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Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo 70403, Costa Rica Carretera a Manzanillo, km 6, Puerto Viejo 73000, Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7300 Costa Rica
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La Kukula Lodge is situated in Playa Chiquita/ Puerto Viejo, next to Refugio de Vida Silvestre de Gandoca-Manzanillo and Cahuita N.P.Built in 2008, La Kukula Lodge follows the principles of sustainable architecture and only plantation wood (teak) has been used in its construction. With its tropical-contemporary style, the bungalows blend naturally with the wooded surroundings: an ideal location to enjoy the flora and fauna the region has to offer. A simple path system running through the garden links each bungalow, the “rancho-bar” and the swimming pool. There are only 8 rooms available, all are very spacious and airy, with their own deck, fans, bathrooms and hot water from a hybrid solar/electric system. All rooms have fantastic views from private terraces onto the sylvan garden.
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Non-smoking hotel
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Outdoor pool
Kid-friendly buffet
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Horseback riding
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Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Walk-in shower
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Spanish


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Playa Chiquita, Puerto Viejo 70403, Costa Rica Carretera a Manzanillo, km 6, Puerto Viejo 73000, Costa Rica, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 7300 Costa Rica
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Potomac wrote a review Jan 2021
Washington DC, District of Columbia88 contributions56 helpful votes
We reserved this lodge based on the amazing reviews of other travelers. We were truly excited about our trip there. We were truly disappointed though. A pity. As reviews can be very personal , and my opinion seems to be against the almost unanimous perception, let me be as fact based as possible. The lodge is located in a nice area, with several nice restaurants close by. The lodge itself is very basic. Ok, someone may say: it’s a lodge, not a boutique hotel , nor a resort. Agreed. But that should not prevent it from having charm. And it does not. The rooms are basic with no decoration at all. Painted in grey and oppressive colors. Truly sad. The fact of being in the jungle translates into not having a single sunlight ray in the whole day, even if the weather is nice. So rooms are humid , dark and simply ugly. The towels were never changed , even if they were dumped because of humidity. Internet did not work in the rooms and when in the main lobby, it was truly poor -not a wifi problem , simply a real bad service. Breakfast was ok. Nothing great as I have read elsewhere. The pools are small and not the cleanest. The access to the beach is not easy -you need to walk 300 m till the main road and again through a muddy pathway to the beach. The owners were nice , I admit that. But this was a sad experience overall. I love simplicity and I understood before arrival this was not a normal hotel but a lodge, but even so, it could be much better.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Elena C wrote a review Mar 2020
Ottawa, Canada27 contributions15 helpful votes
Our family had great experience at the lodge. I think that if you are looking for a resort type of accommodations and service - this is not the place for you. This lodge is located in much less touristy area, some resources may also be rationed (like water), so your shower will not run like back home (NorthAmerica). If the swimming pool is important to you- the one in the lodge is really small. This is charming family run business in the middle of the jungle. This is the reason to come here - to experience the rainforest and its inhabitants, the ocean and beautiful beaches, as well as to enjoy hospitality of lodge owners and a few staff members. You will see sloths, monkeys, aguties, toucans and might have a fascinating encounter with ants (not exaggerating- our encounter with colony of cleaner ants was almost the best part of the trip and made us appreciate the fact of who actually owns this forest). All part of life in a rainforest. Rooms are simple and clean. Sonya and Pepo were wonderful- helped us with arranging some tours, taxis and providing invaluable advice about local places. Breakfast was delicious and freshly cooked for you. We had dinner once at the lodge and loved it (vegetable soup and chicken with carribean sauce were delicious). There are 4-5 restaurants 5 min walk for lunch or dinner we liked. Bike rental place is 5 min walk. We recommend renting bikes to get around (5$ per day or can do cheaper if multiple days). Amazing stay in amazing place. Thank you Sonya and Pepo.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
3 Helpful votes
Gary Proctor wrote a review Mar 2020
Douglas, United Kingdom262 contributions67 helpful votes
