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Austin, Texas
Reviewed 5 June 2013

I went to La Paloma again in May of 2013, after being there in May of 2012. I could not have had two more diverse experiences. Nicole, the original manager is gone. Let me count the bad things from the 2013 trip. I couldn't get bacon with my breakfast. Not once in 5 days. They were "out". I've been to...

6Thank EricFromAustin
lizzy06osa, General Manager at La Paloma Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jenny, I am sorry to read that you were unsatisfied with your vacation at La Paloma this year. Here at the lodge we take criticism to heart and have immediately started implementing change. Your candid review has pushed to re-polish the experience that we share with all of our guests. We pride ourselves in providing each guest with the...

Fairfax, Virginia
Reviewed 21 May 2013

We had a terrific time at La Paloma. The owner, manager, and staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome, quickly learning our names and interests. The guides really know their stuff and couldn't have been nicer. We went scuba diving with Giant Mantas and sharks, saw tapirs, coatis, sloths, four monkey species and more on our...

2Thank David R
London, Ontario CAN
Reviewed 2 May 2013

We stayed at La Paloma for a week in April. After researching various eco-lodges in the Osa Penninsula, we chose La Paloma based on the many good reviews. We were not disappointed- we highly recommend this lodge to anyone looking for the accommodations and lovely surroundings of an all-inclusive resort packaged in a small lodge setting. The Corcovado Park tour,...

2Thank dandl972
Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 29 April 2013

Where else can stand in your shower and see a monkey hanging from the eaves seven feet away from you? This was my second visit to La Paloma Lodge and it was everything I remembered it to be. Lush, humid and hot, but oh-so beautiful. The staff was amazing, the food delicious, the walk to the beach lovely, the sounds...

1Thank SeattleLoni
Reviewed 20 April 2013

My husband and I spent a week at La Paloma in October 2011 and loved it! While it wasn't exactly the beach vacation I was hoping for, it was certainly an adventure. One thing that amazed me most was how much luxury that the staff could provide that far off the beaten path. Overall, the resort is fairly quiet as...

1Thank misskate125
St. Paul, MN
Reviewed 20 April 2013

My husband and I have been to La Paloma five times in the past ten years, which pretty much sums up how we feel about the place. It's hard to imagine returning to Costa Rica without including La Paloma. We've come to know some of the guides, especially Randall, quite well and appreciate the effort they make to show us...

1Thank XuxaL
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 17 April 2013

The location, the rooms, the staff, the food, the activities and facilities -- all perfect. The most attentive staff I have ever come across. How many places do you go where you hug the manager and the owner upon leaving? This is a very special place to which my family and I will be returning.

2Thank rpeyster
New York City, New York
Reviewed 15 April 2013

We really enjoyed our 4 nights here. Staff, guides, lodge Manager, all interesting, professional and nice people. Lodge is very clean, and the grounds are beautiful. We stayed in 1 of 3 smaller units. The room is lovely, but the lighting is terrible. This is not due to lack of electricity, but old, inadequate lighting fixtures. The showers are big,...

3Thank UpperWS
San Francisco, California, United States
Reviewed 9 April 2013

I really, really, really wanted to love La Paloma. Unfortunately, I can't recommend that you stay here. The short version of this review: The setting was wonderful, and if it was a cheap basic lodge that catered to the hostel crowd, I'd love it. At this price, I'm less forgiving. It felt like it was a lodge that was transported...

4Thank ZacharyRD
Oakland, California
Reviewed 5 April 2013

As said in many reviews the rooms are great and the views are spectacular but for the price I was very disappointed in the food. There were very little choices and the portions were very small. In addition the flavor and cooking style was quite bland. In addition I felt for the price the extras were missing or in poor...

1Thank abby7

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Pool
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Pool
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We have outstanding views of Drake Bay and the Pacific Ocean from our Lodge. Our standard rooms are large and include a private bath and an ocean view balcony. Our ranchos are one and two-story private cabins that also offer balconies with stunning ocean views. They hold up to 6 people and are very spacious. Some are equipped with a bathroom on both the upper and lower level, and are suitable for families or two couples traveling together. ... more   less 

Additional Information about La Paloma Lodge

Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Price Range: €262 - €328 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
La Paloma Hotel Drake Bay
La Paloma Drake Bay
La Paloma Lodge Costa Rica/Drake Bay
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
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“Sunset Rancho overlooks the ocean and is nice and quiet. Beautiful 2 story Rancho.”
 of 5 bubbles DSPEEGLE, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“We flew in from San Jose and did a road trip back. Best of both worlds.”
 of 5 bubbles DonAwe, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“if you can swing it the sunset ranchos have great biews”
 of 5 bubbles 21katiet, 24 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Two-story sunset ranchos have spectacular views, including into the nearby trees at monkey height!”
 of 5 bubbles Laene, 20 Aug 2016 | Read review
“The Sunset Ranchos have magnificent views.”
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