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“Kayak Lodge - a delightful experience”
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Kayak Lodge
Ranked #1 of 15 Quepos B&B and Inns
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Chandler, Arizona
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“Kayak Lodge - a delightful experience”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

During our first trip to Costa Rica, with a family of four (with two
daughters: a twelve-year-old and nineteen-year-old), we found the Quepos area to be one of the best due to our stay at Kayak Lodge. We were initially met with a bit of confusion; for some reason Marlene (the hotel owner, along with her husband, Bernard) thought that we had reserved two rooms, when in fact we only had one. Expecting a big delay because of this, we were quite happily surprised when Marlene simply gave us the larger of the two rooms without hesitation! The room, known to be the “family room,” was marvelous! It had two bedrooms, each with a queen bed and TV, one large bathroom, a front room consisting of another twin bed and two big couches (also capable of being slept on), a dining area, and a decently-sized kitchen. It was more than an enough area for a family of four to live comfortably.
Right outside our room--which we referred to as a “house” because of its size—we had a porch on which we could sit on rocking-chairs and look over the beautiful mangrove. We were also very happily surprised when we saw many different animals right on our porch throughout our stay—from monkeys to iguanas! If you stay in the lodge, do not miss out on this room (there’s only one)!
Though the room was spectacular, what really made our stay something we will never forget was Marlene’s genuine hospitality. Luckily, our older daughter speaks Spanish, so we were able to converse with her easily (Marlene speaks very little English, but Bernard is fluent—but Bernard was out of town most of our stay). She is truly one of the most benevolent people we have ever met! When we asked for a cab, she insisted that she drove us (we came during the rainy-season, so we were the only guests in the lodge at the time—a treat of its own!) She took us to dinner each night, where of course we loved having her company as we dined! She also was more than flexible with our schedules; even when breakfast is not scheduled to open until seven, when we wanted to eat at 6:30am, she was more than happy to oblige.
She also would be the one to drive us where we needed to go, even that early! We cannot thank Marlene and Bernard enough for their amazing hospitality, making our stay in the Quepos area the best of our trip.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Escondido, California
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Bernal and Marlene were wonderful during our stay at the Kayak Lodge! My wife and I were just married the previous week in Mexico and they gave us the honeymoon treatment. We had planned to stay for four nights in a standard room, which is small (but adequate), but Bernal and Marlene upgraded us to the Suite for the first 3 nights, since it was not going to be occupied, at no extra charge. The suite was spacious and amazing, with two rooms and a patio that opened up right to the Mangrove. The capuchins came by each day before dark and my wife was quite content spending most of her evenings with them, as they feed on some of the nearby fruit trees. Marlene and Bernal are always smiles and do truly make you feel special the entire stay. If it is your first time in the area, Manuel Antonio and Quepos can be a bit overcrowded and hectic at times, so the location of the Kayak Lodge worked out great (especially if you have a rental car) as you are not too far from the action, but we could come back to the lodge for some peace and tranquility at the end of the day.

Room Tip: It is worth it to stay in the suite if it is available, as it is right on the Mangrove.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Colorado
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We decided to stay in Damas as this was our 4th trip to CR, but never stayed in the Quepos area. We came across the Kayak Lodge w/good reviews and found the thought of kayaking in the mangroves appealing, as we kayak here in CO. OMG from the first minute of stepping into the compound we were mesmerized. First of all being that close to the mangroves is amazing!! Upon arrival, we heard classical music filling the air, and the beautiful pool's waterfall in the background. We were about to meet the famous Bernal and Marlene, I couldn't wait to see what everyone on Trip Advisor was talking about. OMG - I finally get it, it is all true!! While we never got to meet Bernal, (he was in San Jose on business), we truly got the "sweetie pants" Marlene treatment. I can see why everyone falls in love with her upon meeting. She marched us down to the big house as this is where we would be staying, an "upgrade" from the one room initially reserved. This house is right on the mangrove's, I can't even explain how interesting it is to stay this close to the mangrove's and watch the tide come in and out, not to mention kayaking to Damas Island right out your door. Every morning we sat under the outdoor patio for breakfast, and each day a special interesting treat was waiting for us, one morning we sampled cashew (sp) juice, another morning a sample of Guanabana (sp) fruit, the third morning Bernal happened to call while we were at breakfast and he asked to talk with us. He wanted to thank us for staying at their Lodge, I also got the chance to ask the history of the house we were staying in. He said, Marlene and himself lived in it in the beginning, and later switched it to a rental. We will definitely come back to the Kayak Lodge as it is an interesting country within a country, and Marlene is the icing on the cake.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

