Since I was 6 years old, I have wanted to see the quetzal. 33 years later, I saw him (and also a lady quetzal). It was a beautiful moment, his long tail swaying in the winds, his cute face and gorgeous colours.
I am forever grateful to Melvin for the wonderful half day birding trip. He is a funny and lovely man who knows his birds and other nature stuff. We enjoyed his company enormously.
Now to the lodge: a lot of positives, a few snags:
Rooms: we stayed at room 113. I had asked for a quiet room and it sure was, looking out over the woods and a bit out of the way. I liked that it was stand alone and spacious.
The room is basic but comfortable with a coffee maker and nice bathroom. A little heater is provided but it gave no heat and we had to wear all our cold weather gear in the room not to be cold. We were also a tad cold at night. It would be lovely if they provided hot water bottles in the room.
Restauarant: food is typical Costa Rican fare with a lot of trout. It is buffet style but with a good array of choices and salads. I enjoyed all the meals. Staff are lovely. However restaurant is cold and not cozy.
I wish it were more warm and provided a more nice setting with heaters and softer lighting. Also the awful panpipe music was off putting.
Grounds: very nice , many humming bird feeders full of bummers. I saw 5 different species in the gardens and lots of other birds.
We went for a walk to the waterfalls and also around the grounds, all enjoyable.
Spa: we had a good massage and enjoyed the steam room and jacuzzi. All great.
We stayed for 3 nights which suited us as this was our first stop andy we wanted to take it easy. I think however most guests would think 2 nights suffice.
We had an enjoyable stay and I would definitely advice this lodge to bird watchers.
This lodge was our first stop of a 15 night self drive tour. If you have any questions, pls do ask. We loved Costa Rica and I am happy to help.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eighty-nine kilometers (55.3 miles) south of San Jose in a private natural reserve of 400 hectares and just 9 km. (5.5 miles) from Los Quetzales National Park, Hotel Savegre is the ideal starting point for exploring Costa Rica’s magnificent tropical cloud forest in all its beauty. Hotel Savegre’s services are the perfect complement for every nature lover seeking a memorable experience. We offer 41 rooms, bar and restaurant, day spa, conference room, laundry service, shuttle service, tours and related activities, as well as our beautiful gardens and impressive private reserve with its extensive network of trails. Our helpful and genuinely friendly staff are the hotel’s signature feature.The Chacon family, pioneers in the San Gerardo de Dota region have been operating the hotel since its inception and it has always been our utmost aim to provide top-quality service that goes hand in hand with the environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve And Spa
- Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve Hotel San Gerardo De Dota
- Savegre Mountain Cartago
- Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa Costa Rica/San Gerardo De Dota