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Aguila de Osa Inn
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
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San Diego, California
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“Absolutely Amazing”
Reviewed December 15, 2011

This is by far the best hotel I have ever stayed in. And I've been to every type of hotel you can imagine. I loved it. Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. It all starts out by the staff picking you up by boat and transporting you to the hotel. When you arrive, Carlos greets you with "welcome to paradise". He isn't kidding. The hotel itself is amazingly beautiful. This isn't a four seasons, nor is it pretentious like one. Here you are literally part of a family. They treat you like guests staying at their own house. Every staff member is genuinely nice and caring. You are not a number here. The owner sits down and talks with you too like he's known you forever.

Food is included - You go down to the main area to eat 3 x a day family style and the food is great. Breakfast you can order pretty much whatever you want. Lunch is usually sandwiches or something and dinner is usually a choice between fish or meat.

The room is amazing. We stayed in room 14 - a master suite (highly recommended). The lower suite numbers are on the main walkway so, if you want privacy you'll want a higher number like 10,12 or 14. The view is amazing from the balcony and the room. The room is complete screens, so you'll hear every noise the jungle makes. There's also no TV or internet in the room. There is however wifi in the restaurant area. A warning though - the higher the room number, the longer and harder the walk is up to the room, it's also very slippery when wet.

For tours we did the jungle adventure package which was a snorkeling tour (she was awesome) and also a corcovado tour with Tony (he is awesome!). We also did a night tour with Carlos (lots 'o bugs!). Around the hotel there are numerous trails to go hiking as well as a really cool hanging bridge and tons of beaches. Just walk on the hiking trail and you'll come across beach after beach...most of which you'll be the only person at. On a day you're not doing a tour, ask the staff to drop you off at a private beach by boat and they'll pack a lunch for you and everything.

There's also a very small cute town, called "Town" :)... just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. But by town, adjust your expectations....it's very little, but nice. There's a little market there and some restaurants and such. Mostly homes though.

My trip to CR consisted of one night in SJO (get out of there quickly), then flew to Drake Bay and stayed at Aquila for 5 nights. Then flew back to SJO and rented a car and drove to Arenal (stayed at Nayara - also extremely nice), then finished the trip in playa conchal at the westin. if I had to do it over again, I would stay at only Aguila and Nayara if I could. These are some of the best hotels I could ever imagine.

A special thanks to Carlos, Claudio, Tony & Morgan. Thanks for helping make this the best vacation ever!!

Stop reading reviews and go book this hotel!!!

Room Tip: The room is amazing. We stayed in room 14 - a master suite (highly recommended). The lower suite n...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Exeter, Rhode Island
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Reviewed December 12, 2011

We had a memorable vacation at Aguilla de Osa in early december and experienced great diving, hiking and most of all, wonderful people on the staff. We felt welcome from the minute we stepped on the property and had unbelievable help in organizing our tours and diving. The diving was some of the best we ever had as far as quality of fish life and we had our first experience seeing Pacific fish and did not have to fly 15 plus hours to do it! We will definitely return and hopefully in the next year!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thame, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

We spent 4 nights at this wonderful hotel. The whole experience started with the fantastic boat trip from Sierpe (brilliantly captained by Dennis). We were welcomed at the jetty by Carlos (customer liason and wildlife guru) with the words "welcome to paradise." And he was not wrong!

This beautiful hotel is situated on the beach, overlooking the sea and surrounded by jungle - a perfect paradise. The service was excellent throughout fronted by Claudio and the food from breakfast to dinner was fantastic. The standard rooms are all well appointed, however we upgraded our room for the last 3 nights and it was well worth it. We had huge room with a private deck overlooking jungle and the bay, with rocking chairs and a hammock (and scarlet maccaws, toucans and monkeys in the trees).

During our stay we went on some great trips including walking in the Corcovado, night walk and scuba diving - again all excellent.

I cant recommend this hotel enough - it really was paradise and we were very sad to leave.

