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Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
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Cockeysville, MD
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“Awesome Honeymoon!”
Reviewed July 16, 2008

DATE: 7/16/08
REVIEWER: Honeymooners from Seaford, DE

My wife and I spent our entire honeymoon at Casa Corcovado Jungle lodge and absolutely loved it. The accomodations are impressive and the service is top notch. Casa is beautifully landscaped and the spanish style architecture fits well with the jungle environment. Everyone at Casa is friendly and willing to listen to any of your concerns. For example, Louis, the manager, allowed my wife and I to deviate from the itinerary. Instead of going kayaking to San Josecito, we went on another hike into the national park. Also, since we were there for 7 days, we had extra days on our own. One day, we paid extra to go to Sirenna by boat with our awesome guide Danny. It was well worth the expense. I will elaborate when I talk about the abundance of wildlife.
The service at Casa is first rate and they go above and beyond expectations. There is plenty of food. In fact, too much despite that there are no snacks in between unless you want to pay. But it's cheap. Chicken sandwich is only 2 dollars ( and its great).
The wildlife at Corcovado NP is unbelievable. We saw all 4 species of monkey, tapir, paca, coati, agouti, macaw, toucan, bats, white lipped peccary, fer de lance, coral snake, crocodile and more. If you want to see wildlife and myriad birds this is the place to visit. We went in the rainy season and there were very few people in the park and at Casa. One night there were 4 people total at Casa including my wife and I.

One thing people dislike is that they insist you have to wear rubber boots, but you don't. Just tell them you don't want to wear them and that's all it takes. This is what we did, but found out that the boots are more comfortable than sandals after a while. Sand from the beach will grind your feet and cause blisters in your sandals. The trails are muddy too and there can be poisonous snakes sometimes. All in all, Casa is worth the money. This place is fully sustainable and environmentally consientious.

  • Liked — Wildlife and it was close to the national park
  • Disliked — Dinner was served too late 8pm
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2008

We arrived for our final destination of our honeymoon, and were greeted by Evan, the intern guide. He was not very pleasant, and seem bothered by our arrival, as well as another couple from South Africa. We were hurried along to the boat, and questions about the area were deferred by him saying, he didn't want to shoot his bullets yet? Isn't that what a guide is supposed to do, inform the tourists?

However, he began to warm up on the hour and a half boat ride to the lodge. Once at the lodge, we were greeted with cocktails and informed of the activities for the days we were there. Very informative, and then we were served lunch. Good food all around besides breakfast, which was just average at best. Dinners were great.

The wildlife was very good, the cabanas were nice, clean, roomy and had hot showers. The cleaning staff did a great job each day.

My only real complaint about the lodge was the fact that we HAD to sit with others at dinner. Even after requesting on our last night to sit alone, we were rudely refused, and told we should have asked earlier. All other couples had there own tables except us, the only couple on a honeymoon.

The bartenders were great, but the other staff seemed bothered by the quests. It was a disappointing way to end the honeymoon in Costa Rica. Not to mention the kids! Of course the out of control loud kids were from the US, and the fact you had to eat in the same location with them really deters from a romantic getaway that we were hoping for.

We will not return to this Lodge. For the amount of money it cost us, the experience was not good. Not a good value!

The people ruined what could have been a great place, however; the employee's seemed bothered by the guests, and that took away a lot from the experience!

Hopefully, they will realize this. It is owned by an American, and you would think that he would have better staff, but again, the people ruin this place.

  • Liked — It's location to the National Park
  • Disliked — Most of the staff (about four helpful people in total)
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, February 8, 2015
I am sorry that this couple on their honeymoon didn't have a great experience at our lodge. Clients now sit according to ther bungalow, unless they ask to be seated with other guests. I feel bad that we didn't identify their need and give them as special of a honeymoon as they deserved. Febuary 2015. Steven Lill owner/founder
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Reviewed April 17, 2008

My partner and I just returned from four nights at Casa Corcovado. If you like nature in an easily digestible format, then Manuel Antonio National Park is your happy meal. Corcovado National Park was the full feast; lush, dense, unique and best savored for its wondrous diversity.

Example: In a visit to Manuel Antonio last year we witnessed a tourist in the park shamelessly enticing a Capuchin monkey with candy to create the good photo op. In Osa, the Capuchins went about their feeding high in the trees uninfluenced by the humans below, making them harder to photograph - but for the better.

Casa Corcovado served as a very convenient starting point for exploring Corcovado National Park, positioned as it is just outside the park's boundaries. It was quite a luxurious resort, particularly given its remote location. The staff was great, particularly our main man Jaime, (Mr. Jimmy) and guide, Cynthia.