This place is set back slightly from the road making it very quiet, set among beautiful trees and plants. There are sloths in the tree right by reception, red eyed frogs in the garden, macaws flying overhead and agoutis running round all day. The Spanish owners are very friendly and clearly animal lovers, they found that frogs had laid eggs in the swimming pool ... so they closed the pool down to guests. They even think they may have found a new species of frog on their property. The variety of plants alone here is amazing, it’s like living in Pandora in the film Avatar. The room itself was cool, modern and a nice size. The breakfast was nice and the staff friendly. The only down side was that there was no WiFi in the rooms, only reception, and that the rooms were in blocks so we shared a balcony with 3 or more rooms, so no private outside space. That said, when you think of what you get for the price then it’s hard to complain. We did actually move next door in the end to Namuwoki for that very reason, we had our own hut, our own balcony and WiFi in the room BUT it was more expensive. But don’t get me wrong , there are MANY good things about this place and as I said, for the price it truly is a great place. I note someone gave a bad review of this place for being ‘far away from the action’ or something (..... shame you can’t filter idiot reviews) but that is actually why we chose this place, it was in a quiet area, only 100m from the beach and just a short drive to the bustling Puerto Viejo. So a little distance from there was a plus in our books. In summary, quiet location, still close to beach and some nice restaurants, beautiful setting, friendly owners, clean, modern, cool rooms.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
drmadlene wrote a review Nov 2019
Winnenden, Germany10 contributions23 helpful votes
This was the best place we've stayed in during our vacation in Costa Rica. The architecture of the rooms is really smart and sustainable, the design is beautiful and minimalistic. You really feel like you're deep in the jungle, you can really relax and unwind with the sounds of nature in the background. The rooms are really big and are always in the shade, so there's a nice temperature, even during daytime (at lest this was the case during our stay). The bathroom and the shower are also very spacious and comfortable; the shower gel and the shampoo provided are very nice smelling and biodegradable. The towels smell also really nice, like a clean home. The family owning this lodge is very nice, polite and helped us in numerous occasions. It felt like home away from home, we just loved it here. Highly recommend it.
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Date of stay: October 2019
3 Helpful votes
rachosborne88 wrote a review Oct 2019
London, United Kingdom34 contributions1 helpful vote
I have just returned from a weeks stay here with 4 of my closest friends celebrating our 30th birthdays, and all I can say is wow. This place is amazing. The lodges are set inside the jungle, so you’re fully immersed with sounds of the surrounding wildlife at all times. We had a lovely bungalow with 2 rooms, a bathroom and our own porch with a hammock, which was great for relaxing on before dinner, or reading a book early in the morning before everyone was awake. You can hear the monkeys and sloths in the trees above, hear plenty of birds and frogs (the hummingbirds aren’t afraid to get close if you’re near a flower), and see plenty of beautiful plants. For me, there’s nothing more relaxing than that. Sonia and Pepe, who own La Kukula Lodge, are so friendly and accommodating, helping us out with anything we needed. Sonia has some really good tours that she can arrange, so if you want to do more than go to the beach each day, you certainly won’t get bored. Jeremy is a fantastic chef, and extremely friendly - breakfast was lovely each morning, and we had 2 very delicious evening meals there during our stay - he also helped point out baby turtles and a sloth living within the lodge grounds, as we hadn’t been able to find any ourselves. Location wise it’s great. It’s just outside Puerto Viejo, so it’s very peaceful. The main noise you can hear is the howler monkeys (who enjoy being particularly loud in the morning, which is a far better wake up call than an alarm clock) or birds. There is a lovely beach within a 5 minute walk, with more beautiful beaches just a cycle ride or short car journey away. A lot of people seem to hire a car whilst staying here - we didn’t, we hired bicycles for during the day (the area is extremely bicycle friendly - being from London, I would never cycle on the roads at home, but felt 100% safe doing so here) and got a taxi at night if we wanted to go into Puerto Viejo. The Jaguar Rescue Centre is close by, and most definitely worth a visit if you’re at all interested in wildlife. If ever I come to Costa Rica again, I will most definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
$86 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Kukula Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to La Kukula Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Chocorart (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at La Kukula Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at La Kukula Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at La Kukula Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to La Kukula Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pita Bonita, Pizzeria Pulcinella, and Pura Gula.
Are there opportunities to exercise at La Kukula Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at La Kukula Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.