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Maquenque Eco-Lodge

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed here for 3 nights in August as a family of four. We shared bungalows for the first 3 nights and these were very clean, spacious and quiet. Considering the surroundings, ie rainforest, humidity and bugs they were actually quite amazing! We stayed the last night in the treehouse, which was quite an experience!! Firstly they truly are in the forest so in with all the wildlife and accompanying smells and noises. We shared our treehouse with a family of howler monkeys and a large number of bats. Amazing. We enjoyed the experience but I think one night was enough as it was very hot (mesh rather than windows), very noisy (as you are in the forest) and therefore could only afford to lose one nights sleep. It was an amazing experience though and probably one that will last forever. We went out late at night to look for tarantulas around the treehouse and were not disappointed ! Overall, we enjoyed Maquenque as the location is fabulous, there is plenty of wildlife, particularly birds that are everywhere and easy to see. The staff are lovely and the restaurant / food was great. The only issue we had was with the water. Given the quantity that you need each day it was very disappointing that it all came at a cost, firstly large bottles at a reasonable price and then small bottles at an unreasonable price (as they kept running out of large bottles). The water should be free !!!!!! This was the only place that we stayed in the entire 3 weeks that charged for water, tea and coffee. We drank quite a lot of beer, wine and soft drinks during our stay (at one point finished all the wine that they had in stock!!) but the final bill when we left was largely for the water, tea and coffee - not good. However, that is only a minor grumble. I would recommend Maquenque highly and would definitely stay there again as it is a wonderful wildlife location, the accommodation is first class and the staff lovely.

I won't repeat what previous reviewers have said, other than to say the treehouses were undoubtedly the accommodation highlight of our trip. Opt for the bungalows If you're bothered about bugs or snakes crossing your path as you traipse back to the the treehouses - amazing how they managed to build them in the thick of the jungle. An incredible experience waking up to the jungle cacophony which at times is literally deafening. Really friendly staff here - a special mention to Chino who gave us a fascinating river trip - much recommended. Food ok but a bit limited - tho given it has to come a fair way, its not bad. Daughter has already decided she wants her honeymoon here!

Maquenque Eco-lodge is located 1h away from Pital and is only accessible by a piste and after crossing a river by boat service. But the journey is worth it ! You will be welcomed by the staff with a drink while your luggage will be delivered to your room. To live the full experience, don’t hesitate to book a treehouse. You will spend the night surrounded by the very noisy animals (birds, hauwler monkeys) and by the noise of the rain on the roof! The lodge offers various activities to discover the wildlife and the flora. We liked the raft safari a lot. This place is well suited for families. Good restaurant with limited choice of welll executed dishes

The setting is perfect for an eco-lodge, with plenty of wildlife to be seen on day and night walks over mainly level ground. Engaging the services of a guide is highly recommended. Having no TV and phone in the villas took a little adjustment, but added to the feeling of being close to nature, particularly at night, when the non human animals seemed to wake up and announce their presence. I wasn't happy that the shower only offered cold water and would have liked more cupboard space for my clothes. The meals were alright only, becoming somewhat repetitive after three days. The pretty pool was clean, but the water quite cold as the area was shaded by foliage and tall trees. Some of the accommodation is a hundred metres or so from reception, so a head torch is recommended and in fact, essential for night walks. Feeding areas have been perfectly situated below the verandah of the restaurant and attract many colourful birds, as well as coatis and agoutis. I arranged to visit the local primary school, which was fifteen minutes away by boat. They were delighted to receive the school material I had brought with me. There is also a secondary school close by.

What to expect: a large eco lodge in the middle of tropical nature, next to a river The good: - excellent guides - great tropical nature - good night walk - nice boat tour - interesting treehouses The less good: - slow service at the restaurant - uneven food quality - very basic breakfast

I stayed here for 3 nights. On arrival I was greeted with a cocktail and cool towel (just what was needed) the staff were very friendly and helpful. My room was clean and comfortable and had a lovely view of the lake. The lodge is situated in stunning surrounds, there are various tracks that you can walk around solo. I also took guided tours, in particular the bird watching and night walks were fantastic. On the morning bird walk we spotted 56 different bird species in just over an hour. The night walk was also brilliant, the guide José was extremely good and spotted some incredible wildlife including tarantula, fer de Lance, caimen and red eyed leaf frog. The food was very good, towards to higher end price wise but worth the money in my view. The lodge has some bird feeders just outside the restaurant where you will see toucan, parakeets, cacique, tanagers, woodcreepers...to names but a few. You'll also see coati' roaming around picking up scraps left by the birds. It's a nature lovers paradise!

We went to CR to spend there our honeymoon and it was amazing. The staff is super warm and nice. The place is absolutely fantastic! We stayed in the tree house and book for tours inside Maquenque. What a great place to stay! The experience was fabulous, staying in the rainforest listening to the animals is beyond this world. I'd love to go back and stay there again, the food is amazing, now we're eating risotto and rice regularly because of them lol. Waking up early and have night walks it's absolutely worth it! You can see a lot of animals wandering around.

This is a beautiful place with lovely, small comfortable bungalows and great tree-houses. The food served here is really good. There were issues with the power supply to both bungalows and treehouses on a daily basis and a little disappointed not to see any monkeys the 3 days we were there. Birds in abundance!

My girlfriend and I stayed at Maquenque Lodge in October for a 3 night stay. It was the highlight of our stay. We are birders and saw more birds more close up than we have seen in our other travels through Central America. The amount of birds present was astounding. We also saw coati, poison dart frogs etc.The staff were very nice and friendly. Vicky, Jose ( guide and maintenance man) Jason, Chico and all the rest of the employees were fantastic. The food was plentiful and delicious. We stayed in a bungalow and it was very clean and well maintained. One problem is that we never had hot water and those kinds of things don't bother us. We never notified anyone because we were ok with it. The grounds and gardens were well maintained and the swimming pool was really nice and the water was cool. The place was so pretty and wildlife was abundant. While eating at the open air restaurant guest could watch and photograph birds feeding on bananas. Dozens of honeycreepers, toucans, tanagers, etc fed within 8-14 feet of guest. We are already planning another trip to Maquenque Eco-Lodge.

After driving along a very rough road we arrived at Maquenque Lodge and were taken by boat across the river to the lodge. We were warmly welcomed with a very cold drink and then taken to our cabin which overlooked the lake. Our main purpose was to photograph wildlife and we were not disappointed. We could sit and eat our meals whilst lots of birds and animal ate the fruit put out for them close to the dining area. There were lots of parakeets, aracaris, honeycreepers, tanagers and also agoutis, coatis and my husband videoed a parrot snake eating a frog!!! The staff were fantastic and the food was freshly cooked and very tasty. We did have a thunderstorm one night which lasted for eight hours as it was right overhead, so no sleep that night!! WE really enjoyed our stay and would love to return one day. Highly recommended.

3.5 km north of Boca Tapada School Boca Tapada Alajuela

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Maquenque Eco-Lodge is within the area of Quebrada Grande Biological Reserve. This 14-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. It's on the riverwalk and also within the region of Costa Rica Nature Pavilion and San Agustin Church.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge.


Rooms

The 14 accommodations feature furnished balconies and afford space to spread out with sitting areas. Relax with a rainfall shower. Private yards, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are also standard.


Property features

Guests of Maquenque Eco-Lodge enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and express check-in. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with tours/tickets and securing valuables. Additional amenities include express check-out, laundry facilities, and wedding services.

Room options

Standard Tree House, Mountain View

Queen 1 | King 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

97% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 466 reviews