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“A fantastic way to experience the jungle” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
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San Francisco
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A fantastic way to experience the jungle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2010

We stayed for 4 days and it was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. Our 17 year old son thought it was tremendous - but he was looking forward to seeing the jungle and the wild life.

Reading several of the other reviews I will echo that the Lodge is the perfect place to see the jungle, whales, reefs etc. and be close to nature. It is very private, the experience is shared with a few handfuls of other guests. You are a 2 hour boat ride from anywhere and right at the entrance to the national park. Electricity is generated on site, so there is no air conditioning, no refridgerator, no TV in your room etc - just lights and ceiling fans. If this is the kind of experience you are looking for, the Lodge is a perfect choice.

The bungalows are spacious and comfortable. The staff pampers you. The food is excellent. The guides are knowledgable and enthusiastic. The grounds are breathtaking and the swimming pools pleasant after a day of hiking.

However if you are looking for a 5 star experience with the full amentities of civilization dropped into the middle of the jungle you may be disappointed - but then you wouldn't really be in the jungle anyway. Or it may convert you.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Northern NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2010

What a great location - right on the border of Corcovado National Park. The grounds are lovely, with lots of variety of flora, and bordering the park, lots of fauna as well. In fact, we saw more just walking around the property than we did on an 8km grueling hike through the park.

The rooms are individual casitas - nice, and reasonably private. However, the lack of air conditioning was a real showstopper for us. Maybe some people aren't bothered by stifling heat and humidity when trying to sleep, but we're not in that category. Had I known my sheets would be soaked with sweat all night, I probably would have stayed elsewhere. There was other fallout from the lack of A/C as well - nothing ever dried out. Even our dry clothing became a bit damp after 3 nights here. Also, having to keep all the windows open meant that every sound outside might as well have been inside. Granted, they were pleasant sounds of nature, but still...

Casa Corcovado is nice, but rustic. Service is adequate, however the problem is that there is only really one service person handling all the food and drink service. Jimmy was great, but overworked. Another person is really needed there. Then maybe they could have someone walk by the pool now and then asking if you would like a cocktail.

The important thing about Casa Corcovado is: know what you're getting yourself into. If you're OK with no A/C in the jungle, and a 2 hour boat ride from Sierpe to the lodge, and service that is good, but not world-class - you'll probably like it here. For us, if they had A/C, we would have been fine with everything else.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 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 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TheDogAteMyHomework
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New York
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2010

It's a shame that travelers don't manage their expectations when going to a foreign country. We traveled to CC in June of 2009 and couldn't have been happier. A few truths:

1. Yes - there will be bugs - you are in the jungle (you will have screens on your windows and we HIGHLY recommend high intensity deet products)
2. Yes - it will be hot and rainy - Again - you are in the Rain forest
3. No - you will not have A/C (you get used to it)
3. No - you cannot bring your Cell Phone or internet - well you can, they just won't work.
4. This is a secluded eco-lodge - away from the world. They generate their own power, water, and have to import the food daily. You will have fresh juices every day (Yum!) Clean drinking water in you room (a BIG dispenser). They teach the art of conservation and protecting our rainforest's.

The lodge, aptly named, is set away from everything and everyone else. It takes you 2 hours by boat to get there. There is no cell service, no TV's and nothing to distract you from the beauty of the Costa Rican Rain Forest. During our stay we hiked the rain forest with our amazing guide, dove off of Cano island, zip lined in Drake Bay and took a private canoe ride and a swim up a river into the forest to bath in waterfalls


There are hiking trails on-site that you can do on your own (watch out for snakes!), there is a nightly ritual of watching the sunset while drinking Margaritas (not to be missed, even if there is no sunset). There is the coolest "adult pool" set in the middle of the jungle. We loved to just sit there and watch the monkey's swing from tree to tree.

