We stayed at the Palapa as a couple for 4 nights. We had a bungalow near the pool, with kitchenette. The place is great and the grounds are extremely well kept. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for the bungalow. Upon our arrival, we found the place less than clean. Floors hadn't been swept, the shower was not clean either and had spider webs. No hot water in the kitchen and cutlery and dinnerware were all dirty. Needless to say we had to wash everything (with cold water) before being able to use it. Seems bungalows are rented with the mention "fully equipped", but no-one probably uses the equipment. Not even a coffee machine, and the owner told us she could make us coffee at 3$ a cup!
The sheets were never changed during our stay.
Bring bug spray, we litterally got bitten alive! (specially during our sleep as there are no windows, only screens)
The place is also very quiet and although we cooked our own dinners, we saw that there was absolutely no "ambiance" at night and during dinners.
If you want absolute "quiet", this is the place to stay. Otherwise, it can get boring very fast.
This place has a lot of potential but needs to be worked on.
We also got the feeling that the owners were there for the money above and foremost.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort Costa Rica/Portalon