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“Mixed Feelings” 3 of 5 stars
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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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“Mixed Feelings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

I was with a group of 13 people so got to see several rooms. All of them need to be updated - the sheets look threadbare, the towels are thin, etc. Just looks like its not very well cared for. The best part of the hotel are the grounds - especially if you are a birdwatcher or photographer like most of the people in our group. The people in the group liked it for the grounds, not the rooms. We got the evening meal both nights, and while the food was good, I think it was overpriced for what we got. One frustrating thing was that the office was usually not open, so if you needed something you had to walk all over to try to find someone who could help you. There is a husband and wife that own and operate the place. He was very friendly and quite helpful, she seemed grumpy all the time and seemed like she was annoyed that we were there.

  • Stayed February 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2011

The rooms were very basic but clean and adequate. There was a fridge in the room which was good. The showers are solar and were quite good. The first night, we ate dinner at the restaurant. The fish was covered in olives and lemon which completely overpowered the taste of the fish. The dessert was only ice cream which I thought was not much effort. This was a very poor and expensive three-course meal. There was no choice for breakfast. For a country so rich in fruit, the little slivers of fruit we were given were totally unacceptable. There was a tv in the rooms but the reception was very poor. The grounds were very nice and overlooked a river and a nice view of the mountains. We could not swim in the pool, as it was not clean looking at all. There was no common area to sit in, so after dark, which is at 6 pm, all you could do is sit in the room or go out for the evening. Also, for most of the day, there was no one around to assist with anything. All in all, this was expensive for what was offered.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2011

We stayed two days. The rooms need updating but the grounds are nice. The pool needed cleaning.This used to be a well know birding place but has changed ownership. Most of the bird feeders are empty, although there are still many birds around. The focus is now on the tennis court. It is rather magnificent and the owner is a tennis pro. You can have dinner there if you wish for $15 per person which is a lot for the area. By the time tax and service was added we paid $42 for two people. This should get you a feast but it was a small and unremarkable meal - definitely not worth the price. Instead, go into San Isidro and find a place around the square - half the price and twice the meal!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2011

Off the road and very nice, this was an unexpected treat. We had it to ourselves late Nov.. liked the big rooms and fridge! We saw an armadillo trotting around at sunset... and of course, tons of birds, as all have mentioned. We were not impressed with the sheets on the beds, but otherwise, everyone was friendly and accomodating, we had a great quiet sleep. The grounds are spectacular and feel safe.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

Lots of birds nearby so you could spend your entire day here looking and watching birds. There are a good two miles of trails through the local forest and by the river at the bottom of the hotel reserve. The owner is very friendly and is currently building a tennis court at the top of the hill. The shower is solar powered so environmentally friendly, but this doesnt equate to comfort if there is no sun! This applies to the jacuzzi and pool as well. Well worth a visit even still as the spot is beautiful and the experience was positive.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2010

We stayed only a day at Talari Lodge. Recommended to us by a Costa Rican friend, for nature lovers, birders, and bird photographers this place is amazing. I wish we had stayed longer.

The place is a bit rustic, compared to its neighboring lodges (such as the esteemed Savegre Lodge in the mountains). But the birds are a WOW. The place is family run, very reasonably priced, and proved to be a hit with my teenage daughter and my wife (as well as myself). Erika, the hotel manager, used to be a restaurant-er and the food served shows her skills. The owners have several bird feeders and we immediately went ooh and aah when we saw the colorful birds on this property.

If you are a nature-lover spend a few days at this lovely place.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2010

This was a great spot for bird watching. I enjoyed every minute of my stay. The staff was friendly and the food was amazing.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled on business
    • 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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Additional Information about Talari Mountain Lodge

Address: San Isidro, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas
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Ranked #229 of 441 Specialty lodging in Province of Puntarenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Talari Mountain Lodge Costa Rica/Province Of Puntarenas

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