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“Big rooms, good service ,easy improvements could sort this place out” 4 of 5 stars
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The Lotus Garden
2.5 of 5 Guest house   |   25 Mts South of Stanfords, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica (Formerly The Lotus Garden (Jordan's Jacuzzi Suites))   |  
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Big rooms, good service ,easy improvements could sort this place out”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We read some mixed stuff regarding the location, but do not fear it is not kilometres from the centre of town. The sea is basically across the road (not that you would want to swim in it there) and it is a 5 to 10 minute walk to the amenities of town, but it is non stop shops, restaurants etc on the way so you are not in the middle of nowhere. There is a good Soda just across the road which does well priced and tasty cakes as well as other things.

Bike rental place a few minutes out of town (as you leave Lotus Garden, right, on the right side of the road, it is a small place run by an Italian called Ivan) and we would recommend the cycle to Punta Uva for a few dollars.

We were greeted by the owners who were friendly and helpful, showing us the sloth in the garden, etc.

We took advantage of a promotion and got a air con room for $5 cheaper than normal. We also saw the non-air con rooms which are much further back from the pool/reception area and not as well decorated. The paving slabs were very slippery in the rain, so perhaps having to walk more on these would be an issue; however we felt that for the increase in money the air con rooms were not really worth the price.

Non-air con rooms were also bigger and still nice, but we didn't choose them because since they were surrounded by trees etc, we thought there would be more mosquitoes, etc at night. On the other hand, these rooms may have been perfect to avoid the bar noise at night.

This was one of the more expensive rooms we had in Costa Rica and was not one of the best, however it was fine. The room looked good, but there was a damaged floor which could easily injure someone. I stuffed it with paper to reduce risk of injury, but housecleaning removed this.

Big whirlpool bath looked good, but only shower part worked, and there was no shower curtain. We suspect this is where the cockroaches came from as we had a daily visit despite killing the ones that came. We did see cockroaches in one other hotel on our trip and understand this is the tropics, so no problem.

Sink was on a kind of ledge which meant washing was more difficult than it should be as you couldn't get your feet close to the base of sink. There was also no towel/mat provided by the shower which only added to the water woes.

No wardrobe, however the bed frame came in very useful for hanging towels, wet clothes etc. I am not sure this was its intended purpose but it sure came in useful.

Mattress was probably worse we came across in our trip and springs could be felt through it, pillow was also too thin so I had to use a t-shirt for head support. However bed was a good size and sleep was okay except the final night where loud music from a bar kept one of us awake till the early hours (never forget your earplugs wherever you go!).

We had no humidity issues and the air con was very useful.

Doors to balcony were not the easiest to open.

The aforementioned paving slabs in a Gaudi-esque style were pretty but potentially lethal in the rain.

Only place we stayed on this trip that did not provide breakfast of any sort, and when combined with the fairly high price I think better value needs to be achieved. All that needs to be provided is bread and jam and that is the breakfast tick done and brings hotel more in line with competitors.

Like other places in Costa Rica no mosquito nets were provided which we find odd.

Pool and gardens nice. But at dusk we wouldn't recommend to be at the pool, it was full of mosquitoes in a second.

We were offered a room next to the swimming pool in the first place, but we realised it had a power generator or something like that in the wall, so they recognised sometimes it could be a little bit noisy. For that reason they offered us the one above it.

My comments may all sound a bit negative, but in general this place is above average for the money (based on searches on internet, I did not check out alternatives whilst actually in Puerto Viejo), and has a lot of potential, but it all feels a bit style over substance... Recommended though.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This is a VERY basic hotel. No air conditioning in our room and lots of bugs. The people weren't particularly friendly.

The location is good. Easy to get to local attractions, beaches and hiking.

But the Mosquitos, especially in the restaurant, are relentless. As are the cockroaches in your room!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Español: (for english comment look below)
Mi padre y yo estuvimos un total de tres noches en Lotus Garden. Como hotel esta fenomenal; tiene piscina, restaurante, y esta en un sitio inmejorable (a escasos10 metros de la playa, y cerca del centro de puerto viejo). Nos alojamos primero en una habitación y luego en otra. La primera costaba 90 dólares. Una gran habitación decorada con buen gusto. Con gran espacio, salón, altos techos, cama enorme, y un jacuzzi, tv y aire acondicionado- a mi padre le encanto, y esta a un gran precio! Nos tuvimos que cambiar por que estaba reservada las siguientes dos noches por otras personas. La segunda habitación (de 70 dólares), era mas pequeña, aunque tenia las mismas cosas que la grande. En general estuvimos perfectamente y recomiendo ambas dependiendo del presupuesto de cada persona. Mi única objeción y recomendación es que pongan lamparas destinadas a la lectura. Como hotel y habitación pongo una gran nota y se lo recomendaría a mis amigos y familiares.

