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Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful trails through the rainforest.....red-eyed tree frogs, poison dart frogs, blue-jean frogs--a wealth of macro-photography opportunities!!! The food was excellent! There are many choices for optional walks and river adventures! We photographed toucans, toucanettes and howler monkeys!

  • Stayed: January 2013
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2  Thank PegJohnston
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

First things first - it's wet. But that's part of going to the rainforest, isn't it? Still, everything is a wee bit damp, but along with that comes excellent wildlife, with a huge range of birds in particular. We didn't hear a single lorry the whole time we were there, but do be aware that room walls are thin. Super duper thin. You can pretty much hear your neighbours sniff and whisper, but it is not the kind of place that you would want to spend too much time in your room - it's much better to be out hiking, exploring the grounds or just chilling on a rocking chair, overlooking the river, taking in the amazing wildlife. The breakfast is good. We ate in the Italian restaurant downstairs which was pretty good. Staff are very friendly. Be sure to bring bug spray and appropriate footwear for hikes (although they do give you wellie boots if the weather is really wet). It's a great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle and take in the surrounding wildlife.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room relatively close to the dining area and only heard wildlife - no traffic. There's no storage as such, but each room does have a safe for your valuables.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank curlybap83
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

On the plus side you see a lot of birds. On the minus side the rooms are awful. The ones near reception have no AC and the ones further away (on the other side of the road) are supposed to have AC but it does not work so it is impossible to sleep at night in the sweltering heat. The rooms are also very dirty with bugs squashed on the walls since who knows how many guests ago. The restaurant is a pizzeria which serves very poorly prepared food.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank JamesXXI
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

My sister and I were traveling with my parents and when we heard we would be staying at a rain forest nature preserve we thought it would be in the middle of nowhere, not on a busy road. The noise of big trucks lumbering by with their noisy brakes was a bit of a distraction at first and I was there two days before I realized that the howler monkeys made almost as much noise in the early mornings as the traffic. I'd much rather hear the monkeys and frogs (all those tiny frogs sure make a lot of noise for their size) Not nearly as many bugs as I had expected (being a jungle) but the local spiders were actually quite facinating and beautiful. I loved seeing all the different kinds of birds too. The humidity is fierce but the river is cool and runs right by the lodge making it easy to cool off. Wish I'd had more time to explore the primary forest across the river.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Frankie E
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at Selva Verde Lodge, and really enjoyed ourselves.

Staff: Very friendly and helpful! Everyone with whom we interacted was so nice: the front desk, housekeeping, the restaurants, and the guide for the night jungle tour (be sure to bring a flashlight for the night hike into the primary rainforest - it is great!). The front desk was very helpful in arranging tours (rafting, ziplining) with Aventuras del Sarapiqui (though you can also just contact them directly) and transportation on to La Fortuna.

Rooms: The rooms are certainly not posh, but that isn't why you are staying here, right? They are spacious, though, and I found the beds to be reasonably comfortable. There was a slight mildewy smell in some of the pillows, etc., but I think it is hard to avoid that in such a damp environment. There are comfortable chairs and hammocks outside each room for relaxing, too.

We were in a cluster of four rooms down by the river (the 38-41 group), and the rooms felt secluded and peaceful. HOWEVER, this is VERY VERY dependent on the people staying around you. The River Lodge rooms are not climate-controlled, and just have a fan, plus half of the windows are PERMANENTLY open (in other words, there is a screen, but no glass). We had a large family group around us, which was very polite and hushed, but I could see a rowdy group hurting someone's enjoyment of the peace and quiet. Also, I would avoid rooms 46-53. We started off there, and asked to be moved immediately. They are closer to the pool and dining room, but you can hear the road noise quite clearly.

Restaurant: Breakfast was good if a bit repetitive, though we did get tamales for the Christmas season! For lunch, you are stuck with the uninspiring buffet. For dinner, the La Terrazza restaurant is good (but pricey), and definitely worth reserving a table. There are great views of the river and the bird life, both upstairs and downstairs. There is NO real food that can be purchased in the gift shop (just ice cream), so if you are like us, and don't have a car, be sure to stock up on some non-perishable snacks before arriving at Selva Verde. There is a soda about 1/2-3/4 mile up the road, but that is about it for other options (and the road isn't so great for walking). The lack of dining variety is the main reason I have given 4 stars, fwiw.

Facilities: The pool is nice, and there are howler monkeys sometimes hanging around, which is fun (they also like to congregate by the parking lot). The trails are great, and you can see tons of wildlife (mainly birds and frogs, of course). You really feel like you are in the rainforest at Selva Verde! There are covered walkways between all of the buildings if you want to stay dry when you aren't tramping around, too.

We would stay there again, for a taste of the CR wildlife and a retreat from busyness.

Room Tip: Stay away from the rooms by the road - numbers 46-53.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank MechTeach
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