Room Tip: Choose one of the suites ( we room numer 12)
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

We spent 3 days at this remote wonderland in August 2011. The hospitality blew us away. The kindest most accomodation staff I have ever met. Food was excellent. Staff taught us salsa dancing, assisted us with expanding our Spanish and gave us access to their personal computers to do emails. We felt like the staff were our long lost relatives that were now taking care of us. We highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed September 23, 2011

We stayed at Aguila de Osa on our honeymoon in August. Drake Bay and Agulia de Osa is the place to truely get away from everything, yet still have the staff and amenities of a 5 star resort at your disposal. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were all freshly prepared by the staff and every meal we had was great! As great as the resort is you probabaly wont spend much time there. We spent the days scuba diving with the sharks at Cano Island, Hiking in an untouched tropical rainforest, fishing for Roosterfish, and Kayaking up a river cut through a canyon that looked like something out of Jurasic Park. If you plan to fish or dive in drake bay, then Aguila de Osa is the place to stay, they have 30ft+ dive boat and a 30ft+ fishing boat that are much nicer than other hotels boats in the area.

Room Tip: Splurge for one of the suites higher up the hillside. More privacy and better views up there.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

My boyfriend and I just stayed here for 3 nights. Upon arrival on the boat from Sierpe we were greeted with a warm welcome .. we had lunch and checked into our room. Nice, clean and spacious.
hung out and relaxed for the day. Beautiful view.
Day 2 we hiked to san josesito. We took our time bird watching and we saw a sloth, spider monkeys, white face monkeys...black sand beaches full. Of hermit crabs and beautiful shells. it took approx. 6 hours round trip.
We returned just in time to wash up and head to the dining area for appetizers and drinks.. followed by dinner.. you have 2 options for dinner and there are 3 tables to share with other guests. A. perfect touch. Bird tour in morning is great. We went on the national park tour- has some steep hills but recommend it.
Love this hotel. Would recommend and will definitely be back

  • Stayed August 2011
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

Recently staying at the Aguila de Osa Inn (AOI) for four nights following a wonderful fourteen day trip in Costa Rica we were not disappointed. Having traveled before to Costa Rica three separate times we had not yet explored Drake Bay.

Arriving by water taxi via Sierpe was a great experience and we were warmly greeted at the boat dock by the hotel Manager and later by the owner Brad. A short walk up from the dock we found ourselves in the "great room" the open air-central hub for meals, drinks and tours. Dining (group tables) here is great fun, meeting with travelers from around the world sharing stories and adventures of the day.  The great room has beautiful and panoramic views of the bay.

The hotel employees at Aguila are fantastic. Everyone!!! This really separates Aguila from other hotels... personal service, fun personalities... you will be greeted by name every day!! Claudio and Luis are great fun!

Exploring Costa Rica is one of the reasons to travel and vacation in this beautiful country. Aguila doesn't disappoint here! Again, great tour guides from the hotel set it apart. Tony provided an exceptional tour of the park. There was plenty of wildlife and botanic treasurers uncovered and highlighted by Tony... a special route lead our group above the waterfall in the Corcovado Park for a private and secluded swim that was amazing.

Snorkeling and scuba around the Cano    Island with Gabriella was equally superb. Aguila has a nice dive center, first-rate equipment and experienced tour guides. Gabriella highlighted much of the marine life and a special treat was seeing the whales on the boat ride back to the hotel.

The rooms themselves are a short hike up the hill from the "great dining room" surrounded by beautiful tropical foliage to individual cabins. The windows are screened and open. Wrap around decks with chairs and hammocks offer great views of the bay below. There is no air conditioning.  But the ceiling fans are sufficient. The rooms are constructed from a local wood, warm and rich in color and are functionally appointed. The water is safe and pressure great. A special treat is waking each morning to a fresh brewed pot of Costa Rican coffee waiting just outside the cabin door!

The cabins are nestled along the hillside surrounded by lush tropical foliage. As you wake in the morning you will be greeted by the beautiful songs from the local birds. Don't be surprised to see monkeys, parrots, hummingbirds come close by your cabin.

The meals are equally superb. Usually out and about we enjoyed breakfast and dinners at the hotel. The daily catch of the day was always fantastic served simply with mixed veggies and rice/potatoes. Perfect portions, simple, healthy and delicious. Breakfast was served from a menu and your selection of choice....again very delicious. When out on tour for the day, after lunch, the chocolate-coconut cookies are to die for!

Overall a great experience and stay, intimate, great service and warm smiles. We really enjoyed our stay and if your trip includes a stay at Drake Bay we easily and highly recommend Aguila de Osa Inn.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Property: Aguila de Osa Inn
Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
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#2 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aguila de Osa Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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