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“Don't be stranded away from the action, stay here” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Casa Marbella
Ranked #2 of 8 Tortuguero B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Boulder, Colorado
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87 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Don't be stranded away from the action, stay here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

This is a good, basic hotel in Tortuguero. The rooms have comfortable beds and sparse furniture. It is very wet in Tortuguero, so the hotel has thoughtfully provided drying racks in the rooms. There is no shampoo but there is a bar of soap. Breakfast was plentiful, one morning they served fruit and pancakes and the other they served fruit and scrambled eggs with bread. We could walk to anywhere in Tortuguero in about 10 minutes from the hotel. When you get the boat to Tortuguero, the hotel is to the left of the port, next to the police station. It's hard to spot at night, so ask someone. People are really friendly and helpful.

The hotel is situated right on the river and we took advantage of the rainforest tour early one morning. We were in an open boat and it poured rain on us, but the tour came with sturdy rain ponchos and we didn't get wet. After that we saw iguanas, parrots, egrets, a caiman and herons. The highlight was seeing capuchin monkeys. They crossed the river right over our heads, launching from one tree to another, almost close enough to touch. It was a great moment.

But the reason you're in Tortuguero is the turtles, right? We were there too late for nesting season, but that meant we were there for the hatch season. We walked out on the beach at the recommended 4 in the afternoon and saw a few babies making their way to the sea! We were really pleased that we could see them. Then we had dinner at the Wild Ginger. On the way back we found at least 100 baby turtles attracted to the street light by the beach. We worked together to get them to the beach (someone had to stand in the water with a headlamp or they'd head right back to the street light). They all made it into the water and my boys felt like heroes! If you want to help the babies, go to the park with the animal statues and turn toward the beach at the parrot (or the big bottle). Go across to the street light. There should be turtles there every night until hatching season is over. I wish we could go ourselves!

Room Tip: We had 2 rooms on the ground floor and they were easy access.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We stayed a couple of night here.
The first room located on the ground were ok and the second one on the second floor was good. The both were superior.
The rooms are clean and the persons who run the place are cary.
The breakfeast is good and the view on the chanel is good.

Room Tip: Ask fot the superior room located upstairs if you can
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Haifa, Israel
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place is exactly what we were looking for when we came to Tortuguero.
Most hotels in the area are very expensive and located outside the village (which you can only get to by boat). Casa Marbella was not expensive and had nice and clean rooms. Also it is in the village - where everithing is within walking distance, and Casa Marbella is right in the middle.
We took the superior room with river view in the second floor. price included breakfast (65$ in low season).
Daryl the owner took us on a boat tour that was an unforgettable experience thanks to his excellent guidance.

Room Tip: The superior room with river view is worth the extra 10$
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  • Stayed September 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
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

Casa Marbella is nice if you don't want to spend your entire budget in Tortuguero. Rooms are clean and spacious enough, though a bit humid and noisy if you choose to stay on streetside. For us no problem, because we like to wake up early (5:30). The shower is a little low when your tall, but for a few nights no problem. Breakfast is nice and the bakery next door & supermakt across the street are really good for supplements. Plenty of restaurants around for lunch&diner. November is just off season for spotting turtles laying eggs, but during the day you can watch the baby's running to the sea by yourself, it's only a 2 minute walk and so cute! We had a great time!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Atlanta, Georgia
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166 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

I chose this B&B based on the reviews and the price. Most lodges in this area are all inclusive and quite expensive. We paid $65 per night for the Superior rooms - facing the river and $55 for an upstairs room with partial river view. Breakfast was included.

Darryl set us up with two tours while there - a morning canal boat cruise with Roberto where we saw sloths, all three kinds of monkeys, toucans, baby Caimans and lots and lots of birds. It was fantastic. Then we did the turtle tour with Gina that night. We saw a turtle laying her eggs and covering them up and then saw another turtle heading back to and going into the ocean. Both tours were $20 each.

There are only a couple of restaurants in the village but both were quite nice - Cafe Buddha for lunch and Wild Ginger for dinner.

This is a great value and I would recommend you stay here if you are on a budget in Tortuguero.

Room Tip: The superior rooms are well worth the extra $10.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Paris, France
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32 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

We stayed at Casa Marbella 2 nights in March 2012 and we loved it! First, the hotel is very conveniently located, in the middle of the village of Tortuguero: 2-min walk to the pier, 5-min walk to the beach and to the park. A bakery and a grocery store are also very close. The hotel has a very nice deck on the river, perfect to enjoy the breakfast or just read a book. The room we stayed in was large, super clean, and the bed was comfortable. The breakfast is very good. The staff is very helpful and can give you some advice about the restaurants in the area for instance. They can also give you boots to go walking in the park. We also booked a boat tour with the hotel and it was very interesting, the guide speaks english perfectly. In a nutshell, 2 perfect days in Tortuguero (in spite of the rain!)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington state
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

The folks who have posted such positive comments about Casa Marbella know what they're talking about. We stayed in the family room - two adults, two late teens - and had a terrific time. Daryl is tops. He went above and beyond in corresponding to make sure we had all the information we needed to get to Toruguero - which can be a little tricky - and to enjoy our stay. This was a late August trip. We did a night turtle tour (Do it!), a boat tour of the reserve (Do it!), our own "on foot" excursion of the reserve, meandered all over the town, took out one of the B&B's canoes... All sorts of monkeys, a sloth, birds and more birds... The view from the back deck is amazing.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank karoak
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Property: Casa Marbella
Address: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Tortuguero
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Casa Marbella Hotel Tortuguero
Casa Marbella Costa Rica/Tortuguero

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