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Lapa Rios Lodge

Cabo Matapalo Costa Rica
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#3 of 6 hotels in Cabo Matapalo
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Set in a 1000-acre private nature reserve in Central America's last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone's idea of paradise. Much more than a luxurious eco lodge, Lapa Rios is a model ecotourism project and a sustainable tourism pioneer. Over the years, we have received many awards for social and environmental excellence. Home to a plethora of incredible wildlife, including monkeys, scarlet macaws, pumas, toucans, tree frogs and thousands of other creatures, a trip to Lapa Rios Eco lodges Ecolodges will be the experience of a lifetime. Lapa Rios is one of only 24 National Geographic Unique Eco Lodges of the World
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
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Full body massage
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Private balcony
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English, Spanish


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Nate B wrote a review May 14
Marietta, Georgia131 contributions68 helpful votes
As the reviews consistently point out, this is a beautiful place. Rather than repeat all that (lots of steps, etc.), I'll just say that when you stay here make sure you take advantage of every guided experience possible. The guides are incredibly well-trained - impossible to stump them. You will see more than you ever thought you could and you will learn some very cool stories about the natural world.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Villas are not far apart, they are well-screened for visual privacy but not for blocking loud...
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you Nate for your review! We are very proud of our amazing guides who know the flora and fauna of the exotic Osa península like the back of their hand. And yes, even if you are not a morning person, it is worth getting up early to enjoy our sunrises, while sipping a cup of freshly brewed Costa Rican coffee. We hope to have you again in the near future or at any of our sister lodges.
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Sean B wrote a review May 11
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I have never been more disappointed in a business in my life. After booking a 5-night stay at Lapa Rios, we decided that we just weren’t comfortable traveling internationally yet due to COVID. We canceled 45 days in advance… and they have REFUSED to provide any refund at all. Per their own cancelation policy, reservations that cancel more than 30 days prior are subject to a 96% refund. THEY DO NOT FOLLOW THEIR OWN CANCELATION POLICY. They have stopped returning emails, they haven’t returned a dime, and I am left with no recourse other than to post publicly about what amounts to THEFT. Horrible and dishonest businesses like this don’t deserve to continue operating. I strongly encourage you look elsewhere for lodging while in Costa Rica - there are plenty of hotels that honor their word and don’t steal from customers.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Karla O wrote a review May 10
Costa Rica16 contributions
This is one of the best places I've ever been. From the moment you take a step at the airport is amazing, they welcome you with a cold and delicious drink at the airport, the airport transfer is on time and the ride to the lodge is beautiful. The staff, the food, the resort the animal, the property etc. If you haven't been to Lapa please don't wait any longer, is a must visit destination. I hope I can return soon!
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Date of stay: July 2020
Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you Karla for your enthusiastic recommendation! The Lapa Rios experience does start before you arrive at our lodge. :) We hope to have you back in the near future at the Osa Peninsula. Feel free to also consider our three other sister lodges, all located in unique locations in Costa Rica: Pacuare, Tortuguero and Monteverde.
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Paul J wrote a review Apr 2021
Weldon Spring, Missouri43 contributions5 helpful votes
This was our first trip to Lapa Rios but will not be our last. Photographs, videos and their website gave us what we thought would be an accurate expectation. We weren't even close. Totally blew us away! From the genuine kindness, competency, friendliness and sincerity of every single staff member to the breathtaking views and abundant wildlife, we now consider this our very best vacation and destination ever. I've run companies for over 40 years, and I've never seen one where every single employee displays a true and genuine ownership-mentality even with the smallest of details. Every question was answered with patience, every need anticipated and every event carefully orchestrated with smiles and true friendliness. Taking advantage of the activities, in particular, the early-bird tour(we did it twice!, and it isn't just birds), the waterfall hike, and, most definitely, the Osa Hike, is something not to dismiss. Also, if you can get access to Corcovado National Park(limited entry is permitted daily), do the boat trip and hiking package. Seems pricey but well worth it. All of the above hikes were guided by the extremely knowledgeable staff from Lapa Rios. If professors know half of what these enthusiastic and well-studied field biologist know, I'd be surprised. We learned so much about the flora and the fauna that will make this trip memorable for years to come. We found Jose to be exceptional with his contagious enthusiasm and extensive knowledge of flora and fauna. We saw two sloths, a tapir, hundreds of monkeys(dozens right outside