The biggest appeal of the Cerro Lodge and the reason we chose to stay there was for the close proximity to Carara and the Scarlet Macaws. Within 20 mins of being there, I think we had counted nearly 30 macaws flying overhead! It was awesome! The room was spacious and easily could have slept 5 (we were only 4) and had a functional A/c unit which we used only a tiny bit but it worked fine. We loved the outdoor bathroom / shower area which gave it a very rough and tumble feel. My biggest knock on the room itself is that the lighting was abysmal. We tried to read at night before bed, as we often do, and there was just not enough light from the small CFL to achieve this. There was 1 side lamp which again was not adequate. We did visit the pool which looked like it could have used a little TLC but it cooled us off, which was our ultimate goal. I think the food was pretty average and the oddity of the dining area is that the tables are seriously made for someone who is 6' or taller. My family, all of 5'7 or smaller, struggled to sit in a normal position at the table and bench and reach our food comfortably. My 8 year old daughter couldn't really do it at all. I would describe the staff as positive but not welcoming or inviting. The 'office' for check in is located next to the kitchen and folks are doing double duty. They appeared to have no interest in having a conversation or providing any information. You asked a question - they answered. Nothing more, nothing less. This is not a bad thing, its just slightly awkward and unexpected. We did have a very enjoyable experience when a huge flock of parakeets visited the mango tree next to our room and had their breakfast for awhile. It was impressive to see the staff clean up dropped mango's from the path extremely fast to keep the resort looking nice and clean.
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- Strongly recommended for Birdwatchers and Photographers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cerro Hotel Tarcoles
- Hotel Cerro Lodge Costa Rica/Tarcoles