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#3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in San Gerardo de Dota
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Ruth Z wrote a review Mar 2018
Santa Rosa, California544 contributions167 helpful votes
The lodge is run by a family and each and every member was kind and helpful. The provided breakfast was delicious and really good and the coffee was great. There was wifi in the reception/restaurant area but not in the cabins. The cabins are a bit up the hill from the restaurant but not too far. Dinner was also available from 5-7 each night and was delicious (trout from their ponds) but a little pricey. The room/cabin was spotless and furnished nicely; however, it gets really cold in the mountains and the room was a bit drafty. Adequate blankets are provided. Falling asleep to the sound of the river was wonderful. They also helped to set up a tour to see the quetzal in the morning and my guide, Carlos, was great. This place isn't fancy but it was a good deal and I would definitely stay here again. Info for those planning a visit: I had problems with the hot water, but found out from another guest that you have to run the water slowly - not full force if you want a warm shower. The family speaks very little English but, while it was challenging, I practiced my Spanish and learned a few things in the process. Oh! And the road in is 'interesting' but that's true for any places in this valley including the expensive resorts.
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Date of stay: February 2018
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Room Tip: I liked room #3 but all the rooms are comfortable but a little rustic.
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anilee2016 wrote a review Feb 2016
Whitehorse, Canada1 contribution1 helpful vote
The cabins are rustic and clean with bathrooms and running water. The rainbow trout ponds are interesting and this is the freshest fish you will ever eat in a restaurant. The tico family are wonderful, friendly and very helpful. The mora juice from the local black berries is to die for. Don't forget to try the spagetti squash which is growing on the hillsides. The walk to the waterfalls is great and we saw a male and female quetzal. You can take a horseback tour of the valley and the man to ask for is Sebastion Bonilla. He has well broke horses which are great for the whole family. This location is around 8500' in elevation so take some extra clothes as the evenings and mornings are nippy. The mornings can be 5 degrees celcius before the sun comes up. This is a place like no other in Costa Rica and should not be missed.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: We stayed in one of the cabins up on the hill.
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peter & mary s wrote a review Mar 2015
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After staying at Los Lagos 3 nights we came away feeling like the adopted children of an amazing family …and to describe our experience at this lodge we must first describe the family and the beautiful property that they own in the heart of perhaps the most breathtaking mountain valley Costa Rica has to offer – San Gerardo de Dota. Gerardina and her niece Angie greeted us when we arrived and Angie, who manages the Cabinas El Quetzal (a very nice more modern lodge across the country road) spoke excellent English and assisted us in getting settled. Before long we met Gerardina’s mother Paulina and son Roland. Gerardina’s daughter Paola, who we didn’t meet in person as she lived many miles away, never-the-less assisted us with excellent email communications before and during our stay. The entire family and their employees treated us in a way that can only be described as heartfelt and loving. Not to deceive you, our room was somewhat like living in a birdhouse high in a tree. It had large picture windows overlooking the valley and an outdoor seating area on a deck. The bathroom was functional but a bit sour at times and we just kept the door shut. Colorful birds constantly visited the flowers and shrubs surrounding our apartment. The price per night for our “birdhouse” was very affordable and in general we loved it. The cost of our stay included huge delicious breakfasts and wonderfully prepared dinners by Gerardina and Paulina at the hours of our choosing. Besides Los Lagos Family Cottage Inn and Cabinas El Quetzal, the family’s property is a working ranch of orchards, trout farms and cattle. All meals are prepared with homegrown produce, fresh live trout and free range livestock. Most everyone seems to be here to see the beautiful and elusive Resplendent Quetzal. We were no different and to our good fortune Quetzals frequented grandma Paulina’s orchard and we were treated to a private viewing! We don’t see how anyone can go wrong staying at Los Lagos or the more modern and upscale Cabinas El Quetzal. There are more expensive lodges located up and down this incredible, breathtaking valley but you will not find better hosts than the Chacon Monge family. After just three days our parting goodbyes were nearly tearful.
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Date of stay: February 2015
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Room Tip: If Los Lagos is too rustic for you consider Cabinas El Quetzal across the rode. The same...
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SuffolkAnvil wrote a review Feb 2012
Suffolk8 contributions1 helpful vote
We found this place (now called Los Lagos Lodge) driving down to San Gerardo de Dota. We were offered an all inclusive price, including a guided walk in the morning. The rooms are wooden chalets, basic but very clean. It gets cold at this altitude at night so the room was complete with a small fan heater (which we didn't use) and came with three blankets for the bed. We were offered more blankets, but declined them - mistake, so accept them if you go there. The food, cooked by Mario and his mother, was simple, but freshly cooked and good. Mario took us on the walk at 0630 and was genuinely delighted when he managed to spot a quetzal, which we were able to watch and photograph for half an hour or so. The view from our chalet was fabulous. We only had 1 night there, but would love to go back to explore the area.
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Date of stay: February 2012
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las5muertas wrote a review Oct 2010
Nijmegen, The Netherlands79 contributions23 helpful votes
We stayed in the los lagos in july last year. It was very queit and the 2 off us were the only guests. We loved the mora juice and the fresh trout. Next time we will visit mario and his mother again. If you wanna see quetzals go here.
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Date of stay: July 2010
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US$92 - US$103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
los lagos cottage hotel province of san jose
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of San JoseSan Gerardo de Dota
NUMBER OF ROOMS
19
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Frequently Asked Questions about Los Lagos Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Los Lagos Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Batsu (0.3 km), Rio savegre Waterfall (2.0 km), and Parque National Los Quetzales (6.8 km).
What food & drink options are available at Los Lagos Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Los Lagos Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alma de Árbol, Pizzería los Colibríes., and Cafe Kahawa.
Is Los Lagos Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of San Gerardo de Dota.