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“A delightful experience”
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Selva Verde Lodge
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sarapiqui
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“A delightful experience”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

Selva Verde is a beautiful property set in lush jungle. Our spacious and comfortable room was in a four-plex near the river. Birds sang outside and we awoke each morning to the sound of howler monkeys calling.

Sergio Arias and his staff were friendly and helpful and took care of our every need--including fixing a flat tire. The nature guides were fun and very knowledgeable. Eliam extended the length of our hike when he saw that we were genuinely interested in the local flora and fauna. My only suggestion for Selve Verde would be more local dishes offered in the dining room--but perhaps that is driven by demand.

Our trip was both business and pleasure. Selva Verde was a "time-out" from launching my new book "Turning Turtles in Tortuguero: Stories From the Origins of Sea Turtle Conservation". Though far from the sea, the staff at Selva Verde was interested and enthusiastic about the book.

Costa Rica is an amazing country. My next trip there will include another stay at Selva Verde.
Anne Ake

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

This was the surprise of our trip to Costa Rica. Travelling with a four year old we decided to break up drives between locations and stay here. So glad we did.

The grounds are amazing and you don't have to leave as they offer tours of primary forest. We did a night and day tour. Guides were amazing and knowledgable.

Rooms were large clean and comfortable. Area was stunning and all staff were friendly and eager to please. Restaurant on site is good and had great bird watching. Enjoy

Stayed February 2014
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

I stayed for a total of 7 nights, staying at another place in between the 3 night stay and a 4 night stay. The birding and photography was wonderful as well as monkeys and frogs. I only ate the breakfast, fruit and toast for me. I brought instant soup and granola bars for lunch and dinner. Just didn't want all the calories from the buffet.
Many positives for the Lodge, the employees, the grounds and the swim pool. The house keepers do a great job of cleaning your room and making sure you have what you need. Big thanks!
A few Cons: Road noise is a big one. The trucks and their break noise is unbelievable as well as the other road noise.
The rooms have paper thin walls, so you can hear everything, and I mean everything. As a solo traveler, I suppose I need to make more noise so my neighbors realize you can hear all the talking at 11:30 pm and then at 4 am. The rooms are set up as blocks of 4 so you will have at least 2 rooms to listen to. one set of neighbors did realize they needed to keep their voices down and to take off their boots before going into their room. So we suffered through 3 nights of boot noise and I think a jazzercise class on one night. Across the busy road is bungalows the resort owns, not sure about the noise level in them.
I took many great pictures but needed to get sleep so moved on to a less noisy place. A botanical garden is across the street, but again the road noise is so bad, it was hard to relax and enjoy it.
Would I go again? Yes, but for 2 nights at a time so I can get sleep in between. I also wish they wouls allow you to go across the bridge to hike by your self.

Room Tip: Ask for a room next to the river, many did and did not get it, but maybe you will.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

We went here for the birds strictly. We didn't stay in the main lodge, we stayed in the bungalows. At first, I was put out by the 15 minute walk back and forth from our bungalow to the lodge for our meals, etc. However, after the first day, we were thrilled that we were in the bungalows. We had AC where the rooms in the lodge do not. Though it was a walk, it was through the botanical gardens where we saw lots of birds and monkeys. If you have the option for the meal plan - maybe do breakfast and not lunch and dinner. The lunch and dinner got very old having the buffet. Same one salad dressing and same salads with every meal and the meals were 'so-so". We did, however, opt to eat in the restaurant one night. The prices were about the same the the meal and atmosphere were much better. So go for the restaurant if given the choice. We will definitely return here. The staff was very nice.

Room Tip: Stay in the bungalows if you can - nicer rooms with AC.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

My wife and two children stayed here in February 2014 and were extremely happy with the rooms and facility. There is lots of wildlife right on the facility grounds and they have great day and night tours with very well trained guides. The two restaurants allow for either buffet or Ala carte dinning and was of good quality. Our only disappointment was that we were only able to stay one night due to room availability! Place is about 45 minutes drive to the La Paz Waterfall if you want an additional place to go. the only down side was that there is truck road noise if you are up near the entrance.

Room Tip: Rooms down by the river and away from the road are much quieter and are more embedded into the fores...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

The lodge comprises groups of timber constructed rooms built above ground (probably because of the rainfall in the wet season) situated within the forest. There are self-guided forest walks as well as a very good viewing platform. If you are a keen birdwatcher (or even a casual one like us) you will enjoy sitting and viewing / photographing a wide range of birds - various Tanagers, Fly-catchers and, of course, the Toucans.

All the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. There is a very small pool, but you will be too busy watching the wildlife to ever find time to use it!

We did a night walk while we were there. Ours was from the nearby Tirimbina Lodge which was ok, but the organisation was not good and the receptionist at Tirimbina could not have been less friendly. So try to get your travel agent to organise any walks directly with Selva Verde.

Restaurant is self service and good value. The Lodge also has an Italian restaurant which we tried and found to be very good.

All the rooms are quite a walk from reception and some are a few minutes walk from the restaurant. But all areas are covered, should it be raining. Overall en excellent place for wildlife and birdwatching.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Minnesota City, Minnesota
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Reviewed February 20, 2014

We spent 3 lovely nights at the Selva Verde lodge and it was jam packed with things to do. We went on a night hike with Ivan and it was great and very informative. We also had a nature walk and went on a boat tour and finished with a canopy tour zip lining. All were arranged by the hotel and were very very good!!!! Transportation to and from the tours were on time and safe. The only downer of the whole place were the BUFFET dinners they were NOT very appealing with weak fried fish and a stroganoff type dish. We ate down stairs at the al la carte restaurant and it was good but had a limited menu. The breakfasts were good and we did not have lunch.

Room Tip: we had a problem with our toilet and told them about it but they never fixed it. I would NOT buy th...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Selva Verde Lodge
Address: | 9 Kms from Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, 553069, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Sarapiqui
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Selva Verde Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Selva Verde is more than a lodge and more than a rainforest reserve. It is your gateway into a magical world of towering Almendro trees, Mantled Howler Monkeys, and Keel Billed Toucans. Immerse yourself in tropical nature as you hike through deep green forest or reflect quietly in a comfortable hammock. Discover something new as you encounter Selva Verde's amazing wildlife and vibrant people. Rekindle your sense of wonder and experience the out-of-the-ordinary. Experience Selva Verde! Located just 2 hours from San Jose, Selva Verde provides easy access to the wonders of the rainforest. For over 30 years, we have been a haven for nature enthusiasts from around the world. Our abundant biodiversity, comfortable rainforest lodge, and exciting activities are ideal for adventure seekers, bird and wildlife watchers, students, and families. Come explore Selva Verde's 500 acres of vibrant tropical nature in the heart of Costa Rica's Sarapiqui Canton. ... more   less 
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