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La Chosa del Manglar
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Puerto Jimenez
Certificate of Excellence
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“Loved this place”
Reviewed 26 February 2008

We just returned from a week at this wonderful place. It was everything we had hoped for and more. This is not a fancy place but it is run with care and professionalism. The staff is sooo friendly and helpful. The rooms and grounds are immaculate. We were surrounded by all the sights and sounds of the rain forest. We saw more birds and animals on the grounds than all of the other places we went combined. What a thrill to wake each morning to monkeys all around us. I would go back in a heartbeat.

  • Liked — It was a simple place in the rain forest with animals all around
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 June 2006

My wife and I stayed at this hotel for a few days and felt that it was a bit mediocre for the price that we paid for the rooms. I would agree with the previous reviews that the grounds are very nice but I think that the rooms need some remodeling. The air conditioner in our room was not powerful enough to keep the room cool. We had the air conditioner on full blast and it was still quite muggy in our room. The bathroom in our room looked like it had not been cleaned in a while and there was dirt all over the floor of the bathroom. Our sheets seemed rather old and they probably needed to be replaced. The towels also seemed rather old and had alot of visible stains on them which also indicates that they need to be replaced. The location of the hotel is such that it is built very close to the mangrove area which tends to make the entire hotel grounds very hot and muggy compared to the coastal hotels. This is probably part of the charm of being very close to the jungle but those of you looking for a retreat after a hard days trek through the jungle should probably look elsewhere for a better hotel for your money. The general heat and humidity of the interior of Puerto Jimenez is such that tourists who are not used to such heat will probably require a hotel that has adequate aircon or is closer to the water. We ate lunch at the Palms restaurant down the road from this hotel and you could feel the breeze which was very refreshing as compared to the sauna like atmosphere of the interior. This was our first time to Costa Rica and we would recommend going with a hotel closer to the water as it is totally worth the extra money. In terms of the staff at the hotel, they did not seem particulary happy to be working there which indicated some problems with the management. We had dinner at the hotel on occasion and the food was always very tasty - kudos to their chef. The bar staff was also friendly in general. Overall, we were disappointed with the sanitary conditions of the hotel room and probably would not go back.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed 4 May 2006

We just returned from La Choza, and were very diasspointed. We are budget travelers, so we know not too expect much when paying reasonable prices, but this was pretty bad. First of all, although the grounds of the hotel are nice and quaint, the rooms are extremely damp and musty. We had mold on our sheets, for example. We switched rooms, and it smeeled just as bad as the first.

Second, the owners were very distrustful and they treated both their own staff and local workers poorly. For example, they recommended a guide for us to visit a nearby park. We were told we must pay the hotel for the service, but that they do not take any of the guide's profit. After returning from our tour, we witnessed a public altercation between the owners and the guide because they took part of his money. Also, one of the owners offered his bicycles to us so we could ride to the beach. We thought he was being nice until we were stiffed with a $40 bill.

I would be careful if you stay here.

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Reviewed 29 July 2005

An amazing place. The ownership is always there hanging out with the guests, making them feel at home, and helping them get acclimated and informed about the Osa. We felt right at home. We showed up with a couple tuna we had just caught and the kitchen cooked us up a gourmet dinner complete with ceviche from our fish. It was amazing. Also don't miss the bar which amazingly looks right out over the rain forrest and frequently hosts a troop of monkeys.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: La Chosa del Manglar
Address: Airport Road | 150 meters west of the Airfield, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Puerto Jimenez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Chosa del Manglar 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At "La Chosa del Manglar" you are GUARANTEED to see WILDLIFE. How certain are we? Well, have you ever sat in a Tropical indoor Lounge and viewed from your chair a Scarlet Macaw, a Monkey or a Kinkajou? You can at "La Chosa". Many guests have said they see more wildlife at "La Chosa del Manglar" than at any other location during their Costa Rica vacation. We are Flora and Fauna Extraordinarie!! La Chosa reopened in February of 2014 after being closed for the best part of five years. We're small (10 rooms), tropical, intimate and best of all ALIVE, EXTREMELY ALIVE!! Come and stay with us for a few days or a few weeks. We are only a five minute walk to downtown Puerto Jimenez and 300 meters (6 minutes) from one of the nicest beaches here. Gentle waves can be found on our beautiful chocolate sand beaches. Cavorting Scarlet Macaws (Lapas) and Toucans are present throughout La Chosa gardens. This is truly a birder's paradise. In some cases you don't even need to leave your cabin or room to see many varieties of exotic birds, reptiles and mammals. Don't forget to spend some time in our lounge decorated with beautiful hand painted murals. The WIFI signal is best right here. The bar is yours to use as you please as is the kitchen, so just let the staff know you wish to use the area and they'll be happy to get you set up. We offer WIFI in the public areas so bring your laptops, smartphones or tablets if you need to hook up. We also offer a WIFI FREE AREA OF THE PROPERTY which means that the back garden and our two cabins and two classic garden rooms DO NOT receive an internet signal. This is the best area for those leaving their electronics at home. Here you can really disconnect. Is it your time to check out yet? Pura Vida, Familia Gray Ortega & the entire gang at La Chosa del Manglar ... more   less 
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