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Hacienda La Isla Lodge
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

During our trip to Costa Rica, we visit it Hacienda La Isla Lodge. The surrounding is beautifull, it's quite, the nature is amazing, it just felt so right! Beside that, the owner has passion for his lodge and is a great host. He really makes it personal. Not to many rooms and in the evening dinner with all the guests. Wauw we had a great time here with our group and I would definitely return to this place when I visit Costa Rica again. This are the kind of places you wanne visit more often!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

the rooms at this hotel are all beautiful. Each room has its own color-theme. Also there is one room for the honeymoon, a beautiful room in a tower. The surroundings is also beautiful. There is a 1 hour walk available which guides you through the surroundings of this place. The owner has placed a lot of signs with trees and flowers so can see what is it. The food is great. We had a barbeque which was complete! The owner is very nice and the staff is great!
The rooms have large beds is beautiful authentic houses. All rooms are very clean.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

Honestly, this was our best hotel in 15 days Costa Rica. Nice room, really good food (makes sense, the boss is Belgian), friendly staff and especially: a unique location. At the borders of the Braulio Carillo National Park, a rough rainforest close to San José, we walked for more than half an hour in the huge domain of the hotel. Afterwards, the boss told us that you can spot monkeys and caymans in the garden. And he wasn't lying: at breakfast, there was a cayman sunbathing at the other side of the small river. 5 min later, we saw some tucans in the trees.
So for nature lovers, this is a really good place to stop by on the way to or coming from San José. A quiet place, away from the touristic headlines of Costa Rica.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

Went here in June 2011 with husband and 14-year old daughter. We stayed here the night before we went to Rara Avis and the night that we returned from Rara Avis. (Rara Avis is the rainforest eco-lodge in the Braulio Carrillo National Park) It takes about 2 hours to get here from the San Jose Airport. The lodge is set on a beautiful piece of property (I guess it's a river island because you cross a tiny bridge to get to it.) You feel like you are staying at your long lost Costa Rican cousin's hacienda. One side of the property is rainforest with howler monkeys, frog, caymans in the river, etc and the other side has horses and pastures. There is a swimming pool, hiking trails, wifi in small restaurant, and a friendly dog named "Scott". The owner, Jean Pierre, is super nice and even took us in his own car to the Rara Avis office in Las Horquetas! He is from Belgium and speaks Spanish, English, French and Dutch (or is it German?) Since we stayed here upon arrival and return, we stayed on two different nights in two different rooms. I especially like the "indigenous people" room, I think it is called. The bathrooms, especially, are beautifully decorated. The rooms don't have air-conditioning but there is an enormous fan right over your bed. The food is good but the breakfast is not included in the rate. This is a great location to stay if you are going to Rara Avis, rafting on the Sarapiqui River, or on your way to catch a boat to Tortuguero National Park (from San Jose Airport). Jeanne Pierre, can set up tours of all kinds for you. Great family location because there is so much to do right on the property. I would definitely stay here again when in that part of Costa Rica!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

The hotel, a former hacienda, is located in a wonderful domain with beautiful flowers and trees. It is an area with rivers, open spaces in the forest and also dense forest. Therefore you have a good view on all species in this area.
The reception brought us a warm welcome, clear explanation of the premises and possible trips to be made. We made a choice from the wide array of opportunities and picked a hike in the Tirimbini Resereve, a visit of a butterfly garden, an Indian Museum and Aereal Tram. Immediate arrangement of our desired trips was made including a hand-drawn map to get there. In short: a perfect place to be.
The restaurant is located on a small lagoon were you can see alligators, monkeys, hummingbirds, toucans, butterflies and a lot of other species at the same time. This all while being served a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The hacienda is carefully expanding, with respect to the old colonial history. We had a new build house which was very spacey, clean and had a lot of character.

Jean Pierre, Ana and their staff have given us a experience we will like to remember.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hacienda La Isla Lodge

Address: Horquetas, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Sarapiqui > Horquetas
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Horquetas
Price Range: $147 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hacienda La Isla Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hidden in the foothills of the impressive Braulio Carrillo National Park, the Spanish colonial-built Hacienda La Isla Lodge is very well located in the center of numerous top attractions of Costa Rica.A perfect gateway for your visit to the rainforests and the adventure sites (rafting, canopy, horseback riding, etc.) of Sarapiqui, the exotic Caribbean beaches, the active volcano Arenal or the world famous Tortuguero canals and sea turtles. Guests will encounter the mysteries of the rainforest while enjoying a comfortable stay in the historically designed rooms of the hacienda. Hacienda La Isla lodge is a unique departure from the common tourism experience in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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