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Lookout at Playa Tortuga
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Calle Paraiso | Playa Tortuga, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Ojochal B&B and Inns
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and superb views,

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011 via mobile

We stopped on route to OSA Peninsula. After seeing a few disappointing hotels in the area were delighted to find the Lookout Hotel. Expansive views from the pool, restaurant/bar, and room. Plenty of wildlife. A new comfortable bed and a big shower. We were able to leave luggage here while we went to Corcovado and thoroughly enjoyed returning to this serene setting after our jungle experience. All hotels in this area have the big highway noise, the Lookout Hotel is up the hill and far enough away so the parrots are still heard.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Benicia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

Great rooms, food, hosts, pool, massages, etc. This small hotel was perfect! Very relaxing with a great atmosphere and nearby restaurants and places to see if you want to leave the property. This part of the central Costa Rica coast offered so much to do and see. We saw more birds and animals at the hotel than other national parks! Great beach to swim in too nearby.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

Stayed with my family for 3 nights.Good base for exploring this stretch of coast. Lovely colourful bright clean rooms, nice pool and superb outlook over the pacific. Very quiet and idyllic, especially in the evenings. Excellent breakfasts, restaurant meals and cocktails too. Friendly and helpful owners. This was the our favourite hotel in our two weeks in Costa Rica.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

I really enjoyed every single moment I spent in Lookout hotel! It is the best place if you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday. After a couple of days I had a feeling that Birgit and Uwe were my relatives and I was visiting them in their house, not staying in a hotel. Everything turned out much better than I had expected.
I found the room cozy and perfectly arranged: lots of lamps, hooks and mirrors in the places where you need them most. There is also a table with chairs outside, so you may stay there, read (there is a lamp above the door) or simply enjoy the scenery. The ocean view is really breathtaking.
The breakfast is truly nourishing, and the cheese plate is the best in Costa Rica. The breakfast is not included, which I personally found very convenient: some excursions start very early and you are supposed to have a bite somewhere else, so you do not pay twice. Most of the time I had lunch and dinner in the hotel, because the food is great. My personal favourites were chicken quesadillas and pasta with tropical sauce. The portions are filling, many dishes are served with salads. I would also like to note a good choice of cocktails and wines, including vino rosado.
There are many things to do in the vicinity, from canopy tours to snorkeling. Birgit and Uwe were very helpful , advised me the best option among available tours and arranged everything.
I am also happy to tell that now there is a room for massage and SPA treatment in Lookout. Kathy, the Canadian lady who works there, is a charming person and is truly proficient in her work. She helps to choose the treatment you are looking for and accomplishes everything brilliantly.
The nearest beach is about 20 minutes walk. It is very clean and secluded, on weekdays there is hardly anyone at all. It is also possible to drive to other beaches. Uwe and Birgit can provide all kinds of advice on where to go and how to get there. But staying by the swimming pool with a cocktail, watching palmtrees and listening to the sounds of the jungle is also an option worth considering!
I am so happy that I chose Lookout for my stay in Costa Rica! I know that somewhere, on the other side of the planet, there is a friendly and cozy place, and I am looking forward to coming back!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

After visiting the Lookout for the third year in a row, I have to say it only gets better! The location is absolutely breathtaking with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. The only thing better than the view is the way we are treated when we visit...like family. Birgit and Ewe are delightful hosts who do all they can to make you feel welcome and have a wonderful trip. The hotel is very clean and well maintained and located where you can do many activities without a very long drive. Make sure and sample Birgit's GREAT cooking and enjoy breakfast and dinner at the Lookout while you are there. We will surely return for another visit!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We stayed here for one night on our way down to the Osa Pen. The food was delicious, great hospitality from the owners. Very clean and friendly place. We liked it so much that we cut our Osa adventure short by one night and drove back to The Lookout for their wonderful Pina Coladas, and cooler breezes!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Paraiso | Playa Tortuga, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Ojochal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Ojochal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lookout at Playa Tortuga 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our hotel has ten brightly decorated bungalows with queen beds, ceiling fans, tiled floors, large hot water showers, and private patios. The property also features an expansive open-air restaurant, bar with Satellite TV, sparkling pool, and sunset cocktail lounge all with magnificent views of both the Pacific Ocean and the jungle.Each evening you can sit back, enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine and watch the sun set over the ocean from our restaurant or viewing deck above. What could be better after a long, hard day at the beach or zipping through the trees? ... more   less 
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Lookout At Playa Tortuga Hotel Ojochal
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