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Heliconias Lodge

Bijagua de Upala 0000, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015
Justino D Brussels, Belgium
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had spotted this 100 % locally run lodge as a good starting point for visiting RIo Celeste and Caño Negro. We found that the place itself is very much worth a stay for wildlife observation. Vegetation around bungalows is well chosen to attract birds and monkeys, very easy observation on early mornings. We saw a Potus flavus checking out... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We visited this lodge for two nights as part of a greater Costa Rica trip. Although we did enjoy our stay, the place needs to make a few changes in order to be a proper, professional tourism destination. The rooms were reasonably comfortable, but the nights were cold and the blankets thin. The bathroom was clean, but very simple and... More 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The cabins are pretty ok. The bathrooms are clean and the view is beautifull. Apart from the huge bugs against the windows when you light up the room everything is nice. The service was very basic as the people where not really into the English language. In my opinion the looks restaurant where rather poor. I cannot judge the food... More 

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Boca Raton FL
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

My wife and I stayed here two nights on a Costa Rica trip looking for special birds. Las Heliconias has some special birds (we saw Umbrella-bird and Keel-billed Mot-mot, and if you can find an ant-swarm you might see the Ground-cuckoo) It would be easy (as a birdwatcher) to spend days on the main trail, which features three suspension bridges... More 

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heliconiasl, Gerente at Heliconias Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comments! We hope to welcome you again. Albergue Ecoturístico Heliconias Lodge More 

Tallahassee, Florida, United States
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8 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Clean and modern rooms, beautiful views, convenient trails in forest including canopy bridges. Price is about average, meals are extra and add-on for guide required to hike to Lago Danta. No English spoken.

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Thank you very much for your comments! We hope to welcome you again. Albergue Ecoturístico Heliconias Lodge More 

Emory, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is a biologist's paradise! I have been bringing my Tropical Biology class from Emory & Henry College in Virginia, USA, here every year for at least the last 10 years. It is an excellent value. The cabins are clean and comfortable, and we always find the service and food excellent. Jorge, Christian, and Henry are always helpful to us.... More 

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Thank you very much for your comments! We hope to welcome you again. Albergue Ecoturístico Heliconias Lodge More 

Takoma Park, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed one night at Heliconias Lodge in one of the cottages on April Fools Day 2013. Our main interest in this area was to hike the Rio Celeste. We arrived early one morning and it was no problem for us to check in and bring our luggage to the cottage, even though check-in was later in the afternoon. The... More 

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

We had pretty similar experiences as reviewer Lydia B. describes. The lodge's staff was very friendly and helpful but the language barrier does not make us feel 100% welcome. I'd just recommend to provide a short English handout with all the essential information on mealtimes, prices and other essential items, which would make it much easer for guests that do... More 

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Weaverville, North Carolina
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73 hotel reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We had planned to stay here two nights, but left after the first due to persistent highwinds (not good for bird watching etc.). The trails appear to be in very good shape and seem to be well maintained. The room we had was large, but rather basic and the walls were thin.

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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24 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We stayed at the Lodge two nights. We wanted to hike the trails and go see the Rio Celeste. Our room was good. Nice view from the balcony. It felt a little confusing when we first got there. We had booked a reservation in advance, but they didn't seem to have us down. The lady checking us in spoke no... More 

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