The rooms were clean but small and sparse and easily attracted a lot of bugs on the walls and floors, especially with the adjoining bathroom that had one side open to the outdoors (you definitely have to keep the bathroom door closed!). However, what the place lacked in luxury and charm, they quickly made up for in hospitality. The staff are incredibly friendly and hard-working and even though several of them did not speak English, they still regularly went out of their way to ensure we were enjoying our stay. One of the groundskeepers noticed that we were walking around with binoculars and doing some birdwatching so he took time out to walk us over to an area where he pointed out several owls that were sleeping under the leaves in various banana trees. We never would have spotted these without him. At one point in the dining hall we were watching a large, iridescent bug fly around and trying to figure out what it was. The cook came out and caught it for us so we could get a closer view of it. Although there was a set menu at mealtimes, the cook would go out of his way to make you something different if you requested it. He worked hard to ensure you had everything you needed and were satisfied with your meal. Although there was not a lot of variety from day to day, the food was very good. The receptionist helped to arrange a few local birding tours for us. Her communication was good, including instructions of where to meet our guides and we were happy with each of the tours. The gorgeous macaws that would come in to the hotel feeders and trees daily were also a huge hit. If you are looking for a relaxing, luxurious get-away and will be spending most of your time at the hotel or in the room, this may not be the place for you. However, if you mainly need a reasonably priced place to eat and sleep while you are in the area, I highly recommend this location.
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- Strongly recommended for Birdwatchers and Photographers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cerro Hotel Tarcoles