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“Awesome house for those who like to be outside...”
Casa Loma Exterior
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Casa Loma Exterior
We're not kidding about our 'Epic' sunsets. This one captured from the deck! Living Room View
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Casa Loma Exterior
We're not kidding about our 'Epic' sunsets. This one captured from the deck!
Living Room View
Kitchen View
First floor bedroom with queen bed
West Porch
Large bathroom area with a shower room
Upstairs Bedroom
Upstairs Bath
Porch NW view
Loft View
The Corcovado Room a downstairs Lanai
Kitchen view 2
Another EPIC sunset
looking north from the deck to manuel antonio
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Dominical, Province of Puntarenas

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evieao
washington dc
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Gorgeous house and surrounding environment, but not exactly as advertised”
Reviewed April 9, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

First, if you have any issues with driving up steep, windy, precarious dirt roads, this is not the place for you! The house itself and the view is beautiful and fairly comfortable. Completely off the grid, and very much a part of the mountain jungle itself. We saw monkeys, neat frogs, hummingbirds, toucans, and other cool wildlife within feet of the house. The kitchen has a big refrigerator, gas stove, and a green mango tree arms length away.

Second, there was no Internet as advertised OR hot water. The week before we traveled to this house, the owner emailed me with news that he couldn't get the Internet fixed but was still working on it. A young girl arrived the night we got there with a Internet stick that apparently everyone uses there. Didn't work in either our Mac or pc laptops. Next day another nice neighbor came by and couldn't make it work either but later on brought a router, which did work ..... Until he came back and took it away while we were gone the next day! In its stead he left a new-in-box router with a European plug that wouldn't work in costa rica! So, no Internet. For the day we did have Internet, I emailed the owner that the hot water wasn't working in the shower and the toilet was broken. He had left his cell phone number in previous emails, but we had no cell service and the landline phone at the house wasn't connected. Anyway, we never heard back from him, even thoughnhe was obviously in touch with the neughbor. We did rig up a temporary fix for the toilet, but never did get hot water.

All in all a nice place, but it would have been a much more pleasant experience if the owner had been more attentive and truthful,

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Liked best: The view and surrounding environment
Liked least: Lack of hot water
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Apr 8, 2012
Hi Scott & Evie,

As the owner and creator of Casa Loma, renting through a professional management company for the better part of seven years, I was genuinely upset about the internet and hot water kinks you experienced on your visit, although also very gratified to hear how much you enjoyed your stay in all other aspects.

Casa Loma provides a unique jungle experience as you rightly point out, and for many years now we have many satisfied guests who return again and again. I also want to apologize for not being able to work out a better solution to any difficulties you encountered. Even my neighbor Jimmy, whom you mention, was bummed that his efforts to address the internet problem and that his normally prodigious MacGyver computer skills fell short. In part due to your comments, we have installed redundant internet connections now so this issue does not recur, this includes a new technology Mi-Fi router!
Respectfully the owner
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kerwintm
Boston
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Awesome house for those who like to be outside and off the grid”
Reviewed February 26, 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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My four friends and I recently returned from Casa Loma and loved it! The house has a great layout with a fully wrapped around porch. There is a open layout but not great for privacy. The kitchen is fully exposed outside which we really enjoyed. The views were simply amazing and the sunsets are one of a kind. I have traveled much of the word and the sunsets from that porch are unlike any I have seen and no camera can accurately describe the beauty. The house was clean and ready for us upon our arrival including a kitchen with all the cooking utensils you would need. This is a very secluded location but there is still a place to lock your valuables when you leave. The house is a true immersing experience but only takes a few minutes to drive downtown.

Here are the things to be cautious of when thinking about renting.
1. From the highway, you travel on a long dirt road for about 8-10 minutes up very steep and windy hills with sharp cliffs at certain parts only inches from the car with no guard rails. It was never a problem for us but if you don't like heights or worry about your driving ability, I would think twice.
2. If you don't get a 4x4 car, either get out and walk or turn around and go back to your car rental place to get a 4 wheel drive vehicle because you will not be making it up that hill without it.
3. If you don't like bugs, you have come to the wrong place. We did not need bug spray for annoying mosquitoes but there are a lot of harmless insects that are attracted to the light at night. There are bug nets around the beds and the insects were never a problem for us but if you have trouble dealing with that, you may want to try something in a more developed area.

However, if you like being off the grid (house is completely solar power) and looking for a true get away with amazing views and short drive to the beach and you have an adventurous spirit, then Casa Loma is a great option! I would certainly come back.

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Liked best: Open layout, great views, seclusion, unique experience
Liked least: Trying to find the house at night, getting used to driving the dirt road
Traveling group: With Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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