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Hacienda La Isla Lodge
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Costa Rica is an overwhelming experience... and there are some jewels in the crown. Like Hacienda La Isla. A few hundred meter off road, and suddenly... hundreds of miles from 'Western hectic reality'. Nature, optima forma. Tranquility. A small scale honest accommodation, with all the comfort you can wish and even more hospitality. If you want a 'whow' experience, want the experience of being 'one of the lucky ones' ... visit the Hacienda!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We toured Costa Rica in September 2011. We were very surprised when we saw the rooms! Very beautiful and very clean! The food was also very good, as were the fruitcoctails. :-)
In the early morning, we went for a walk in their wonderful garden. Lots of animals and plants.
The owner was very friendly and took his time to chat with everyone who wanted.

Room Tip: Every room has its own theme. So, be surprised! :-)
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

An experience of a lifetime - staying in a rainforest in an Ecologically run hotel. The room was nicely decorated with an enormous bed. A fan was a welcome as it was hot and humid. The food was really nice and the portions were generous. The restaurant was open sided with a palm fronded roof and a lagoon on one side frequented by a resident caiman! The frog chorus at night was special to hear and we spotted several blue jeans frogs. The nature trail was good but being a rainforest there is no guarantee of seeing anything.

Room Tip: Choose a room in front of the chapel rooms.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We toured Costa Rica in February 2012. Hacienda La Isla was hands down the nicest hotel we stayed. It is not big on features but is is classy with a great atmosphere and very personal. The owner, Jean Pierre, is originally from Belgium and speaks Flemish. He also has a network which he uses to arrange entertainment for his guests. The night tour with José from Frogs heaven was especially memorable.

The food in the restaurant was very tasty. The restaurant itself overlooks a nice little lagoon which is different every day. It adds to the whole secluded rain forest ambiance. The grounds are teeming with wildlife: lizards, monkeys, alligators.

The room was spacious. It did not have AC, so it was a little warm at night, but not stifling hot or uncomfortable.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Bas B
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

This place is beautiful! The grounds are immaculate and you feel like you are at your own private Hacienda. We were there in June, and during the day, the rooms were a little warm. We had to leave the doors open at night to be cool enough. One evening a bat flew into the room, but I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of bugs (including mosquitos). We ate 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners at the restaurant and the food was FANTASTIC, albeit pricey ($30 dinner, $10 breakfast). Everything was very fresh at the restaurant (soup made from hearts of palm that were harvested that day, and yucca that was cooked the day it was picked from the garden). My son celebrated his 14th birthday while we were there and the chef made an AMAZING BBQ for our dinner that night (this option was less expensive at $20) and made a beautiful and delicious cake for our party of 15. Jean Pierre made our entire experience very smooth and arranged for an amazing white water rafting tour at a price much better than I had researched on the internet.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

This quiet secluded restored farm turned resort is with hiking trails through its 50 acres is rustic but with comfortable king sized beds and huge tile showers.
The food in the private for guests only dining area is 4 star quality both in flavor and presentation and the service was first class as well.
The owners were helpful and gracious and were in no way intrusive. We loved the dog Scotty a beautiful Irish setter. Rub his ears and he'll be your best friend for your stay.

Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

We recently spent 10 days in Costa Rica and had many wonderful experiences and adventures, unfortunately Hacienda La Isla was not a positive one.

We stayed in 4 different locations, all being part of the Costa Rica French Touch group of hotels.
El Buena Vista in Ojochal which was private, romantic, and very friendly, the Korrigan Lodge in Punta Uva was nothing less than glorious, Tacacori Ecolodge in San Jose was beautiful, comfortable and so accommodating, BUT Hacienda La Isla was overpriced and the owner Jean Pierre was rude.

We had a beautiful room but it was more expensive than the other hotels and did not include breakfast. We were charged $10/person for breakfast and I had 1 boiled egg, 2 pieces of bread, and coffee, very overpriced. The first night when we arrived we ate dinner at Hacienda La Isla, we ordered the chicken dish and the filet mignon. The chicken was very good but the beef was very tough and stringy, definately not a filet mignon!

When we would go up to the desk to ask Jean Pierre a question and he wouldn't even acknowledge we were standing there. When we did finally get his attention, he was not very helpful.

Hacienda La Isla is out of the way and off the beaten track, best to only stay for 1 night if absolutely necessary. I would not bother though, I would just continue driving to your next location.

Room Tip: The individual building that looks like a castle, very private and romantic.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hacienda La Isla Lodge

Address: Horquetas, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > Horquetas
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Horquetas
Price Range: $78 - $127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda La Isla Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in the foothills of the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Spanish colonial-built Hacienda La Isla Lodge is very well located in the center of numerous top attractions of Costa Rica.A perfect gateway for your visit to the rainforests and the adventure sites (rafting, canopy, horseback riding, etc.) of Sarapiqui, the exotic Caribbean beaches, the active volcano Arenal or the world famous Tortuguero canals and sea turtles. Guests will encounter the mysteries of the rainforest while enjoying a comfortable stay in the historically designed rooms of the hacienda. Hacienda La Isla lodge is a unique departure from the common tourism experience in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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