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“Animal Lover's Paradise” 4 of 5 stars
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La Choza del Manglar
150 m oeste del aerodromo | Barrio Caledonia, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Puerto Jimenez
Los Angeles
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Animal Lover's Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

As we arrived, scarlet macaws sceamed and played in the trees above us, and they were a constant presence us all during our stay. Birds abound and white fac e monkeys make frequent appearances along with a huge iguana and countless butterflies in the beautiful expansive garden. The owners don't seem to care much if they have guests, the restaurant and bar were closed. The staff and owners were super friendly, a guard was at the front gate all night and most of the day. Very small basic room, but I spent all my time in the garden so it was not a problem.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Chico, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

This place is absolutely amazing. A double bed room was $50 a night, and though it was very small, the hotel grounds are incredible. The very friendly staff, including the security guard on duty all night, make you feel very welcome and safe. There are literally macaws, fireflies, parakeets, parrots, monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, and many other species that can be seen regularly cruising through the property. The landscaping is phenomenal. The open air, cabana style seating area in the middle of the property provides the perfect place to enjoy a cup of free coffee while you watch birds and animals run around. Free wifi helps too! If you are going to Puerto Jimenez this is the place to stay!!!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

This will be both a review and a sort of elegy.

I had always wanted to stay in an ecolodge in the middle of a rainforest, but it was outside my means. La Choza really filled that need. Reasonably priced, and backing on the mangroves so that the birding is excellent--I saw scarlet macaws, red lored parrots, hummingbirds, flycatchers, cranes, toucans, and many more, as well as many white-faced monkeys--La Choza is also just a 10 or 15 minute walk from town. The rooms are just okay, but that's not what I went there for, and the air conditioning was welcome! Although I did go on some outings, I could have happily spent my whole week strolling the grounds observing the birds and animals. The town is quite small, with mostly unpaved roads; if you're looking for a place with great nightlife or many restaurants to choose from, this isn't the place--but for closeness to nature, birds, and other wildlife, it can't be beat. It was really one of the best vacations of my life.

Now for the elegy part. The owner says that he is planning to develop the property into something much more upscale, with time-shares, hotel, etc., and, depending on various contingencies, construction could start as soon as this June. He also said that currently the website is programmed to state that the place is booked through the end of the season in April, but you might have better luck if you call the hotel directly. If it takes longer to get development started, it's possible there may be one more season left next year (the owner promises updates on the website as the plans progress), but otherwise this is the last of La Choza's current incarnation. If this is the kind of vacation you've wanted, get it while you can!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Haslemere, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Looks like they are trying to redevelop this place - the bar/restaurant was closed (the nearest restaurants are about a 10-15 min walk), there was no hot water, window panes missing etc. The cheapest rooms ($49 for two) are minute. But the garden is lovely, the staff and dogs very friendly and it's very peaceful in the evening.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cave Creek, Arizona
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

I filled out the reservation form only to receive a dialog box afterward tell me the place closed March 2011.

Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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Pasadena, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2011

My girlfriend and I stayed at La Choza del Manglar in March 2011, and we met pcollins10 from British Columbia who also wrote a review. We were going to Osa for the first time and we searched tripadvisor for literally DAYS trying to pick a place to stay in PJ. We eventually took a risk and picked La Choza, and it turned out to be an excellent choice.

This place is right next to the airstrip and so it's very easy to find. I was concerned about that because I figured that there would be loud planes coming in all the time. There wasn't any airport noise at all though.

The rooms were very nice and the beds were comfortable. Our room was a little small but we weren't in there except to sleep. It's a colorful hotel. The air conditioner worked great and there was lots of hot water. They have cute little touches all over the place, like foosball table and a little library. There are little porches where residents can sit outside and just enjoy the jungle surroundings. We were there when it wasn’t that busy, so I don't know how thin the walls are – no one was in the adjoining room. The rooms were clean, and cleaned every day. We had heard that sometimes thefts occur in Costa Rica hotels, but despite keeping some of our cheaper gear and clothes in our rooms, nothing of ours was ever touched.

