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“Hidden Gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Lapas
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Costanera Highway, Camaronal, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Camaronal
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

I stayed two nights here as part of a birdwatching tour group. This is an older property, but well kept and very comfortable, a great place to use as a home base for exploration along the central portion of the Pacific Coast. The property borders a pretty stream which was low, but still flowing, during our visit (it was dry season). There are trails emanating from the main hotel area into the forest that would be of great interest to bird watchers. The rooms are set side-by-side in several long buildings, all on the first floor level. My room was very comfortable, with air conditioning and a semi-firm bed (which was just right for me). The open air restaurant was very nice, and there was a bar. There is a swimming pool near the reception/bar/restaurant area. Meals, as in many lodging places in Costa Rica, are buffet style. Cooks were available at breakfast to custom-cook omelets, to go along with the other offerings. At the noon and evening meals, one had at least two entrees to choose from, along with side dishes (don't forget the gallo pinto -- the rice and beans). All the food was tasty. Overall, a really pleasant stay. The hotel is close to Carara National Park and not far from the not-to-be-missed crocodile bridge over Rio Tarcoles.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Boulder Creek CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Positive first. We were there for birding and this property and proximity to Carara was perfect. Scarlet Macaws flying over and perching in the tree tops, Tiger Herons in the tree right in the parking lot, huge iguanas all over the place. Walking the trails by the river produced a lot of different birds and a river otter! Heard Spectacled Owls at night. Pool was refreshing. Staff was very friendly, and the food was good even if the variety wasn't quite there. The downside was the rooms. The air conditioner dripped condensation on the floor. The shower was pretty much inoperable so we were forced to use the ice bucket to rinse off. Found out later another in our group had the same problem with their shower. I'd stay here again but I'd "shop" for a room with a working shower.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

This was place a member of our party chose for birdwatching reasons. The birdwatching was very good. We did get to see scarlet macaws and other interesting birds. However I did not think the food was good enough to justify the prices charged by this hotel; it was average at best. One morning I noticed members of a group tour were eating yogurt and I the staff did not want to allow us to eat yogurt (one person sneaked one over to me finally). The other thing I should mention is that the one mattress in my room had evidence of possible bedbugs (tiny bloodstains on the mattress, a lot of dirt in mattress seams). The pool was quite small, really suitable only for kids to splash in. It was incredibly hot. (I guess I should have figured out this part before I went!!)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ringwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

We are birders and Villa Lapas is a great location to some good areas.The sky walk in the morning is very productive and the pool in the after noon is refreshing while still birding while soaking.
Food is good but we usually spoil our selfs one night and drive up tp Villa Caleatas for the sunset ceremony and dinner at the Mirador.
Villa Lapas rooms are clean and AC is nice.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

On arriving our impressions were of a rather dated and basic resort. We were pleasantly surprised on reaching our room, it was clean, comfortable and in a pleasant location.
The resort caters for large groups as well as individuals. It was nice to find that we could seat ourselves in a quiet area for meals.
The pool area is well-kept, the gardens are abounding with iguanas and the decking area by the river is a very pleasnt place to have a drink.
It is very close to Carara Park and in the evening many scarlet macaws flew over the property. During the day there is a constant chirping from Cicadas but they do go quiet at night allowing a pleasant sleep.
We had actually been booked in for bed & breakfast only but upgraded ourselves to all-inclusive, this covered lunch, afternoon snacks & evening meals as well as drinks (wine, beer & cocktails).
Staff were very helpful & overall we had a very pleasant stay here.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

If you want to see birds this is a very good choice, the grounds are quite extensive, the river runs through the grounds, and toucans and scarlet macaws fly over frequently. The proximity to the Carara National Park means that you are seeing things that you might go to the park to see. I agree with another reviewer that feeders would be a good addition. The rooms are fairly basic - no chairs to sit in for the evening for example, we did have a bench outside which was good in the daytime but we had to sit on the bed later in the evening. The wifi was not good, only available at the reception/bar area and even then very slow. The main niggle I had was the food. It was a buffet presentation but the fish I was served on the first evening was a small piece and overcooked, the beef on the second evening was tough. The desserts were very small with no choice. The staff in the restaurant were very helpful and friendly, I thought it was a pity the food let them down. The fact that it was a buffet did mean that you could usually find enough to eat. My other half was very pleased with the birds so we would choose it again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

This place was in a nice location. We are mainly birdwatchers and stayed here for that reason. It was a good location to access some of the trails and short drive to the Tarcoles and Carara National Park. The food was fine the lunch window was a little bit short 12:00 to 1:00.

This place could have been much better for the birdwatcher groups if they had any feeders. They didn't have any that we noticed. Would have been wonderful if they had a few hummingbird feeders and some fruit stations. Not sure what the reason is maybe the Iguanas would get at fruit? There was a large grounds area so I don't think it would be unreasonable to have some station to attract birds. This is the main reason why I didn't give the place 4 stars. If I were not a birdwatcher I would probably give the place 4 stars.

Nice ponds close to the dinning area for night frog hunting. Besides that very nice people and a peaceful area. Shopping area is a bit touristy if you are interested in that kind of stuff but found it a little overpriced.

Room Tip: Room away from that main dinning area was nice and quieter.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Costanera Highway, Camaronal, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Camaronal
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Camaronal
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Villa Lapas 3.5*
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