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Reviewed March 2, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at LaPaloma and I can't say enough wonderful things about both the lodging and the customer service. The rooms are wonderful cabin type structures but not rustic. I understand they also have a 'bank of rooms' that are attached to each other, although we didn't stay in those. The best view cabins are #1 and #2 (and big enough to house two couples or a family). We also stayed in #6 which was lovely (smaller) and had a good view that I would be thrilled with (had I not stayed 2 nights in #1 and been stunned by the view). The only surprise was that part of each room is open air - as the bathrooms don't have windows and the wall to the bathroom is 3/4 so there is a nice breeze the flows from the front and back of the cabins. In the end that open air design didn't bother us as we slept with the sliding doors wide open for a nice cross breeze. Besides the beauty of the rooms, which are lovely inside, the staff are just top notch. Many are excellent English speakers (a shout out to Nicole, Jamaica, and Sue) and they are there to meet all of your needs. We took two tours through the hotel...a snorkeling tour and a Corcovado guided hike. The guides for both of these spoke English very well and gave us an exciting day trip. On the snorkeling trip, we say whales, dolphins and turtles (although the turles never let us get close) and we went to three different sites and saw a wide array of fish, including a whole school of big fish. Our Corcovado guide found us all sorts of interesting critters and many spottings of monkeys. Near the end of our hike he invited us to swim at the base of a waterfall and the setting was just special and unreal and oh so fun! The food was fabulous, the grounds are pristine and beautiful. Others in our group joined the bug lady for the night hike and the mangrove tour and said both were great. If I got to revise my trip, I would have stayed 5 nights at LaPaloma.

Room Tip: Wonderful views from all rooms, but #1 and #2 are really spectacular
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

So incredible! We cannot say enough good things. Getting there is thrilling (small plain, dirt road, boat, hike up a hill). Every moment is an adventure -- hikes in empty wilderness, guided nature walks, empty beaches, beautiful birds, scarlet macaws, unbelievable starry nights. The planning and organization was so professional. Everything was taken care of and we always felt safe and well cared for. The staff was super nice. I wish I could bring our deluxe bungalow back to San Francisco. You can tell that that this place is independently owned and loved like a part of the family. They spare no expense. They don't nickel and dime you. They seem to really enjoy what they do. The other guests are respectful and fun to be around. Really, really exceeded expectations. Thank you La Paloma!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

Awesome, awesome stay at La Paloma. Bungalow was great, clean & had amazing views (see photos!) The staff was so friendly & helpful, including everyone who took us on our excursions. The grounds were beautiful, meals were yummy. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

Although I'm just repeating what so many other reviewers have said, I have to add my enthusiastic endorsement of La Paloma. We stayed in 5 different places during our Costa Rica trip, and La Paloma was our favorite by far. Our room was beautiful and comfortable. The staff is warm and professional. The tours we did, especially with Randall, were lots of fun - we saw a great assortment of wildlife and learned a lot about the flora and fauna of the area. We also loved the "bug lady" walk. The communal dinners may not be for everyone (as noted in a recent review), but we found the other guests to be interesting, and the interaction was a big plus for us. The food was quite good. I hope we can go back some day.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

My wife and I spent four nights here and wish we had booked more. Getting there takes some work--small plane from San Jose to grass runway, 4WD vehicle for 20 minutes, and then wading from a beach to get in a boat--but it is lovely. It was definitely the highlight of our very enjoyable recent trip to Costa Rica. We had a two-story bungalow, which was more than enough space for us (it could have slept three more). It was nicely appointed and had a nice view from the second floor and from the porch on the first floor. The open (no walls above three feet) “club house,” where we ate and which had couches and chairs (plus the monkeys mentioned by other reviewers), was also very nice. The food was very good and, although the choices were limited because of the remote location, each of us found something we liked at every meal. (The choices at lunch one day included a Nicoise salad with tuna caught by a guest.) The staff (from Sue, the owner, and Nicole, the manager, on down) was also very friendly and helpful—the lodge had a much more personal feel than most other places we have stayed. Unlike one of the reviewers below, we enjoyed the "communal" meals. The cocktail hour before dinner was also fun, as it gave us a chance to meet other guests, a very interesting, well-educated, and international group of people. The best part of staying at the lodge was the excursions. We enjoyed all four of the excursions we took, including three day trips and the night-time excursion with the “bug lady.” The trips included modest numbers of guests (four to eight) and a guide and boat captain. We had two different guides for our day trips, both of whom were excellent, though the two trips with Gustavo were especially good. His knowledge of the natural world in Drake Bay is remarkable (he has a degree in biology and grew up in the area) and his enthusiasm for nature is infectious. We saw many different animals, including two kinds of peccaries, four types of monkeys, a tapir, turtles, a caiman, and crocodiles (one was “surfing” in from the ocean to the river). We also saw numerous birds, fish, and dozens of False Orcas that followed our boat (after Gustavo found them by watching the birds). We recommend La Paloma highly to travelers interested in nature.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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