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“Monkeys over breakfast!” 5 of 5 stars
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Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge
3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Turrialba 997150, Costa Rica   |  
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“Monkeys over breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

My husband and I stumbled upon this, and we loved it. We had no reservation, but the staff there was very welcoming and helpful. Staff does not speak English! Our cabin was clean and very nice, mosquito netting supplied, but we did not get bitten up by bugs. We had a nice but bland dinner then headed for bed. The overnight lullaby by insects, lizards and birds was not to be missed. In the morning, you will hear the music start up all over again. We went to breakfast, and a large group of capuchin monkeys joined us in the trees overhead. My husband made some clicking noises, and the monkeys were transfixed. A delightful experience. We also took the Sendero de Amor (Trail of Love) and enjoyed the bosque. Very nice experience but not the ritz. If you want bright lights and big city, stay elsewhere. If you want to see and sleep overnight in the rain forest, stay here.

  • Stayed April 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed in this hotel for two nights in October 2012. First of all, let me say that all of the reviews that you are reading that this place is fantastic, are true, if you are prepared for the experience. The cabins were very clean and look exactly like the pictures online. The staff was very helpful and friendly and the breakfast that was included with the room was very very good.

However, if you are not COMPLETELY comfortable with the idea of satying in a wooden cabin, with no electricity, in the middle of a rainforest......... do not go! I am a very environmentally concious person, who does not need 5-star accomodations to enjoy a trip, but as it turns out, I need electricity! When we visited the cabin, we were the only guests on the property. I personally found it very dark, wet and, at the risk of sounding like a huge wuss, very spooky. I did not sleep very well while I was there even though the place was pitch black and completely silent.

If you're 100% sure that you like this sort of cut-off-from-civilization vacation, then I would recommend this place wholeheartedly. However, if you are even a littel bit unsure about the whole no-electricity thing, then I would suggest you stay somewhere with similar accomodations and location, but with a little more modern day conveniences.

One thing I think management should address however is the hot water in the cabins. We stayed in the Turrialba cabin and the water would alternate between freezing cold and scalding hot. While i understand that the water heater is gas, this was horrible and it took me about half hour to bathe.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

This ecolodge has 10 cabins, each with two double beds with mosquito nets. The shower has two large high windows, so you can look out at the jungle wildlife whilst you're in there. There are two balconies and a hammock for relaxing in, after a day out or spent just walking aroung the jungle trails.

We walked all the trails, there is one close to the hotel that is quite easy, the other trails include some steep parts. That said it was worth the effort to reach a clearing with views down the hillside. We spent a log of time alone here, at a look out point, watching hummingbirds, butterflies and other birds, whilst the vultures circled overhead. It's worth taking a picnic to spend more time enjoying the scenery and nature.

Staff were helpful, just two of them cooking, cleaning and serving us at the bar. The bar had swings, to sit and enjoy the evening. The dining area was set in the jungle, open at all sides...which did make it a little chilly when we were there. Depending on the time of year you travel (we were there in December) you might want to take warm clothes for the evening and for sleeping in. Food was local, home cooked and fairly simple, at very reasonable prices. The local Casado with fish or beef were excellent value. One evening, as there were a group of us, we had a buffet for $12, including soup, 3 mains and vegetables & rice, mango juice & cake.

If the jungle wakes you early, white faced capuchins on the roof, it's worth a stroll to the small wooden platform near the restaurant to see the wildlife at its best.

There is no electricity in the rooms, there is a torch and two lamps, which provide a basic amount of light. if you don't like the silence of the jungle, made all the more quiet without the electricity, this is not the place for you! If you want a peaceful get away, where you can experience nature at it's best, then we'd thoroughly recommend Wagelia Espino Blanci Lodge.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2011

Planned 3 nights here, but only stayed 1 due to the rain. My husband, myself & 2 1/2 yo daughter were totally into the experience & the architecture, but the rain was just too much & we left early to head for the Pacific coast. The staff is super attentive, thorough & friendly. The restaurant has the same food as the Wagelia in town... which is ok, but weird at times, not great. The best part of this place is the unique ambience... we've never been any place like it! The bar is fun with the swings, the trails are really peaceful and the rooms are very clean and spacious. We like not having electricity too, but we love camping. The beds were very comfy. The shower had a great forest view. The paths after dark are romantic with the little solar lights lining them. This place would be a nice romantic get-away, now that I think of it. Wouldn't go back, but would still recommend to others for a visit.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 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: Turrialba 997150, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Turrialba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Wagelia Espino Blanco Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Wagelia Hotels property, located in North Verbena Turrialba at its own name reserve; on a land of primary and secundary forest of 269.000 square meters. Just 8 km north from Turrialba downtown and 65 km from San Jose.10 bungalows equipped with private bathroom, two queen beds, table, hallway, private terrace in the company of the forest sightseeing. ... more   less 
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