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Hotel La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portalon
Reviewed December 17, 2012

We stayed here 4 nights and we had a good time. The resort is really remote, but if you have your own car that is no problem at all. Situated between Quepos/Manuel Antonio and Dominical/Uvita it's an ideal place if you want to travel around. Both Manuel Antonio and National Park Marina Balleno (both worth your time!) are at 30 minutes driving along a perfect-shape straight highway.
Lodges were good and clean and had a kitchenette (altough really little kitchenware and cutlery). WIFI is not accessible in the lodges though (we were close to the router and had a really bad signal). Breakfast is good. Environment is nice.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

Great Bungalows with kitchen and hot showers sleep 4 with private patio in beautiful gardens. Take menu plan as Carolina cooks great Portugese food dinners $15. Waterfall limited access a must. Playa Linda deserted beach 4 km away Secluded near local village experience. Bring bug spray. Needs more trails to walk.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Cristina and her staff gave us a warm and friendly welcome and created for us the most wonderful Portugese (!)/Tico dishes ... Our bungalow was generous,squeaky clean, bright and colourful with a very personal touch of native art. No A/C maybe, but the natural ventilation and the fans keep you nice and cool. Breakfast is opulent and nicely presented in the central dining area amidst the flowers and butterflies of the tropical garden. Just what you need to wake up! We couldn't get enough of Cristina's home baked bread ... simply delicious as were the fantastic dishes she served us for dinner. For the nearby (almost deserted) beautiful beaches you do need a car, but the garden pool is a good alternative.
Every day it was like coming home - talking to a friend sharing experiences in these beautiful surroundings.
If you want clean and pure relaxation - this is the place to go!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank Marion_vdB
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I stayed here with a friend for two nights. We arrived at night which made it hard to see the sign but luckily I had a phone card and Christina gave me accurate directions and even cooked us a delicious late dinner (chicken carbonara). It is almost a kilometer east of the coastal highway, in the small town of Portalon, with an easy to identify gate and 24 hour secure parking. The grounds are expansive, with the pool and restaurant towards the side and the bungalows spread out enough to enjoy some privacy and hear the sounds of the rainforest. It is not within walking distance of the beach, but there is a waterfall that you can walk to and swim in that is only 1 km. away.

The room itself had a comfortable bed, great water pressure and hot water, and had plenty of space for the two beds, a dresser, table, and our gear (surfboards, backpacks), and we had a porch to set stuff out to dry. The wifi was excellent around the pool and restaurant, but was inconsistent in the room. It felt very safe and nice to be in a part of Costa Rica not overrun with tourists. From there it was only a 15 minute drive to Dominical to go surfing or 30 minutes to Quepos (plus another 20 minutes to Manuel Antonio National Park, where we hiked for the day).

One final reason why I chose to stay here is because they are involved with 'Pack for a Purpose', a non-profit that helps local communities collect books/medical supplies from travelers staying at participating hotels. Overall it is a great value and off the beaten track, so you still feel like you are in the real Costa Rica.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank CRSURF
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Beautiful rooms and gardens, but I chose this place because a previous review had stated it was a few minutes walking distance to the beach and we found this to not be true. It is set in a remote location with lots of flowers (and mosquitos) but it would have been helpful to know that a taxi ride from Quepos was $30 and the bus stop was too far to walk with luggage. The food was delicious but I wish we had known the prices of what we were ordering beforehand. We cancelled the last night in the 24 hour window for a refund and did not receive a refund. It was so expensive to travel back and forth to the Palapa that we chose to spend our second night in Quepos near shuttles and restaurants. The rooms did not have air conditioning but the bed was comfortable and the rooms were clean with fresh linen and towels. I found this description on a previous review and that is why I chose to stay here, only to find out the beach was a drive, not a walk, to the eco lodge "The hotel is in a quiet rain forest property away from the main road, with gardens and public areas absolute cleaned at all times. The beach is just a few minutes away from the resort, but “the famous Playa Linda” is a real pristine paradise full of thousands of coconut trees and totally empty from any human been."

The photos were accurate except again misleading as you are made to think that wildlife such as in the photos are right there on the grounds. WIFI was very inconsistent and I could not get a connection inside the villa, I sat outside on the patio but was bitten by mosquitoes.

Had I known that it was so remote with the added expense of taxis to get to and from for meals, we would have chosen another room. Again, beautiful and clean and would make a great place for those who wanted seclusion and didn't need to get shuttles to nearby parks and activities but not recommended for a convenient place. Communication with the host before our arrival was short and not as informative as with other places we stayed.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Very friendly and helpful owner and beautiful grounds. The bungalos are stunning, I wish I could have stayed there forever! It was such a peaceful place and easy to make day trips to Dominical or Manuel Antonio. The beaches that are close to the resort are also fantastic and practically deserted, but be sure to keep your belongings safe and don't leave them on the beach if you go into the water.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AmyVogt
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights and had a very nice time. Its location allows you hear all the natural sounds of the rainforest, which is really wonderful. Christina, the new owner, is very friendly and helpful.

It is about 25 minutes away from Manuel Antonio, but it's an easy drive on the highway, and there are other restaurants close by. After spending the day in M.A., I was glad to drive back to La Palapa and be away from the crowds.

Two minor complaints: the bed in the bedroom was not comfortable at all, and there is no wifi in the bungalows. The final night, I slept on one of the twin beds in the living room, which was slightly better. If they would upgrade the quality of the mattresses and have wifi available in the bungalows and not just the lobby, I'd give it 5 stars.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Meters From Main Road 800 | Manuel Antonio - Quepos - Puntarenas, Portalon 60602, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Portalon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Portalon
Price Range: $46 - $145 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel La Palapa EcoLodge Resort, that is called by the clients ¨THE LOST PARADISE¨, has a policy of practicing always the best and lowest prices of all region, and is located outside of the town of Portalon, offering an incredible wildlife variety of fauna and flora, that makes a perfect place and the paradise for passionate wildlife lovers. Served in its open-air restaurant, La Palapa offers a traditional Costa Rican breakfast, including fresh fruit and local dishes such as Gallo Pinto. Meat, fish, rice and bean dishes are on offer for lunch and dinner, and are prepared using produce grown on a local organic farm. The property also offers excellent powerful free WiFi. Our airy bungalows are painted with warm colors and decorated with unique original objects imported from North Africa, to create a very warm and special atmosphere. All are non-smoking, have very comfortable beds, ceiling fans, private terrace with bamboo table and chairs, cool tiled floors, private bathroom with hot shower, large furnished living room with an extra bed, fitted kitchen with refrigerator and screened windows that let in gentle breezes and melodic sounds from the jungle as you fall asleep. The most beautiful beaches of all Central America are inside the Manuel Antonio National Park, and the famous beaches of Matapalo with a sea Turtle Refuge Centre, Playa Linda, and Dominical are very near the resort. The La Palapa Resort is away from the confusion of tourist centers of the region but near everything and is considered one of the most beautiful and well-kept in Manuel Antonio - Quepos - Matapalo - Dominical and Uvita area, surrounded by unique tropical gardens with a Swimming-Pool with a large collection of rare plants, located in a virgin Tropical Rainforest, with 149 acres (60.5 Hectares) of land with a private waterfall only for the clients of the resort. This property also has always the best-rates compared with other locations in Manuel Antonio – Quepos – Dominical and Portalon area! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. This property is also rated for the best value in Manuel Antonio – Quepos – Dominical and Portalon area! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties of the region. ... more   less 
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