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Ara Ambigua Lodge

400mts Norte de la Iglesia de La Guaria, 2110-1100 , Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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23 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights on an OAT trip. The room was ok, but the view out the slider was very good. The flowers outside our window attracted many butterflies and hummingbirds. Fun to watch. Also the trails are very good for bird watching early in the morning. We also found a sleeping sloth not far from our room high... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

During our roundtrip in Costa rica we also stayed in Sarapiqui. The room we got from the outside looked nice. However, after staying for one night in the room it became clear that the room requires a lot of maintenance. The airconditioning is broken and makes a lot of noice, the matrasses are old and dirty and sleeping very uncomfortable,... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This is the second time I visit this hotel. The staff is always very attentive to all my requests. The staff at the restaurant is the best and the food is good. There is a bird feeder in front of the restaurant so you can see lots of birds. This place is excelent for a relaxing vacation. The room was... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Rooms are great. Lots of birds to watch while eating breakfast from the buffet. Staff in the dining area cannot be beat anywhere! Our waitress was one of the very best ever! Overall just a very nice place to stay. The whole experience was very nice for us. We hope to go back soon!

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Our group consisted of a 9 yr old, her mother and grandmother. We all give this lodge two thumbs up. We stayed here so we didn't have to stay in San Jose on the night before a flight. It was a 2 hr bus ride from the nearby bus terminal to the terminal in San Jose. Sarapiqui didn't seem to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Beautiful setting, surrounded by lush forest, with a small caiman pool and a frog reserve. The grounds are very well maintained, the rooms being dispersed throughout. Small clean pool. Our rooms were OK, with air-con, but nothing to get excited about. Staff were really friendly and helpful. Breakfast buffet (CR style) and evening meals were fine. Try to pick a... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

When traveling to other countries, we have to remember that US standards are very different. In my travels, I stayed at five different hotels in various parts of Costa Rica.   The setting of this hotel is absolutely beautiful. Each room is in a jungle-like setting. Bring a flashlight to find your room because it is impossible to see well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

I had stayed here for two nights while traveling through Costa Rica. It was by far one of the nicer resorts we stayed in. Its location in Sarapachi close to rafting is excellent. The cabin style rooms in the tropical rainforest setting was beautiful. I hope to come back here.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Background: I stayed here with my group of 15 high school students(along with 17 students from other schools, plus chaperons) traveling with EF Tours. I also always travel with the mentality: things are not going to be like they are back home. With this in mind: If you are going to Costa Rica for ecotourism, this is the place to... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Positive: helpful, friendly staff, nice garden, good choices in the restaurant, computer in the lobby for public use Negative: we didn't like the rooms. The first one was all-wooden, which had a certain charme. But according to the webpage and confirmation we expected one of the more modern rooms for that night. The staff was very helpful to get the... More

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Address: 400mts Norte de la Iglesia de La Guaria, 2110-1100 , Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ara Ambigua is a beautiful mountain hotel, located in Sarapiquí in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica just 1.5 hours from San Jose. Here, you can enjoy the peace and exotic beauty of the tropical rainforest. Throughout your stay, you'll have a relaxing and enjoyable experience in this family-owned and run hotel. ... more   less 
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