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Reviewed 21 December 2020

Beautiful ride to get to the hotel. Lovely grounds. Room was comfortable but not luxurious. The heat (its cold at night) worked well. The hotel asks that you wear armbands (what - this is not ClubMed) which is sort of part of the pretentiousness of the place. The check-in lady insisted we had to make reservations for dinner and for breakfast which was odd as the restaurant was never ever anywhere near crowded. The restaurant itself has a cheesy atmosphere not fitting with the rest of the place but if you sit on the terrace its beautiful. The food was excellent as well as the wait staff. The hiking trails are well marked and worth the hike. None are too strenuous or lengthy.

Date of stay: December 2020
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1  Thank brucea323
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Reviewed 27 October 2020 via mobile

My son and I have been to CR many times but this was our first time at San Gerardo de Dota. It’s absolutely beautiful. We hiked the trails, took a walk on the road by the river, and went horseback riding. Everyone wore masks and hand washing/sanitizing required. I had a fantastic massage at the spa. The staff was great, especially Josue at the restaurant. I hope to return with the rest of my family! Room was comfortable and clean. Beautiful gardens and lots of birds! Also the quetzal tour was awesome! I have beautiful photos of quetzals and several other birds from the region!

Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank NHso
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Reviewed 2 May 2020

After the fairly hair-raising (very narrow and winding) road in , it was a pleasant surprise to find how cool it was here. (we had spent almost 3 weeks in other much hotter parts of Costa Rica). At the time we were there it was pretty much guaranteed that you would see a quetzel which had obligingly nested in a tree not too far from the road. There are plenty of other walks to do nearby as well.
Although the rooms are large and have nice gardens and seats outside, they feel more 3 star while the staff and restaurant are definitely 4 star.
It was a bit too resorty for my taste- lots of big tour groups and gilded desserts (!?) but a great spot to see a range of hummingbirds.

Date of stay: March 2020
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Thank Aqua413
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Reviewed 25 April 2020

This is a very special place. You drive down a winding, steep road into a beautiful, lush valley. The hotel was founded by a man who discovered the valley back in the 1950s. He and his family have improved and expanded the property over the years. Very-eco conscious. Our room was spacious, simple, comfortable. The gardens are extraorindary, and there are plenty of walking trails. We also enjoyed excellent massages at the spa. Birders will love this place; you can sit on the terrace, and watch the hummingbirds come to the feeders. Or you can bird along the trails. We also took a short drive to an area where quetzals were nesting; an extraordinarily beautiful bird. A memory for a lifetime. The restaurant has a good-quality buffet for lunch and dinner. This is a peaceful, magical place. I will never forget it.

Date of stay: March 2020
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2  Thank PamelaH752
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Reviewed 24 April 2020

We chose San Gerado over Monteverde because we felt it might be quieter. I don't know whether it was but it was certainly worth the trip and very enjoyable. The Savegre Hotel was a nice place to stay with excellent grounds and access to walking trails. The room we had was fine but fairly basic, but being able to walk outside and sit in the surrounding gardens with the birds was of far more importance. The food is fairly basic but perfectly adequate and the bar was also very welcoming. It is worth the steep walk up to the viewing platform and as others have suggested, do visit the toliets there! They are far better than those in most hotels in Costa Rica and the view surpasses any other toilet I have been to! We went on a few bird watching tours and Melvin was a fantastic and friendly guide. He also has his own bird garden which is well worth a visit. It is interesting that standards for hotels seem to be rising in this area and it is worth visiting Lauraceaus Lodge just down the road to see this. (We went for lunch and the trout was fantastic). As a result I expect to see more changes at Savegre. The downside here is that it can be a bit crowded, including the Quetzel spotting, but still worth the trip and we would return.

Date of stay: February 2020
2  Thank 28Bruce
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