Bernal and Marlene are the nicest hotel owners I have ever seen! They make you feel special there, and try their best to make your trip go as smooth as possible. the facility is not a fancy five star, but their hospitality makes it all up! It was a highlight to see the white faced monkies right outside of our room windows. We've traveled to more than 30 countries, but this is one of the best! My daughter had so much fun that she did not want to come back.
I strongly recommend kayak lodge.
Bernal and Marlene, we miss you! May

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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whitemouth
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Quiet, peaceful, friendly with excellent hosts. when i went away for a tour and came back they welcomed me back and were interested in how my tour had went. Bernard took me to the butterfly garden, showed me a place to eat and how to take the bus back and when it didn't work out and i called him he came to pick me up with no problems. i have done much travelling and no where in the world have i stayed with a Bernard and Marlene. they are simple the best. the food was wonderful and the rooms are very clean and comfortable. the place was very safe, didn't even have to lock our doors while we walked around everything felt so secure. Bernard took me on a kayaking tour of the mangroves which was so peaceful and relaxing. thank-you Bernard and Marlene i will definitely tell others of my stay there.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Malcolm, Ne
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

Thank you Bernard & Marlene for a great vacation to celebrate our 40th Anv. Our room was super, and meals were top notch. Our Kayak trip at the Lodge was a fun adventure and Bernard was a super fun host to take us. He was always willing to help. Marlene is so sweet. She has a heart of Gold, I will miss her. We got to feed the Monkey's and a few other criter's!!!! FUN
We spent 7 night's at the lodge and were glad we did. Thanks Bernard & Marlene will miss you.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

My partner and I (gay) had a wonderful time here. The owners are wonderful nice people and made us feel like family each and everyday of our stay. We tended to sleep in everyday, and yet we had our breakfast made to order fresh and hot without question or complaint. Oh, and it was included in the price of the room. The area is in a residential area and quiet, surprisingly. The owner took us on a private Kayak tour of the mangroves; of course at cost. This was truely a time to be at one with nature and one's soul. It was so nice and beautiful. You will need a rental car to get around from here as it is about 15 mins drive outside of Quepos and a 20-25 min walk to the main road to catch a bus. The neigborhood is poor but safe and the property is totally secure, never worried about safety. The room was of nice size for two and very clean. We will never forget out stay there. We did get to feed the monkeys too. My partner did, I was affraid having seen one too many shows of "When Animals Attack", LOL.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kayak Lodge
Address: Calle Estero de Damas No. 80, Quepos 6350, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Quepos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Quepos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Kayak Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Description: Kayak Lodge is a Bed & Breakfast establishment. Located in front of tropical mangrove forest, at Costa Rica's central pacific coastline, committed to the natural environment. 10 Miles away from Manuel Antonio National Park. The Lodge has 20 rooms with air conditioned, free Wi-Fi, direct dial telephone, cable/satellite TV, bathroom with hot water, outdoor pool and parking. All rooms have access and may use the guest kitchen/dining area in the Main Lodge, outdoor pool and parking Kayak Lodge has an organized paddling activity: "Mangrove Forest Kayak Tour" You can also book here for other tours: Rainforest Canopy and Superman zipline, horseback riding, rafting, sportfishing, catamaran, ATV, Manuel Antonio National Park guided tour, Surfing Lessons, Paddle boarding (SUP) and boat through the mangrove wildlife. Other visits: Biesanz Beach: 20 minutes by car. Matapalo beach: 30 minutes by car. Damas Island Beach: 30 min by boat. This place is visited by white-faced monkeys and iguanas live here. There are a variety of birds and fauna. You can see the phenomenon of tides and its relation to the excursions in the mangroves. ... more   less 
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