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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 February 2016

A beautiful lodge in beautiful surroundings.Staff were excellent, they were extremely friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Lovely gardens and swimming pool too! One minor negative was no fridge in the room. I realise that fridges aren't exactly eco friendly but a small cooler with ice would be sufficient for keeping water cold? Just a thought. Would definitely recommend.

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear friendsonholiday2015, We really appreciate your comment about the fridge in the room. For people considering a stay with us, we offer guests that need to refrigerate something the opportunity to do so in our restaurant and bar refrigerators. For a cool drink at night, I'm glad that you mentioned this, we used to put a pitcher of ice cold...

Calgary, Canada
Reviewed 27 January 2016

We stayed here on a visit to Costa Rica 7 years ago, and when returning to the country, this was the one place we simply had to come back to again. We were not disappointed. This is a lovely setting along the river (although there is more boat traffic now than there used to be, so it's not quite as...

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Janice E, Thank you for mentioning the size of the lodge. Tortuga Lodge is quite small, we only have 27 rooms. Most other lodges in the area are much larger 60+ rooms. Our size and location give us the ability to personalize our service to guests. Our dining room offers sit down meals, no standing in line at a...

Reviewed 26 January 2016

To get to this beautiful resort does require a few hours of bumpy road ride and then a further hour or so of enjoyable boat ride through Costa Rican vegetation with opportunities to see local wildlife along the banks. The final section opens out into the main river which just after the hotel meets with the Caribbean Sea and coast....

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Tim S, Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with Trip Advisor! You're right, visiting Tortuguero National Park is very much like a water borne safari. We offer the tour into the park in motorized boats or kayak. Our tours into the park include round trip transportation, park entrance fee, water, rain ponchos and most importantly...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

We had a great stay here - very slick service from initial boat transfer right through to the checkout and transfer back. Well positioned lodge, 10 minutes or so by boat to the national park entrance and Tortuguero village. Our room was on an upper balcony with a river view, and was both spacious and clean. No air con, but...

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Europamonkey, Thank you for taking the time to share your insight with people that may be considering us as their lodge while visiting Tortuguero National Park. You did a great job of mentioning the most important points. We hope you will come and see us again! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 January 2016

Just returned from a four night stay at this wonderful place. The breakfast and evening meals were excellent. The lunch menu was limited and could do with a few more options but there is a limited food supply( as everything had to be boated in). There is a complementary water taxi service to the small village/national park entrance. The rooms...

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Ian B, Thank you for mentioning not only the River View which of course everyone talks about, but also for mentioning the garden view which so few of our guests talk about. I agree with you, if you're into nature and wildlife, this is one of the best seats in the house. The birding in the morning is fantastic....

Denver, Colorado
Reviewed 13 January 2016

Tortuga Lodge is absolutely amazing! Costa Rican paradise! I couldn't have asked for more from the staff, they were attentive, friendly, and hard working! Food was top notch! Guides were amazing, and the expeditions were breathtaking! Norton, our guide was awesome, make sure to ask for him! The wait staff in the dining room were amazing as well. Overall i...

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Aaron C, Thank you for sharing your experience at Tortuga Lodge. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the staff, the food and especially your guide Norton. Norton, better known as “Putut,” was born on March 10, 1964, in Rio Maíz, Nicaragua. When Somoza lost the Nicaraguan Revolution to the Sandinistas, Norton's father decided it was time to...

malibu
Reviewed 11 January 2016

This is a very special property - really cool vibe. The only way in or out is by boat or small plane. I was a bit nervous about the little plane, but it was fine (only 20 minutes to San Jose). There are no cars, no radio, no TV's - very laid-back, fabulous meals and service. I had no idea...

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear redhorseMalibu, Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed your time in Tortuguero National Park with Willis. You're right, he is a lovely man and has deep ties to Tortuguero. As a Rankin, his history in Tortuguero reaches way back. Willis’s great grandfather was a British captain, whose ship ranked among those frequenting the coast to fish and trade...

Reviewed 10 January 2016

What a wonderful way to begin our dream vacation to Costa Rica. I think I will always remember waking up in our open-air room to the sound of howler monkeys and then watching the sun come up looking at a fast flowing river, beautiful lush greenery and then the sound of the Caribbean in the distance. Iguanas by the pool,...

