The hotel Talari was nothing fancy, but the setting was great. The clean rooms were of cement construction divided into two blocks. Each block contained 8 rooms. Rooms were small, and a bit crowded, but the bright colors helped alleviate any potential depression. Air conditioning was not available, nor needed. Beds were variable; the single bed in our room very lumpy due to the bamboo supports under the mattress, but the double bed was very comfortable. The plumbing suffered from mechanical problems typical in Costa Rica and flooded slightly from the tank during our stay. The shower was one of the better ones we experienced with great pressure and lots of water.
The hotel grounds include areas of orchard and second growth forest with a clean and attractive pool area situated close to the banks of the river. We walked one small trail through part of the second growth, but there were more trails available that we missed. The open air dining area is up hill from the rooms taking full advantage of the great views over the San Isidro valley and lodge gardens. It would have been great to have a spotting scope available here for use here. Birding was good, with many edge species easily found. We requested dinners in advance, and the food was the best we received from a hotel, though not cheap.
Ericka and Carlos were in attendance, though they were busy with family during the Easter holiday weekend when we were there. They were very accommodating of our schedule, and seemed quite friendly. This hotel is located within reach of the Alexander Skutch Bird Reserve and Museum, a place I highly recommend visiting for bird watching or picnicking.
Would I stay here again? Yes.
- Also Known As:
- Talari Mountain Lodge Costa Rica/Province Of Puntarenas