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“Clean, basic and inexpensive” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa Marbella
Tortuguero, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 7 Tortuguero B&B and Inns
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Clean, basic and inexpensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

I chose this B&B based on the reviews and the price. Most lodges in this area are all inclusive and quite expensive. We paid $65 per night for the Superior rooms - facing the river and $55 for an upstairs room with partial river view. Breakfast was included.

Darryl set us up with two tours while there - a morning canal boat cruise with Roberto where we saw sloths, all three kinds of monkeys, toucans, baby Caimans and lots and lots of birds. It was fantastic. Then we did the turtle tour with Gina that night. We saw a turtle laying her eggs and covering them up and then saw another turtle heading back to and going into the ocean. Both tours were $20 each.

There are only a couple of restaurants in the village but both were quite nice - Cafe Buddha for lunch and Wild Ginger for dinner.

This is a great value and I would recommend you stay here if you are on a budget in Tortuguero.

Room Tip: The superior rooms are well worth the extra $10.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed at Casa Marbella 2 nights in March 2012 and we loved it! First, the hotel is very conveniently located, in the middle of the village of Tortuguero: 2-min walk to the pier, 5-min walk to the beach and to the park. A bakery and a grocery store are also very close. The hotel has a very nice deck on the river, perfect to enjoy the breakfast or just read a book. The room we stayed in was large, super clean, and the bed was comfortable. The breakfast is very good. The staff is very helpful and can give you some advice about the restaurants in the area for instance. They can also give you boots to go walking in the park. We also booked a boat tour with the hotel and it was very interesting, the guide speaks english perfectly. In a nutshell, 2 perfect days in Tortuguero (in spite of the rain!)

  • Stayed March 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

The folks who have posted such positive comments about Casa Marbella know what they're talking about. We stayed in the family room - two adults, two late teens - and had a terrific time. Daryl is tops. He went above and beyond in corresponding to make sure we had all the information we needed to get to Toruguero - which can be a little tricky - and to enjoy our stay. This was a late August trip. We did a night turtle tour (Do it!), a boat tour of the reserve (Do it!), our own "on foot" excursion of the reserve, meandered all over the town, took out one of the B&B's canoes... All sorts of monkeys, a sloth, birds and more birds... The view from the back deck is amazing.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Casa Marbella is a very nice place. Before we made our reservation, Casa Marbella provided a lot of relevant information related to getting there and things to do at place. The staff is very helpfull

The rooms have a good size and are clean. Nothing special, just good.

We have done two tours (wild life and turtle tour) with guide Roberto. He is a really fun tour guide with a lot of knowledge and personal attention.

We recommend Casa Marbella as the place to be at Tortuquero!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

We stayed four nights at Casa Marbella and had a wonderfull time. Rooms were clean and pleasant. Breakfast was delicious. Staff was very friendly and the tours we booked through them were really interesting. We did a few nice walks along the beach, visited the national park (very wet, hire boots!), did a river tour in the electric boat of Casa Marbella, and of course a turtle tour. Daryl Loth is clearly and rightly proud of the organisational level of visiting the national park and especially the nightly turtle tour (an absolute must do).
The location in the middle of Tortuguero gives Casa Marbellla a very special atmosphere. Though in the centre of town it's quiet at night. Tortuguero has an 'un-Caribian', quite active atmosphere. We very much liked it.The terrace of Casa Marbella is overviewing the river and a wonderfull place to spent some relaxed moments. All in all we had a wonderfull time!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

Really glad that I enquired about availability 10 days in advance. Casa Marbella is great, we had a huge spotless room with breakfast, hot water and wifi included, all for a great price. Daryl was so helpful when I made my booking, thanks for the wonderful stay! They organise a great boat tour - our guide was professional and hugely knowledgable.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Did morning Casa Marbella tour with Daryl. AMAZING!!! He really knows his stuff. I´m a biologist and was absolutely blown away by this tour. He really cares and answered all my questions with a lot of detail. He even included detail on the colour of the monkeys scrota! Saw 3 types of monkey, river otter, awesome birds, river turtles, baby caiman, big caiman, iguanas, soooooo much. Boat really is awesome- very quiet and Daryl has a fab eye for the animals. Other boats from the big lodges were zooming past and making too much noise for some of the animals. Definitely do a tour with Daryl!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Marbella

Address: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
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Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tortuguero
Also Known As:
Casa Marbella Hotel Tortuguero
Casa Marbella Costa Rica/Tortuguero

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