The place itself is a nice location, very private and surrounded by tall trees and a view of the nearby mountains. The restaurant area was a nice place to hang out with great views and the food was pretty good too. The only downside was the room itself. They could do with a bit of an update, felt a bit like going back to the 70’s. And it was quite dark where they were too, located further down the hill and in the shade of the trees. People say it’s very good for birders but I didn’t see too many myself. We were just passing through really from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean coast but some people stop here for the hiking. The good news is if you like tennis there’s a full indoor court here and the owner is an avid player himself. I would recommend this place but it would be even better if some money was spent on the rooms and pool area which wasn’t very inviting. But the view, the food and restaurant area was pretty nice. And the insects noise at sunset was totally amazing, I’ve never heard insects make so much noise.
I had Room 16, which was nice and spacious; the little ceiling fan was more than adequate as overnight temps were in the 60s (this is late July). Bathroom was great - nice walk-in shower! No coffee-maker, although Carlos offered to get me one (I had an electric kettle with me so I didn't need it). Had a great view of the back gardens! Food was outstanding - Alicia's a marvelous cook! Both Carloses (Senior and Junior) were attentive and friendly; they went out of their way to arrange a guide to take me to Los Cusingos and made sure the feeders were stocked! Feeders were great for tanagers, honeycreepers, woodpeckers, and even cool butterflies! Trails could use some work; the woodland trails (going uphill) were too dicey for me, and grassy areas leading to some of the trails could use mowing/upgrade, as it would be very easy to step into a hole and sprain your ankle. Half the Riverside Trail was wiped out by Hurricane Nate, but the woodland portion was in good shape (and flat), good for Buff-rumped Warbler, Orange-billed NT, and even ticlears and glasswings. Had over 60 species of butterflies here, easy to see along main road (which is also good birding if you go slow; it's quite steep!)
The staff tried hard to make our stay comfortable and upgraded us to a bigger room as the original was a postage stamp, hard bed and no hot water in the sink. Not much to do here. The staff speaks English but not fluent. Dining area is very nice and the food OK. We shortened our stay and checked out a day early.
If you want to take pictures of birds.
This is the place to be.
Carlos is a very friendly host.
The food is very tasteful.
The deck is a gem.
The bathroom was not clean. Carlos do something about it.
The rooms are noisy.
We had room 16. Spacious, equipped with a fridge and a coffeemaker.
Above us room 19. It had a cracking floor. Very noisy.
So, if you do not want to hear the noise of your neighbours, take room 18 or 19, they are upstairs.
Rooms 1....8 are budget rooms. the have a fridge. About a coffemaker, I am not sure.
The garden is fantastic. a lot of birds in the garden.
As described in previous reviews this hotel has a great location for seeing birds, set in extensive grounds. But the previous proprietress seems to have left, and the remaining owner has let the place badly go: you would not go near the filthy pool, worn out hammocks are threadbare, the food is tinned, the staff’s attention is cursory, etc. The shabbiness does not justify the price and he seems to be just milking the previous glories. But the bedrooms were OK, beds comfortable, bathrooms functional, and the grounds unspoilt