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Cala Lodge
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence
Picton, Canada
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“clean and comfy”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

We enjoyes our visit to Calais Lodge. It is close to the action walking distance to restaurants but away from the noise of Ste Elena. Clean comfy and sparse lodgings with cooked to order breakfast. Francisco is very helpful and knowledgeable of Monte Verde and the reserve. We saw more wildlife from the dining hall than in the actual reserve which we are finding is fairly common in Costa Rica. Great value.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Quito, Ecuador
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Monteverde is rightly world famous for the beautiful cloudforest and wonderful birdlife that exists within it. This is a great place to choose to stay for a visit there-the hosts Francisco and Raquel are warm and welcoming, and lay on great food to boot! They are also both nature lovers and birders, with Francisco having worked as a guide within Monteverde for 15 years he has an intimate knowledge of the bird and animal life of the area, and still offers local guiding when he does not have his hands full and this small and personal lodge. I cannot recommend this place highly enough, and I am a tour guide with nearly 10 years of extensive travel under my belt. For visiting birders pick Francisco's brains for the latest sightings in the area, whether it be quetzals, roosting owls, or some quiet spots away from the popular park of Monteverde to enjoy a more private moment with the cloudforest, he and his wife know it. Great hosts, great lodge, great birds, and great cloudforest. Not overrated at all-believe the hype!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Somerset, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The grounds are beautiful! On the very first morning, from the breakfast area, we saw a coati, an agouti and a toucan up close and personal! What more can you ask for?! The grounds are beautiful and have several small trails that you can walk. The 2 lodges are equally nice, and although mine didn't, some rooms have little kitchenettes. (There are 14 rooms of various sizes). The place was clean, the shower water hot, the internet worked very well - all things that are not a given when you stay in Costa Rica! Warning: there are no TVs - but who needs one when you have this scenery?

Frank, the owner, was wonderful. He was friendly and helpful and always smiling. We ate several meals at the Cala Lodge, and all were simply wonderful!

I was with a group tour this time, but there were couples staying there as well. I would definitely stay here if I were to return with my husband.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I just recently went to Costa Rica for vacation with friends and stayed 4 nights in Monteverde in Cala Lodge. We had an incredible stay, The hotel was beautiful and cozy and the staff really made us feel at home and they became our friends! They helped us plan tours to see all that Monteverde has to offer. I really want to thank you for making our trip so incredible! We will be back to visit!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

The location is no good if you dont have a car. We have encountered stray dogs all over cr, but not like theese. To get to anything you have to walk on a dusty gravel road, not knowing when the next dog is going to bark and show teeth at you.

When we got our room we had to have our sheets changed due to stains. Except from that and all the spiderwebs the rooms were clean. The light in the shower did not work, and the one in the bathroom blinked. Yes they would probably have changed it if we complained about it, but im not on vacation for complaining. Do they not check the rooms durind roomcleaning, or at leat between guests?

Another thing is the front desk. The young woman was very helpefull and available, but when it was the owners turn to be there, he was always doing other stuff elswere. We whaited for almost an hour for him once. He also for some reason dont share his emails whith the other front desk staff, so when he was going to print a receat for us it took ages, even though the front desk had staff.

Btw the receat were for grayline. When we asked about transport to san jose he tried to push "guality transfer" on us instead. Lol try and google it. No ratings and the worst web site. How can you recomend that? When we asked for a taxi the first day he called his buddy in stead. Unprofessional.

The breakfast was good, though the lady serving cant speak one word english. Wifi was good.

The night before leaving we saw the cat licking a plate on the "bar". When we left it had dragged a dead bird to the front door. Cant help thinking about the germs it must have transfered.

All in all we dont feel that we got what we payed for. We usally get more for less around cr.

Btw monteverde is cold, and there is no ac. And the "down duvet" (promised in reservation) had no casing.

  • Stayed February 2013
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GerenciaCL, Propietario at Cala Lodge, responded to this review, March 24, 2013
We as travelers our selves can clearly understand that every place and every country has its nuances. Latin America in general have a high index of street dogs. Even when Cala Lodge does not agree on this matter; Costa Rica is a 4 million inhabitants country. Rarely this issue was never before a problem or a complaint from any of our guests, probably over 50% of our clients walk to and from restaurants and activities around the area and this has never been an issue. Tourist in general seem to be very friendly to animals and we honestly think dogs are one of the noblest animals you can find and they are able to sense deeper emotions.

We never heard about any of the things you mention on your review, unfortunately we could not have changed anything to make your stay more pleasant if we just don’t know. Of course our maids check the rooms between customers that’s how you got a clean room but it seems necessary to explain that Cala Lodge it’s a place located adjacent to the largest private reserve in Centralamerica and nature is what you expect if you booked us. A tropical country with the biodiversity that Costa Rica offers makes you expect a little spider, a monkey, a bellbird, a coati, a toucan or any other animal around your room from time to time.

You are correct. Francisco and I are always working on many different things, we like to make our customers know that we are available all the time but that doesn’t mean that we are off duty. This is a young family business where both of us change hats in order to keep our operation going and being completely honest I think you got everything about Cala Lodge wrong. Of course we recommend local companies for the services we provide, of course that we recommend the people we know for any activity or service that’s how we know you are in good hands: with a good guide, a good rate, a good transportation like the one we recommend and probably you did not trust just because they did not have the best webpage and you could have had a faster and cheaper service.

We like to work honestly and based on trustful and transparent policies; it is impossible to reach or help a client that’s distrustful and negative all the time. We are always looking for the best for our guests and that’s something you can count on.

We wish you the best.

Raquel Castro.
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Monteverde is a wonderful place and so is Cala Logde. Excellent service from the owners and very helpful when looking for activities to enjoy with the family.
Prices are very affordable compared to other hotels in the same category and the rooms are clean and comfortable. My family and I spent a great time while staying here and recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

The location of Cala Lodge is great, within close walking distance of several fantastic restaurants, and a 20 minute walk to Santa Elena. It's also a short drive from the Monteverde Cloud Forest and all of the other natural areas in Monteverde.

We didn't have a car during our visit, but it was easy to get a taxi to take us wherever we needed. The staff at the hotel kindly arranged taxis for us as well. They also helped us out by booking several tours for us upon our arrival. This meant that we spent less time researching what to do and more time enjoying the beauty of the Monteverde area.

The grounds around the hotel are lovely. There is a nice trail that you can take and see some wildlife. We had our coffee each morning on the deck off of the main building and watched several birds, including hummingbirds.

Our room was very clean and had everything we needed for our three-day visit.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cala Lodge
Address: | 200 m oeste y 325 sur de la escuela, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cala Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cala Lodge was built on three acres of property (1.2 hectares) of forest right next to the world-renowned Children's Eternal Rain Forest which has an area of 52.800 acres. It is the largest private reserve in Central America. Cala Lodge offers reasonably priced, cozy accommodations secluded from the noise and crowds and surrounded by beautiful forest with easy access to all the main attractions in the area. We help our visitors to design the best itineraries to take advantage of their stay in Monteverde and make it a memorable esperience. ... more   less 
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