Ok, to start with something positive, The Laguna Lodge has very hard working and friendly tour guides and staff, but they are seriously overworked and underpaid.
The owner must make a killing off of this tourist trap, but where all the money goes- i don't know. certainly not back into the shacks that they call rooms. the walls are paper thin, and there was a HUGE cockroach on the ceiling greeting me the first night I was there. Of the 5 different places i stayed in Costa Rica, the Laguna Lodge was the worst deal. The "double" bed was two old, flat tiny mattresses(?) next to each other and I had to use my blanket as a sheet to cover it. The first night we were there, some nice ladies who stayed in the far away rooms were robbed in the middle of the night while they were asleep! The burglars simply cut open their window screen and reached in to grab their belongings. We learned that this was not the first time that this has happened yet the owners/managment did nothing to alert the people to be careful of their valuables. The rooms were so cheap that you could break in through the lousy doors or the windows. I did not feel safe at all, and I blame this on the greediness of Laguna Lodge to give us tourists the cheapest deal while pocketing the most profit for themselves.
I became curious about a lodge that efficiently turned over bus loads of tourists every day. The other places we stayed in Costa Rica had half or much less half the number of rooms of Laguna Lodge. It was a quantity verses quality kind of place. A place designed to have tourist dollars spent there and not at the neighboring village. maybe i just respect costa rica so much as this beautiful place and to see people make so much money off of ripping off tourists and then not giving that money back to their workers or their community- i think it's just NOT a good way to do business!
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