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Hotel Lookout at Playa Tortuga
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Ojochal
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Reviewed January 28, 2009

Can't beat the view for the price! We were fortunate enough to have the ocean view room for our honeymoon. The rooms were clean and comfortable, although there was no air-conditioning the ceiling fan was effective. Plenty of hot water for showers in a nice size bathroom. The pool is crystal clear with an oceanview. We only had 4 days at the Lookout, but the staff made sure we got to see and do everything we wanted. They arranged our daily tours, made dinner reservations, and were very friendly. While there is no restaurant on site the bar is wonderful with a great ocean view.

The local area has some wonderful restaurants, pretty beaches and lots of animals. When we get back to Costa Rica we will make a reservation at The Lookout!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2009

We booked a 2 week holiday family trip with 5 nights being at the Lookout. This was definitely the highlight for us! The view and sunsets were phenomenal, but paled in comparison to how much we felt treated as royalty by our hosts Eduardo & Denise.

Having older kids, we had adjoining bungalows so they had their space & we had ours, yet we were near enough to keep an eye on them. This was a perfect set up.

The location is great for enjoying many Osa sights & adventures: fishing (see Aldea Del Rio in Sierpe), zip lines, beaches, etc.

The set up of the common areas: pool, lounge & restaurant was great for getting to know others from around the world, yet off away from sleeping areas enough for nights of great rest.

To Eduardo & Denise who saw to every last detail: thank you, and We can't wait to come back & see you again!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2009

We spent 2 nights at the Lookout and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Lookout is positioned on a hill overlooking the ocean - great views and sunsets. The place is very solidly built, with a beautiful open air dining/bar/sitting area. The rooms were clean, quiet, spacious and well-updated. The pool was small but nice. We enjoyed 2 wonderful dinners - one chicken, one dorado - skillfully cooked Tico-style. Eduardo and Denise are warm and welcoming and willing to help in whatever way possible. We'll be back some day so our son can play Eduardo in chess!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 16, 2009

From the minute we checked in Denise and Eduardo made sure we were comfortable! Our rooms were overlooking the ocean and we could hear the ocean and Howler Monkeys at night!
The breakfast was fresh and delicious. Denise and Eduardo gave us some excellent advice on local restaurant and dinner choices and we made sure to be on the patio for the beautiful sunsets! The pool was very relaxing after a day at the beach or on one of our tours. The atmosphere was very comfortable and we felt at home. Thanks for such a great time!
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  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2009

The Lookout hotel has the best sunsets! There is a lookout tower where you can sit relax and watch the sun set. Beautiful horizon. The rooms are very clean, quaint and well maintained. (If you go in the summer time, it may be too warm since there is no air conditioning.) The daily breakfasts are wonderful - healthy and fresh. Awesome coffee. The bardenter makes wonderful margaritas. Hotel is located close to fabulous restaurants.
The managers are a wonderful couple and always willing to go over and beyond.

If you book a hotel here, since it is not on the beach, rent a car. It also helps when you need to go out to eat. If you book any excursions, you don't need a car that day as they will pick you up and drop you off at the front door.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

We stayed at The Lookout for 3 nights in November on a birdwathcing and beach expedition for my wife's birthday. Steve and Carol the owners welcomed us with open arms, treated us just like family, and shared all of their secret spots in the area with us.The location of The Lookout couldn't be better and does justice to its name. From our porch or anywhere on the property we had breathtaking views of Playa Tortuga and the Pacific. The peace and tranquility of the hotel just added to our overall experience. We can't wait to go back!! Hats off to Steve and Carol for a memorable experince and the most relaxing vacation we've had in years.

  • Stayed: November 2008
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Reviewed January 2, 2009

We are building a house near Ojochal, and stayed at the Lookout for about 5 nights while we were meeting with designers, etc. The location is perfect - right on the highway near the entrance to the town and very close to several beautiful, quiet beaches. The drive up is typical Costa Rica - 4 wheel drive is recommended! We've stayed in many places across CR and have never been at one with a better ocean view - even from our bed in the morning! I'm not a bird watcher, but I couldn't help noticing the toucans and scarlet macaws while eating breakfast. Steve and Carol, the owners, were looking after the place while the managers were away. They were wonderful - very friendly and good company. They went out of their way to make us feel welcome. At the end of our days we felt like we were coming home to family. The restaurant was not open while we were there, but I understood that was temporary pending the managers return and more staff to be hired. Luckily there are many nice European as well as Tico restaurants nearby - so we didn't suffer! Carol was quick to offer to make reservations for us and even ordered take-out to be delivered one rainy night when no one felt like going out. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled on business
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Address: | 200 Meters East from La Ferreteria de La Costa Grupo Materiales, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
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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 4 Hotels in Ojochal
Price Range: $127 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 (Superior / Junior Suite Rooms have one King Bed and one Queen Bed), Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fans, Tiled Floors, large hot water showers, and individual Patios with outdoor furniture. Hotel Lookout features magnificent views of both the Pacific Ocean and Jungle Wildlife. In the evening, from our 2nd Floor Lookout, open-air bistro, 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, exploring the nature trails, 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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