our bungalow), and too many birds to count. Lapa Rios was truly the "river of macaws". The food and service was sublime. Absolutely outstanding. Try everything!! Might have had a few too many desserts. ;-) All of the offerings were so fresh and flavor-filled. Food I thought I didn't like had a sweetness and flavor I didn't know existed. Now, that I'm back home, everything is so bland. We especially liked all of the fish offerings, but the salad starters were also surprisingly memorable. Did I mention the desserts? The level of luxury was evident at every turn but didn't interfere with our ability to feel that we were enveloped in the rain forest rather than being in some disney-like recreation. Reviews I read prior to going that mentioned about how much walking, stairs, etc, I found to be easily dismissible, although understandable. If you are not capable of climbing some stairs to reach heaven, then Lapa Rios might not be for you. It's like walking through a tree house with the elevated boardwalks through the rain forest. Some stairs to be sure, but we always saw animals and beautiful views on the short trip from our bungalow to the front desk, restaurant/bar and pool area. Don't plan on sleeping late or staying up late. You won't want to. We had coffee delivered(they placed it in a little holder right outside our door) at 4:45am to watch the sunrise and listen to the rain forest come alive. The howler monkeys are your alarm clock and the views of the bay and the ocean are magnificent. We lost count of how many spider monkeys were in the trees right around our deck. We watched them for hours. The mommas with the babies on their backs were mesmerizing and so fun to watch. The macaw pairs flying by and perched in the trees were so beautiful they barely seemed real. On our last morning at breakfast, we tried to conure a complaint or think of anything negative about out visit. The only complaint came from my wife who said that they shouldn't have let me order dessert every night. ;-)
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Date of stay: April 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: #9 was amazing. Views of both the Bay and the Pacific. Huge Deck.
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
We are in total agreement with you Paul. Photos, videos and website barely convey the experience of being at Lapa Rios Lodge! Aside from the destination, our staff and guides are our biggest asset! We always seek knowledgable, enthusiastic locals that are genuine in their personality and attention. A true representation of Costa Ricans! We are glad that you had the chance to hike and explore the exotic Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, specially Corcovado National Park and get to witness its exotic flora and fauna, howler and spider monkeys among these. And yes, Lapa Rios is a “river of macaws”! :) As you mention, there is an abundance of fauna right at the lodge to be seen from your room, an early wake up call is mandatory! We are so glad that the only complaint was having too much dessert, be ready to enjoy more in your next visit. :D I think that both of you will also enjoy our sister lodge Pacuare Lodge too! Thank you again for your enthusiastic review.
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Debby44 wrote a review Mar 2021
Flower Mound, Texas108 contributions94 helpful votes
Lapa Rios is absolutely amazing! The resort is remote and the property's land extends for like 1,000 acres! There are approximately 17 villas, with 3 different levels of comfort. We were in a Lapa Villa with a private plunge pool. The villa was 5 star! Very large and very private, with an outdoor and indoor shower. Some units see full sunrise views. We were concerned about no air conditioning, but they have introduced a cooling system over the bed in some of the villas and it made it quite pleasant. The unit is screened in, so the breeze comes through at night. The howler monkeys wake you up around 5 am! We liked the plunge pool to cool off in the afternoons. All of the food and activities on property are included in the price. We took full advantage of the on property hikes, doing all but 1-2 of them in a 4 night stay. Our favorites were the Osa Trail, the Ridge hike and the Waterfall hike. Lapa provides high rubber boots for hikes that go across rivers. The food was delicious! The guides were top notch and so knowledgably. The wait staff and concierge team took care of everything! We also did the private day tour to the Corcovado National Park. On the 1 hours boat ride to the park, we saw a humpback whale breach, hundreds of different types of dolphin, manta rays and birds! Inside the park we saw an abundance of wildlife including the tapir! I cannot say enough positive things about Lapa Rios. If you have any questions about it, please ask me!
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Date of stay: March 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: We were in villa 13, our friends were in a Premier villa #15.
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Response from Andres Madrigal, Guest Services / Front Office at Lapa Rios Lodge
Responded Mar 28, 2021
Hello Debby, thank you so much for your visit to Costa Rica, the Osa Peninsula and your in-depth review of Lapa Rios Lodge! We hope to have you again in the near future or at any of our sister lodges: Pacuare Lodge, Monteverde Lodge & Gardens and Tortuga Lodge & Gardens.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lapa Rios Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lapa Rios Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lapa Rios Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lapa Rios Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Lapa Rios Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Lapa Rios Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.