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La Casona Lodge
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Once You're There, You're There”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012

When doing research for places to stay around Monteverde, I came across the Biological Nature Reserve, so I booked a night for my mother, brother, and I. Looking for something different from the typical "gringo" lodging experience, and also being interested in nature, it was at our expectation to take a guided tour through the trails. Unfortunately our schedule didn't allow that as we opted to schedule a canopy tour for 10am the following morning instead.

Diversions aside, we were happy with the accommodations at the Reserve. For avian researchers and bird-watchers both, it is a world-renowned institute for the species available within. That was apparent by the seriousness of folks we talked to, who were prepared with expensive camera equipment and inclement weather gear, and apparently plan their trip largely around the Reserve.

We stayed in a room with three bunk beds. As with much of Costa Rica, the room featured quality construction and use of fine hardwood that would be cost-prohibitive in many North-American properties. The beds were comfortable and had comfortable mattresses and linens. The rooms featured a huge locker for each bunk. The bathroom was clean but unfortunately there was no water for showers in the morning. One shower was running when I got in and the other two I tried didn't even provide a drip, so we had to skip showers.

Included with the cost of lodging was entrance to the reserve, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We arrived in time for dinner with the expectation of taking breakfast and lunch before departing for the central Pacific coast the following afternoon, but we skipped lunch in favor of the canopy tour. Dinner was at a nearby Italian restaurant, and was quite a pleasant surprise! The food was very good and the included meal offered an appetizer, main, non-alcoholic drink, and dessert. The food was delicious and the dessert selection was impressive (we only had room to order one to split between the three of us). After the evening guided walk and dinner, there were no activities going on at the lodge; it was in fact quite quiet, except for the wind noise outside, so we all read our books. There was a small common area adjacent to the closed dining area, but no one seemed to use it.

I was awoken to the sound of voices outside my window around 6am. When I peered out to see who was there, I noticed a group of people holding large telephoto lenses pointed to the trees above, just in front of the entry booth to the park. By the time I could crawl out of my bunk, throw on some clothes, and get down there I was told that a pair of Quetzals had just been there and left.

Breakfast was very good Costa Rican fare, and I'd say was the best desayunos tipicos we'd had in eight days of traveling. The bread tasted homemade, and the jam, a fruit marmalade, was also unique and tasty. The gallo pinto was also quite good. It felt like we were eating in someone's home more than in a restaurant. Before leaving we had a chance to take a 1-hour self-guided walk through the trails to the waterfall and back. Even in that short time we saw some interesting old trees and heard other guides describing natural points of interest. We could have spend at least two days learning about the local ecosystems; perhaps some other time.

Overall we were happy with the lodging package the Reserve offers, and Paula the office manager was extremely accommodating and nice. Finally (this is not why most people come to the Biological Reserve), the gift shop had some of the more interesting items we found while in Costa Rica (natural guide books, etc.), and we happily selected a few souvenirs before leaving. There's a highly-recommended hummingbird Gallery several feet before the Reserve entrance on the left, but we didn't allocate time for it.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Carlos H, Manager at La Casona Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you very much friends,for your nice comments.We feel glad you enjoyed our lodge,the trails and the food included with the rate, we really try in giving value to our costumers,and every day we want people to know our services and that we are the only lodge with a beautiful reserve as a garden. Hope to see you soon back with us.
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Portland, Oregon
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106 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

My daughter and I stayed in a private room that had everything we needed (and we were happy the heat kicked in.) It was exciting to hear the forest around us at night and in the early morning and a surprise to see the lines of visitors when we emerged in the morning. Our room was quiet. The food was good (you are on a meal plan--we didn't use all our food opportunities but there is no way to seperate this out. ) It would have been nice to understand how this worked a little more but we arrived after 4 when information--at least in English--was sketchy. When we finally met Paula all was made clear. (We were sent down the road for dinner--transport provided. This was fine--an excellent dinner and elegant service--but we didn't know to expect this.) Everyone was very nice and it felt good to be supporting this facility. We had a great time watching hummingbirds here. Note--you really can't photograph them very well with a little camera but try the video setting--much better. We also ran across scientists researching bats and took advantage of this chance to "see" bats. While you can tell they are there--and it is cool--you really don't see them. But how exciting to be part of all this.