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

WOW!!!!! It's especially moving when guests say it better than we can: "noisy with the sounds of nature, quiet with the sounds of man." Natalie Ewing Director Marketing & Guest Satisfaction

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

Impeccable service at every step. Perfect, clear guest communications. We found the food to be of very good quality. Room was lovely and we enormously appreciated the screens instead of windows to feel 'part of the jungle' (minus the bugs). In fact, we opened our curtains at lights out so we could wake to the sunrise. Mentioning bugs - I...

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Natalie E, Guest Relations Manager at Tortuga Lodge & Gardens, responded to this review

Dear JYNZ, Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences while at Tortuga Lodge. I'm glad to hear that you found the food to be of very good quality, the time that our Executive Chef, Federico Barrantes, has spent at the lodge is beginning to show results. It sounds like you were a perfect fit for the lodge,...

Amarillo, Texas
Reviewed 9 January 2016

This is a wonderful lodge, owned by a company called Costa Rica Expeditions, who planned our entire trip. Like everything else about CRE, this lodge was first class. Gourmet food, big comfortable room, friendly and knowledgeable staff. We had many unique experiences here: kayaking for the first time, in a river through the national park filled with animals and birds....

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Dear letson 703, WOW, it sounds like you were a perfect fit for Tortuga Lodge. For people reading this and considering a stay with us, I'd like to expand a little on letson 703's closing sentence: " Think up-close interaction with nature combined with luxurious accommodations." For guests that are interested in immersion in the rain forst, sightings of Costa...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
11 River View Downstairs Terrace Rooms. 12 Upstairs River View Balcony Rooms. (A little more expensive, but worth it. See what reviewers have said by clicking on "room tips") 2 River View Downstairs Junior Suites, with connecting door. 1 River View Upstairs Penthouse Suite with 2 baths. 1 of the Downstairs Rooms is Wheelchair Accessible with 2 baths • Beds: 4 Downstairs Rooms and 5 Upstairs Rooms have 1 King Bed. 6 Downstairs Rooms and 3 Upstairs Rooms have 2 Double Beds. 1 Downstairs Room and 2 Upstairs Rooms have 1 Queen and 1 Double Bed. 1 Downstairs Room has 1 King and 1Double Bed. 2 Upstairs Rooms have 1 Queen and 1 Double Bed. The 2 Junior suites have 1 King and 1 Double Bed • All rooms have: In-room safe, hot water, ceiling fans, reading lamps, hair dryer, free wireless internet and large screened windows so you experience the sounds of the rain forest. • All rooms don't have: TV, AC, or mini-bar. • Service Style: Personalized, informal, caring. • Restaurant: Cuisine: What a Costa Rican Grandmother would cook if she was also a creative and contemporary professional chef. Caribbean themed cocktails, and no we don't mean pina coladas, although we'll make you one of those too. •Atmosphere: Quiet, laid back and with an emphasis on the natural surroundings - most buildings are open air. • No background music. • Suggested activities at hotel: Palm and Orchid Gardens. Plan on 1 or 2 hours. Award winning Riverside Pool. Plan on at least 1 hour per morning or afternoon per day. Hammocks everywhere. Plan on losing track of time in one. 2 computers with internet for guest use at no charge. Spend as little time as possible. You're on vacation. • Tortuguero can only be accessed by boat or by domestic or charter plane. • Tortuga Lodge offers complete packages including round trip transportation, lodging, meals and excursions. • Suggested stay: 3-5 nights. • Owned and Operated by Costa Rica Expeditions. ... more   less 

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Address: Across from the airstrip | 1 mile north of the Town of Tortuguero, Tortuguero 6941, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Price Range: €139 - €268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tortuga Lodge & Gardens 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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“The suites are really special, but all rooms seemed good, with hammocks and chairs outside”
 of 5 bubbles margaretb2016, 22 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Second floor river view room with a balcony. Great view of the river. Nice ocean breeze.”
 of 5 bubbles jimfridamurray, 21 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Penthouse was beautiful and quiet!”
 of 5 bubbles jessicaj326, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We booked the penthouse suite - absolutely incredible - has 2 double beds and 1 additional bed.”
 of 5 bubbles Sandrahello, 12 Feb 2017 | Read review
“We were in second floor rooms - peaceful and nice.”
 of 5 bubbles benavidespatricia, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
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