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“Paradise in the rainforest” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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162 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Paradise in the rainforest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2009

From the moment we were met from our plane at Palma Sur airport to the moment we were returned there 3 days later we were treated like royalty. (25 - 28 January).

The journey to the lodge is an experience all of its own. A 20 minute bus ride through plantations followed by a 2 and a half hour boat ride along the Sierpe river and around the headland in the open sea. The beach landing was not without excitiment because the sea was quite rough on our arrival! You are greated by the almost deafening noise and the intense heat of the rainforest.

Nothing prepares you for your first sight of the lodge buildings when you arrive at the top of the steep hill on a trailer pulled by a tractor. It really is paradise in the rainforest. Beautiful gardens, swimming pool, hospitality buildings and further into the clearance the bungalows where you stay.

The accommodation (Bungalow 2) was a round building within its own grounds with a hammock and outdoor furniture. Inside the room was most tastefully furnished and decorated and the outdoor shower was just perfect.

The sunset bar had amazing views and the sunset was second to none. The margueritas merely enhanced the ambiance.

The activities provided were adventurous and energetic. The guide, Roberto, was very knowledgeable, and the wildlife second to none. We were as much a novelty to the monkeys as they were to us! Instead of going on the snorkelling trip to Cano Island we stayed at the lodge and had the whole place almost to ourselves. We had lunch served to us on the beach and were made to feel so special.

Overall the service was excellent and the food, considering everything was brought by boat, was very good. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff.

We would recommend a visit to this lodge to anyone who is fit enough to enjoy the physically demanding activities but who also want to be made to feel special, we certainly did.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Ossy-Lizzy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2009

Could have been a fantastic place, but sadly fell short. Next to paradise, this lodge is located in a magical area, right adjacent to Costa Rica´s pristine Corcovado National Park. The hotel bills itself as a five star lodge, and charges USD 500 per night for two, all inclusive, including round trip flights from San Jose. At that price everything should have worked flawlessly and the meals should have been first rate. Alas, the food was just ok, unimaginative entrees for dinner, accompanied by overcooked vegetables, including poor quality dinner rolls. And the desserts were also mediocre. Each day a sunset ¨Margarita bar operated, whcih provided complementary hors´de´heuves. Even here, however, the hotel fell far short, since the canopies usually were just fried finger food, hot dog bits, and other not-so-good snack food. It is surprising that an establishment which bills itself as five star could not have demonstrated more imagination!

The accomadations were ok, but even here the facilities were under par. For example when my partner requested, twice, softer pillows, they never arrived. The hot water, powered by propane tanks repeatedly ran out, the toilet paper in the bathroom wan´t replaced, the towels weren´t changed as often as needed, etc. The place has enough staff, but it seems clear that there is not enough training nor oversight for them.

In yet another situation, this lodge indicates that it has a full first aid center in the event of of an emergency, especially given the remoteness of this lodge. yet when one guest needed talcum powder, the manager first said that it would have to be brought in from town the next day, but he later found some that one of his staff had. Another guest unfortunately fell down while hiking and had need of antibiotic cream, but the hotel had none. Fortunately, for this person, another guest had some and was able to resolve this problem by giving him his extra tube of antibiotic cream.......since the Corcovado Lodge had none!

To conclude, the Corcovado Lodge was probably five sstar at one time, but it appears that its standard have slipped as of late. Given the prices it charges and the clientele that it attracts, I think that it fails to meet the expectations of many.

  • Liked — loxation next to Corcovado National Park
  • Disliked — Pverpriced for what was rexeived
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 Thank WrldTrvlrPdx
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TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2009

We had a wonderful stay with 2 multi-generational family groups, including kids 6 & 10. The "casitas" were very comfortable, w/bottled water, flashlights, mosquito netting ample room. One drawback: inadequate reading light. The meals are at set times, with activities planned each day (there are choices). Two swimming pools, 1 adult only (one was closed due to earthquake damage.) There were no other children during our stay but mostly international guests. The staff was wonderful with the kids, patient & kind. Boots, snorkeling equipment was provided, as well as backpacks, but they were small. Bring your own backpack. Everything was well coordinated, & the trip to Cano Island was fabulous. We swam w/turtles, saw rays, beautiful fish, dolphins & whales.
If you don't like early evenings & the outdoors, this is probably not the place for you.