Pero para mi, lo mas importante de Lotus Garden, son sus propietarios españoles. Raul y marta son un matrimonio encantador. Lo vuelo a repetir, encantador. Nos recomendaron muchísimas cosas ha hacer. Cosa que nos vino al dedo ya que no teníamos ni idea de donde hacer submarinismo, comer, viajar etc.. No puedo expresar con suficiente detalle lo bien que nos vino sus consejos. Gracias de nuevo por ellos.

Ps odio escribir comentarios largos, y nunca los hago. Pero me pareció que este se lo debía a raul y Marta que se portaron fenomenal con mi padre y yo. Suerte con vuestro sueño

My father and I stayed a total of three nights at Lotus Garden. This is a great hotel, with pool, restaurant, and is in a superb site (10 meters away from the beach and near the center of the puerto viejo). We first stayed in one room and then another. The first was $ 90. A large room decorated tastefully. With large space, a living room, high ceilings, huge bed, and a Jacuzzi, TV and air-conditioning - this room was highly liked by my father, and at a great price for what you get. We had to change room as it was reserved for the next two nights by others. The second room ($ 70), was smaller, but had the same things than the other room. Overall we were perfect and we recommend both depending on the budget of each person. My only objection and recommendation is intended to put reading lamps. As a hotel room i certainly give it a great note and recommend it to my friends and family.

But for me, the most important of Lotus Garden are its Spanish owners. Raul and Marta are a lovely marriage. The will repeat, lovely. They recommended us many things to do. Things such as where to dive, eat, travel etc. .. I can not stress enough how well they advice us. Thanks again for being so useful.

Ps I hate writing long comments, and never do. But I thought this the least raul and Marta deserve after behaving exceptionally well with my father and me. Good luck with your dream


Stayed January 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This hotel is well located close to the beach and a short walk to the centre of town. It has a nice pool and an interesting garden-style layout. We stayed in one of the lower priced private double rooms ($40 for fan only). The room was spacious and quite clean although the fittings were basic and there were no mosquito nets. Perfectly adequate, but just didn't really impress.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I was not sleeping in that hotel but I happened to enter the restaurant and met the Spanish Owners. They were really nice and we even spent time have beers together that night and the next night. If you are lucky, you can see a sloth in the tree of the garden, looks like the animal lives there or just likes that particular tree.
The cooks are local girls but they were trained by the previous asian owner and I have to say I had a delicious green thai curry that reminded me my trip in Thailand.
The decoration and the design of the restaurant and garden are also nice.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

For a couple of weeks me and my husband look for a hotel where to stay in Puerto Viejo for our anniversary and have the Lotus Garden in our minds.

After waiting for an email with some pics that were promise to us by a friendly lady, over the phone, which by the way we never get, we decide to stay for one night, which for us, was enough.

We must say that the hotel is quite a disappointment, although is a very unique structure, that for us with a little TLC it will become the gem that is hidden now.

In general some walls looks dirty, there were cockroaches, which i scare to death. Some mice makes us acknowledge their presence with noises during the night, the bed was incredible hard and uncomfortable. The bathroom has this huge bathtub that didn't work, and the halls floors are dirty as well.

We must say that our stay was worth because at our arrive we met the owner Raul, who is a very, incredible friendly person, making our stay lovely and warm. He gave us tips and information about the area, and also about some hidden places around the area as well.

In general this hotel is worth to stay for a night or two if you get a great room. Unfortunately not our case

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

I was traveling through Puerto Viejo after a nearby yoga retreat experience, looking to stay in town for a few nights when the Lotus Garden was recommended to me. After a quick look I stayed in their two story Samurai room for three nights. The room reminded me of a luxurious tree house equipped with a room to entertain, powerful AC and of course the Jacuzzi, which I didn't use, but was certainly there. I gleamed in other rooms and it looked like they had many different types for all kinds of travelers. My room had a circular staircase! Jordan the Manager is an ex-pat who has lived there running the place for almost a decade and was very knowledgeable about the surroundings. The food was excellent and inexpensive, I ate most of my meals there. They accommodated my dietary preferences within each meal. I also took one of the tours that they had listed. The Chocolate or Cocoa tour. That was an experience that I recommend. Also there is a great surf break right across the street and up about 100 yards from The Lotus Garden. The best break on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica from what I understand. I read that in a Costa Rica for Dummies book. It was a clean consistent leftie, about 4-6 feet when I was there.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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: 25 Mts South of Stanfords, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica (Formerly The Lotus Garden (Jordan's Jacuzzi Suites))
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Lotus Garden 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Relax and enjoy on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast in our Japanese style suites and gardens. A friendly and attentive staff, a pleasant garden with swimming pool and the beautiful ambiance of The Lotus Garden restaurant will make your stay with us unforgettable." ... more   less 
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The Lotus Garden (Jordan`s Jacuzzi Suites) Hotel Puerto Viejo
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