We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Amazing!!!!!!!!!! The best place in Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Paloma Lodge

Save Saved
You added La Paloma Lodge to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
La Paloma Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Drake Bay, Costa Rica, Drake Bay, Costa Rica   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
Montevideo
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Amazing!!!!!!!!!! The best place in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We really loved it, we went with our two daughters and the personnel was amazing, they lend us lifesavers for the girls and arranged visits to the jungle and to snorkel just for ourselves. The views are incredible! It is our second time at La Paloma Lodge and we hope to visit it many more times.

Room Tip: The ranchos are great
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

299 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    254
    30
    8
    6
    1
See reviews for
91
140
12
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (70)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
austin, tx
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Our five days at LaPaloma Lodge was nothing short of fabulous! I heartily agree with all of the previous rave reviews - the wonderful staff to the gorgeous grounds, delicious meals, beautiful open-air casitas (leaving the doors open to allow the refreshing sea breezes and rainforest sounds in is a must). The snorkeling at Cano Island was wonderful - beautiful fish and sealife. Our excursions to Corcavado as well as the Mangrove tour - each with the excellent guide, Randall - are not to be missed. The monkeys, birds, crocs, snakes, and more were abundant and active for our pleasure. We wished we had a couple of days more to enjoy this superb resort.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
NYC, NY
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012

After reading the reviews, we expected to arrive at a 5 star tropical resort. Instead, this can best be described as a property consisting of open air rustic cabins in a remote area of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, with no access to TV or internet.The advertised internet was down for 2 1/2 of the 3 days we were there. Upon your arrival at the dock, everyone has to walk up a steep series of steps. So if you are someone who has difficulty walking or requires use of a cane or walker, do not stay here. The hike to and from the dock was good exercise though, as we all did it several times a day. I think we had a cabin with one of the nicest views, compared to others we visited (#1). We had a tree next to us with a Toucan living in it. Apparently there is also a sloth on property who lives next to cabin #2 and he was seen there from time to time. There are several options for tours, The best by far is the mangrove tour with Randall. He was so impressive with his knowledge of the country and the wildlife. We were fortunate enough to see two pairs of macaws mating. We saw all 4 species of monkeys on our trip with him, and a boa who just ate a monkey. And a rare red back deer as well. He would pull over the boat so we all could get great pictures. That was the highlight for sure. The other tour we went on was to Sirena Station. It took nearly 90 minutes to get there sitting in a very uncomfortable speedboat. We were convinced by the hotel staff it would be better than the San Pedrillo tour (station 1), which is why we went. We woke up at 5:15. left at 6 AM, made 4 other stops to pick up 8 other tourists and then spent 1 hour and 20 minutes getting there by boat. A lot of wasted time. We spent more time on the boat and got back to the resort the same time as the folks who went to San Pedrillo. Plus, the toilet facilties were disgusting,,,nothing more than outhouses, with NO toilet paper,,, luckily i had tissues in my bag. Our guide, Javier, told us to leave our water shoes on the beach as it was safe. When we returned someone had stolen my husbands brand new pair of expensive Keen shoes,,, seemed like a set up as there were many local boys sitting on the beach when we arrived. Also, Sirena is now overrun with tourists and locals, it is no longer a quiet place to visit. There were so many local kids making noises as they walked through the trails, that they scared away the animals. We had to tell them to be quiet so many times. Also, the Lodge packed a lunch for us that was not edible because by the time our tour guide stopped for lunch (around noon) it had turned to mush from the heat. And there was no place to buy other food. You will need to do the Bug Lady night time tour because dinner starts at 6:45 PM and ends at 7:45 and then there is nothing to do at night. And speaking of bugs,,, if you leave any lights on when u leave for dinner,,, there will be a zillion flying insects in your room on your return. So make sure you close the lights at night. They do give you a net to sleep inside of,,, which for some folks is kind of claustrophic.La Paloma is a 25 minute walk to town and impossible to get there at night in the pitch black. Traci the Bug Lady is more drama and less substance, but again, it will be something to do one evening. For meals, everyone is asked what they would like (from a choice of two items) and then a plate is served to you. There is no wasted food on the table, no big buffets. No one starves, but there is a limited choice of food. Also, you must plan your acitivites ahead of time because if the tours you want fill up, you will have to choose something else, There is a swimming pool, but the day we arrived it was closed. The day after it was overrun with one particular family making so much noise we had to leave. You can hike to a small beach area, but there are no chairs or towel service. All in all, i can't in good conscience recommend this property. My husband and i are world travelers who have camped out in rustic conditions before, but i think the advertising of this resort does not meet expectations at all. After Drake Bay we flew to the Arenal area. For anyone who visits there, i would highly recommend the Nayara Hotel Resort and Spa,,,, that is a 5 star property worth staying at!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Boston
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

La Paloma Lodge was wonderful, as everyone else says, Not only is the setting lovely, with views across the Pacific and gardens all around, but the service is fabulous. Everyone is dedicated to making your stay comfortable and memorable, from the guides to the young men who fix you a drink. And yes, you should definitely take the tour with Tracie, the Big Lady, as well as the mangrove outing. We were fortunate overall in seeing many, many animals, the cutest of which is the squirrel monkey.

