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!)…
beautiful birds, lovely helpful owner. I was over charged by my taxi by a large amount so he insisted that the driver come over and give me the extra back which the driver did. . great but short trails with lots of birds, stunning river flowing, pool needed cleaned while i was there (in my opinion), fruit trees attract very colourful birds... comfortable rooms and very clean. The bed was good, shower was basic but hot. Breakfast and dinner is served. Dinner was very good and tasty but has to be ordered or organised in the morning. The setting is beautiful.
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.
We've been coming to this lodge for over 10 years. We love it's location and natural setting on the General River just after the confluence of the Chirripo and Buena Vista rivers. The property is filled with birds and is one of our favorite birding spots. But another major draw for us is the lodge itself with great food, staff and comfort. The owner is wonderfully attentive and a great conversationalist. Highly recommend it as a place to stay, bird, dine and just enjoy nature.
Hi guys 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. regards schliek
If you love birding, this could be the place for you! Nice rooms, but nothing fancy. A few updates would be nice. Ceiling fan, but no A.C. outstanding food served on a deck overlooking fruit feeders. Very nice service and owner was very congenial.Large enclosed tennis courts and beautiful pool. Hot tub was cool. You can be greeted by a common paraque as you walk to breakfast. Honeycreepers abound. Many beautiful species waiting to be observed.
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
Stayed as part of a small group tour for 3 nights. Rooms extremely basic but very clean. In separate need of renovation, there is no hot water tap in the hand basin and no plug. The basin was not secured to the wall, the towel rail was made from plumbing pipe and 90 degree fixings. There was no hot water for the shower on 2 nights of our 3 night stay and there were cracks in two of the panes of glass in windows and the one of the mesh nettings over the open window had a big hole in it and 3 of the 5 lightbulbs in the main light were not working, this was rectified quickly. Food was plentiful, freshly cooked and very good for all meals. Kitchen staff all very friendly. We had read reviews before coming so knew what to expect. Would definitely come again even with the problems with the room. The grounds are wonderful and the high up open air restaurant with its rustic atmosphere a wonderful area in which to watch the birds; just make sure you are wearing sturdy non slip shoes because the path can be very slippy walking back down the slope.…
While only a few minutes' drive from the large city of San Isidro de El General, Talari Mountain Lodge is peaceful, comfortable and blessed with a variety of habitats that encourage birds and other wildlife. There is a viewing platform overlooking the river and, to the east, the highest point in the country, Cerro Chirripo, can be seen in the distance. The staff and the owner, Don Carlos, were welcoming and knowledgeable about the birds to be found here. They added fruit to the feeder near the restaurant when I asked, and that set up some great photo opportunities the next morning. I would strongly suggest that adding a few hummingbird feeders nearby would create even more attractions for visiting birders like me.