Highlights, not necessarily in order: (1) The cabin rooms were well-appointed, very clean and our bed was firm. As you would expect, there were many thoughtful amenities such as bath robes, flashlights, walking sticks, etc. but one of our fans was noisy. (2) The grounds were landscaped with great care and detail and a wide variety of interesting indigenous plants were identified. Inspiration Point and the Sunset Bar are not to be missed for the view and bird-watching opportunities. The beach is lovely too. (3) The Costa-Rican inspired food was well-prepared and plentiful. Fish dishes were particularly good. The lunches prepared by our guide Cynthia were very special, generous with fruits, cold cuts and drinks. (4) The trip to Casa Corcovado was great fun -- the small prop plane to the Palmar Sur airport shack, (a nice change from Dulles), cruising through the mangroves on the Sierpe River and out into the ocean before landing on the beach to the welcome of several Scarlet Macaws. (But remember to bring water shoes.)
(5) The hikes to San Pedrillo and Sirena. We added the optional tour to Sirena, which was well worth the cost. We enjoyed both hikes, encountering all four species of monkey, exotic insects such as tiger crickets, a large bird-eating snake and biggest basilisk that we've ever seen, many new birds from the ground to the canopy to add to our life lists and exotic flora. More importantly, it was an immense privilege to experience the last stand of primary rainforest in Pacific Central America. Our hiking was enhanced by having the guide to ourselves the first day and sharing her with only another couple the second day.

Low points: Casa Corcovado imposed more formality than is our preference from the tight meal schedule, the four course dinners, tablecloths (in the jungle?), the little uniforms, etc. The architectural design of the dining room was a bit grandiose in our opinion and at odds with the location.

A word of caution. Do not leave any of your stuff at trail heads or beach landings. Someone stole a good pair of my sandals after I was assured that it was safe to leave them.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Formality of style
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
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Arlington, Va
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Reviewed April 10, 2008

A friend and I stayed at Casa Corcovado in late March for four nights. I find it difficult to rate because I can see how some would really like it and others might not be that impressed. The highlights: (1) the trip from San Jose to the hotel is a lot of fun, from the 12 seat plane where you sit right behind the pilots and can watch all the instruments and gauges (I assumed that "right fuel low" light that would blink on every so often was not a problem, since the pilots didn't seem concerned!), to the boat ride down the Sierpe River, through the mangrove forest, and out into the ocean, to the beach arrival; (2) the property is really very attractive and the bungalows are quite nice (but no a/c, so expect it to be a bit warm, particularly during the day...also, they are really an eco-lodge, so you'll find fairly low wattage in the lights, and they ask you not to use hair dryers, so leave those home); (3) the staff, particularly the waiters, were great. I had to chuckle at one of the reviewers who complained about the staff because it was hard to find a drink at the bar during the day...at least when we were there, the two same waiters were on duty every meal, plus happy hour, plus in between meals, so I'd say give them a break (and a nice tip before you leave). If there is any complaint here, it should be with the management/owners for not hiring additional staff. The "low" lights (besides the wattage I mentioned): (1) there is a "cruise" feel to the dinners at 7 PM every night, and you go on one tour (ours was the park hike) the first day and a second tour (the Cano Island snorkeling trip) the second - I guess you could say you didn't want to go, but both tours are included in the package and I got the impression that they preferred you stick with the program. One couple with three grandkids who arrived the same day as us did arrange a fishing trip the second day for part of their party, so it's not impossible to make changes. I realize this might not be a problem for some people who like to have things planned out...again, that's a problem I have with rating the Lodge; (2) the food varied from what I'd expect at a business banquet dinner to pretty good (but if you're looking at the Fodor Guide, don't expect the gourmet meals they promise). The guides were fine, perhaps not the most proficient in English (and everyone we met while we were there were from English-speaking countries), but they were locals so I could only hope they were being paid a decent salary, since other opportunites in that part of the country are certainly limited (by the way, if you want to tip your guidea, we were told you should give to them directly, along with the wait staff, and that any donations given to the office would be passed to the other staff members). One of our guides said he worked 24 days and was off for 6, so that's pretty hard for young people in such a remote location. My biggest problem was not with the Lodge but with the Osa Peninsula. Everything I had read raved about the abundance of wildlife, but we saw a lot more (quantity and variety) on our first trip to Costa Rica when we went to Manuel Antonio Park and on a water cruise on a river and lake near the Nicaraguan border. Perhaps visiting in March versus our first trip in January had something to do with that. But if I go back, I'll drive to Manuel Antonio like I did the first time.

