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“Nice place to stay in Tortuguero” 4 of 5 stars
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La Baula Lodge
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero 00000, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Tortuguero
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“Nice place to stay in Tortuguero”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

La Baula is a nice place to stay in Tortuguero, rooms are simple but yet very clean and quite confortable. Staff is very nice and helpful. Nice views of the laguna from the lodge. Food is ok, but there are better places in the village to eat. Transport to and from the lodge is paid (taxi boats). We would return to this place!

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

The staff was very nice and helpful. Everything we inquired about, we received. We wanted a kayak tour and within minutes they notified the guy . Asked about seeing the turtles, and we were put on the list and got our time. Pool was very nice and clean. Even got to use the hotel's kayaks to paddle around a bit. In the restaurant, staff was always ready to serve. Food was excellent. They were very accommodating because, even though we did not do the all-inclusive price, often we would decide to eat at the hotel at the last minute. They got us to the airport on time. No complaints.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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 August 28, 2013

We stayed there for 3 nights - family owned and operated lodge - 4/5 star grounds and eating area - really good value for money in that a trip a day is included in your stay - also all meals - home cooked food - traditional Costa Rican style - friendly staff and good service. Room basic, but no need for more - howler monkeys right outside room provide entertainment nightly and even serenade you at 5am!!!
Water taxi to Tortuguero village $3 per person one way.
Guide supplied by hotel was Rey Brown - very knowledgeable and friendly - he showed us turtles at night - ask for him by name since he is really really worth it.
Transfer to La Fortuna included a boat ride- this was an excursion in itself as well!!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Nice welcome with drinks, very nice and friendly staff, we felt lige very welcom guests very soon. Spacious dining- and bar area, Small but fine pool area. Rooms ok, nothing special but everything needed was there. We brought our own very efficient anf great guide (Jorge Mendez) who helped us wil all tours and transport, and whatever we needed.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

BE WARNED. CAUTION!
The front office staff are a bunch of cheats looking to take advantage of guests.
We stayed during turtle season and while we were initially impressed with the facilities things only deteriorated after we met the staff which checked in guests.
1. we made a reservation well in advance and recieved a confirmation. Upon arrival they had no idea we were coming. I showed them the confirmation email. They proceeded to point fingers and after sometime they then said they could make a room available. (mind you my wife and I are both fluent in spanish, so miscommunication was not an issue)
2. They asked if we would be interested in dinner buffet at $15 USD a person. We agreed as they descibed it as being very good and loads of options. At dinner they served tuna pasta salad (canned tuna in pasta salad), mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, sliced cucumber, and tilapia in a cream sauce. It was all bad. Cumbers were soggy, potatoes -flavorless, tuna salad- horrible and tilapia was undercooked. I wont even mention the dessert.
3. We booked a turtle watching trip thru the hotel. While it was more than booking it in town we figured it would be easier for transportation to book at hotel. At $40.00 a person for 2hours one would expect the hotel to make sure we had everything in hand before heading to see the turtles. Completely wrong! At the boat launch, suited up and ready to go, the same to men who checked us in told us they didnt have our tickets to the National Park. That we were supposed to buy them. Well nobody ever told us this. So here we are, its 7:45pm. the tour starts at 8:00 and we are being told we cant go. Needless to say when one books a tour thru the hotel, one would expect the hotel to set up araingments. Not at La Baula!
4. Breakfast buffet which was included in our room cost at $35 per person. The food once again - horrid!. Not even worth describing. Just imagine you most hated foods served in a buffet and the food is cold.
5. Dead cockroaches in the shower.
6. To top it all off upon checking out the same two guys who checked us in wanted to charge us for the tour tickets we never recieved.
All in all DO NOT STAY HERE! I know all the other reviews are good. But honestly this place left a very bad taste in my mouth. Its not worth the risk. Stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

La Baula is located a 3 min ($3 per person) water taxi from Tortuguero village.

The lodge is in beautiful surroundings, the rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfast buffets and lunches were very good.

The only disadvantage is that if you plan to organize tours through the village (as opposed to the hotel) then each return trip will set you back $6 per person, so add this to your budget. Saying that the hotel organizes tours but my wife and I wanted to support the association of local guides.

Overall, I'd recommend La Baula lodge as a great base in the national park.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

If you need somewhere to stay in Tortuguero I can recommend La Baula. It is in a great location and short water taxi ride to Tortuguero Village. The rooms are basic, clean and functional, the beds are comfortable and the shower is powerful and hot! The big open plan restaurant is wonderful overlooking the river and breakfast, lunch and dinner is good value and not bad quality either. My children loved the swimming pool and the gardens to wonder through. The manager, Bernardo, is fantastic, helping us out with all our questions and booking up tours and transport for us. His quality customer service attitude emanates through his staff as from cleaners to restaurant to bar staff, they are all excellent. Thank you for a great stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Tortuguero National Park, Tortuguero 00000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 hotels in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Baula Lodge 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Baula Lodge features 40 cosy rooms which are located in different sized room blocks that are painted with the typical caribbean colors of Tortuguero. They have a rustic touch that goes in hand with our commitment to work in harmony with our environment. Each room features a private bathroom, hot water, ceiling fan, and views to our beautiful gardens. Our restaurant serves a wide variety of national and international meals as well as traditional caribbean dishes, that you may join with a cocktail, a beer or a liquor of your choice from our Bar. The restaurant features no walls which provides a vast view of our tropical gardens and the Tortuguero Lagoon with a cool atmosphere to enjoy your meals. ... more   less 
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