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“Best Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica” 5 of 5 stars
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La Paloma Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Drake Bay, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Eco-Lodge in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

We loved our stay at this lodge. All the activities were well organized and fabulous. We saw many different kinds of wildlife and the guides were all excellent. The warmth of the staff - particularly Nicole, Jessica, and Tebo - made our stay so comforting and delightful. My friend and I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed April 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
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  • 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
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Virginia
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

We had a great experience a La Paloma. The night walk with the "bug lady" is not to be missed! The staff are all wonderful, pleasant, caring. The food is very good. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because of the birding guide. I had 2 different birding guides- one was excellent and the other was above average- if you are an avid birder, ask for Carlos. We would definitely go back here!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We absolutely LOVED La Paloma! Our family of 4 (kids 8 and 9) was there for 4 nights and really didn't want to leave. The 2 story rancho gave us all room to spread out and it was really fun to sleep with all the jungle sounds. There is so much wildlife on the property - we saw lots of scarlet macaws, both white faced and howler monkeys, a big lizzard and tons of tiny ones, and more, right on the property. A sloth even hung out in the tree right in front of the restaurant for a whole day that we were there. We did their 3 major tours - Cano Is., mangroves, and Cordcovado (San Pedrillo) - all were great but Corcovado was our favorite. Randall is a great guide! The food was delicious and kid friendly. Chatting with the other guests at dinner was especially fun - even for my husband who usually doesn't like that sort of thing :) And the service was phenominal! Our every need was met (without it ever feeling intrusive as some hotels can seem) - thanks Nicole, Jessica, Tebs and everyone else. We will be back!

  • Stayed April 2012, 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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59 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

LaPaloma is the real rainforest experience. The cabinas are open air- i.e. walls don't go all the way up. But that is part of the charm. We stayed as a family of 5 (3 very active kids) for 6 days/5 nights. The staff is super friendly, organized and accommodating. While there isn't "room service/AC/phones" that is part of the experience. Each day we would get up and do a different activity. We went to Sirena (the second, farther ranger station in Corcovado National Park) for a hike as saw too many items to list. We took the mangrove tour to Sierpe- delightful. We were able to see totally different critters. Finally, we did the a fishing charter and horseback riding. All unique and delightful experiences. My kids brought back fish they caught from the charter, and local river- all were prepared, frozen and stored for us until we left. Again- the level of care the staff took was amazing. We brought our computer/ipad then had a built TV, SKYPE, etc. Most days the kids came back and went straight to sleep anyway. My advice? Just tell Nicole or Jessica (great addition!!) what you need and they will do everything in their power to accommodate.

Room Tip: Room 1 or 3 sit on the bluff with full ocean views.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Montevideo
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8 hotel reviews
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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
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  • 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
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austin, tx
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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
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NYC, NY
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66 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 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
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Additional Information about La Paloma Lodge

Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 Family 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 
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La Paloma Hotel Drake Bay
La Paloma Drake Bay
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