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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We were searching for a place to stay for one night near Carara National Park. We found Hotel Cerro Lodge on TripAdvisor and luckily were able to book one of the last open rooms. The hotel was a little tricky to find--the turnoff from the main highway was not clearly marked and it was ~3km off the road, but so... More 

1 Thank zookeeperOrlando
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016

I chose this lodge because I wanted to take photographs of birds, and whilst I am not a dedicated bird watcher, I was keen I was no match for the other guests, equipment often blocks the viewing area in the restaurant, and the unsupressed enthusiastic cries of the audience seemed to defeat the object. The service in the restaurant was... More 

Thank brilandhen
Lethbridge, Canada
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21 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2016

Hotel Cerro Cerro is a small Hotel/Ecolodge in a quiet wooded area away from the noise of the highway. The combination reception and restaurant building offers great views of the forest as well as the ocean and Nicoya Peninsula in the distance. There are numerous bird feeders adjacent to the restaurant which are regularly replenished with fruit. The many colourful... More 

1 Thank 5VacationLuvR7
Bristol, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2016

When we were researching places to stay for our Costa Rica trip, there seemed to be limited choice in the vicinity of Carara National Park but Cerro Lodge seemed to have good reviews so that's where we opted for. After visiting cold and windy Monteverde, arriving here was something of a shock as the temperatures were in the high thirties,... More 

Thank Steve_and_Martyn
Whitehorse, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2016

We stayed at Cerro Lodge as a stopover during our Costa Rican travels. It was a nice clean hotel with good, but basic food. Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to see the birds that were described in other reviews. The location is a but secluded but it is close to the "crocodile river" and there are several tours you... More 

Thank Mukluk66
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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203 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2016

The name is a bit of a misnomer as I believe it's a lodge rather than a hotel. Having said that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms are spacious, including a generous bathroom. All rooms located in seperate small blocks (max 3 per block) with winding access paths. Large open air dining with tea and coffee available from dawn... More 

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Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

We were driving from southern coast to San Jose and wanted something closer to airport for our last night This place has tons of birds and lovely breezes all the time. In one morning we saw 8 macaws, and many more birds Outstanding bungalows with outdoor bath ( reminded me of Africa) Very clean and good AC THE MEALS ARE... More 

Thank Rocko44
Hamilton, Canada
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Reviewed 19 February 2016

Excellent location in central pacific region. Birding on site is amazing and only minutes from Carrara park. If u go to Carrara try to get Henrico as your guide. Truly superb We stayed in a bungalow with outdoor shower spacious clean with great beds. Staff are attentive and helpful. Ate dinner on site - not gourmet but tasty and excellent... More 

Thank flamingo832
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016

If you are after 5 star glitz, this probably isn't for you, but we loved it. The accommodation is mainly in individual cabins with air conditioning and open air facilities! The setting is absolutely beautiful, tropical trees and plants and the associated wildlife (mainly birds). The food was excellent. It was simple, but prepared fresh and always served with a... More 

Thank Edward N
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2016

Cerro Lodge is located close to Cararra National Park and Tarcoles river where the bird watching is amazing. We were lucky to see the scarlet macaws when we visited and the hotel attracts lots of species with the bird tables near the dining area. The rooms are in detached chalets spread out around the grounds and ours was clean and... More 

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Additional Information about Hotel Cerro Lodge

Address: Intermedios Tarcoles, Garabito 4023, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Garabito
Price Range: $84 - $148 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cerro Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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“The best rooms are lower down. Washing the sheets at dawn can be noisy in the rooms up near the road.”
 of 5 bubbles Gymnotus, 12 Aug 2016 | Read review
“try not to have no 5!”
 of 5 bubbles brillandhen, 29 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in room 21 and loved it. Close to parking and the restaurant. Huge bathroom, ice cold a/c”
 of 5 bubbles zookeeperOrlando, 23 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Go for cabana that's on the higher level”
 of 5 bubbles brilandhen, 13 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Ask for bungalow with outdoor shower. The views from the dining area are stunning”
 of 5 bubbles flamingo832, 19 Feb 2016 | Read review
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