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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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Kalama, WA
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“Amazing Place in a Unique Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Accessible only by boat, a travel brochure beach nearly devoid of travelers, beautiful bungalows surrounded by the forest, howler monkeys to wake you, cicadas volume amazing during the day, a 'sunset bar," pools to refresh from the heat and humidity, and more! Guided activities; snorkeling, kyaking, forest walks, horseback rides, Sirena by boat, and still more!

Wonderful staff, service, and food!

Our favorite Costa Rican experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
We're really proud to have been your favorite Costa Rican experience. Thank you very much!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

To stay here you have to undertake a wonderful river and sea journey and make a 'wet' landing at your destination. The journey itself is fascinating, through mangrove and large open water areas. There is loads of wildlife, mainly birds and monkeys along the way and the scenery in general is stunning. You leave he river and meet the Pacific where you skirt the coast for about an hour to reach the isolated part of the coast where the hotel is located.
Upon arrival you do not see the hotel as it is situated at the top of a steep slope. Thankfully there is a small tractor and trailer to transport you to the top. What greets you is a beautifully laid out and elegant hotel with spacious gardens with exotic palms and other trees. The lower area houses the restaurants, reception area, guest lounge and swimming pools - one fresh water and really secluded.
We were warmly greeted and taken straight for an excellent lunch with fresh juice. We were then escorted to our rooms which are located at the top of the grounds next to pristine forest. Straight away we saw Howler Monkeys and numerous birds before we even reached our rooms!
The rooms themselves are bungalow type, with two rooms backing onto each other. They are spacious and well equipped with table and chairs outside and a washing line descreetly placed at the side of the property! Like other properties in Costa Rica the lodge has an eco policy which means all light bulbs are energy saving, which does mean the lighting at night is a little on the low side. Having said that, bright lights will attract every insect in the area to pay you a visit, so I think I would rather use a torch to find stuff at the bottom of my bag!
At lunch we were given a choice of evening meal main courses to speed up the evening service. When we attended the main restaurant our choices were all correct and we enjoyed a lovely meal. This was to be the case at every meal we had during our three night stay. Breakfasts were individually prepared and were of a good standard.
Activities for us included early morning birdwatching with our excellent guide, Jacob, a jungle walk and swim in a fresh water waterfall and a trip to Cano Island to go snokling. All of these activities were well organised and included an excellent open air lunch on the beach. These were really fresh, well thought out and presented in an appealing manner by the respective guides.
Our days stared early and finished soon after dinner. I have seen other reviews questioning the lack of evening entertainment, but given the location, the type of hotel and what you are coming to the area for, I struggle to see what the hotel could do. There is a reference library with information about the flaura and forna of the region and I hope this is what most people come to this hotel for.
Our stay was an excellent wildlife experience in a truly pristine wilderness. It is more than worth the journey to get there. The facilities, beach, staff and food all made this one of the best wildlife hotels we have stayed in. I really recommend it to any true nature lover looking for natural isolation and wonderful wildlife.

Room Tip: Try to be in any room beside the forest for a chance to see monkeys from the comfort of your room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear Wiggy,
We're delighted to be named as one of the best wildlife hotels you've ever stayed in. Thank you. And thanks for taking the time to write a wonderfully evocative and thorough review. I think everyone gets a surprise to see the elegant hotel and grounds in the middle of jungle, at the end of their tractor ride! Glad the howler monkeys performed outside your bungalow. We don't offer organised evening entertainment other than the popular night tours - to be honest, we've found most guests are happy chatting over a drink in the bar, but we do lay on wildlife entertainment around the clock, and you are right, those bungalows at the forest edge, offer front row viewing.
And thanks for your comments about the lovely meals, and the care taken over the picnics. I'll pass them on.
All the best
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Kalama, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We just completed our 18 day Costa Rica stay which included Casa Corvado Jungle Lodge (7 days) and three other locations in the country. By far this place was the best and it was definitely the experience we were seeking. The other more well-known and popular locations pale in comparison. Our guide, Gabriel, was the first and best of all four the Costa Rican guides we had. His passion for his work was apparent as he easily spotted wildlife and elaborated on our many questions. Here is what you should know before coming here: It is an eco-lodge and it is very well appointed. However, if you are looking for the comfort of a big city hotel, this is not it. No air conditioning and no television. Other than the bar, no night-life. It is hot and humid and the nights didn't get comfortable for sleeping until well after dark. The trade-offs though are nature at it's best, lots of privacy, excellent facilities, beautiful grounds, delicious food and superior service and access to great trails and beach. We woke up to Howler Monkeys and a delicious breakfast before starting out on our daily adventures which included hiking, snorkeling, sea kayaking, hanging out at the beach, and an optional trip to Serena Ranger Station. In total we identified 107 birds while in Costa Rica, about 80% of them were in Corcovado. In the heat of the afternoon we cooled off in their spring-fed pool before indulgiing in Margarita's at Sunset Point, followed by a delicious dinner. We loved this place!

