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Posada Cerro Escondido

60104 Costa Rica
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English, Spanish
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Free parking
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Soundproof rooms
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Katharina1752 wrote a review Dec 2018
9 contributions1 helpful vote
A wonderful place for anyone who wants to get away from the mainstream tourist circuit and enjoy nature pure! A very pleasant lodge with basic facilities, in a beautiful setting in the middle of a tropical forest. They serve very good typical Costa Rican food. Ideal for birdwatching (over 130 species, apparently) if you have good binoculars. Well maintained hiking trails, and you can cool off in the waterfall when it gets too hot.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
ch0cbr0wnie wrote a review Feb 2017
London, United Kingdom126 contributions31 helpful votes
It's an absolutely amazing place if you want escape from crowds and visit not touristy place. We were the only tourists there, had company of two professors working on meteorological station nearby and our lovely hosts Arnulfo and Mery, who have been managing this place for 16 years! Reserve is 20 years old and it's incredible to think it was only grass and caws two decades ago. Now it's dense jungles with over 250 birds species and numerous animals. Beware - from the parking place you have to climb the stairs for 3.3 km! In humid hot climate! You have to be very very fit to do so. Also when booking ensure you check that your meals are included in the price. Otherwise you will end up paying $11 for breakfast and $15 for lunch and dinner. Food is very simple and home cooked by lovely Mery. Couple doesn't speak a word in English but somehow we got by though I regret not understanding half of what Arnulfo said - he is very knowledgeable . Unique experience so if you are up for a challenge off the beaten track - go for it!
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Date of stay: February 2017Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Lilla H wrote a review Jan 2017
Midhurst, United Kingdom3 contributions
I have just cancelled the bookings with them, that I booked via booking.com, because instead of the stated $288 (plus 13%tax) they asked for $705 for 2 people for 3 nights, saying that the meals and tours are not included in the rate (booking.com, even their own website states otherwise). I first approached them on airbnb sending them a message, didn't get any reply whatsoever, but because it looked like a place where my partner and I would've liked to go to (and still does), so I booked a room with them on another website. In the confirmation they say we need to let them know of our time of arrival, so I sent them an email with the information. After a day passed without any reply, we called them, and this is where it gets tricky, the lady who deals with the bookings, doesn't speak any English, so we had to ask our host to help us. Then she said she would send an email with the details about the final price (what? I thought we already had that) and how to get there; and that's when we found out that it actually costs more than double the price they stated on multiple websites (on their website they say that they keep their prices low. No they don't), didn't give us options whether we wanted to take the tours every day or wanted to eat in their restaurant. We were very disappointed because we really wanted to go, but didn't want to get ripped off. When we phoned again (with the help of our host) about the price they asked for, the lady wasn't interested in finding a solution, well, the only solution she came up with was to cancel it altogether, so we did. I'm sure it's an amazing place to visit, make sure when you book, there are no hidden costs with calling them.
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Date of stay: January 2017
Response from Luis M, Director General at Posada Cerro Escondido
Responded Jan 23, 2017
Hello Lilla, We are very sorry about your experience with the Posada Cerro Escondido. We believe it was a misunderstanding. As our website indicates, we are a small NGO with limited personell. Hence why we were unable to reply to your Airbnb messages since it was a weekend and we are not in the office. To clarify on your several points, our website does not indicate that meals are included in the price. Unless, I am very mistaken, please feel free to send us an email with a screenshot so that we can make the change as soon as possible. In regards to the tours and having to eat meals at the restaurant, the lodge is located in the middle of the forest, an hour to 2 hour hike from the entrance. This is also indicated in our website. There are no other food options due to it's remoteness. A guide is included everyday at an additional cost (with this cost includes the tours). When the host called, we were unable to accomodate your request because you were asking for half the price which is very difficult for us to do when we have to pay for food costs and personell costs. Thank you for your feedback. We will adjust our website, Airbnb and Booking pages to make it very clear in the future. I hope you can visit us one day!
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wschutt wrote a review Jul 2016
Carmel, California1 contribution
This is a very special place, with wonderful local guides and cooks. It is tucked away in a beautiful, untouched part of the Nicoya Peninsula. We had the whole place to ourselves and saw toucans, howler monkeys, swam in the waterfall, etc. Everybody is amazing and I left totally refreshed and inspired :)
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Date of stay: June 2016
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Book early!
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sc0wen wrote a review Jul 2016
Saline, Michigan3 contributions1 helpful vote
This reserve is a very unique experience. Beautiful climb up to the rooms over the rivers was amazing. Our guide, Arnofo, was so helpful and knowledgeable. It is so peaceful there. The cabins are very clean and the homemade food was delicious. The sights and sounds of the forest is an unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: July 2016
Trip type: Traveled with family
$115 - $119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasKaren Mogensen Nature Reserve
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Frequently Asked Questions about Posada Cerro Escondido
What are some of the property amenities at Posada Cerro Escondido?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, hiking, and a sun terrace.
Is parking available at Posada Cerro Escondido?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Is Posada Cerro Escondido located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.09 miles away from the center of Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Posada Cerro Escondido?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.