Stayed March 2008
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed February 14, 2008

The American-owned Casa Corcovado experience starts out a little bit like Fantasy Island. We came in on a Sansa flight from San Jose and were greeted at the Palmar Sur "airport" by Luis, the current Casa Corcovado manager. Luis was very friendly and courteous. We waited for a second flight to come in and then 10 of us got on a bus for a 20-minute ride to Casa Corcovado's office and boat launch on the Sierpe river, escorted by Luis.

Luis gave us some nice commentary on the bus about the palm oil plantations and other sights along the way. We were provided with fruit drinks and changing areas at the boat launch site. They put our luggage in heavy plastic bags, stowed them in the boat and after 20 minutes we were off. The ride down the Sierpe is quite nice. They take you into a couple of the mangroves where you're likely to see Caiman and crabs. We also saw a group of squirrel monkeys on the river.

It's about an hour and a half down the river, then another half hour on the ocean - bumpy ride on the ocean! From there it's a water landing, a ride behind a tractor up the steep incline to the lodge, a brief tour of the common buildings, then lunch at the outdoor bar, then more instructions from Luis, then we were escorted to our rooms.

The lodge and grounds are beautiful. It seems so isolated and cool when you get there, it does feel a bit like Fantasy Island. We found ourselves wishing we'd considered spending more time there, a feeling that didn't last.

We left Palmar Sur around 10AM and did not get to our rooms until after 3PM. Lunch was very late and only 4 hours before dinner. However it was the best meal we had there!

We chose the Osa Peninsula for part of our trip primarily for the chance to experience a more pristene and untouched jungle area, so we started off disappointed by how long it takes to get going the first day. Lots of waiting around on other people and on Luis.

The rooms/cabinas are actually pretty cool. Some of the negative reviews on this site make them sound lame. Wood furniture, tile floors. The beds are draped with mosquito netting more for ambiance than anything else as the mosquitoes are not bad there at all. Luis tells you the first day that you can remove them or have them removed if you feel they block the circulation. We didn't find that they did and found the room plenty cool with the ceiling fans going. The room was also decorated with fresh flowers and they provide eco-friendly soaps and shampoos. All of the cabinas have a hammock in the back and some have an enclosed porch. We spent very little time in the room, but found it more than adequate.

We threw our stuff in the room and then ventured out to one of the trails on the property before it got dark. Luis said the trail was an hour and a half. Only took us 45 mintues walking at a very slow pace because we were constatnly looking for wildlife.

After the hike, we went to the sunset bar, which is open 5-6pm each day. You walk down the torch-lit main drive to the sunset bar each night (if you choose, but there's not much else to do). The sunsets there are beautiful and the margaritas, rum punch, and Costa Rican hors d'ouvres were tasty. Great place to chat with the other guests.

From there it went downhill for us. The dinners as many folks have commented are not very good here although they are entirely edible. The whole experience ends up feeling a bit like a cruise ship as everything is on a schedule. Dinner is 7 sharp, even though you just had lunch at 3pm. You're stuck with the people you arrive with at least for the first couple of days - for good or for bad. They seat you together at the meals and you go on the tours together.

We found the service personnel (bartenders, waiters, etc) to be polite but inattentive and, honestly, not happy. It was hard to get beverages at the bar in the afternoon. Most of the time you had to track down a bartender. At dinner, the wine steward never came to our table without being flagged down the entire time we were there. There's only about 30-40 guests there, so this was perplexing. We had an early breakfast one day due to an early tour and the kitchen was not ready for us. The waiter asked us to "give them a break and just order eggs". We mentioned this to Luis and he seemed surprised and said it was on the schedule so they should have known.

We were VERY DISAPPOINTED with the tours. This is what we went there for. Our first day was the Cano Island tour. It's about an hour boat ride to Cano Island. They take you just off the island for snorkeling. The snorkeling is pretty poor - at least while we were there. The visbility is not very good, although there are plenty of fish, rays, turtles, and squids to see. 2 of the guests on our boat got seasick so our tour was cut short and we headed to the beach for THE REST OF THE DAY! It's a pretty beach but nothing to write home about. We checked out a trail on the island and did some snorkeling off the beach but were disappointed that the other boats were out in the better spots while we were stuck on the beach. Our guide was a young 23-year-old who spent most of his time hanging out with locals once we reached the beach. We expressed our displeasure that we were stuck on the beach all day and he said "i'm just a guide."

Our guide was not personable or enthusiastic and was clearly new to the position. That brings me to the next issue, you're stuck with the same guide the whole time you're there. I guess they do that so that you build repoire with one guide, but as in our case if you get a lousy guide it makes for a miserable experience. I don't expect to pay the kind of money Casa Corcovado charges and get a green guide.

