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Reviewed 13 January 2016

Very nice bungalows in the cloud forest, on top of a hill with views from floor to ceiling windows. Rooms were very clean with good beds and nice washrooms, some with Jacuzzi soaker tubs. Great views from the more remote bungalows (#4-9) are of nothing but jungle. Meals are excellent! There are several km of hiking trails on the property and quetzal viewing locations are not far away. Get a guide and you're almost guaranteed to see the birds. Wifi is available in the main building but not at the more remote bungalows.

Room tip: Bungalows 1,2,3 are close to the main building, bungalows 4-9 are ~500 meters away. Bags are delivered, it's a bit of a walk for meals.
Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank AndyGloria
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Reviewed 13 January 2016

Dantica Cloud Forest Lodge is billed as a classy hotel with a high end restaurant, modern rooms with fireplaces and jetted tubs. The truth is in the details.

Their so-called "high end" restaurant has a decent chef, but the lunch and dinner waiter never got our orders right once in 4 days. Their menu was fairly extensive, but the hotel was always out of some key item when we were ordering meals (like pasta!). Note the breakfast staff was much better.

Each meal I watched the waiter mess up our orders and other peoples too, but never once did the hotel manger stay onsight after 4 or 5 pm to oversee the meal service. Jorge the manager was totally disengeged and unhelpful. I'd expect that some of the staff could be good performers with some management support and guidance.

All but about 3 of their rooms are a really long walk from the lodge restaurant and parking area. We had a nice view from the room and a balcony where we were on the levle with the tree tops. However, that meant a lot of climbing to get to rooms each time you went out anywhere. It was a mile hike to get to the main lodge and back to the room.

The room itself was in really bad repair. We were prepared for colder weather at the elevation, but our room had holes in it. It was not only that the vents didn't close. The wood was warped on the door allowing a gap that cold air came in. There were also warped wooden shutters that didn't close over an opening with no glass(!) between us and outside. The alcohol fireplace helped as did the electric heater, but there was no way that anyone would have wanted to bath in the jetted tub when you could see your breath in the bathroom.

The housekeeping staff was sick while we were there and one hardworking girl cleaned all the rooms by herself one day with the maintenance guys helping her. We really appreciated their efforts, but again, Jorge was nowhere to be seen in helping to deal with this situation.

Overall, this was a very disappointing hotel. The location has a lot of potential but it needs work and better management to draw anyone to return or recommend it to others. It is not a good value for your time or money.

The bright spot was Carlos, the bird guide. He was excellent and enabled us to see many wonderful birds in the area including the resplendent quetzal.

Room tip: Stay in the master suite or cabin 1 or 2 as they aren't such a long walk.
Date of stay: January 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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6  Thank EnjoyinLife99
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

This is the place you want to stay. It isnt the cheapest hotel but the experience is great. Superb bungalows, jacuzzi, bed with view over the valley, a really good restaurant where they serve great dishes and lots to do in the surroundings.

Date of stay: December 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Timvisor
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

We had a wonderful two nights high up at 2500m in this astonishing country. The team at the hotel were helpful and friendly. The food in the restaurant was wonderful and Carlos the guide was knowledgable and enthusiastic. We liked the room and the trails around the hotel grounds (probably slightly tougher going than we'd anticipated!). Thanks for a great stay. We'll try to come back.

Room tip: Remember that you will walk nearly 1km to & from the hotel reception & restaurant. Bring stout shoes & a cagoule.
Date of stay: December 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Susie N
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Reviewed 24 November 2015

With the help of Mr. Tico travel specialists, we spent 4 days at Dantica in the Talamanca mountain range/San Gerardo de Dota area for our first cloud forest experience and were not disappointed. The day we arrived the quantity of birds outside our room was amazing, as was the view down the forest valley and up into the hills. Mornings tended to be sunny, with clouds or rain in the afternoon.

ACCOMMODATION: We stayed in the Master Suite, which consists of a large living space, bedroom and large bathroom with a shower and 2-person jacuzzi tub. The tub was a welcome treat after a hike into the forest preserve or on a rainy day. The Master Suite has a private garden area and wrap-around patio at the edge of the forest where you can sit and watch the clouds waft in and out of the valley or you can lie in bed or on the couch for the same view with the floor to ceiling windows.

The living area and bedroom each had an ethanol wall heater that we loved. Very romantic and takes the chill off.

We had the opportunity to view another of the suites that 2 couples could stay in and it was just as stunning. The forest bungalows are down a stone pathway and would also be a fun alternative. I don't think there is a bad room in all of Dantica.

ADVENTURE/HIKING: There are many trails to hike right out your doorway in the Los Santos Forest Reserve. The hike down to the river is particularly lovely. Some of the hikes are steep; some a bit easier. The lodge provides walking sticks, which are a good idea especially if you are not a seasoned hiker.

We went on a resplendent Quetzal tour with Carlos, the lodge's long-time guide and saw several males and females. Amazing! The following day we again joined Carlos for a birding tour and this time both he and my husband saw an ocelot. Very exciting for both of them and a rare find.

One thing to remember is that Dantica sits at about 7,500 ft, so the altitude can get you even walking to and from the restaurant. And it is, of course, much cooler than other parts of Costa Rica, so some warmer clothing is a must. But when the sun comes out it is hot.

RESTAURANT: Since we did not have a car, we ate all our meals at Le Tapir Restaurant and weren't disappointed. The setting and ambience is great. It, too, has ethanol heaters which cast the restaurant into an intimate atmosphere at dinner. During the day, there are many birds and sometimes other critters to watch while you dine. Some might think the prices are a little steep but there are alternatives if you don't order a full blown meal. The volume of food was astounding. I loved the pumpkin soup and had it three days in a row. The desserts were amazing.

HOSPITALITY: We were at Dantica during a transitional period with outgoing managers, Andre and Marianna, moving on after 5 years, and incoming manager, Jorge, learning the ropes. All 3 were a joy to get to know. We had a small problem with our room and Jorge insisted on treating us to dinner and a bottle of wine on the house, even though we protested. Each evening he would bring us a "surprise" after dinner. He made us feel like royalty. We quickly got to know him and it was a sad day when we had to say our goodbyes. We wish Andre and Marianna all the best in their new venture and Jorge all the best in his new position. Ralph too.

All the workers were friendly and personable. We very much enjoyed the serenity at Dantica. It is an excellent off the beaten path alternative to Monteverde (not that we've been there). We would highly recommend a stay.

Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank IncaDog
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