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“Interesting place, with lovely hidden depths” 4 of 5 stars
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Talari Mountain Lodge
San Isidro, Costa Rica   |  
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York, United Kingdom
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“Interesting place, with lovely hidden depths”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

the rooms were fairly basic - perfecty comfortable and clean, but without too much luxury.
However as we explored, we found a 'hidden' pool (which we didn't try), and a lovely restaurant / bar, where very good food was served, and where you could sit and talk.
The lodge covers a large area, with good birdwatching opportunities, and the owner was very willing to give advice and help.

Room Tip: the rooms we stayed in were in a block of about 8 - there didn't seem to be much difference, so...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Rooms looked to be about the same as far as location and privacy goes.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

The lodge is rustic, don't expect anything other then a bed to sleep in, shower etc.
I didn't use the pool, too busy birding the property and other locations, great birds and an interesting piece of land. My favorite was the canopy space where you ate your meals, scan the horizon for birds or sip a glass of vino, a gem of a spot...rustic.
Watch out for the ant hills, they bite. Temperature was warm, nights cooled down a little.
Worth the stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

stayed two nights while touring the pacific coast. cool, laid back atmosphere. the room was small with three beds wedged in. tight bathroom and basic shower. no worries. hiking all day off property allows one to find comfort in just about anything with a roof and toilet. i slept well and awoke to find two motmots sitting on a limb just outside my door. saw lots of birds at sunrise from the porch/dining room, and the nearby feeding station attracted a variety of colorful tanagers. even saw a tinamou scurrying across the road early one morning and a family of otters frolicking in the river. food was fine, though beans and rice are my menu of choice while in the country. very creative presentation of fruits for breakfast. fairly close to los cusingos. on-site manager.

Room Tip: be prepared for sparse accommodations. totally ok if you're in the field all day.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We enjoyed our stay here immensely. The beds were fine, though not luxurious. The solar hot water shower was nice. I liked being able to step out of the room to lay in a hammock. There were bird feeders nearby with many colorful birds. During a pleasant breakfast on an elegant open deck the birding was even better. Many beautiful birds could be seen while eating. Living is comfortable at this altitude in Costa Rica. A trail went down to a splendid river. I also enjoyed the pool. The owners were very helpful and made us feel like family.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Hastings, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We stayed there on December 6th for a night. I had been put off staying longer by bad reviews here. But it is a great spot, the owners very friendly, and the food excellent (new cook maybe?). Many birds to see, and you can easily visit Los Cusingos nearby if you have a car. Accommodation is fairly basic, beds not great, but hot water, fan, fridge etc there if you need them.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lebanon, New Hampshire
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

New owners--no hot water in shower--bed like sleeping on floor-told we could have tuna or beef for dinner--got dry pan fried chicken- we were the only ones there --needs lots of improvement

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Talari Mountain Lodge

Address: San Isidro, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas
Hotel Style:
Ranked #237 of 436 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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