We had the same guide the next day for a Sirena Station jungle tour and it was more of the same. We did see a lot of wildlife there he cut our tour short there and sat and chatted with locals at Sirena Station until it was time to head back to the boat.

We requested a night tour also from Luis the first day we got there. They have it advertised in the brochure in your room. Luis played it down and said we probably wouldn't see very much, but we'd heard about all these fantastic night tours in the Osa peninsula (lookup the bug lady) so we thought it would be cool. It wasn't. Stuck again with the same guide, we took a short walk around the lodge grounds. Saw a few small spiders and a skunk (that we spotted not the guide, the guide walked right past it and it was 10 feet away!). The spiders are easy to find on your own. Just hold your flashlight at eye level and look out in the grass or shrubs and you'll see lots of eyes. All spiders.

We heard the early morning bird tour is totally for the birds as well from other guests. You don't see much and they just take you around the grounds.

Other folks we met really enjoyed their guides, so they're not all bad. Definitely something to keep in mind.

We enjoyed the beauty and isolation of the location and the wildlife view, but it doesn't justify the price. They've got some work to do.

  • Liked — beauty, isolation, wildlife
  • Disliked — lousy tours and tour guide, poor food, regimented schedule
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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StevenLill, Owner at Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge, responded to this review, February 8, 2015
I recently felt that I had an obligation to respond to the reviews of the clients who were most dissatisfied with us at the lodge. After almost exactly seven years it is hard to remember who was involved but I can say it is very true that a guide can ''make or brake'' your trip. From the beginning we have always made the effort to have our own ''in-house'' guides so we can insure quality and train them to deliver the information that we feel is important for our guests. We are talking about information on tours, bungalows, meals etc. I apoloigize if the guide in this case was not up to the standards of Casa Corcovado. Steven Lill owner/founder
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Barcelona, Spain
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Reviewed December 1, 2007

The best sustainable hotel I have ever visited.

Professional and polivalent guides, they make your stay even better.

Bungalows are perfectly cleaned, decorated. Missing some light at night.

Full board service is complete, good quality, varied and tasty. A la carte breakfast: nice, good and fast.

All staff is excelent.

Do not miss the sunset bar

  • Liked — everything was perfect
  • Disliked — some light missing at night, eyes feel tired
  • Stayed November 2007
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 2, 2007

We stayed in Casa Corcovado last year on our honeymoon and it certainly was a highlight of our trip. The journey out on the boat was amazing - although at times - not for the faint hearted - as we battled the swells at the rivermouth and dodged the rocks at the beach at CC. We were there in June so it was very quiet - in fact there was one other couple there for our first two nights and for our second two nights we were the only couple there! What we may have lost a little in atmosphere we certainly gained in service!
It was my birthday during our stay and some friends from the UK had got in touch with them direct and arranged for a card which CC printed out for me and a bottle of Champagne for our dinner.
We had a rainy day our first day so spent the day reading in the dining/bar area - was wonderful to watch the birds and the butterflies come out as the rain stopped. We enjoyed the jungle walk with Al - he had a lot of theoretical knowledge but wasn't like some of the guides who I felt had been virtually bought up in the jjungle! The trip to the island was fantastic - saw dolphins and a flying fish on our journey out there. Not much shade on the island though so make sure you bring plenty of sunscreen.
The food was great - for our last two nights we were able to order pretty much what we wanted (chicken/beef/fish) with a variety of sauces. We had quite the most delicious fresh Pineapple juice I have ever had one lunchtime - a year later am still trying to replicate it!
The rooms are fine - not luxury but quite spacious and we loved all the shutters and the flowers on our bed on our first night (and in the bathroom - in fact on every available surface..)
The pool area was a little tired but it would be madness to go all that way and spend too long by the pool.

  • Liked — Amazing location, adventurous journey to get there!
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge
Address: Peninsula de Osa, Corcovado, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Corcovado National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Corcovado National Park
Hotel Class:4 star — Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set above a palm-fringed beach in tropical gardens, and surrounded by 170 acres of pristine rainforest, Casa Corcovado is the ultimate combination of luxurious comfort and adventure - a place where you can spot big cats on jungle trails, have an entire beach to yourselves, snorkel with manta rays, and relax with a gin and tonic by the pool. The tranquil hilltop setting means awe-inspiring views and the best of the both ocean and rainforest breezes. The lovely bungalows are spaced throughout the lush garden for maximum peace and privacy. Casa Corcovado offers the closest accommodation to Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica's extraordinary, world-renowned national park system. As the two protected areas lie side by side, guests are able to access the national park on foot via the hotel's private trails - just one of the many guided tours on offer. ... more   less 
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