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Rancho Corcovado Lodge

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This hotel was the worst place we have ever stayed. On arrival we were put into a standard room which was extremely small with huge thick bars on the windows. The room was very dark and dirty with squashed spiders and dead flies/bugs on the floor and walls, which had just been left. The bedding and towels did not look clean and there were dead insects under a couple of the pillows. The bathroom was like nothing we've ever seen. There was only a dirty, dusty, rusty old fan in the room and this is an extremely hot and humid place. We could not believe how awful it was. We spoke to the Manager about how unhappy we were with the room and his answer was “that’s what was booked”. He was very unhelpful. The photos on the website do not show any rooms like that, so no-one would be aware of how awful a standard room was going to be. We asked the Manager if it was possible to upgrade as we could not sleep in there for 3 nights. All deluxe rooms were full, but we were offered a superior for $170 which after some negotiation was reduced to $130. The room was slightly larger, but had 3 beds in it, so was very cramped. There was not a stick of furniture to put anything on, not even a little bedside table or a chair. Everything had to be put on the beds as there was nowhere to put any clothes etc. The room was dirty with lots of dead insects and the sheet (which was the only bedding) looked yellow/grey and so old. There were bloodstains on one sheet. The pillows were horrible. The towels were not good either. The bathroom was so old and the antiquated shower had electric connections connected with insulation tape. There were cobwebs and dead bugs in the corners. The bathroom walls were covered in dead bugs and the floor had the same dirt on it for 3 days, so obviously doesn't get washed. The basin and toilet were horrible, very old, dirty and stained. We had cold showers every day, as we never had hot water and there was only one single cold tap in the sink. There was a disgusting filthy rusty fridge fitted into the outside wall and a huge hole/gap underneath which we had to block up to prevent insects etc from entering the room. There were also electrical wires hanging from the ceiling. The only upside was that the room had air conditioning. We did see a deluxe room shown to us by a guest and their bathroom was very nice and they also had some furniture in the room. Basic, but a huge improvement on ours. On the first night we went on a night tour booked through the hotel by the same Manager. We left our key with him in the small reception office, as we did not want to carry it with us on the night tour. When we arrived back at 10pm the hotel was all shut down and our room key was locked in the office. No-one was around. We didn't know what to do. All lighting to rooms which are all up steep steps was turned off and in complete darkness. We found some rooms which didn't look like guest rooms and started knocking on doors. No-one came. Then we saw a room with a dog tied up outside which started barking so we shouted continuously and nothing. Then we knocked on another door and an elderly man opened the door, but could not speak English. Eventually he found someone for us who also didn't speak English very well, but understood what we needed and went and got our key. We eventually got into our room around 11.30pm. It was so hot and himid and there was no way of getting a drink. Apart from these 2 members of staff, there was no-one on the property if there had been an emergency or someone was taken ill. There was no phone in the room and no information regarding who to contact in an emergency. We approached Roger the Manager the following morning, as he had also booked the night tour for us and knew our key was in the reception office. He was quite obnoxious and uncaring. He just said “The hotel shuts at 9pm”. In fact, everything shuts and is locked up and lighting to rooms turned off at around 8pm. We were not told that this would happen when we booked the tour, as of course, we would not have left our key behind. The following 2 nights we discovered that as soon as you’ve eaten dinner, the staff collect everything up, clear/clean up, lock the kitchen door and disappear from the premises. Guests are expected to go to bed. There are also no safes in the rooms, so valuables, money, passports etc need to be put into the safe in the small receiption office. There was one full day where the Manager was not there and no-one could get money etc from the safe because he is the only person who knows the code. The food here is basic, but quite good. It's very much 'school dinner' style. There is one meal, no choice, unless you are vegetarian etc; and then they provide one other meal. I must say however that the cooks and waiting staff are lovely, very pleasant and helpful. I think the hotel is being run on a shoestring and it is like going back around 30/40 years. At 7.30pm they clear your plates and everything from the tables and take the coffee, tea, soft drinks and cups away and start closing up. From around 8pm there are no facilities and lights to accommodations are switched off. You have to go back to your horrible room and go to bed, as there no facilities. We would definitely not recommend this hotel to anyone. Other people we met who were staying in other properties in Drake Bay were telling us how lovely their accommodation was. We stayed at 5 other accommodations during our 2 week stay in Costa Rica and the standard of accommodation everywhere else was very good. Unfortunately this experience was at the end of our 2 week tour, which spoilt the end of our holiday. This had been a special trip for a 60th birthday.

