you can really enjoy this amazing spot.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Great little lodge in the middle of the jungle. Only accessible by boat as it is located in the Tortuguero National Park on the river. Please keep this in mind when visiting here because the rooms are very basic with only a bed, bathroom, and windows. Toilet paper must be thrown in the garbage (not the toilet) as is customary for most of Costa Rica. If you're looking for plush memory foam mattresses, marble, and stainless steel, you won't find it here - but it you're looking for peaceful surroundings, great people, and to experience another culture, you won't be disappointed. Aside from the nightly music, the only other planned activities are provided by the surrounding Howler monkeys and tropical birds. There is a nice pool on site to enjoy during the day. Meals are buffet style featuring typical Costa Rican food and an array of lush tropical fruits. There is wi-fi available at no cost to guests. The best thing about this lodge is the staff. They are absolutely amazing. They will bend over backwards to make sure you are comfortable and happy.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

We had high hopes for la baula when out water taxi pulled up to it. My four year old and wife said that it looked pretty. That was the high point.

They were not expecting us and throughout our stay only one person made an effort to help us. (Luiz). Staff told us meals were bad to go to the main town to eat. The mattresses were unbearable and the toilet was not clean. Walls were paper thin. No internet the entire stay. Only redeeming features our its grounds and pool. We saw many birds and howler monkeys up close on the premise.

Stayed: March 2014
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Additional Information about La Baula Lodge

Address: Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero 70210, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Tortuguero
Price Range: £42 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Baula Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BAULA LODGE TORTUGUERO Tortuguero National Park, is located on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, Province of Limon. This was established on November 13, 1975 and has an area of 18,946 hectares in the terrestrial and 52,265 hectares in the marina. This park comes to constitute the most important site in the Western Caribbean side for the green turtle nesting, and other species such as leatherback and Carey. Lagoons and waterways make up the National Park and are the habitat of species such as crocodiles, alligators, manatees, turtles, crabs and the millennial fish Gaspar and others. This national park was created to protect a wide variety of flora and fauna found in the area and is part of Wetlands of International Importance of the Ramsar Convention. Strategically located opposite the Tortuguero Lagoon and only 5 minutes by boat from Tortuguero National Park is La Baula Lodge, a rustic hotel, very comfortable that re-opened in June 2008 with a clear vision of providing its customers personalized service, quality and comfort in the midst of a natural sanctuary. La Baula Lodge has focused on the respect, protection and conservation of the environment and the flora and fauna of the area. The Lodge in general has a real Caribbean style, painted in vivid colors that identify with the culture of the area, beautiful exotic gardens, restaurant, pool and large bar, laundry service, experienced guides and quality service is what we offer, plus of course 45 standard rooms with ceiling fan and private bathroom with hot water. The hotel is located on a beautiful 2 acre property in the middle of flora and fauna that identify the Tortuguero National Park, where the exotic sounds will make your experience unforgettable, here you will have the first opportunity for a destination of immense natural wealth, the hotel is strategically located facing the lagoon and close to Tortuguero Town. Our Bar and Restaurant offers national and international meals and drinks, and of course Caribbean and is completely open, giving expansive views of the tropical gardens and the Laguna Tortuguero. Come on and enjoy a true natural adventure! ... more   less 
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