I stayed four nights at Asa Wright with a birding tour group. The birds are indeed excellent, especially the Oilbirds in their cave and the view and birds from the verandah. There are a number of well-marked trails in the rain forest, easy for the fit but less so for others. Time spent on the verandah was very enjoyable, both for the many birds which the very helpful lodge guides will help you find and for the rum punch served at 6PM. The after-dinner walk along the entrance road is fun for the crab and bug-loving crowd. The lodge is well located for drives into the higher mountains and their different birds.
The rooms, in duplex and triplex cabins, are old and a bit down at the heels. My room was #22, near the lodge. It had an odd, small sitting room with one chair and no view out the high window. The bed was comfortable enough, there is a tiny desk and a decent wardrobe, and a tiny, barely-turn-around bathroom that has seen better days but is okay for a birder who doesn't spend much time there. There is a/c in the bedroom, needed because the room door opens directly onto the street and thus could not be left open. Most rooms do not have a/c. The food at the lodge, served buffet style, unfortunately is very mediocre. Picnic lunches packed by the lodge were even less appealing. There is wifi in one location in a corner of the verandah.
Go there for the birds but not for luxury.
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