This place was mixed bag for me. I stayed for two nights with my adult daughter and found this to be a very comfortable eco friendly lodge with friendly staff and good food. It is very remote, no electricity, phone service or internet available (lights & hot water powered by solar panels). I had tried for two days to contact the hotel prior to our arrival and was unable to reach anyone. We drove from Pavona (where we had to deal with a flat tire when we got off the boat from Tortuguero) and were late getting to the hotel which is about 1 1/2 hrs away from Cahuita where our GPS said the Lodge was (the website does provide directions that we used at that point and instructs to download a map but no link is provided). We backtracked and it was getting close to dark when we finally got on very rough unpaved roads and made our way to the lodge with little signage. Driving through rivers & streams on narrow roads in a jungle at night was a little more adventure than I'd bargained for. I had contacted Booking.com & they were also unable to get in touch with the lodge and offered to place us at another property before we left Cahuita. As we had no cell phone service after driving for an hour and were continuing to see small signs to the lodge so we continued and arrived at the lodge in time for dinner.
The room was very clean, comfortable and private and at night was cool enough but was quite warm other times. We slept under mosquito nets which was a first for me and not unpleasant at all. We found we did have hot water for showering the second night when we discovered that the hot/cold faucets were reversed. The meals are served at specific times and were quite good but there are no options, although they did cater to dietary restrictions (one of the other guests was vegetarian). The staff were very friendly and Alan, the lodge manager the week we were there is a knowledgeable guide and did his best to make everyone happy and comfortable. We took a nature hike & short zip-line tour which was enjoyable. There are lots of beautiful birds and amazing flora and we did hear howler monkeys occasionally but less wildlife than we saw in either Arenal or Tortuguero.
I was not pleased when we tried to check out and was told they could not accept credit cards as my booking confirmation clearly stated that they accept Visa & Mastercard.
This is a great eco friendly place to come to be completely 'off the grid' but I would have preferred to have not been so isolated. I had thought we would drive to the beach at Cahuita our last afternoon there but did not have the 3+ hours to do this and be back before dark.
As another reviewer noted, this is primarily an upscale camping site that is a little pricey.
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- Also Known As:
- Selva Bananito Hotel Cahuita
- Selva Bananito Lodge Costa Rica/Cahuita