We stayed here for 4 days/3 nights and had a terrific time. Up front, we are birders and nature lovers and not out for a luxury hotel experience, which you won't find here. They are primarily devoted to rainforest research education and finance some of those efforts with tourism.
Also be aware, this is lowland rain forest so it is hot and humid, particularly hiking in the forest. That said, that's why it's such an amazing place.
We stayed in one of the "deluxe" rooms that had a/c and a ceiling fan. It didn't get quite cool enough for me but my husband is an a/c hater and he was happy. As we were leaving we finally found a setting to lower the temp setting lol. The bathroom was big and the water was hot--can't vouch for quantity as we're both water savers and don't take long shower--but it was always there when we wanted it.
Breakfast in included in the room rate, and it was different every day (with the exception of the ever present pico de gallo, of course!) and very good. The restaurant is in a pleasant open-air pavilion and the food is typical Costa Rican. The beer is cold and at dinner time you might be entertained by some bats flitting around the lights in the corner.
We truly enjoyed birding and wildlife watching here, both in the gardens around the lodge and on the beautiful suspension bridge over the Sarapiqui river. Dawn and twilight were the best times. We also took the opportunity to take some tours at the nearby OET, or La Selva Biological Station, about a twenty minutes' drive from Tirimbina (unless your taxi driver is determined to deliver you the Selva Verde Hotel, about 5 minutes from Tirimbina. We sorted it out).
The staff was friendly and helpful but there were some younger folks there (interns? students?) who weren't quite sure about how things worked.
We booked through Aratinga Tours and highly recommend both the tour company and Tirimbina lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Sarapiqui region, the Tirimbina Rainforest Lodge along the Sarapiqui River, is contiguous to a Biological Reserve of 852.5 Acres.We offer 12 comfortable rooms with A/C, safe deposit box, hot water, WI-FI, and phone. Enjoy our welcoming atmosphere and discover the exciting tropical forest, walking along several trails and suspension bridges of tropical forest and river discoveries from our study trails and bridges.Services (Restaurant, laundry , 24h security, a be-lingual staff welcomes)Facilities (souvenir shop, parking lot, A/C conference room, library, internet access) Attractions: (More than 9km trails, chocolate tour, bird watching, bat program, self walking tour, guided tour, night walking tour, eco education programs, volunteer and research opportunities and more) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tirimbina Hotel La Virgen