The setting is unique, like pcollins10 said. It's in the middle of a mangrove swamp and so every time we went out, we saw the native wildlife. We got some of our best monkey and macaw pictures here. It's a quiet place and you really only hear animal sounds. It's a little bit of a walk to PJ and the beach but the tradeoff is that you're that much closer to nature.

The breakfast, which was included in our room rate, was quite nice. Lots of fruit and different cereals, hard boiled eggs and pastries. Andrew, the owner, tended bar one night and let's just say that it was pretty memorable, haha. Andrew is a USA expat and he's married to Jacqueline, a Tica. Their philosophy is the pay their employees well so that they can hang on to good people. The employees were very courteous and helpful. We had to change our plans halfway through and they had no problems accommodating us.

So my advice is to disregard the more negative reviews. We were apprehensive after reading them too. But we really enjoyed our time at La Choza and had a fantastic time.

We would definitely stay here next time.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pender Harbour, B.C., Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

My husband and I stayed for over a week. We were in Cabin 8, which is by the mangroves. We wanted to see lots of wildlife and wow, we weren't disappointed! Monkeys surrounded the place almost every morning and many times in the afternoon too. There were so many scarlet mackaws and other parrots, I lost count. They even have mackaws that fly into the open-air restaurant for a breakfast of bread and milk every morning...very entertaining! We also enjoyed a full breakfast each morning that's included with the room rate.

The staff was courteous and the owners were very friendly and helpful. I had a severe allergic reaction to insect bites where we were staying before arriving at La Choza, and the owners took an active interest in my recuperation. (It was so bad that I had to have IV treatments at the hospital twice a day.) The owners (Jacqueline and Andrew) were very personable and we enjoyed their company a lot.

Our room was hand-painted and funky. It was thoroughly cleaned every day. We loved sitting out back on the porch, looking at the assortment of wildlife that was literally at our feet...raccoons, a caiman, iguanas and other lizards, butterflies, birds like crazy, and the aforementioned monkeys. That was a big bonus for me because I'm a wildlife photographer. We didn't have to leave the beautiful grounds of La Choza in order to see an amazing assortment of wildlife.

La Choza is a pleasant walk away from Puerto Jimenez and the beach and is located about a block away from the airstrip. I don't remember being bothered by any airport noise though...La Choza is really quiet, and that's something I appreciate a lot.

Overall, we both really enjoyed our stay there and wouldn't stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 150 m oeste del aerodromo | Barrio Caledonia, Puerto Jimenez 60702, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Puerto Jimenez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Puerto Jimenez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At "La Choza del Manglar" (or "The Mangrove Hut" if you prefer the English version) you are GUARANTEED to see WILDLIFE. How certain are we? Well, have you ever sat in a Tropical Lounge and seen a Scarlet Macaw, a Monkey or a Kinkajou? You will at "La Choza". Many guests have said they see more wildlife at "La Choza del Manglar" than at any other location during their Costa Rica vacation. We just reopened in February of 2014 after being closed for the best part of the last five years. We built some new rooms during that time which we are sure will now offer our guests greater variety and comfort while visiting La Choza. Come and stay with us, whether for just a few days or a few weeks. We are only a five minute walk to downtown Puerto Jimenez and only 300 meters from one of the nicest beaches here. Gentle waves will lull you on our beautiful chocolate sand beaches, cavorting Scarlet Macaws (Lapas) will fly and play throughout the gardens of "La Choza". This is truly a birders paradise. You don't even have to leave your room or cabin to see these impressive Macaws and the many other varieties of exotic birds that visit here. Don't forget to spend some time in the lounge, decorated with beautiful hand painted murals that showcase the "Intimate & World Famous" Monkey Bar. The bar is yours to work as you please during your visit. It has been converted to a communal bar. We offer WIFI so bring your laptops, smartphones or tablets if you want or need to hook up. La Choza now offers a funky beach hut on 13 acres with 150 meters of beach frontage with secluded sun bathing areas; a beautiful 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom tropical home in Puerto Jimenez & finally a secluded "Mountain Cabin" in the interior of the OSA overlooking Corcovado National Park for the truly adventurous. ... more   less 
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