All this said, you so need to do a reality check. Having beautiful views means you are on a ridge, and getting up from the boat dock and especially down to the beach involves walking over some pretty steep and uneven terrain, especially the parts not on the property of La Paloma. And bring a flashlight--you really would have trouble reading at night in the standard rooms without one.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

My husband & I just had a wonderful vacation, staying 5 nights at La Paloma Lodge, in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. All the staff was just wonderful. They offer small well organized tours of the rain forest, snorkeling & diving trips, and my favorite the river boat tour of the mangrove jungle. The food was just great, breakfast, lunch and dinner included in the price. Their rooms are fabulous and consisted of a beautiful balcony area that opened up to the ocean and the jungle--where you could see lots of animals right from there. We didn't need air conditioning as they situated their rooms for a cool ocean breeze. We stayed the extra 2 nights just to relax, although we could have taken more tours right from the lodge.. There are lots of things to do right at the lodge versus traveling all around Costa Rica to see other places. We would definitely recommend La Paloma Lodge for young adults to moderate and active senior citizens. Their sidewalks are a little narrow--so we wouldn't recommend for people who have problems with balance, bad hips or knees.

Room Tip: they have private cabins--but every room is fabulous.
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at LaPaloma and I can't say enough wonderful things about both the lodging and the customer service. The rooms are wonderful cabin type structures but not rustic. I understand they also have a 'bank of rooms' that are attached to each other, although we didn't stay in those. The best view cabins are #1 and #2 (and big enough to house two couples or a family). We also stayed in #6 which was lovely (smaller) and had a good view that I would be thrilled with (had I not stayed 2 nights in #1 and been stunned by the view). The only surprise was that part of each room is open air - as the bathrooms don't have windows and the wall to the bathroom is 3/4 so there is a nice breeze the flows from the front and back of the cabins. In the end that open air design didn't bother us as we slept with the sliding doors wide open for a nice cross breeze. Besides the beauty of the rooms, which are lovely inside, the staff are just top notch. Many are excellent English speakers (a shout out to Nicole, Jamaica, and Sue) and they are there to meet all of your needs. We took two tours through the hotel...a snorkeling tour and a Corcovado guided hike. The guides for both of these spoke English very well and gave us an exciting day trip. On the snorkeling trip, we say whales, dolphins and turtles (although the turles never let us get close) and we went to three different sites and saw a wide array of fish, including a whole school of big fish. Our Corcovado guide found us all sorts of interesting critters and many spottings of monkeys. Near the end of our hike he invited us to swim at the base of a waterfall and the setting was just special and unreal and oh so fun! The food was fabulous, the grounds are pristine and beautiful. Others in our group joined the bug lady for the night hike and the mangrove tour and said both were great. If I got to revise my trip, I would have stayed 5 nights at LaPaloma.

Room Tip: Wonderful views from all rooms, but #1 and #2 are really spectacular
See more room tips
  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
San Francisco, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

So incredible! We cannot say enough good things. Getting there is thrilling (small plain, dirt road, boat, hike up a hill). Every moment is an adventure -- hikes in empty wilderness, guided nature walks, empty beaches, beautiful birds, scarlet macaws, unbelievable starry nights. The planning and organization was so professional. Everything was taken care of and we always felt safe and well cared for. The staff was super nice. I wish I could bring our deluxe bungalow back to San Francisco. You can tell that that this place is independently owned and loved like a part of the family. They spare no expense. They don't nickel and dime you. They seem to really enjoy what they do. The other guests are respectful and fun to be around. Really, really exceeded expectations. Thank you La Paloma!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to La Paloma Lodge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about La Paloma Lodge

Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Paloma Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have outstanding views of Drake Bay and the Pacific Ocean from our Lodge. Our standard rooms are large and include a private bath and an ocean view balcony. Our ranchos are one and two-story private cabins that also offer balconies with stunning ocean views. They hold up to 6 people and are very spacious. Some are equipped with a bathroom on both the upper and lower level, and are suitable for families or two couples traveling together. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Venere so you can book your La Paloma Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
La Paloma Hotel Drake Bay
La Paloma Drake Bay
La Paloma Lodge Costa Rica/Drake Bay

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage La Paloma Lodge, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.