Room Tip: There is lots of privacy here but if you want to maximize it, ask for a room at the back of the grou...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Dear John,
Thank you for a fantastic review. It's really great to know we're delivering the kind of experience that someone visiting Costa Rica would hope for. I'm glad you enjoyed 7 days with us, and had a chance to get into the rhythm of daily adventures and the laid-back lifestyle. Our aim, with the bungalows in private gardens, the freedom to wander the trails and commandeer your own hammock on the beach, is to make this a home from home (albeit a wild and exotic one), and we're really happy to see more and more people staying for longer. I'm happy you got the chance to see Sirena, as well as to chalk up plenty of birds - I'm wondering if your list includes that common old osprey?! If you have any pictures you'd like to share on the soon to be launched Wild Osa blog (www.wildosa.com), we'd love to see them (our address for pics is casacorcovado@gmail.com).
And thanks for your feedback on our guide, Gabriel, he'll be really pleased. All the best - and come again!
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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

This place is great! All kinds of birds and wildlife..walking distance from the National Park full of birds and monkeys! Made friends with staff who helped us with our Spanish! Our trip to the Cano Island was fabulous as was the hiking through the park. It's best for nature lovers!

Room Tip: took an almost 2 hour trip on river and ocean in small boat to get there . We loved it but some mig...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Your favorite by far! That's a real honor, thank you. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay. The hotel is unique in being in a reserve that borders Corcovado National Park, and we share all the same wildlife, so yes! it's a good place for nature lovers. Come back again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

We didn't know what to expect and were blown away by this experience. We stayed in a large room in a private setting surrounded by the sounds of cicadas, birds and monkeys. Without ambient light, the night sky is amazing. We enjoyed the meals and found the service friendly and professional. In the rooms there are no hair dryers, telephones or televisions, and that's great; after all it's an eco experience. It's as back to nature as you can get while enjoying lovely local cuisine and an acceptable cellar. We spotted a basilisk sunning itself at the upper pool and a boa constrictor in the garden (don't worry, it wasn't stalking large mammals). Lots of other wildlife, too: toucans, ant eaters, sloths, lots of blue morpho butterflies, a caiman, etc. We hated leaving Case Corcovado.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Hi Elizabeth,
And we don't like it when our lovely guests leave! However, the toucans, anteaters, sloths and starry night skies will be here whenever you want to come back!
Thanks for the great review. It was a pleasure having you both at Casa Corcovado.
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Maidstone
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

These premises are truly fantastic and have to been seen and experienced to be believed.We had 3 nights there while travelling around Costa Rica,we would have gladly stayed for 3 months.
We were collected by a flat bottom boat and taken along a river network which was a guided tour in itself.After an hour we reached the sea,the tempo changed and we were transported at speed along the coast for about another hour pausing only to have more wildlife explained to us.Upon arrival we were driven up a very steep driveway in a converted trailer,pulled by a tractor,you are now in a different world !!!
The accommodation is a half of a bungalow,standing in its own grounds.The rainforest is bearly yards from the rear windows.Each has an entrance hall and sitting room before entering the huge bedroom.Shower and WC are separate.There is an internal connecting door which is a bonus,if like us you are travelling in a family unit.
All rooms and facilities are of a very high spec and are cleaned(even cherished) by a small effecient team of house staff.
Dinner is served promptly (on the sound of a bell) in a lovely dining room,the menu is wide(veggies are welcome) and the standard of food is very high.
There are various trails both through the beautiful well kept gardens and the rain forest beyond which are challenging and absorbing.Wildlife is never far away.The more energetic can enjoy a short hop to a nearby island for snorkling,less energetic can simply go and explore the island.
We had 3 lunches during the stay,one at the lodge the others on the beach.They have to be experienced to be believed,again the standard was extremely high and when it is remembered that 2 lunches were transported to the beach,set out and then served makes the whole experience and the food itself quite extraordinary.
There is a swimming pool and a plunge pool the latter being fed by a mountain stream another experience in itself.The private beach has to be explored and I would defy anyone not to loose themselves in the sheer beauty of the surroundings.
Reference books and the internet are on hand to ensure visitors maximise
their stay.There are also therapy facilities to ensure visitors are in prime condition.
"Sundowners" are served each night just below the main complex,it didn't give the best view of the setting sun but the overall impression was very positive.
The staff are extremely friendly,very professional and frankly good company.They are very proud of what they have achieved and who could blame them.
It really was a taste of Paradise.