  • Liked — Fabulous location & grounds
  • Disliked — Inadequate reading light in rooms & game room
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank UpNOut
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Seattle, WA
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2009

This place is over the top wonderful! We travelled with our two kids (6 and 10) and the guides were helpful and patient. and knowledgeable. The rooms were well appointed and the level of activity was perfect. The grounds are well kept and full of birds. The only criticism was there wasn't a reading light in the rooms. Of course by the end of the day we were exhausted from all the activites. I can't wait to go again.

  • Liked — All the wildlife and the great guides
  • Disliked — No reading lamp
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Paradox4u2002
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Cockeysville, MD
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2008

DATE: 7/16/08
REVIEWER: Honeymooners from Seaford, DE

My wife and I spent our entire honeymoon at Casa Corcovado Jungle lodge and absolutely loved it. The accomodations are impressive and the service is top notch. Casa is beautifully landscaped and the spanish style architecture fits well with the jungle environment. Everyone at Casa is friendly and willing to listen to any of your concerns. For example, Louis, the manager, allowed my wife and I to deviate from the itinerary. Instead of going kayaking to San Josecito, we went on another hike into the national park. Also, since we were there for 7 days, we had extra days on our own. One day, we paid extra to go to Sirenna by boat with our awesome guide Danny. It was well worth the expense. I will elaborate when I talk about the abundance of wildlife.
The service at Casa is first rate and they go above and beyond expectations. There is plenty of food. In fact, too much despite that there are no snacks in between unless you want to pay. But it's cheap. Chicken sandwich is only 2 dollars ( and its great).
The wildlife at Corcovado NP is unbelievable. We saw all 4 species of monkey, tapir, paca, coati, agouti, macaw, toucan, bats, white lipped peccary, fer de lance, coral snake, crocodile and more. If you want to see wildlife and myriad birds this is the place to visit. We went in the rainy season and there were very few people in the park and at Casa. One night there were 4 people total at Casa including my wife and I.

One thing people dislike is that they insist you have to wear rubber boots, but you don't. Just tell them you don't want to wear them and that's all it takes. This is what we did, but found out that the boots are more comfortable than sandals after a while. Sand from the beach will grind your feet and cause blisters in your sandals. The trails are muddy too and there can be poisonous snakes sometimes. All in all, Casa is worth the money. This place is fully sustainable and environmentally consientious.

  • Liked — Wildlife and it was close to the national park
  • Disliked — Dinner was served too late 8pm
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank kiki46
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2008

We arrived for our final destination of our honeymoon, and were greeted by Evan, the intern guide. He was not very pleasant, and seem bothered by our arrival, as well as another couple from South Africa. We were hurried along to the boat, and questions about the area were deferred by him saying, he didn't want to shoot his bullets yet? Isn't that what a guide is supposed to do, inform the tourists?

However, he began to warm up on the hour and a half boat ride to the lodge. Once at the lodge, we were greeted with cocktails and informed of the activities for the days we were there. Very informative, and then we were served lunch. Good food all around besides breakfast, which was just average at best. Dinners were great.

The wildlife was very good, the cabanas were nice, clean, roomy and had hot showers. The cleaning staff did a great job each day.

My only real complaint about the lodge was the fact that we HAD to sit with others at dinner. Even after requesting on our last night to sit alone, we were rudely refused, and told we should have asked earlier. All other couples had there own tables except us, the only couple on a honeymoon.

The bartenders were great, but the other staff seemed bothered by the quests. It was a disappointing way to end the honeymoon in Costa Rica. Not to mention the kids! Of course the out of control loud kids were from the US, and the fact you had to eat in the same location with them really deters from a romantic getaway that we were hoping for.