Room Tip: There are just a few rooms. Surprisingly we were the only guests for 2 out of our 3 nights.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Carlos H, Manager at La Casona Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you very much for your comments,I am glad you finally got good communication with paula,also that you enjoyed the food part of the package of staying at La Casona, it is really good. Good avice for the hummingbirds. We hope you can come back and visit us.
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

La Casona is located inside Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve, which is an amazing place. My husband and I stayed in a private room, is a basic lodging but comfortable and affordable, worth to feel in the midst of nature, at nights you only hear the nature sounds…. So relaxing besides to be a great experience! . Definitively, is not a place for luxury lovers is for real nature lovers. Rates includes entrance to the reserve and 3 meals. We suggest you to take the night tour

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Carlos H, Manager at La Casona Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you for the time in writing this nice comments , we at the Reserve feel glad that you enjoyed our services, visit us again when possible.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

I stayed at la Casona, this is the lodging right at the entrance of Monteverde CLoud Forest Biological Reserve, they own this Albergue too, rates are excellent and they include 3 meals and entrance to the reserve, but the best is yet to come, once all tourists leave, around 4:00 p.m, and specially when it gets dark, you have that wonderful cloud forest just for you...amazing sensation!!!! Is the only lodging in all Monteverde where you actually sleep almost inside de forest. The rooms are basic, but you don´t need more, you can share a room with shared bathroom (hostel like) or you can choose a private room, whith private bathroom, with hot water. This is really UNIQUE, the best experience in monteverde, if you are visiting the area, don´t miss this reserve and stay the the CASONA.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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1 Thank jose b
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Carlos H, Manager at La Casona Lodge, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you for your comments, we really do an effort to offer good services and we feel glad that you enjoyed being so close to the forest, this is very unique for La Casona, no other lodge offers staying almost inside this beautiful and important cloud forest. Hope you can come back and visit us again soon.
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

While my friend and I could have chosen any hotel in the area, we decided for a more unconventional option and stayed at the Monteverde Reserve. The Reserve has its own lodging giving you free access to the park at any time. For $64 a person, we had our own room and all of our meals were included. We were expecting just buffet style food, but we actually had some of the best meals while at the park.

Everyone was extremely friendly and we were greeted immediately upon arrival by one of the park guides. Also, all of the proceeds go directly toward the park.

The room is very basic (more like a camp), but that is all you need for Monteverde.

For more information, click here: http://www.cct.or.cr/english/reserva_monteverde/tarifas.php

Note: You pay in cash or debit card upon arrival and you simply reserve by e-mail.

Prices includes: 3 meals, entrance to the park, which is normally $8-10
$53 bed + shared bathroom
$64 bed + private bathroom

HINT: Take the night tour at the park - well worth it and we saw some cool animals )nectar bats, snakes, tarantula, etc). It's $17 and lasts about 3 hours!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Carlos H, Gerente at La Casona Lodge, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you very much for your nice comments, we feel glad that you found the value of this lodge, with the rate all the meals are included and they are very good, also entrrance to the famous Cloud Forest as many times you wish to go in. It is defenetely a very good option if you want to be close to nature.
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Property: La Casona Lodge
Address: Carretera a Reserva de Monteverde, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve 60109, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At "La Casona" there are 6 spacious private rooms available, all of them are equipped with private bathroom, hot water and closet. These options are perfect for families, small groups or couples who prefer privacy. Check our room rates, all include 3 delicious meals, entrance to the reserve and taxes.These options are perfect for families or couples who prefer privacy. Check our rates with room rate, 3 delicious meals and entrance to the reserve included ... more   less 
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