Stayed here for four nights with another couple at the end of our Costa Rica holiday. After a white knuckle boat trip from Sierpe, we arrived to a very warm welcome and delicious freshly cooked lunch. The rooms were basic, but clean, the staff very friendly and helpful. We had booked three tours ( horse riding snorkelling and National park) I only did one in the end as I was more than happy just lie in a hammock, listen to the birds and the ocean, look at the fabulous view and relax. The snorkelling tour was very good, and Felix made the newbies relaxed and confident The food was freshly cooked and varied, our companions are vegetarian and were well catered for. The restaurant closes about 8pm and the staff go home, so if you want night life this place won't be for you. We stayed in very nice posh 4/5* resorts during our tour around Costa Rica, but all of us thought this place was the best.

We arrived on the boat from Sierpe- a fun trip! had a wet landing, as expected, our luggage was carried by the hotel staff from the boat-we stayed 3 nights on AI rate. The manager was always friendly and helpful. We had an end room (low level), it had 3 beds in ?- good ac and balcony with beach/seaview. The door onto the balcony had no curtain. The bathroom was good, nice shower- no toiletries.No coffee machine, but there was all day coffee and at times cake! in the restaurant area. The meals were good basic family fare-no choice- we were asked about food choices/allergies on arrival. The beds ( no cushioning) immediatly up from the beach was a nice spot to rest- nice hammocks with a coffee or beer.The gardens were nice to wander thro and spot the odd bird. We did 2 trips - the Cano island snorkel trip with Felix- we enjoyed it, saw a turtle too, dolphins, lots -of fish. Felix was a good guide. We walked the NP with Carlos ( in barefeet!!), he was knowledgeable and friendly but not a bird guide. Both trips were enjoyed. Our stay at Ranco Corcovado relaxed and enjoyed.

Firstly, I'd like to clarify I did not stay at this accommodation, but we booked 2 tours with them (booked through our own accommodation); the guided day trip to Corcovado national park, and the snorkelling trip to Cano island and both were disappointing and we wished we'd gone elsewhere to book these trips. Firstly the national park trip; our "guide"; Faustino, gave us barely ANY information, making this trip and expensive walk in the forest. He literally told us NOTHING about the flora and fauna, and only pointed out a few birds and occasional animal but with no information. He answered the occasional question, but his English was not the best (which he admitted himself at the beginning), and as we passed other groups we could hear how different and interesting their commentary was. For example; he pointed out at one point a hole in a tree where a spider once lived (about as interesting as it got). We spoke to 4 others on this tour and they all said the same. We had 3 breaks, but were then rushed to eat lunch in around 15 minutes! I went to the office to explain my concern afterwards, and they just said "no one else has complained". So after another couple did complain, they said they would speak to the guide. They then told me that he had said he did explain things, and so that was the end of their "help". The second trip; snorkelling; although it was a very poor visibility day (which I know is beyond their control), it would have been nice to have been given the choice of whether we still wanted to go before they took our money and got us on the boat to tell us this fact, so we were left with no choice but to continue. We were made to snorkel with life jackets (rather cumbersome). We barely saw anything due to the conditions, and when at the guide called us over to see something interesting I went; he took my hand and was pointing near the rocks, which we both then ended up getting scraped on (as he was tightly holding my arm) due to the swell. I had scrapes down my arm, and he was not concerned then or on the boat about how I was. The second (supposedly 45 minute) stop was about 15 minutes (due to the conditions) and we saw nothing. There is plenty of choice of companies in Drake Bay to use. Do not use this one at the Rancho Corcovado Lodgel (and check if you book through your own accommodation that they do not use them either), they did not give good service. In fact, I would go as far as to say they ruined our trip to Corcovado national park, which could have been so much better (on talking to others), and were not interested in putting it right afterwards. Do not let them ruin yours!

