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Laguna Lodge Tortuguero
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Reviewed March 28, 2006

The location is wonderful, on the edge of Tortuguero National Park. The lodges are clean with private baths. There is no AC, telephone or TV. The beds are madeup with paper-thin sheets and the only blanket is much to heavy for normal use. Take your own pillow if you want a good night's sleep. The bathrooms are newly tiled, but hot water not always available. Check the shower handles, as hot and cold reversed in some units. It was noted that the bath water is disposed of on the ground under the lodge. Sewage disposal, who knows?? There was a large termite tunnel up the side of our unit, so in a few years there may not be a lodge to stay in. The food was okay, but not special. The boat trips were very good, run by knowledgeable guides. There is a beautiful, clean swimming pool, well kept grounds and nice butterfly garden.

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Reviewed February 4, 2006

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!

you may contact me with any questions.

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Reviewed January 22, 2006

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Reviewed October 9, 2005

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Reviewed September 14, 2005

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Reviewed August 22, 2005

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Reviewed August 2, 2005

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Address: | between the Caribbean Sea and Tortuguero Lagoon, Tortuguero 2015, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Tortuguero
Price Range: $283 - $589 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Laguna Lodge Tortuguero 3*
Number of rooms: 52
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