I knew the rooms would be screened rooms and expected a jungle stay, but I did not expect the beds to be broken down, the rooms to be filthy and the netting on all the windows big enough to let most flying creatures into the room. Because the tap water is undrinkable, they place 5 gallon water jugs/stands near the rooms, but I don’t think they have been cleaned for months and the handles are covered in grime. The dinning staff made us feel like we were bothering them when we requested more water, coffee or a clean fork and the manager was unwilling to help when we complained about the springs/broken-down mattress we were expected to sleep on. We had two rooms (14 & 15 and both rooms had the same issues) and stayed for three nights and we could hardly wait to leave.
The food the first night was horrific and breakfast wasn’t much better. Things with the wait-staff improved when the Travel Channel showed up to film an upcoming episode on the Lodge and its owner. Costa Rica Expeditions flew in their Head Chef, who then prepared the meals for us and a fancier version for the camera. The food improved, but I hope you like all your meats rare because they barely cook it. The food is prepared “family style” which really means no choice, you get what you get and hope that there is enough to go around.
The boat tours were very good all thanks to our excellent guide Norton, the gardens are nice, but the tours are the only reason for staying at Tortuga Lodge. If you are considering a stay in this area, do your research because we saw a lot of other lodges/hotels in the area that we knew nothing about and may have offered nicer accommodations for the price. I would also advise flying in, the 6 hour bus and boat ride to the lodge arrive isn’t enough fun to warrant the trouble/time. We can say that not all of Costa Rica Expedition’s Lodges are like this one, we also stayed at Monteverde Lodge and our stay there was fabulous.
Unique Quality: The pool and hammock area is nice.
Tropical lodging at its best
What a fantastic place!
The Tortuguero Lodge is located right on the banks of the Tortuguero Canal and right on the cusp of the wonderful lowland jungles.
We saw all manners of animals on the lodge property including aracari, basilisks, poison dart frogs, vine snakes. Even crocodiles are known to lumber ashore for a nap.
The lodge serves three meals as part of the standard fare and it has a nice bar, a verandah overlooking the water, a hamock room and this gorgeous swimming pool.
Unique Quality: No glass on the windows--it is all open air. The howler monkeys will wake you up at 5:30 a.m.
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Address: Across The Airstrip At, Tortuguero, Province of Limon, 6941, Costa Rica
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Amenities at Tortuga Lodge
- Swimming Pool
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Free High Speed Internet
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