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Las Cruces Biological Station

| San Vito, Costa Rica
Las Cruces Biological Station
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Las Cruces Botanical Research Station, 18th March; length of stay, 1 night Rooms big, bright, excellent furniture and furnishings, super shower, one wall of windows overlooking large private balcony with views across treetops to mountains beyond. Fabulous. Food hearty and plentiful; coffee excellent; terrace with its well-stocked bird table a lovely place to sit, overlooking botanical gardens. View from atop... More 

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This is a biological research station and the function as a hotel is slightly secondary. The accommodation is comfortable, comprising spacious bedroom and adequate shower room with hot and cold water, a nice terrace facing out over the trees in the gardens. The Station is at 1200 metres and it gets cold at night but plenty of blankets are provided.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We stayed two nights on a birding trip, and really like the comfortable room and quietness of the reserve. The food, served cafeteria style, was interesting and very good. The trails are excellent, with terrific birdlife, and a great range of colorful tanagers, euphonia and motmots come to the feeders. Our only complaint was that the screens were not adequate... More 

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Niederkorn, Luxembourg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The very quiet biological station is nicely situated right near a botanic garden (which I recommend visiting) The bedroom, as well as the bathroom were clean and spacious. A generous sized balcony with a great forest view completed the perfection of this great accommodation. The only critical remarks would be the average breakfast (where a greater choice of products would... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed here for 5 nights, walking the trails without a guide (I wonder if the commenter below who complained about not being able to do this unaccompanied may was properly equipped?). The trails ARE potentially dangerous if you're not fit, or if you've never walked in rough conditions in this heat before, or if you don't gave proper boots,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Las Cruces is run by the Organization of Tropical Studies, and as a Field Station, offer great accommodation: clean, simple and nice. But you're not coming here to stay in your room, the real deal is the Wilson Botanical Garden, and the great diversity of birds. They also have an observation tower, so is a dream place for birdwatchers. Meals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Our room in this tropical research and education centre was basic but comfortable. There was plenty of space and the balcony made this seem more so. Meals were included in a refectory-style community dining room. They were generally very good and gave us a chance to try many local dishes. The centre is situated in the gardens established by the... More 

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27 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Las Cruces Lodge, set in the Wilson Botanical Garden, is wonderful. Rooms are clean, tidy and spacious and within easy distance of the communal dining room. There is a real, communal feel here within the genuine, eco-friendly environment. Brightly coloured birds abound and the grounds are packed with wildlife, rare plants and trees. A guided tour is well worth taking... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Las Cruces is clearly a great birding location. Unfortunately, the folks that run it and Wilson Botanical Garden are making it difficult to bird. First of all, their rule is that you cannot walk the trails unless you are an overnight guest--costing $90 per person per night ($180 per couple per night). Secondly, they are now telling you that even... More 

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San Rafael
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Las Cruces more than met my expectations for a place to stay to discover even more bird species in Costa Rica. Beautifully warm during the day and super cool at night. The number of colorful tanagers alone made this well worth the visit! Welcoming friendly staff and the comradery of plenty of other birders and scientists onsite. Meals were fine... More 

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