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“One of the best Experiences in a Hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Tortuguero
Certificate of Excellence
Orlando, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of the best Experiences in a Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2012

We spend 4 days at the hotel, and it was simply one of the best stays in any place, anywhere. The service was friendly, the food was excellent. I will really recommend the place to anybody who needs to rest and have a great time.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We celebrated part of our honeymoon at Tortuga Lodge. From the start (the boat ride at Cano Blanco) to the last handshake from staff as we left and the hug from our wonderful guide, we couldn't recommend this resort more. The staff were extraordinarily attentive and appeared to really enjoy working there which makes a huge difference to us...it's nice to see smiles on people's faces and living examples of pura vida! Watching the giant sea turtles was an extraordinary once in a lifetime experience, but so was the boat tour around the sanctuary, hanging out in the pool overlooking the river in the afternoons, sitting al fresco for each meal that was wonderfully prepared, and resting in our gorgeous river view room (really recommend the river view). We still long for the beet gazpacho, citrus salad, and fresh breaded fish we had that first lunch.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ventura County, CA, USA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2012

We were there for two nights in August 2012--two adults who had never been to Costa Rica before. The hotel's canal tour with a well informed naturalist gave us the best photos of our entire trip, the night on the beach watching giant sea turtles lay their eggs was just magical, and everyone at the hotel seemed to be in a self-imposed contest to provide the most outstanding hospitality ever. Food was great. Service was personal and thoughtful. The room was lovely and comfortable. We visited three locations in Costa Rica and are eager to return to the country to see more, but Tortuga Lodge is the one hotel we will return to.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

We spend 3 nights in this lodge (end of august 2012) with our family (parents with 2 children).
We had 2 adjacent upstairs rooms near the pool. We enjoyed the location (really peaceful views on the river and the beautiful rain forest). The lodge is managed very well, the staff made us feel at home (thanks to Eduardo, Carmen and our guide Angelo). The atmosphere of the logde is a mixture of informal relaxed luxury in a close contact with nature. We saw a lot of wildlife around the lodge and on the trips. The food was very good. The rooms were very clean.
We were very happy that we stayed for 3 nights, so that we could do several interesting tours and had plenty of time to relax near the pool or on the front porch sitting area... Perfect organisation of the transportationf from an to San Jose.

Room Tip: I recommend upstairs rooms for the views and the breeze.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank Caroline W
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Oakland, California
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2012

The service is excellent here and everything is very clean. The staff greets you when you arrive and when you leave. We enjoyed the meals. They do a competent job and everything is very fresh tasting. The coffee is excellent and plentiful. The rooms are spacious with netting over the windows to let in the breeze.
We enjoyed a dip in the pool the first night.
They also provide a free shuttle to town 4 times a day along with a paid service for other times.

Our phone did not work at the lodge but did work in town.

Room Tip: Get a corner room on the end if you can for privacy.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Tortuga Lodge for two nights on Aug 29 and 30th.The lodge is situated on the Tortuguero Lagoon with fabulous surroundings of trees and wildlife. The rooms were very clean and comfortable . The dinning room has a nice rustic vibe that is situated right on the bank of the lagoon for a wonderful setting.The food was simple , and very delicious.Perhaps , the greatest assest of this lodge is the wonderful people who work there. The manager , Eduardo was always available to answer any questions and assist in anyway possible . As a matter of fact , we had some problems with my transfer times ( I booked our own ) , and Eduardo worked to fix everything .His receptionist, Carmen was so gracious and friendly . Even the gardner , Fernando always had a smile on his face and would invite us to see some of the wildlife he spotted while doing his work . The lodge is immaculate and the people special , we could not imagine having a more wonderful experience . When we said our goodbyes it seemed liked we were leaving family!!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

We spent 2 nights/3 days at Tortuga Lodge in August 2012, 2 couples in 2 upstairs rooms. This was our third stay here (first was in 2000) but the first time for the friends we were travelling with. This time we chose to fly in and out to maximize our time at the Lodge. This is such a special place, the staff are so thoughtful and the location is hard to beat. Special thanks to Julian for his consideration (and being able to produce a fully iced birthday cake at short notice!) to Harry for his wonderful customer service, and to guide Norton, for spotting all that amazing wildlife.

We love the beautiful rooms with open netted windows, abundance of wood, and gorgeous porches and hammocks. The food was fabulous and our friend's vegetarian needs were well catered for. The highlight of the trip was the Turtle picnic dinner - a high speed boat ride at twilight, a feast lit by flaming torches, followed by an amazing guided walk in the dark on the National park beach, where we saw 8 nesting turtles at various stages of the egg laying process.

Add to this the lovely infinity pool, fab cocktails, and teeming wildlife - I hope our 4th visit isn't too far away!

Room Tip: Get an upstairs room if you can - the breezes and views are worth it.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Tortuga Lodge & Gardens
Address: Across from the airstrip | 1 mile north of the Town of Tortuguero, Tortuguero 6941, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tortuga Lodge & Gardens 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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 
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