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El Manantial Mountain Lodge

Interamerican Road, San Gerardo de Dota Costa Rica
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#6 of 10 Speciality lodging in San Gerardo de Dota


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PandaMD wrote a review Feb 2017
Rancho Cucamonga, California98 contributions33 helpful votes
This is a rustic-style family-owned hotel. The closest and most visited quetzal-watching spot is a 10-min ride from it. I will review the room with mountain view in the second level. The room has actually 2 different small "bedrooms" with the bath in between. San Gerardo is cold and the hotel provided us with a tiny heater enough to warm one of the small rooms. The rooms were clean. The mattress was on the hard side but nothing that could prevent a good sleep time. The view from both small rooms is superb. They have an electric shower for hot water but the water from the faucet can still be very cold. The hotel surroundings are beautiful, packed with green and flowers. Behind the hotel there is a 30-min trail leading to a very short waterfall. A plus to this place is that the food and service are excellent, so I highly recommend to have 1-2 meals a day in it, although you can try some other good places too.
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Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
rainesus wrote a review Feb 2017
Portland, Oregon1 contribution
San Gerardo de Dota is a wonderful, out-of-the way valley with so much to offer. We stayed at El Manantial Lodge for a 4-day retreat. Service was terrific, the spacious and well-lit meeting room had a beautiful view all around, the food was delicious and plentiful. It's a rustic and spic-and-span lodge, kind of like an old-fashioned farmhouse. Great place for a bonfire at night, trails, flowers everywhere. And they went out of their way to send me the shoes I left behind. Very friendly and helpful family. They worked so hard for us, always with a smile.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Trip type: Travelled on business
emmaradio wrote a review Jul 2016
Bristol, United Kingdom62 contributions13 helpful votes
Rustic and clean mountain lodge style hotel as described by other reviews this is in a great location and much more 'real' than other SGdD hotels. The lady who runs/manages it did not speak English but was so warm and lovely and we managed okay. Quetzals eat the fruit off the trees in the field opposite the property so are seemingly abundant in the area - we saw 3! It also looked like all the local birders were hanging out there every day! My only complaint would be that the maintenance on the hotel itself was a bit rough and ready, but it was clean and worth the price we paid via booking.com.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
JoeLikesBali wrote a review Mar 2016
Washington, DC153 contributions150 helpful votes
The lodge is well-located in a beautiful section of the valley, close to several excellent hiking trails, and with beautiful unspoiled views. There is a gorgeous garden and porch that you can have meals on, including breakfast, while you watch the sun rise or the clouds roll in. There are swarms of hummingbirds and other interesting insects and birds. The views are better than in the pictures. There are other more luxurious (and more expensive) lodges with nicely landscaped properties. We hiked past a couple. They are pretty, but we saw them as a developer’s vision of a Switzerland-Costa Rica-Doctor Seuss landscape rather than a genuine Costa Rican cloud forest valley. Manantial, by contrast, overlooks unspoiled countryside, with no other hotels in view. The rooms were basic, but huge. Our double room was actually two small rooms joined, so we had two small bathrooms, which was convenient, though not luxurious. One night the room was cold (admittedly we neglected to turn the space heater up to full) but the blankets on the beds were thick and warm. There were no views from our rooms. We reserved late and, at least according to the booking site we used, got the last two double rooms in the entire valley, so we probably had the worst rooms at this hotel. We wanted to stay at a more upscale place, but then ended up happy that we stayed here. All of the surfaces in the lodge were made of attractive wood. At night they light a fire in the fireplace. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. We communicated in Spanish though they seemed to speak some English. I asked if they could make a cake for my wife’s birthday and they said they couldn’t, but they offered to make us a dinner reservation at a nearby lodge that could. They gave good advice on hiking trails. Dinner was $10 pp for 3 courses and was good. A good breakfast with eggs was included. The location was ideal with respect to seeing the valley. The first day we hiked down the valley 1-2 km (could have driven and parked) to an outstanding 3 hour trail that led to a spectacular waterfall. (I thought, yawn, another waterfall, but this one is really nice.) Later that afternoon we hiked a trail that left from the yard of the lodge and led to another smaller waterfall. The next day we drove up the valley 1-2 km to a trail that passed yet another waterfall and then went up into the high cloudforest. Because of the altitude all of these trails were comfortable to hike, a nice relief from the sweaty heat of Corcovado or Manuel Antonio. We didn’t see the quetzals. We didn’t try. We were offered a guided tour, but we would have had to give up hiking one of the good trails that we did and then seeing them wasn’t even guaranteed. We were told that they are hard to spot. They seem to be a big selling point for this valley, but there are other good attractions.
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Date of stay: March 2016
Trip type: Travelled with family
pleisappletree wrote a review Feb 2016
Toulouse, France5 contributions5 helpful votes
The place is very special. Very beautiful. Everything in wood. They have different tours to offer. Service is good. Food is great. Possible hiking to some beautiful waterfalls. The Quetzal Tour was great. Our guide had so much to explain us about these birds... he even brought us to two places in order to see quetzales. In the first place we got to see two of them (male and female) and at the second place we got to see 5 of them! amazing! we even saw them flying... so nice and beautiful. Very nice place to stay... I would stay for two nights. Bad news is that I found a cockroach in my room :( but this is nature, babe!
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Date of stay: January 2016
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Costa RicaProvince of San JoseSan Gerardo de Dota
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Manantial Mountain Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at El Manantial Mountain Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at El Manantial Mountain Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at El Manantial Mountain Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at El Manantial Mountain Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.