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Tortuga Lodge and Gardens

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

I really recommend the hotel « Tortuga Lodge & Gardens », for a stay of 2 nights in Tortuguero. It’s a peaceful place, in the heart of the nature, surrounded by the river, and just next to the Turtle beach where we saw turtle nesting, a fabulous souvenir. Our guided Twilight Tour is also unforgettable with an experienced guide. The swimming pool, surrounded with palm trees, iguanas, and the river, invites to a moment of tranquility. The restaurant offers very good dishes. Relax, and book your stay in Tortuga Lodge. You won’t regret it !

If you want to get away, disconnect, yet still be treated like family this is the place for you. The accommodations are wonderful. They are only surpassed by the food. All of this is made better by the setting. Across the river from the ocean. I never slept so good.

Beautiful Hotel! Our room was wall to wall windows! The pool was so nice for families and couples with a pool bar serving amazing drinks!!! Food and service was fantastic! The windows are all open because the weather couldn't be better BUT bring ear plugs, incase you have neighbors with crying babies AND the monkeys overhead that are exciting to watch but around 4:30am they start eating and dropping things on the metal roofs! Loved the hotel!!

We booked our tour through Costa Rica Expeditions, and this was our first stop. From landing in a small plane on the airstrip, it was only a quick hop across the river to the hotel. As we arrived around 10.30am, our room wasn't ready which was unfortunate but we just chilled in the hammock area and explored the grounds. We went for lunch and by the time we had finished our room was ready. The accomodation exceeded my expectaitons, the room was a square shape with a large bathroom in one corner, a large bed, several ceiling fans and a smaller bathroom. The room would have easily accomodated 4 adults. It was well decorated and yet simple. The best thing I would say hands down was the food, there is something wonderful about choosing from a menu at breakfast. The food was so good, my favourites were the french toast at breakfast and pretty much everything on the dinner menu. If you get to stay at this place, then please do! It is worth it! My highlight was seeing turtles one evening laying eggs on the beach! Magical. Just watch out for the humidity and the insects, naturaly repellent is your friend.

The resort is exactly how I wanted to see Costa Rica. It is remote and yet had the creature comforts I like. As beautiful as the lodge and gardens are, the staff made it perfect. Priscilla made us feel welcome at our arrival and then we were lucky enough to have her be our 'turtle' guide. On the third day when it was too hot for us to walk around town she arranged and guided us in the National Park. I would definitely recommend and plan another trip to Tortuga!

We booked this hotel based on the reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed. In fact Tortuga Lodge exceeded our expectations - which were already high! The hotel and overall experience was truly memorable. From the boat transfer where crocodile were spotted lazing by the river and howler monkeys were busily feeding in the trees to arrival at the hotel, everything was just as we would have wanted it. We stayed in Lodge 3 which is on the upper level giving a Birdseye view of the river and the many tropical birds in the surrounding trees. Was a highlight to see a family of toucans every morning and evening noisily going about their business. The room - like all others has no glass windows just mozzie nets. You really do get the feeling you are in the jungle. The room was very comfortable and airy - be warned no AC or TV for those that can't do without. Meals were well cooked even if the choice is a bit limited for which the hotel makes mention of due to the remoteness of location and availability of ingredients. This didn't overly bother us and we made the most of what was on offer. This is a dream location for nature lovers - early mornings being a must to take advantage of the many activities available. Would definitely add my vote to the many top reviews of this hotel.

It was our first visa to Costa Rica and Tortuga LODGE was our first stop on a 12 day holiday. The lodge has loads to offer from just a chill by the pool to early morning walks around the property, kayaking and night expeditions to watch the turtles. The place is super organized but there is still a feeling of freshness and nothing is too much to ask. The kitchen is very good and not expensive and the staff super good. We caught local transport from SAN Jose which was super easy and cheap...so no need to get into planes and expensive transfers from SAN Jose. The highlight was the kayak with Willis.

Everything, and I mean everything, was just the greatest experience (and I have travelled extensively). The trip planning, the van/boat/air travel to and from the lodge, the arrival greetings, the food, the room, the location, and the guides--all really exceeded my expectations (and how often does that happen these days?). The fans and rain were actually welcomed and effective; no problem for us sleeping and touring the area. Very adequate ponchos and boots were provided--we were always comfortable! The food was tasty and there were healthy options always available. Guides were not only knowledgeable, but seemed to enjoy their work. All activities were on time, organized well, and listed on the daily board. Lastly, the experience of being so enveloped in the jungle/river/open-air lodge environment provided a lasting memorable trip to this part of Costa Rica!!!

Amazing friendly service, incredible location, great food. Package worked really well including transfers from San Jose and onwards to La Fortuna. Really beautiful place in an incredible country... A recommendation for visitors from Europe... we did the boutique turtle tour on our 3rd night in Costa Rica... we were all very very tired as it runs very late in the evening - might be better to save this for later in your trip once the jet lag has eased... We all loved the calm and tranquility of the resort and the kids loved the pool!

Tortuga Lodge and Gardens was the perfect location for a visit to the Tortuguero National Park. The accommodation, food and service were fantastic and the guides were really knowledgeable. They went the extra mile arranging a second nights visit to see the Green Turtles egg laying on the beach as the first night we didn't see any turtles. The Lodge also has a program to teach English to children from a nearby school. This program is to be commended, as it is helping local children to gain valuable second language skills. Chris White, Melbourne Australia.

Room options

River View Upstairs Balcony Room

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

River View Downstairs Junior Suite

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 5

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

95% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1079 reviews