Room Tip: There are no "bad"rooms at this lodge.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Hi Lee, let us know when you get 3 months free, and we'll book you back in for another taste of paradise complete with picnics on the beach!
Thanks for such a great review, and glad you enjoyed our junior suites. It's especially nice to hear what you think of our staff - "extremely friendly, very professional and frankly good company" - I agree! We're blessed with an amazing location and incredible wildlife but we've also got a special team - so thank you, I'll pass that on.
Sounds like you enjoyed one of Cynthia's massages, (and, amazingly, internet access which we can't always offer our guests because the signal is so patchy here down in the deepest jungle!). Re the sunset margaritas, we don't cut trees down, but there is one I would like to fall down! I know a lot of visitors in January and February see the sun set slightly to the left and wonder we put the mirador where we did - actually, the sun moves round pretty much to the island, and from March onwards the spectacle is centre stage - so book your next trip for the middle of the year!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

Stayed last November for 3 nights and can endorse previous reviews which rated location, rooms and cleanliness as 5*: it is a fantastic place and the service was great when we stayed. The dawn chorus of howler monkeys was awesome. The ‘all day’ trip to Cano island was a rip-off – advertised as:
“Our guide will take us to an excellent spot for snorkeling, called the ‘Coral Garden’, and then reach a secluded beach sheltered by coconut palms. There will be time to hike up to the interior of the island or to stay awhile at the magnificent viewpoint”.
We saw a pod of dolphins en-route which was great! However we snorkeled on some bare rocks close to the Ranger station – not a Coral Garden and scarce on wildlife - for an hour. Then 30 mins on the beach and no option to hike up to the interior of the island. We were back at Casa Corcovado by 12:30 and provided with a mediocre picnic lunch. Our guide suggested a night hike but, at 25USD per person, there were no takers!
It is a stunning location and was a great place to end our trip to Costa Rica.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Hello, thanks for endorsing our 5* reviews. Really glad you enjoyed the dawn chorus, and felt the service was great, and the location, stunning.

Regarding Cano Island, it's not offered by us as an 'all-day' tour, but a morning going to and from the island and snorkelling, followed by a picnic lunch with most clients back at the hotel at around 2.30pm. I can see how, if you were expecting an all-day tour, you might have been disappointed and so I'm checking with our travel agency partners to see how that mistake was made. And I'm sorry you didn't see much while snorkelling, particularly as we've had some spectacular snorkelling days in the last three months, with plenty of manta rays, turtles, white-tip sharks, and huge shoals. It's hard to predict when we're going to get one of those rare days when there's not a huge amount to see. When we do, guides will normally suggest stopping sooner than usual, but it's entirely up to the clients how long they snorkel. As regards limited time on the island, I apologise, but it is a recent and temporary restriction imposed by the National Park authorities (so they can work on infrastructure) that affects all of us operators in the region. Fortunately we can provide picnic space on our own beach instead.

A word in defence of the night tours and our enthusiastic guides! This is something the guide team offers in their free time. We have 170 acres of jungle, and 60% of the wildlife in it is nocturnal - so it's well worth venturing out there to take a look. The tours are proving very popular, and the feedback is that they are not only great value, but good fun.

Hopefully you'll come back, have better luck with the snorkelling, and try one of the night tours!
Thanks again for the useful feedback.
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Address: Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Corcovado National Park
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set above a palm-fringed beach in tropical gardens, and surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, Casa Corcovado is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure - a place where you can spot big cats on jungle trails, have an entire beach to yourselves, snorkel with manta rays, and relax with a gin and tonic by the pool. The tranquil hilltop setting means awe-inspiring views and the best of the both ocean and rainforest breezes. The lovely bungalows are spaced throughout the lush garden for maximum peace and privacy. Casa Corcovado offers the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. As the two protected areas lie side by side, guests are able to access the national park on foot via the hotel's private trails - just one of the many guided tours on offer. ... more   less 
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