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La Cusinga Eco Lodge
200 south of km mark 166, Uvita, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Uvita
Columbus, Ohio
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“Experience of a lifetime!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

We spent several days at La Cucinga in September. It was the experience of a lifetime! The lodge sets an example for others regarding ecotourism . The amenities were wonderful, the food outstanding, and the staff helpful beyond all expectations. We enjoyed the wonderful hikes on the property and whale watching from the veranda. We are planning our return visit in the spring amd highly recommend this hotel for anyone visiting the area, it is the best!!

  • Stayed September 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
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Hope to see you in Spring! Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are glad that you had a good time at La Cusinga. From all of us here at La Cusinga... Feliz Navidad and Happy new year!
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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

La Cusinga is special. Lovely views from well-appointed cabins made from local natural stone and wood by skilled artisans. The yoga platform, large covered wood sextagon overlooking the views, would be such a natural for a yoga retreat. There's a spacious bath house with lockers and showers adjacent. The website cannot capture the sweep of rain forest terrain overlooking the Pacific. Playa del Arco (Rainbow Beach) is a stunning arc of sand. A seacave can be walked at low tide to another secluded beach south of this. Howler monkies on the cliffs, frigate birds overhead, warm water swimming--what a treasure. The staff is delightful, very helpful and spoke English well. Be sure to enjoy all the meals, prepared from fresh food grown on site, with locally caught fish. This Lodge is dedicated to environmentally sound practices, and framing the beauty of the land they steward so well.

  • Stayed November 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Thank you for your review! And for your visit! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit. At end of the year we wish you a Feliz Navidad and a Happy New Year!
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Port Ludlow, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We just can't say enough about this wonderful Lodge and the people who work there. Very friendly and knowledgeable about the property, always willing to let us know what there was to see and do. There's a beautiful hike to a beach nearby and the water was the warmest I've ever been in and I'm from Hawaii! Hiked through a cave, and went swimming in a waterfall that was on the property later in the evening. The food was terrific, full of flavor and beautiful display. The view while dining or relaxing on the veranda was spectacular. Definitely the place to stay if visiting Uvita!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Pura Vida! Thank you for your review! Hope that you return again. And from all of us at La Cusinga we wish you a Feliz Navidad and a Happy New Year!
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West Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

We have stayed at eco-lodges before and this one really fits the idea that most people have about what an eco-lodge should be like. Probably the best part of it is the location. There is a great (usually deserted) beach about 15 minutes away, although the path may not be easy for everyone. There is also a really great natural pool, also about 15 minutes away. We really enjoyed both places. The cabins are also very nice, although a little dark even in the day. There is also a lot of wildlife (many monkeys, coatis, lizards, snakes, etc). Nothing dangerous, of course!
The only real problem was the school groups and even these were a problem only at certain meals. The lodge contains a large dormitory-type area, which while we were there, seemed to be occupied exclusively by young teenagers. At meal-times, which everyonen takes together, the regular guests line up with the teenagers. It seemed a little bit odd, and could have been avoided by having two separate sittings or some similar arrangement. Other than that, we liked this place and would likely recommend it, although it might be more oriented toward families with older children or teenagers!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, August 17, 2012
Thank you for your review and more so for the feedback about meals! we are glad that you had a good time with us! about the meals, we are looking at your recommendations and i believe that it is a very easy and will give us a solution to this issue... as i might think that others might have the same issue as you did! Thank you for given us the issue and a solution! We hope that the next time you can come back and enjoy it 100% :o) Pura Vida!
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

Anything else in the region will be no alternative. Magnificent views, friendly staff, good food and a wonderful atmosphere. Rooms big and tidy. Sort of a private beach and noce trails for a short walk.

Rob

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, August 11, 2012
thank you for your visit and for taking your time to share your experience with the world! So cool to get great reviews and to know that this is the result of a great team that works on making your stay a memorable experience! again thank you and look forward to your return, and let your friends and family know about us :) Muchas Gracias!
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Winter Park, Colorado
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Across the board, this lodge is excellent; the staff, the food, the trails on the property, the cabins, the views, everything! My wife and I traveled two weeks in Costa Rica and La Cusinga was the best over all experience. And I can't say enough about Adam, we took the public bus from San Isidro that dropped us off at the entrance on the side of the highway and he met us on a rainy evening with a flashlight and umbrella. He and his staff will also patiently practice Spanish with you. All in all, La Cusinga is awesome and I highly recommend staying 3-4 nights.

  • Stayed June 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
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, August 4, 2012
Thank you for taking your time and giving us a review, and sharing your experience with the world! And thank you for letting me know that our team member, Adam, went the extra step and took extra care of you! One of the reasons i love this team is because of that... they love what they do and they are legit. Muchas gracias for sharing!
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

Very nice and friendly staff, nice food, and good cabins - the wildlife is right outside your door, with coatis, toucans and agoutis frequenting the premises. There is a small secluded beach nearby which you might have all to yourself - which is, ofcourse, a deep-rooted need in human psychology. Just frolick in the waves with the green wall of the jungle as a background. The view from the central area (where the restaurant is) over the Pacific Ocean is superb. Catch the sunset there and hear the rainforest night chorus come alive.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
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Geinier, General Manager at La Cusinga Eco Lodge, responded to this review, August 4, 2012
Pura Vida! I am so glad that you liked the beach! we have struggled with the government and some investors as they wanted to make it a south beach type of place and for more than 10 years we had been able to keep it the way it is! Thank you for visiting us and giving us encouragement that we are doing thinks right! Muchas Gracias!
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Address: 200 south of km mark 166, Uvita, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Uvita
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Uvita
#4 Romantic Hotel in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in the hilltops overlooking the pristine beaches of Costa Rica's still-virgin south pacific, where the ocean crashes into the jungle sits La Cusinga. Tucked away in a private reserve of over 600 acres, this rainforest lodge provides guests with sweeping ocean views, sandy beaches, natural pools, and the chance to experience the burgeoning forests and astonishing wildlife of the country's most famous ecosystem - OSA. The hotel offers ten rooms designed with sustainably-harvested wood and local materials to maximize comfort while minimizing impact on the environment. The open-air restaurant creates an ideal setting for couples and families alike to enjoy delicious tropical dishes made with fresh produce grown on our farm. In addition to the hundreds of acres of privately-owned primary and secondary forest, the lodge borders the Ballena Marine National Park, one of only two nationally-protected marine zones in the whole country. The lodge's genuine commitment to sustainable practices along with our first-hand experience in local and national conservation efforts enrich our guests' appreciation of these ecosystems and the importance of their continued preservation. This unique insight enhances the exploration of the natural surroundings while the beautiful location offers the tranquility of fresh ocean breezes and breathtaking sunsets that make for the perfect tropical escape. ... more   less 
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