The service was excellent - sometimes too good (you know the kind that doesn't leave you alone at the right times because they want to impress). Our best example of the quality of service: our last day it was just my boyfriend and I. We were scheduled to go back to Cano Island and do a snorkeling trip. Since we had already been there and because we were the only ones left, we asked to do something else - maybe another hike. Our guides were more than accommodating - this is the day when we were able to hike to a river, canoe up and then swim to the waterfalls. Just us and our guides (who had never done this before either BTW). It was amazing that they dropped everything for us. We were so excited.

Long of the short - if you are looking for the Ritz-Carlton stay at the Ritz. If you are looking for a rain forest adventure - Casa Corcavado is your choice.

  • Stayed June 2009, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank SK_MBinNYC
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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264 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2009

To get to the place involves a lengthy trip in a very small boat, initially along the fascinating Sierpe river, then in the Pacific Ocean which was rough for such a small boat; then "landing" consists of jumping from the boat into the sea ! The location is stunning, the wildlife amazing. The huts/cabins are fine, food adequate (not much choice) and attention by the staff very variable - there seems some attempt to dragoon people into a standard pattern of walks/views, and apart from Victor (a brilliant barman/waiter) not very flexible. At these prices, maybe more flexibility would be good. Despite the many contact numbers on the website, the hotel would not confirm our safe arrival to a relative, and as it's out of mobile phone range, that caused some consternation.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled with family
    • 2 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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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank snapdecisions
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lwanderingsiren
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2009

National Geographic dubbed the Osa Peninsula the "most biologically intense place on earth," and Casa Corcovado lies right in the midst of this paradise. Accessible only via the Sierpe River, Casa Corcovado is literally in Corcovado National Park. No other hotel on the peninsula can make this claim. The park is a brief walk away from the hotel, and luckily for us humans the wildlife cannot distinguish where the park begins and the hotel ends!
We saw pairs of Scarlet Macaws, Tucans, hummingbirds or all brilliant colors, gorgeous butterflies, howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, coati, and lizards all from the comfort of the hotel grounds. The day trip to Cano Island offered great snorkeling, I was fortunate enough to see a sea turtle and an eel amongst all the other fish. The hikes in the park were beautiful and our tour guides were highly informative and helpful. During free time we hiked the several trails around the hotel and relaxed at the pools. Sunsets at the margarita bar were spectacular as the sun set over the ocean. The food was delicious and the rest of the staff was great as well.
Some suggestions:
-Bring your own waterproof binoculars
-Bring an ultradry snorkel. The water was slightly choppy, so the other snorkelers were discouraged by seawater entering their snorkel.
-Do not bring cotton clothing. It will never dry. You will be infinitely more comfortable in fast drying, wicked, synthetic fabrics.
-Bring your own flashlight. The ones provided by the hotel weren't bright enough. I was very happy I had my own for nighttime bug watching!
-A camera will the highest zoom possible is also a great asset.

Enjoy! Pura Vida!!!

  • Stayed April 2009
    • 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 Thank wanderingsiren
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McLean
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2009

This was an amazing "hotel". A great experience... We were met at the airport by a fantastic tour guide named Roberto. He was friendly and interested by our presence. The food was top-notch, the rooms were clean, the pool was refreshing, and the hotel manager was more involved than any other. He seemed to want to get to know the tourists. We had a great tour in the jungle, and a fun time snorkeling. The best aspect of the trip was the guides, especially Roberto, who were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ! ! !

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled with family
    • 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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1 Thank JacobWIS
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Vancouver
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2009

I have never written a review before, but I needed to share because I discovered this place quite by chance.

We enjoyed the entire experience, from the crazy plane ride & 2hr boat trip, to jumping into the ocean ( to our calves) to "disembark" and the limo( tractor & cart) ride to the top. It was all part of the charm.

You are totally "unplugged" here. If you need "luxuries" or a blow dryer this is not for you. It was 35C so we didn't have issues with hot water.

The staff & guests were friendly and accommodating. My only complaint is that the beer wasn't cold enough, but once we told James, he kept it on ice for us.

The is a small "boutique" type of resort with a maximum of 40 guests. The website photos are true to what is actually there.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 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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2 Thank Elaine4109
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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
Hotel Style:
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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