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Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The kayak tour is amazing. The food is good and staff are super friendly. Each time we arrived back to the lodge, staff was waiting for us with a drink, once with hot chocolate after a wet day. We enjoyed the hammocks on the veranda and the wild life on the grounds. Even the flight back on the small plane...

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Wayne, New Jersey
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Every day was an adventure from the moment we landed in our small plane and took a water taxi to your tropical hideaway. No cars or motorcycles--just peaceful nature at its finest. The boat tours, the early morning bird walks, the jungle paths in the back, and the hike on Tortuguero Hill were all part of the vacation of a...

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I had the opportunity to stay at Tortuga Lodge and Gardens on two separate occasions - March 2016 for 8 days and March 2017 for 7 days. Our travel arrangements were made through Costa Rica expeditions, which operates the lodge. We can't say enough about the lodge itself and the surrounding grounds -- just beautiful! Lots of...

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London
Reviewed 1 week ago

Tortuga lodge is a real gem - a unique, special place in a beautiful setting with excellent service. We booked the 2 day tour which included transport from San Jose and then (in our case) a flight to Arenal at the end of our stay. From start to finish the whole experience is superb - the river journey to the...

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

Dear Barry_TomTom, Time is the most precious thing any of us have. Vacation Time is especially precious and your honeymoon will be among your life's most cherished memories. We are honored to have been a part of that. We hope you will consider visiting us again, maybe to celebrate a special anniversary? Vacation Time is Precious! Natalie Ewing Director Marketing...

Sydney
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you set out to design the ideal lodge on the edge of an absolute gem of a tropical rainforest this would just about be perfect. This is a professionally managed lodge, that understands its clients. The rooms are large and comfortable. I would spend the extra and book a room on the upper level. Better privacy and better views...

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

Dear Geddes_7, It’s quite a compliment to say that our organization and tours was by far the best you experienced during your two-week vacation. There is a reason for this. Tortuga Lodge is owned by Costa Rica Expeditions, a full service inbound tour operator, we design customized itineraries for guests. We also own the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens in the...

Kehei, Maui
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience! The people are very friendly and knowledgeable, the rooms are very comfortable and the food is FABULOUS! We were not expecting gourmet food so far from a major city, but the menu changed daily and every dish was fantastic. There are jungle trails right from the lodge where we saw monkeys, sloths, frogs and so many...

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

Dear AvianiSiegel, If you're interested in wildlife and birding, Tortuga Lodge is a must see in Costa Rica. This is one of the places where you most likely to see a great variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. For people interesting in this type of activity, it's a match made in heaven. AND it makes it so much nicer...

Rosemere, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderfully clean rooms, fresh air, balconies overlooking the lagoon, no noise other than nature...a really special place. The food is exceptionally fresh and the staff very kind and patient. The activities were wonderful. We would love to return.

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

Dear Fraser M, Please do come again! We are getting quite a number of guests that come every year for longer stays. They say that it's like coming to visit family, only with the sights and sounds of a lowland tropical surrounding you and the Tortuguero River as the view from you front porch. Vacation Time is Precious, Natalie Ewing...

Cooperstown, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Large airy room, gourmet food, excellent staff, wonderful excursions...we cannot say enough about this place. We saw so many animals and birds! We recommend the kayaking, the boat ride, the walk to the top of the small hill for the view, and the daily nature walk around the grounds. Take a walk on the beach if you want to feel...

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

Dear Peggy L, Thank you for mentioning how much you enjoyed our excursions. When you book your tours in Tortuguero with us, you ensure that you willl have motorized boats, English speaking profesional Naturalist Guides, and the best possible experience all done to the highest standards of safety. For guests wanting more information on these tours, visit our website and...

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at this hotel in March 2017 and had a great visit. Lots of wildlife on the property - iguana, toucans, monkeys and many other birds. They have a nature trail on the property too. The restaurant is very good and one sits overlooking the river. The rooms do not have A/C, but that is great as the windows...

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

Dear John P, It sounds like you were a great fit for the lodge. It's designed for nature lovers. The lack of AC allowing screens on the windows affords guests the luxury of going to sleep and waking to the sounds of a vibrant and fascinating lowland tropical rain forest. We hope to see you at Tortuga Lodge again someday....

Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for three nights and had a fabulous time. We arrived by plane and had a journey of about a minute across the river to the hotel. The room was a balcony room which I would recommend as you do have to walk passed the downstairs rooms. It's not a problem but just our preference. The room was a...

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

Dear sbsutclife, You gave Norton, whom we all love. I thought I'd share his bio with the readers. Understanding his history sheds some light on how a tour with Norton would be a wonderful experience. Better known as “Putut,”, Norton was born on March 10, 1964, in Rio Maíz, Nicaragua. When Somoza lost the Nicaraguan Revolution to the Sandinistas, Norton's...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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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 

Additional Information about Tortuga Lodge & Gardens

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: ₹ 9,192 - ₹ 16,884 (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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“In buildings with two staircases, the two upstairs units had slightly more privacy than the buildings with one shared staircase.”
  • Comfortable beds
 of 5 bubbles kazook, 28 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Corner rooms allow for a nice breeze.”
 of 5 bubbles LisaSeela, 27 Mar 2017 | Read review
“2nd floor rooms are preferred for ocean breezes and bird watching”
 of 5 bubbles peterbY5977EK, 26 Mar 2017 | Read review
“We had a balcony, river view which was really worth the upgrade.”
 of 5 bubbles Barry_TomTom, 19 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Go for a room on the upper floor for the view and enhanced privacy”
 of 5 bubbles Geddes_7, 19 Mar 2017 | Read review
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