Like other travelers to Punta Marenco Lodge, my small travel group found the scenery and surroundings stunning, and the sunset from the restaurant not to be missed--especially with a Mojito in hand! Our waiter was lovely, totally sweet, and the food was nice. My friend and I were also lucky to get one of the beach-facing cabins, though not one of the better ones. It was filthy, and housekeeping consisted of straightening the sheets but not sweeping floors or cleaning the bathroom. The place had a run-down feel, and our general impression that it was not managed well was confirmed when the valuables and food items we were requested to deposit with the owner (which were then ritualistically sealed in plastic bags) could not be readily retrieved and prompted an extended game of "is this your bag?" (peek at someone's items) "no" "well, is this it?" "No" etc. After several rounds of being offered other people's deposits, we retrieved our passports, but not our food ("sorry, this has never happened before"). I'm sure.
Secondly, the guide that took us to Corcovado, who is employed by the Punta Marenco resort, told us that the owner often doesn't pay personnel for weeks or months at a time (he hadn't been paid in 3 months and was about to quit) or retrospectively had their wages lowered. This might explain the poor morale of the cleaning staff as well, perhaps. We were not pleased to hear this, as we had booked our tour with a 'socially sustainable tourism' provider.
We would love to return to the area, but cannot recommend this Lodge, despite its incredible natural assets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Own by a Costarican family Punta Marenco Lodge is located 20 minutes by boat from Drake Bay in the Osa Peninsula south pacific coast of Costa Rica. Our bungalows are located in a little hill very close to the beach. The Lodge is part of the Punta Rio Claro National Wild Life Refuge, with miles of pristine beaches and tropical rainforest to explore near the Corcovado National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Punta Marenco Hotel Corcovado National Park