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“Lovely place with really nice owners” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga

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Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Ojochal
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San Carlos, Panama
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely place with really nice owners”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

I stayed with my mom for two nights during the quiet month of September. We were the only ones... (Ok during green season in the middle of the week it's understandable, but they have more visitors on weekends). The room was really nice, the a/c working well. Fantastic show by the fireflies in the evening just in front of our bungalow. The swimming pool was very refreshing, although with too much chlorine(!). The food was really good and the cook/owner very attentive to make it right or do the extra mile to please. We could even checked out after normal time cause we finished a whale-watching tour in the morning (amazing btw!) that finished in the afternoon. They even offered for each of us a bottle of water and one of their delicious organic home-grown banana for the afternoon drive... Definitely a place to stop by.

And if you go there, don't miss the upper terrace (tower)... Sipping a cocktail while watching the incredible views of the Pacific coast line (or the sunset) at the Lookout is a no-miss! :)

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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SW, Ontario
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18 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

We stumbled upon this place and stopped for lunch. I ordered the Palm salad. It included palm avocado, red pepper and pesto sauce on romaine. My husband ordered guacamole with corn chips. Great food, but oh what a view!

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Frederikshavn, Denmark
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86 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

What a lovely spot. Great view 360 degrade with sounds of animals nearby. At night the fireflies preformed a fantastic show and daylight gave us a glimpse of turkan and colibries.
George, Uwe and Birgit were very helpful with arranging aktivitets.
The rooms were very clean and the beds good. We only had fans and they were a little bit slow, but you get use to it after a while. The pool had 2 floating-sunbeds - but on the poolside there only were 4 sunbeds..
You need a car if you want to go out to eat and visit the beaches around Ojochal. Be aware of the time for high tide :o)
The beach in Ojochal - Playa Turtuga - is closed at night because the turtle comes up and lea their eggs. You can see it if you arrange it with the guards that protect the turtles. Ask Birgit or Uwe for further information.
The only minus for us were, that we paid 80 $ pr. night and outside, at the entrance a sign said that you could stay for only 50 $ !!!! We stayed for 5 nights and didn't get any discount...and we booked 2 rooms - just paid all the first day of our visit, but ok it was a lovely place with great staff.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a hammock. We didn't get one but missed it... on the web-site it's told...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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northern california
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137 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

This little paradise (just about a dozen rooms) is located on a hilltop just north of Ojochal. Spectacular views from each room, from the ample and nicely maintained gardens, from the luxurious pool, and especially from the hotel's lookout tower.

Rooms are nice - comfortable beds, good bathrooms. But nowhere to sit except outside, which is not so bad as each room has a little terrace, there are benches all around the gardens, and there are several comfortable public areas: the pool, bar, restaurant and lookout tower.

The hotel's small size is conducive to sociability. The hotel is run by three friendly Germans who struggle a bit with Spanish but speak good English. Guests during our stay included Europeans and Americans along with the property's South African owner.

Breakfast buffet (included) comes with good food - we especially liked the cheeses and the fresh fruit, although coffee was weak for our taste and we were shocked that the orange juice was not fresh (most Costa Rican hotels offer different kinds of fresh juice).

We were also pleasantly surprised that the hotel offered very good and reasonably priced food for lunch and dinner as well. We enjoyed the heart of palm salad and fresh fish main courses, and also the homemade pesto. The "quesadilla" was odd - delicious fresh veggies, but the tortilla was fried and dripping in grease (a German take on Mexican food?)

Overall we loved this place and could have stayed here for weeks, especially as the prices for rooms, food and even their very good wine by the glass were so reasonable. Just minutes from Ojochal and right down a quiet and wide highway from Dominical, Hacienda Baru and many other attractions. The steep ride up the unpacked driveway initially gave us pause but we made it up without a hitch in out Corolla. Hope to make it back again. Highly recommended!!!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Colorado
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

We needed a place to stay during the start of Easter week in March. Why? We had to leave the rental house we were in - it was just too awful. We tried one place in the area but it had just rented the last room. They referred us here. We checked in and had a room for all but one day we needed. We were lucky enough to get a room with a/c. You have to pay extra for it. But it's HOT down here in March so opt for it if you can. Not all the rooms have a/c. The American owner does not take care of this place. The rooms are not well kept. We had a missing window pane in the bathroom. The toilet squealed like a chicken having its head slowly twisted off. The ceiling fan turned crazily and seemed like it would fall off, all while making a loud unpleasant noise. The drapes are about a foot short of actually covering the windows. The walls make paper seem thick. So, don't plan to spend much time in the room. The beds, however, are tolerable and so are the pillows. The grounds, however, are quite beautiful, have some nice viewing and sitting areas, are grassed, and make up for much the rooms lack. Lots of beautiful plants and flowers. The pool is a good size and very refreshing. Pool towels, chairs, tables and some umbrellas help a lot. A very nice outdoor covered restaurant with nice service and good food. Excellent friendly service. And Blanca, the most mellow dog you could want. Respectable parking. We'd stay there again.

Room Tip: Be sure to get a room with a/c. Also take ear plugs if you are a light sleeper. There are no "...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Carrollton, Texas
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2013

George and Blanca greeted us at our car with umbrella's because it was raining very hard. Great food at a great price. The breakfast buffet was good with eggs, rice/beans, fresh fruit, toast & cheese. Quiet little place with amazing view at the ocean.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Linz, Austria
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

We stayed 1 night in this hotel not far from Uvita.
Staff is friendly but stay is quite expensive for the value.
Room size is ok and clean but walls are really thin and you hear everything from the other rooms.
Windows are not closing properly and you have to use extensively the A/C to cool the room down.
The hotel is not on the beach and you can forget to go there without a car. Way to access is very stip so you better have a SUV.
Surrounding is very nice with lot of birds all around, nice view to ocean and forest.
Food is ok, nothing special.
Pool is refreshing and big but was not really clean.
We found it very expensive for what it is compared to the other hotels we stayed at (Plaza Yara hotel or Rio tico lodge where you feel like you have good value for what you pay).

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga
Address: Calle Paraiso (300 Meters Este de Ferreteria Ventanas) | Playa Tortuga, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Ojochal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Ojochal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breakfast is included in your Guestroom Rate. Our hotel has twelve cozy bungalows with Queen beds (Junior Suite Rooms have one King Bed and one Queen Bed), Air Conditioners (Standard Deluxe Rooms have Ceiling fans), Tiled Floors, large hot water showers, and individual Patios. Hotel Lookout features magnificent views of both the Pacific Ocean and Jungle Wildlife. In the evening, from our 2nd Floor Lookout, open-air cafe, cozy lounge or outdoor pool, sit back, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the sun set over the ocean. What could be better after a day at the beach or a day full of fun activities? Ready for fun? Whether you wish to spend the day relaxing at the beach, enjoying a really good massage, hiking to a waterfall or ziplining through the trees, Hotel Lookout, the Gateway to Osa, is your activity coordinator. ... more   less 
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