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“A hotel far away in ecology lover’s wonderland”

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Hotel de Campo Cano Negro
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cano Negro
Reviewed 30 June 2016

We chose Hotel de Campo as our base for exploring Refugio Caño Negro.

Caño Negro in the Northern part of Province Alajuela is not where the average tourist goes after he arrives by plane in San José, Costa Rica. Animal and bird watching was our reason or just a keen interest in the landscape and the way of life in the border zone to Nicaragua. Other travelers come here for the fishing season. Don’t let you be deterred by the distance or by the relatively difficult access. The best access is from Highway 35, turning left on a dirt road a few miles south of Los Chiles. The unpaved road from Upala is much more painful. An all-wheel drive car is better.

Our first impression of the Refugio was a sleepy woman closing the park one hour before the official closing time. Yes, May is definitely the touristic low season! We already had heard that at the beginning of the rain season the water level is low, and even very low due to the lasting drought this year, but we still were surprised of how much smaller the remaining lakes (“lagunas”) were than what is shown on the map.

After carrying the baggage in one of the nice casitas of Hotel de Campo (bungalows with two rooms each) facing the swimming pool, we decided to go for a walk to explore the hotel grounds. There was a horse feeding in the foreground, a lake in the background. Romantic! We approached the water outside the hotel grounds. Waterfowl and a multitude of other birds invited us to continue close to the water. And … we almost stepped on a caiman, about 4 feet long. Despite the scare we continued along the lake, but now with more caution. Later we were told that these giant lizards don’t attack.

Back in the garden of the hotel we watched colorful birds and then tried the swimming pool. The shower installed on the outside wall of our casita came handy. Our room had all what was needed. AC worked fine, but we had to keep the door closed also because of mosquitos. No WiFi in the room; it worked in the reception area.

In the evening we enjoyed dinner in the restaurant with its heavy timber furniture. The European kind of food was quite good, but not exceptional. From the nearby hotel entrance there was the relaxing sound of a water fountain running over one of the mystic stone sculptures decorating the hotel grounds.

All staff was very friendly and helpful. We had a chance to practice our Spanish, but later we spoke with the owner who happens to be Swiss-Italian. He speaks several languages, and provided us with a lot of information on the region, the wildlife and also agricultural aspects (Large forest areas destroyed to plant pineapples in monoculture. Costa Rica, you are not always very eco-friendly!).

The absolute highlight of our stay was the morning boat tour booked at the hotel. We were surprised to see our tour guide being the waiter at our dinner the night before. But he did an excellent job also in this new role, pointing out so many species of birds, lizards and river turtles on Rio Frio. In one of the lagunas we encountered about a hundred caimans, white egrets and herons. Together with the guide we were only three persons on the boat. The price was all right for us. Two recommendations: Make it a private tour. In a group on a larger boat it is harder to move around to take pictures. And bring a good zoom or telephoto camera. You will bring back some of the best wildlife shots of your life.

Room Tip: We were happy with our room near the pool.
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Fabicardens, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel de Campo Cano Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2016

Hello proftourist,

We might take some of your words to explained customers what they should come to Caño Negro, as you mentioned is definitely a long ride into an unpaved rode that at the end it really worth it.
Caño Negro is an excellent natural and peaceful place to enjoy little moments, the view is incredible awesome and you just got surprised by nature. By customers like you is why we are still here enjoying these place, because this is more then work this is home for us.
I think you talked about Jefry, he helps Patricia at night with dinner and he is improving as guide.We loved to have people with us always wanting to learn and do new thing always giving their best.
We are really sure that you got a really nice memory of your Caño Negro visit not a truistic place but a great paradise.

We hope to have you back, I we will keep improving.

