Staying at the Aguila de Osa is a unique experience that allows you to get close to nature, comfortably and happily. Our family of four loved our stay here and highly recommend Aguila de Osa to anybody who is going to the Osa peninsula. The Osa peninsula is a tropical rain forest, and is alive with animals, bugs, reptiles, amphibians, and there is no escaping them.
There were five great aspects to the hotel - Lodging, Location, Dining, Staff / Service, and Tour Guides.
Lodging: The rooms are located on top of a small hill and have 2 rooms to a bungalow. We stayed in Room 1, which had 2 queen beds. None of the rooms have AC and we were still comfortable without it. Our room had a great view and was surrounded by lush flora. The beds were very comfortable. There was a patio with rocking chairs and a hammock which was enjoyed by our kids during the tropical afternoon thunderstorms. Bathrooms were clean and functional, though the hot water ran out quickly. Like in other tropical areas, keep the room door closed to prevent bugs from getting in - there is no screen door, though there are screens on all the windows. It's a fabulous, open-air experience. Also, do a bed check every night to ensure that no outside bugs have come in.
Location: The hotel is located on the edge of a river that drains into Drake Bay. You get to the hotel by a short boat ride from the town of Drake Bay. You can even walk to Drake Bay - it is about 10 minutes from the hotel. The views from the hotel are excellent. There is a dining room, bar and kitchen at the lower level, which is surrounded by a garden. From there, it is a short walk up the hill to the rooms.
Dining: Chef Dixon and his staff are outstanding. We are vegetarian, and they did a great job of making sure that we had nutritious, healthy, tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Even the appetizers which are served at 6pm had great vegetarian choices. If you have a particular requirement, you can speak to Dixon and he will take care of it for you. During our stay, we had other families who had gluten free diets and he took great care of them, including making a GF birthday cake for one of them. The dining is communal, so you get to interact with other families and learn about what they did during the day.
Staff / Service: The team at Aguila de Osa is excellent. The waiters and bartenders are smart, friendly, helpful, and interact with you extensively. They knew our vegetarian needs and ensured that we were taken care of. They also keep the place clean, clear out the tables promptly, and are always making sure that you are taken care of. Aguila De Osa also offers a laundry service - we took advantage of it on many days to take care of wet, sweaty clothes - we highly recommend it - it is well worth the money. The boat drivers were also great - they negotiated the ocean with dexterity.
Tour Guides: Carlos was our tour guide for the mangrove tour and bird watching tour, while Tony was our tour guide for the San Pedrillo station tour. Both are excellent at what they do and have been doing it for many years at Aguila De Osa - we learned a lot from them. They are also great people who share their personal experiences and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with them.
Aguila de Osa is a unique, once in a lifetime experience and we highly recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Aguila De Osa Hotel Drake Bay
- Hotel Aguila De Osa
- Aguila De Osa Inn Costa Rica/Drake Bay