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Gavilan Sarapiqui River Lodge
Reviewed April 5, 2014

The last night of our trip was at the Gavilan Lodge and we had a comfortable drive to the San Jose airport in the morning. It's simple, nothing fancy, but that let us enjoy the surrounding nature. During the afternoon walks we saw three sloths--the only ones on our entire trip--two red dart frogs and tons of birds. And the evening and morning brought lots of holler monkey calls. Only regret was that we didn't have more time there. If we'd had, we certainly would have walked in their biological reserve, close by, and taken the day-long river trip. The young manager and the women who take care of the place are very welcoming and extending. If you need a pool, mixed drinks, and entertainment, this is not the place to go. If basic is fine with you and you want to sit and walk and look, it's great. And the food was very good.

Room Tip: The wi-fi worked fine but imagine, though not 100% sure, that you need your own table or computer.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

Splendid isolation with many varieties of birdlife, bats etc. in the gardens and nearby trails. Definitely a place for bug spray as the mossies are rife and start biting early. The staff advised the wearing of boots or sturdy shoes especially after dusk as snakes do come into the grounds. (NB If that spooks you why come to this area?).

A pleasant evening meal and breakfast prepared and served by the local ladies with beer available from the fridge on a trust system (you tell them what you have consumed the following morning).

It is a fair way out of town and not much to occupy you here for more than one day / night stay. Bedrooms are very large but pretty rustic and basic. Bedding not the cleanest I have slept in - could do with a good laundering.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Basic hotel but great location and just by the river - so excellent for the river tour of this beautiful area. We saw some great wildlife and the guide was very informative and helpful. Great location for bird watching as there are some 400 species in the area. The evening meal was well prepared and the family staff were very eager to please. Tasty and nourishing breakfast and they are prepared to offer early morning breakfast to those who want to make an early start on bird watching.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights while birding the nearby the La Selva Biological Station. It's a bit more basic than the higher priced lodges nearby but it's a very relaxing site with a very helpful family running things. Just what we go to Costa Rica for. Good birding on site too with their feeders and a trail down to the river and family of Spectacled Owls hanging around. If you are a birder or nature nut or just want to relax this is an excellent lodge. If you are a family looking for adventure touring and a lot to do I'm not sure it's the best match though they will be happy to book those things for you and make recommendations.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed here one night and the place was really nice- everything was clean, staff was great- breakfast was very tasty and an interesting juice in the breakfast was wonderful. There is no TV in the rooms, but if you are looking for a good time with friends or family member- TV is not necessary and anyway- you can read news in the lobby via your mobile phone or tablet- there is free wi-fi.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

We enjoyed our one night stay here. The gardens were lovely and peaceful and they have a large bird table to attract the most amazing birds. Could spend hours just watching these brightly coloured birds flying around. The rooms were large and clean and the evening meal we had was very nice.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

We were at this beatiful little lodge and had a great time. Birds flying all around, amazing river, great horseback riding, great boat ride!!! The most friendly service in all the world! And delicious typical food!

  • Stayed: April 2012
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Address: Heredia, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Heredia
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Ranked #5 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Heredia
Price Range: $55 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 22
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