Our best wishes

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Reviewed 10 April 2016

Hi guys,
The rooms are not spacious, but clean. Comfy beds. The airco does a good job. The grounds are beautiful. We saw iguana’s and a lot of birds. The manager walked with me to the other side of the road. His private kingdom. A group of howlers was passing by. A few moments later, spider monkeys visited a fruit tree. What a wonderfull experience. The food in the restaurant was outstanding. Tilapia, the best we had on our tour of 3 week in CR.
Do not skip this wonderful site. Highly recommendable.
Regards
Schliek.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Fabicardens, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Hotel de Campo Cano Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2016

Hello Schliek,

Thank you so much for the time spent to write this comment, we are so happy of having our customers recommending our place. We hope to have you have back visiting us.

Our best wishes.

Fabiola Cárdenas

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Reviewed 8 April 2016

The hotel is really a number of small duplex villas with air conditioning and a clean bathroom. The bed was comfortable and the room was very clean. The hotel restaurant provided very good food at typical Costa Rican prices. The facility is planted with a large variety of fruiting trees and there were numerous bird species on the property. Nice shaded benches made for a nice birding opportunity out of the sun. Behind the hotel is a laguna (lake) that was low during the dry season. It was loaded with birds, turtles and caimans. All seemed to co-habitate pretty well. The caimans were well fed on fish and not aggressive towards people. If you got close, they ran away.

We teamed our stay with a Rio Frio tour set up through the hotel. After looking for caiman in the Osa area and seeing one or two a trip, it was amazing to see thousands of them in Rio Frio. I'm really not kidding about there being thousands. Hundreds of turtles, lizards, birds and some monkeys were there, too.


All in all, this was a great stop in the north of Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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Fabicardens, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel de Campo Cano Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2016

Hello Jeff,

Is really nice to know that you enjoyed your trip to Caño Negro, as you mentioned these is place full of wildlife. Fortunately after looking hard you found a place with a huge quantity of caimans.

We hope to have more people doing a stop at Caño Negro.

Regards
Fabiola Cárdenas

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Reviewed 16 February 2016

A bird watcher's paradise! Sitting on the patio & the pages of my bird book came to life! Simply spectacular!! The float down the river; arranged by the hotel was unbelievable; the caymans were right next to the boat....birds, birds, birds!
Breakfast great, supper tasty, staff friendly!

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Fabicardens, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Hotel de Campo Cano Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2016

Hello Betty,

We are really happy to know that you enjoyed our little paradise, hope to have you back.

Fabiola Cárdenas

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Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

We stayed for two nights and loved it. Do the boat tour! We saw all kinds of birds, monkeys, Iguanas, and mini allIgators. Not much else to do around there but the food and drinks were great and it's a truly unique property. One or two nights is good. Only complaint is wish the website had better directions. Took us a while to find it but was awesome once we got there. Mauro lives on the property and goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. He even gave my sick wife some sort of homemade fire water to cure her cold. Thanks Mauro!

Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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Fabicardens, Propietario at Hotel de Campo Cano Negro, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2016

Hello,

Thank you so much for your comment, it´s great to know that you love it. We will keep in mind the directions advise to make it easier. And it´s always a pleasure to attend our customers.

Regards
Mauro & Patricia

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Additional Information about Hotel de Campo Cano Negro

Address: Cano Negro 21402, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Cano Negro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Cano Negro
Price Range: ₹ 5,158 - ₹ 8,317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel de Campo Cano Negro 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel de Campo is situated in a beautiful property of 50.000 Sq mtrs completely dedicated to conservation with 80 species of tropical fruit trees, decorative plants, medical trees and plants, forest and trails surrounded by the unique Costa Rican nature. The property is facing 300 mtrs of Cano Negro lagoon and refuge. The Outdoors center hotel offers comfortable rooms with private baths, fans, A/C, hot water. The rooms are large, with top quality finishing, including fine woods and terracotta floors, to make you feel at home. The bar and restaurant are in a beautiful rustic structure. ​The rooms and swimming pool are located in a spacious green area in the shade of tropical fruit trees and flowers. ... more   less 
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