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La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge
Ranked #2 of 3 La Virgen B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We found this hotel comfortable, if rustic and our room was spacious. The grounds were large and interesting but rather run down. The butterfly sanctuary had few butterflies. There is so much potential here but some tender loving care is needed.
Breakfast was fine but supper left a lot to be desired. They tried but still served half-raw chicken (some had to be sent back twice or thrown away. The pool was nice.
The area is fantastic. We went white water rafting, visited a bat sanctuary and learned about cacao production (at a beautiful location).

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Stayed 2 nights at La Quinta. We found the rooms in the semi-detached chalets to be comfortable and reasonably spacious which also included an outside sitting area.
An adequate breakfast was included in the rate whilst dinner was either a buffet or a snack-style
a-la-carte menu. We found the buffet very average but that the snack menu surprisingly good and well priced.
However, the main reason for visiting La Quinta is the wildlife. It has extensive grounds, attracting frogs,monkeys,reptiles and above all birds. La Quinta has installed a bird feeding station just outside the reception area which attracted a large number of colourful species including toucans, honeycreepers,woodpeckers and tanagers. With these birds used to human activity it was wonderful to observe them at a very close distance and take some memorable photographs.
Probably our best location for wildlife on our Costa Rican tour.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is a quaint place which is ideal for those with a passion for birds in particular but also for monkeys and frogs.
The twin rooms are clean but basic with a rustic charm but totally adequate especially as most visitors are here I'd guess to view the wildlife. Air conditioning, room safe, shower and terrace are standard. A walkway is set up so you don't get wet going to the restaurant.
This was good though the buffet a little bland. Drinks prices are normal for costa rica and there is complimentary coffee and tea on all the time.
The grounds of the hotel incorporate a series of lakes, a river, butterfly enclosure, and a wide variety of costa rican plants and vegetation. Trail walks around the grounds are well laid out and quiet, especially first thing in the morning. A feeding station attracts a wide variety of beautiful birds enabling those close up photos. Our group was fortunate to have a swim when the howler monkeys visited and obtained some stunning close ups.
There is an area of habitat specifically to encourage frogs and a wide variety were seen regularly.
A couple of caiman reside in the lake.
The hotel is close to La Selva biological research station which is well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Most rooms allocated to our party were good although there was a lot of road noise from the plantati...
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

You need to manage your expectations when staying here. It sells itself as an eco-tourism destination and it does a very good job of being one. If you're looking for five star luxury then you shouldn't come here. If you're here to view Costa Rica's wildlife and scenery with minimal impact on the environment then this hotel is probably the best compromise between comfort and facilities and eco-sensitivity. It's clean, everything works in the rooms, the grounds are fantastic (especially the bird feeding/viewing areas. Unfortunately it rained virtually 100% of the time we were there (even more than normal for this part of Costa Rica), meaning that everything was a bit gloomy and dark but in better weather the place would be ideal.

Food was OK but no more than that.

Staff were extremely helpful and there is lots of information available about the area, the wildlife and activities available

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Although room was small, and we had to ask management to unscrew the windows so we could enjoy the breezes (we like fresh air rather than air conditioning), we enjoyed our stay. It was nice to read on the porch hammock, surrounded by vegetation and birds. Unfortunately, when it got dark there was a VERY bright light outside our window at night. Clearly the inn appeals to ecotourists with it large sitting room table filled with animal and plant ID books and a separate gallery with displays of beetles, moths and butterflies (wish they had been better labeled). The inn also has trails to explore, a butterfly garden with a walk-up viewing area, a frog pond, and every morning in the open public area fresh fruit is put out for the birds. The breakfast buffet had the regular scrambled eggs and fruit, but also pancakes for the Americans!

Room Tip: we were in back, so beware of large bright vapor lights
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This hotel would get 4 stars if it had some updating done to it. It's a bit run down, but clean and has alot to offer. Trails, a river, pool, butterfly garden, ponds, etc. The food was very good at the restaurant.

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1  Thank SunshineNB
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Reviewed March 5, 2013

Don't let my three stars put you off this hotel. Maybe the bathroom doors don't close completely, or the door to the neat little patio doesn't latch 100%, or the finishing and fitting of components left a bit to be desired...the bottom line is that we really enjoyed this place. The open air concourse just off the lobby is basically a jungle, with all the flora and critters that go with it. All the rooms have a small patio and ours, facing the back of the property (jungle) was no exception. Greatly appreciated was the hammock, the two easy chairs and at night, a selection of animals. Our favorite was the armadillo that just wandered by while we were enjoying the quietude one late evening with the lights off. If you are an early riser, the trucks that go by starting at five in the morning won't bother you ( I suppose they are part of the pineapple plantation not far from the hotel)...then at six in the morn, the next batch of commuters go by, usually on small motorcycles...after that, things settle down. You should keep in mind this is the real Costa Rica, not the gated communities and all inclusive resorts of the west coast. As for the buffets, as another reviewer put it "was good (but not excellent)"..more than adequate. The surrounding area has a number of things to do, bird watching, bat tour, chocolate tours, and events on the Sarapiqui River. We ended up doing the white-water rafting with our guide JJ (Juan-Jose) and it was excellent. Highly recommended! So, in short, feel free to enjoy the laid back atmosphere of La Quinta.

Room Tip: Try to snare a room facing the back of the property...a bit more private.
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge

Address: | 95 kilometers from San Jose, La Virgen 3069, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > La Virgen
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in La Virgen
Price Range: $108 - $150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Quinta Sarapiquí Lodge is a simple but charming hotel, located 95 kilometers from San José. This perfect destination combines a tremendous biological diversity with comfortable accommodations, easy access and personalized Costa Rican hospitality. It is an ideal base for both casual and avid birders. Our lodge has 5 rooms in bungalows, most of them accesible by wheelchair, complemented by a roofted porch with a hammock and rocking chairs. Our rooms are surrounded by tropical gardens rich in heliconias, gingers, palms and flowering trees, which are home to hundreds of different species of flora and fauna. On site features include a butterfly house, a frog land, lush tropical gardens, two swimming pools, reforestation area, vegetable garde, animal production units and pathways along the riverside. We also offer homemade jams cooked with a 100% renewable energy using products from our gardens. One of the very few Costa Rican hotels certified with 5 leaves in sustainable tourism. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
La Quinta De Sarapiqui Country Hotel Sarapiqui
La Quinta Sarapiqui Lodge Costa Rica
Country Inn Sarapiqui
Sarapiqui La Quinta
Sarapiqui Country Inn

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