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“Really nice and secluded cabinas. Take in mind the taxi-boat fares”
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Rana Roja Lodge
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“Really nice and secluded cabinas. Take in mind the taxi-boat fares”
Reviewed 24 April 2013 via mobile

Spacious, clean and lovely cabinas surrounded by what seems to be a secondary forest, with cappucin monkeys and many frogs around you. We spotted 3 different frog species just near our cabina, and there are probably more.
The breakfast was good and generous.
The service was very warm and patiant, even when dealing with a mistake in our reservation.
The place is located outside the VERY little town of Tortuguero, so it's more peaceful and no loud music or people around. But, the only way to get to the village is to take a taxi-boat (3$ per person one way). The ride takes only a couple of minutes and is quite fun, but it adds at least 6$ per person a day. We really enjoyed our stay, so it was worth it.

When coming to Tortuguero, you can ask the captain of the boat from La pavona to drop you off in Rana Roja, instead of going to the village and taking a taxiboat.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 12 April 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two days. I found the setting really beautiful. Property is well maintained. Pool area is fantastic. Food was basic and ok. No fine dining here. Free wifi. I thought the trip was well worth it. Takes a good 3 hrs from Siquirres (van/ 1.5 hr boat ride)! A short boat ride to Tortugero town. I wouldn't have booked it had I known it wasn't turtle nesting season...which in my opinion is the highlight of going to Tortugero...but definitely worth it for the experience and canal setting.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 5 April 2013

I have nothing but great things to say about this little lodge. A beautiful spot with charming little cabins, nice extras (like free boots, kayaks,a swimming pool, etc.), and a great opportunity to spot local wildlife - we saw frogs, lizards, monkeys, sloths, anteaters and birds of all variety. Staff was warm, courteous, and very helpful. Our room was well maintained, and I appreciated the fresh towels after bathing or swimming.

The only thing I would recommend is a few more hangers or pegs to allow things to dry in the cabins. It would also be great to have a clothes line near the sunny pool area - just to dry things out after a brief rain shower.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Excellent surprise in the middle of the rainforest. Simple and clean accomodations where you can fall asleep listening to all the nature sounds (cabins have no glass windows, only nets). In lodge area you can find lots of monkeys, sloths and the "rana roja". That said, if you are not into nature, maybe not your kind of place. You need to take a taxi boat to Tortuguero village (3 min).

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lincoln, UK
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Reviewed 1 March 2013

We stayed for four nights/three days in January.
It started excellently with a chilled watermelon drink and warm welcome from Daniel on arrival.

I can echo what everyone has said about the location and wildlife in the grounds - lots of monkeys, including howlers on the roof and capuchins on the walkways, toucans in the trees, hummers, trogans, a red-eyed tree frog etc.Fabulous. Yes a lovely pool too.

We also had a great day taking a couple of the hotel kayaks up the river to San Francisco and would have used them more had we stayed longer. We did not use other tours booked from the hotel so cannot comment on these.

The cabins are very nice and the only bug we found inside was a huge ant. No mossies. Luckily the song of the jungle blocked out some of the noise from the bar, but room 32 is very close to the amenities and because of the mesh windows, you can basically hear everything. On our last night is was if the band was in the bedroom and in the mornings noise from the kitchen (pots)and dining room (scraping chairs) was loud too. Luckily the howlers drowned it out most of the time. If you get to choose I think I eyed up cabin 35 as being the most desirably located in terms of peace (from human noises!)

I would say the service was very patchy. There was a day when our room was not cleaned - which could happen anywhere. What really grated was the attitude of the cleaner who was very rude and utterly denied it when we told the manager. Mistakes happen, but rudeness is not a great thing in a hotel. The managers, Chris in particular and Daniel were couteous and helpful (particularly in drying our stinky wet shoes and clothes after a rainy rainforest trip) as was Miguel at the bar. However the level of staffing is low. We had a key problem one night and basically by 7.30pm Miguel and the night watchman appeared to be the only staff on site.

We had dinner the first night and were very disappointed - how they justify US$15 per head for spaghetti you serve yourself I do not know. The dining room has no atmosphere and with prompt service swapping our dinner plates for pudding - a small inedible cake - dinner was over in a scant 15 minutes. Maybe we weren't helped by two of us being seated at a round table for 6-8 beside the kitchen area (Fluorescent lights) and buffet. Nevertheless apart from breakfast (which was fine) we did not eat there again. Even with the water taxi fare (US$3 per person each way so US$12) we could have a couple of beers and a delicious meal in the village for less than the US$30 two hotel dinners would cost (plus US$4 for each beer at the pool bar...). It is a shame the food and drink feels like a rip off - we had much much better food in roadside cafes! Unremarkable food is acceptable if the price matches but it didn't. If they could get this balance right it would be a so much nicer place to stay.

Room Tip: Room 32 is right next to the pool bar and restaurant
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Loess Hills
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

Who’d have guessed that such a nice place could be found just off the river? The cabins and rooms are typically situated in the forest and accessed via slightly elevated walkways. Overlook any loose towel racks. Be pleased with hot water, showers, and flush toilets. For those who find nature dull, there’s a swimming pool and wi-fi. For the more fortunate, observant guests can find strawberry poison dart frogs, toucans, trogons, and white-faced capuchins nearly outside their doors. Furthermore, access to more of the natural history of Tortuguero is just a short boat ride away.

Stayed January 2013, travelled on business
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Pineville, Louisiana
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

If you want the unique experience this is the place. Well designed to fit into the rainforest not to blur the surroundings. At night you can sit in your cabin and feel nature all around you . The sounds of the frogs, the howler monkeys, the birds as well as other creatures will heighten the spirit. If you are into creature comforts this is not your place.However if you want to feel close to God or Mother Earth go here. The staff is very helpful and the food is very good.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Rana Roja Lodge
Address: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
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Ranked #11 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Rana Roja Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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