My wife and I brought our three children (8, 10, and 12) to Tortuguero in July. Our three night stay at the Tortuga Lodge was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of our two week trip to Costa Rica. The hotel sits in a beautiful location on the banks of a river at the edge of the rainforest. Wildlife abounds right outside your door - monkeys, sloths, lizards, frogs and birds of all kinds. You are surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle.
The rooms were comfortable, very clean and, though modest in size, still plenty large enough to easily fit an additional cot, which management happily provided for us. You won't miss glass windows as the large screens allow the sounds and fragrance of the rainforest to drift in. We had no problems with bugs in our room and never felt the need for air conditioning.
The food and dining atmosphere were outstanding - the best of anywhere we traveled during our two weeks in Costa Rica. The waitstaff were very attentive, going out of their way to learn our names and to make sure we were satisfied at each meal. They happily offered alternative menus to our children when the menu for the evening meal catered more to grownup tastes.
Though everyone in Costa Rica seems to be well-versed in the flora and fauna of their country, the knowledge and experience of our guides was astounding. Most of the wildlife we saw on our tours would have easily gone unnoticed to the untrained eye. Thanks to the guides, we saw an abundance of wildlife in our few days in Tortuguero. Our favorite was the kayak tour, though we also enjoyed the incredible sight of turtles laying eggs on the beach at night.
Another memorable experience organized by the Lodge, was our trip to a local school, where our children got to visit a classroom and play a variety of games (charades, Uno and soccer) with children from a nearby village. This trip was part of the Lodge's effort to give back to the community by helping local children improve their English. It was arranged at no cost to us. We came away with the feeling that the Lodge's management seems to be genuinely committed to sustainable ecotourism, not as a marketing gimmick, but as a responsible way to do business.
It was hard to leave the Tortuga Lodge on the last day of our stay. The comfort and service were excellent and offered in a way that made us feel we were living comfortably within the natural surroundings, not sequestered from them. This has got to be a difficult balance to achieve, but they do it superbly. We would return to the Tortuga Lodge in a heartbeat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 11 River View Downstairs Terrace Rooms. 12 Upstairs River View Balcony Rooms. (A little more expensive, but worth it. See what reviewers have said by clicking on "room tips") 2 River View Downstairs Junior Suites, with connecting door. 1 River View Upstairs Penthouse Suite with 2 baths. 1 of the Downstairs Rooms is Wheelchair Accessible with 2 baths • Beds: 4 Downstairs Rooms and 5 Upstairs Rooms have 1 King Bed. 6 Downstairs Rooms and 3 Upstairs Rooms have 2 Double Beds. 1 Downstairs Room and 2 Upstairs Rooms have 1 Queen and 1 Double Bed. 1 Downstairs Room has 1 King and 1Double Bed. 2 Upstairs Rooms have 1 Queen and 1 Double Bed. The 2 Junior suites have 1 King and 1 Double Bed • All rooms have: In-room safe, hot water, ceiling fans, reading lamps, hair dryer, free wireless internet and large screened windows so you experience the sounds of the rain forest. • All rooms don't have: TV, AC, or mini-bar. • Service Style: Personalized, informal, caring. • Restaurant: Cuisine: What a Costa Rican Grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. Caribbean themed cocktails, and no we don't mean pina coladas, although we'll make you one of those too. •Atmosphere: Quiet, laid back and with an emphasis on the natural surroundings - most buildings are open air. • No background music. • Suggested activities at hotel: Palm and Orchid Gardens. Plan on 1 or 2 hours. Award winning Riverside Pool. Plan on at least 1 hour per morning or afternoon per day. Hammocks everywhere. Plan on losing track of time in one. 2 computers with internet for guest use at no charge. Spend as little time as possible. You're on vacation. • Tortuguero can only be accessed by boat or by domestic or charter plane. • Tortuga Lodge offers complete packages including round trip transportation, lodging, meals and excursions. • Suggested stay: 3-5 nights. • Owned and Operated by Costa Rica Expeditions. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, Priceline and Evoline ltd so you can book your Tortuga Lodge & Gardens reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Tortuga Lodge & Gardens Hotel Tortuguero
- Tortuga Lodge And Gardens
- Tortuga Hotel Tortuguero
- Tortuga Hotel Gardens
- Tortuga Lodge & Gardens Costa Rica/Tortuguero