We upgraded to what seemed to be one of the newer rooms higher up the hill with a few steps but worth it for great views, plenty of space, immaculate, everything worked including the air conditioning. Nice staff - allowing that we should have had more Spanish) and all very helpful. We had booked an inclusive package which was good value, the food is simple but more than adequate for such a remote location. We included a couple of trips - snorkelling and a day visit to the National Park which were both worthwhile. This is a place to 'get away from it', peaceful and felt we could relax at the end of our tour. While it wasn't a problem for us at all, be aware that transfer from Sierpe is by open boat and the landing can be wet and rough - fine if you plan for it! - and plenty of comment on this elsewhere.

The hotel staff was very helpful and we had 3 meals per day there for 3 days, and all of them were very good. There were areas for sitting and tables for playing cards near the dining area. I ended up with about 10 bug bites one day from sitting in that area. The room itself was spacious and had a balcony, overlooking a pretty beach. (Be aware that there's no dock, and all landings there are wet landings.) I found lots of dirt and dead insects under the bed. And though people messed with the plumbing, I never had hot water during the three day stay. Due to a late change for our plane, we had to wander to the restaurant before dawn our last day, and the 30 or so stone steps I had to walk down with my bags were not lit. I thought it was a bit dangerous.

We stayed there last December. It’s a very good solution to visiting Corcovado National Park. The building is inside the forest, you can see a lot of animals and birds right inside the hotel. The room we had was wonderful, big and with a nice sight of the ocean. The hotel staff is very kind. The food is simply, but good.

Very much overpriced for what you are getting. The family is very nice and sweet but lots of stairs and even though you are right on the beach it is very OK. It is clean and lots of tours and guides ... GREAT for families and simple way of being ... Very much in nature and very quiet ... Loved it!

We came to Drake Bay to experience the dolphins and whales that populate this area. We spent a most wonderful week at Rancho Corcovado. It is situated right on the beach, with a nice open air dining room featuring great meals. Our room was uphill at the top of the property and had the most beautiful view of the water. It overlooked the trees and gardens and the bird watching was fantastic. We fell asleep listening to the waves. We were very happy staying here. We enjoyed walking along the beach exploring and took several boat tours offered by the resort. Their guides were friendly and fantastic, as were all the other people on the property. We had a wonderful experience here.

We stayed for 3 nights in mid July, The hotel and rooms are simple...You are in the middle of a far away small town, on the costa rica forest...You must expect simple things...But: we did see tucans in front of our room, and ara macao taking a 3 min walk throught the beach and nearby shore-forest. Plus jesus-christ lizard, iguanas, sqirrels, and some yellow-red-blue birds. You fall asleep with the sound of waves, and wake up with birds singing all over. This is what you can get, plus a hanging on hamacas! Basic breakfast, basic bed, bathroom with shower and warm water. Ok for a 2/3 day stay, guys! Thanks Roger from Sara and Marco from Italy!

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Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Airport shuttle (fees apply)

Rancho Corcovado Lodge places you next to Drake Bay Beach and within a 5-minute walk of Drake Bay Hiking Trailhead. This 16-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like free breakfast, a restaurant, and coffee/tea in a common area. It's on the waterfront and also close to San Josecito Beach.


Start your day off right with a free full breakfast, served each morning from 5:30 AM to 9 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at Rancho Corcovado, the hotel's onsite restaurant.


All 16 rooms provide desks.

Property features

Guests of Rancho Corcovado Lodge enjoy free WiFi in public areas, coffee in a common area, and a garden. If you drive, self parking is USD 3 per night, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available on request) for USD 15.00 per person one way. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations.

Room options

Superior Room (A/C)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Quadruple Room, Ocean View

Full 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 145 reviews