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Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Hacienda
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   PO Box 476-4005, Chachagua 1017, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Bosques de Chachagua)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chachagua
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Can't beat the location! Cristian, the nature guide, is like a jungle whisperer. He is very knowledgable can spot birds in trees 300 yards away! There are some small, minor inconveniences, like the limited menu choices and the lack of sealant in the rooms, allowing some bugs to get in. Overall, a spectacular experience.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

This was an absolutely wonderful experience. We came here with my two children, 9 and 13 years old and we absolutely loved it.The staff is very friendly and most of them speak good English. The hotel is gorgeous, both elegant and natural, overlooking a beautiful river and surrounded by lush rainforest and pastures. The bungalows are extremely nice, roomy and very comfortable. The pool (spring water, nice!) and restaurant are perfect to chill and relax after a day of hiking. Location is very convenient, close to Fortuna and many many hikes and activities (the ziplining arranged by the hotel was simply awesome). Wifi is available on the property but its speed/quality can vary.The bathroom's floor is slightly separated wooden planks so you may see frogs [very cute] and other little critters (if you are afraid of bugs then i wouldn't recommend this part of Costa Rica for you!). This is a very serene, relaxing and seeing nature type of place. It is pretty secluded from the main road. In all it is a hidden jewel of Costa Rica. Highly recommended!!
PS: do not forget to take a guided tour with Christian, very knowledgeable and passionate naturalist, he will show you the rainforest as you never saw it!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a lovely establishment with beautiful surroundings, though the "hacienda" part falls a little short. On another note, what makes this hotel such a delight is actually it's staff. The cooks and waiting staff are superb. Marlene and Ceci overall are two excellent chefs and wonderful human beings who make you feel special. My hat off to them! Marvin, who is a one man show, is responsible for the vegetable and fruit garden. Do not miss out going on the trail that leads to this amazing garden in the mount. What he has accomplished single handedly is way impressive. The hotel has beautiful surroundings and fun trails. The bungalows are spacious and attention to detail is everywhere. It really makes you feel as if you are in a paradise. However there are a few cons with this establishment. First of all, it is very secluded and therefore what they don't mention to you is that every time you want to leave the hotel, it will literally cost you USA $15 per person via taxi and/or tour. If you want to go out to town, the taxi will cost you $15 per person each time and if you are going on a tour, the tour company will charge you $15 extra. Thus a couple will always have to pay $30 just to leave the premises. Secondly, there are no TV's nor telephone in the rooms. And even though one really enjoys nature and it's peace and quiet, at some point you will want to at least see the news. If you need to call the front desk or lounge area, you are out of luck! You will have to walk there every time since there are no telephones in the room. This was very strange to me because even if there was no long distance, you should be able to call the front desk...what if a medical emergency were to happen!!! This was a very scary thought for me. Anyway, because of these cons, I have decided not to give them a 5 star.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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Bonita Springs, FL
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I was in one of the attached rooms of the lodge. The room was spacious, well decorated, and had huge windows that looked out over very well landscaped surroundings. The bathroom had two large corner windows that did not give much privacy while showering, but plastic covering were available from the office. Since there was privacy (this was an end room) I did not need the plastic window coverings.
This was a very pleasant and relaxing place to stay.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Another quiet, remote place in the forest. The rooms are cottages by itself, with open air shower and a fancy hammock. There is no air conditioner or TV which makes it all the more rustic, having to listen to sounds of the forest. A walk around the hotel is a must. This is one of those hotels that has made in fancy animal shapes.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed at the Chachagua Rainforest Hotel for 3 days. The place is a bit difficult to find, since there are only 2 signs (when you're almost there), on a dirt road. But once you get there, it's perfect! It is a little paradise in the middle of nowhere! We stayed in one of the bungalows. Very nicely decorated and spacious. The bathroom is supercool with an enormous rain shower! Also good service. The hotel manager told us that there was a sloth in de garden. When we mentioned to him we could not find it, he directly left his desk and walked with us to show the animal. They have nice farm animals on the premises and are happy to arrange tours etc.
The restaurant was a bit disappointing. The food was a bit simple and too expensive for what you get. One of the waitresses was not very friendly. She was pushing us to the dinner table although we told her that we wanted to have drinks in the bar first. But all in all it is a great place surrounded by nature!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed here as part of an OAT tour and loved every minute of it. Checking in at the lodge was efficient, driving through the creek to get to our building was fun, as was walking on the bridge over the creek. Rooms are spacious with large porches looking out over the grounds and the other lodges. Our room was air conditioned which was nice for humidity control. We saw sloths, macaws and other birds in the area around the restaurant and rooms during our stay. A priceless time.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 476-4005, Chachagua 1017, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Bosques de Chachagua)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Chachagua
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Chachagua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Hacienda 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A place to surpass your expectations of a positive interaction with the rain forest, pampered by the friendliest local staff and with fantastic organic food production highlighted with extraordinary cuisine. Rest and relax or experience all you want. ... more   less 
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