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“Esquinas Rainforest Lodge” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Esquinas Rainforest Lodge
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Golfito
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“Esquinas Rainforest Lodge”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Stayed for 2 nights. Lodge area was excellent and wildlife seen on the trails leading from lodge was prolific. Meals were good. Conservation and sustainability were top of their priority and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Especially the bats roosting behind the bar.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Reggio Emilia, Italy
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

Lush vegetation. There are several path to admire the various types of plants and trees: when you arrive they give you a map of the walking trails that are available to guests. In the night you can hear the call of the frogs. Simple but clean housing; bring lotion to shower and hair. Meals of poor quality. The menu is fixed, the price is high, but some is reinvested in the conservation area. The staff is friendly.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Stayed one night at esquinas. Beautiful location and nice villa. Stil the price was too high for what we got. The food was average. Food was served at fixed times and the service was very machine like/unpersonal :). The room was ok but very moist and sheets not that clean. Concluding very nice location but too pricy! Average - Good

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

Great stay at the Esquinas Rainforest Lodge. We went looking for frogs on our first night there with our guide. We didn't expect to come across a caiman living in the frog pond! Lots of other wildlife live very close by. It did rain a bit but it is in a rainforest. No glass in the windows for the rooms, but it is not really needed, the screens keep most of the insects out. When it did rain the kitchen staff showed us all how to make tortillas the Costa Rican way! Lots of spare wellies and umbrellas at the reception area for when you get caught in a bit of a storm. Overall a great stay in a fantastic lodge with really nice staff and plenty of wildlife very close by.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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426 reviews
136 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Stayed here as part of a tour for 2 nights. The setting is in the rainforest, the cabins are rustic but all the plugs worked, there was hot water for showers. There is no fridge or coffee making bits in the room , also no shower gel or hair dryer . Bring your own !!!

Fantastic to sit outside in the evening, wifi works in bar area but not in high up rooms. Staff were really friendly. You put your drinks on a list , so they put trust in you not to cheat the system. Beer was $3 so not expensive .

The food was delicious , simple dishes, well prepared and well presented.

Good walks with things to see, there is a pool too but did not use this.

Things felt damp but I think this is the area you are in really and nothing is going to dry !!!

Very relaxing as I was not looking forward to this being a bit of a city girl and not a "basic " room lover.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Klosterneuburg, Austria
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150 reviews
136 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

Stayed 3 nights in this marvellous eco-lodge. Probably due to Austrian ownership there are a lot of german speaking guests.
It´s definitely a misunderstanding if some reviewers complain that this is not a luxury- lodge. No- it´s a rustic eco- lodge in a most beautiful rainforest setting with a lot of atmosphere.
Manager Katalina runs the place in a highly motivated, helpful and very obliging way.
Rooms are simple (and the owners should start thinking about refurnishment), but with (almost) all amenities needed. Food is excellent.
Beautiful self guided walks up to the forest- try the waterfall- la trocha- fila loop trail.
Highly recommended guided night walks (frogs, fer-de-lance), guided early morning walks with lots of birds. Extraordinary Rio Coto Mangrove tour (roseate soonbills, frigate birds,........). All activities offered quite inexpensive.
This is a lodge for nature lovers, not so much for luxury freaks.
Definitely recommended!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vielen Dank für Ihr Kommentar! Wenn Sie uns weiter empfehlen, helfen Sie uns, den Regenwald zu schützen und den Lebensstandard der Menschen aus La Gamba zu verbessern.
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West of London
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36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

This was one of several forest lodges visited during a two week group tour of Costa Rica and this review is in that context; you don't go to such places looking for 5* luxury. By definition this is a damp place so while rooms are comfortable and spacious if a bit dark, within a rustic setting, it's not easy to dry clothes and sleeping may be disturbed by passing nocturnal visitors eg bats dropping fruit etc on the roof. We occupied Room 1 with only a cold shower at the time. Meals and a self service honesty bar were hosted by very friendly and helpful volunteer staff and the grounds and surrounding country afforded a wealth of wildlife - notably birds, frogs and flora. We enjoyed an optional mangrove boat tour but the boats used were not identical and with a half roof and fibre glass bench seats ours was not the most comfortable - but I wouldn't have missed the experience which is of special interest to birders. The efforts being made for conservation here deserve the support of those genuinely interested in this country and it's environment.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Esquinas Rainforest Lodge
Address: Piedras Blancas National Park | La Gamba, Golfito 60701, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Golfito
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Golfito
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Esquinas Rainforest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Esquinas Lodge in southern Costa Rica, only 3 miles off the Interamerican Highway and 30 minutes from Golfito airport, is part of a model project combining conservation, ecotourism, research, reforestation and community aid. The lodge is 100% carbon-neutral and has 16 rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a pool. The 35-acre private reserve, surrounded by 2500 acres of untouched rainforest, attracts many mammals and over 200 species of birds. Activities include hiking, horseback riding, birdwatching, and boat and kayak tours in nearby Golfo Dulce. ... more   less 
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