We will not return to this Lodge. For the amount of money it cost us, the experience was not good. Not a good value!

The people ruined what could have been a great place, however; the employee's seemed bothered by the guests, and that took away a lot from the experience!

Hopefully, they will realize this. It is owned by an American, and you would think that he would have better staff, but again, the people ruin this place.

  • Liked — It's location to the National Park
  • Disliked — Most of the staff (about four helpful people in total)
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 1 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank LittleTuckerman
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, 8 February 2015
I am sorry that this couple on their honeymoon didn't have a great experience at our lodge. Clients now sit according to ther bungalow, unless they ask to be seated with other guests. I feel bad that we didn't identify their need and give them as special of a honeymoon as they deserved. Febuary 2015. Steven Lill owner/founder
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DC
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2008

My partner and I just returned from four nights at Casa Corcovado. If you like nature in an easily digestible format, then Manuel Antonio National Park is your happy meal. Corcovado National Park was the full feast; lush, dense, unique and best savored for its wondrous diversity.

Example: In a visit to Manuel Antonio last year we witnessed a tourist in the park shamelessly enticing a Capuchin monkey with candy to create the good photo op. In Osa, the Capuchins went about their feeding high in the trees uninfluenced by the humans below, making them harder to photograph - but for the better.

Casa Corcovado served as a very convenient starting point for exploring Corcovado National Park, positioned as it is just outside the park's boundaries. It was quite a luxurious resort, particularly given its remote location. The staff was great, particularly our main man Jaime, (Mr. Jimmy) and guide, Cynthia.

Highlights, not necessarily in order: (1) The cabin rooms were well-appointed, very clean and our bed was firm. As you would expect, there were many thoughtful amenities such as bath robes, flashlights, walking sticks, etc. but one of our fans was noisy. (2) The grounds were landscaped with great care and detail and a wide variety of interesting indigenous plants were identified. Inspiration Point and the Sunset Bar are not to be missed for the view and bird-watching opportunities. The beach is lovely too. (3) The Costa-Rican inspired food was well-prepared and plentiful. Fish dishes were particularly good. The lunches prepared by our guide Cynthia were very special, generous with fruits, cold cuts and drinks. (4) The trip to Casa Corcovado was great fun -- the small prop plane to the Palmar Sur airport shack, (a nice change from Dulles), cruising through the mangroves on the Sierpe River and out into the ocean before landing on the beach to the welcome of several Scarlet Macaws. (But remember to bring water shoes.)
(5) The hikes to San Pedrillo and Sirena. We added the optional tour to Sirena, which was well worth the cost. We enjoyed both hikes, encountering all four species of monkey, exotic insects such as tiger crickets, a large bird-eating snake and biggest basilisk that we've ever seen, many new birds from the ground to the canopy to add to our life lists and exotic flora. More importantly, it was an immense privilege to experience the last stand of primary rainforest in Pacific Central America. Our hiking was enhanced by having the guide to ourselves the first day and sharing her with only another couple the second day.

Low points: Casa Corcovado imposed more formality than is our preference from the tight meal schedule, the four course dinners, tablecloths (in the jungle?), the little uniforms, etc. The architectural design of the dining room was a bit grandiose in our opinion and at odds with the location.

A word of caution. Do not leave any of your stuff at trail heads or beach landings. Someone stole a good pair of my sandals after I was assured that it was safe to leave them.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Formality of style
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank genezonic
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Property: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
Address: Peninsula de Osa, Corcovado, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Corcovado National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set above a palm-fringed beach in tropical gardens, and surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, Casa Corcovado is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure - a place where you can spot big cats on jungle trails, have an entire beach to yourselves, snorkel with manta rays, and relax with a gin and tonic by the pool. The tranquil hilltop setting means awe-inspiring views and the best of the both ocean and rainforest breezes. The lovely bungalows are spaced throughout the lush garden for maximum peace and privacy. Casa Corcovado offers the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. As the two protected areas lie side by side, guests are able to access the national park on foot via the hotel's private trails - just one of the many guided tours on offer. ... more   less 
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