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Selva Verde Lodge

Central Valley & Mountains

Rating: Mid-range    

Selva Verde Lodge overview

Selva Verde Lodge is in the Sarapiqui Preservation Area just two hours from San Jose. The lush rainforest is home to many species of monkeys and birds. The lodge has a team of naturalist guides ready to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, to help you make the most of your time here.
River lodge rooms are in blocks of four, each room accommodating up to four guests each. They are all en-suite, have ceiling fans to keep the bedroom cool, and a veranda for relaxing in seclusion. The rainforest bungalows are air conditioned, have hot drink facilities and additional space indoor and out, with generous balconies. They are set about a 10 minute walk from reception and are very private. Families and small groups can be housed in La Casona Rainforest Suite, which has two bedrooms and bathrooms, a living room and kitchen, and space for extra rollaway beds. It is fully air conditioned. 
The two-storey main building has an upper dining hall, open for all meals, and a lower restaurant which serves dinner each evening, specialising in Italian food. Both rooms overlook the river. There's also a bar which serves a wide range of drinks. The lodge has an attractive outdoor pool, ideal for cooling off on a hot day, and a sundeck with plenty of loungers. Walking trails criss-cross the gardens and give you the chance to view flora and fauna.
As well as exploring the local rainforest you'll be well placed for visiting Braulio Carrillo National Park, Arenal and Poas volcanoes and Heliconia Island Botanical Gardens.   


Open: Selva Verde Lodge is open all year.

Location: Selva Verde Lodge is in the 500-acre Sarapiqui Rainforest Preservation Area in the lowlands of north-eastern Costa Rica. It is about a 2-hour drive from the capital, San Jose.

Rooms: There are river lodge rooms and bungalows, numbering about 50 in total. The former are in blocks of 4 and each can accommodate between 1 to 4 guests and has 2 double or queen beds. The 5 bungalows are across the road from the main lodge, about a 10-15 minute walk, in area in an area of forest. Both types of accommodation have en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated water, hair dryer, safe, writing desk and gauze windows keep insects out. Bungalows also have air conditioning and ceiling fans, fridge, coffee maker and private, screened balcony. The La Casona Rainforest Suite consists of 2 bedrooms (1 with a queen bed and the other with 2 twins) and 2 bathrooms, a living room and fully equipped kitchen, plus an outdoor deck with hammock and chairs. Roll-up beds can be provided on request. It offers self-contained living, though you are also welcome to use the lodge facilities. The suite has a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights.

Activities: These are concentrated on the rainforest. You can go for walks and guided hikes including night hikes, explore on horseback, take a zip line canopy tour or go bird watching. Water-based activities include boat rides and white water rafting. Community visits can be organised and there are several education programmed to help you learn more about the rainforest and its inhabitants. Special family activities can be arranged, such as the chocolate tour. Cooking lessons are available.

Facilities: The lodge has a 2-storey building housing the main dining room upstairs which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and La Terazza Restaurant, open for dinner only, and the bar downstairs. The gift shop is also located here and sells practical items like suncream and rain ponchos as well as souvenirs. There is an outdoor pool, sunbathing area and pretty gardens with plenty of walking trails.

Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The lodge can arrange special activities for families. Children aged 11 years and under must share a room with an adult.

Health: There is only a low risk of malaria in Costa Rica.

Communication: There is complimentary high speed internet and Wi-Fi internet access.

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client reviews

Mr Adrian Townsend

"The food and wildlife we saw there we're excellent, also the organised trips. The accommodation was fine but so noisy, it was situated by a busy main which we weren't expecting. If any of your clients go they would need to ask for rooms 44 or 45 to have the experience you would expect."

Linda Paterson
"Four rooms per block, very clean and spacious but could hear noise from conjoined rooms. Surroundings are stunningly beautiful, being immersed in rainforest - only spoilt by traffic noise from busy, adjacent road. Meals were delicious and staff friendly, mainly bilingual, and very helpful in arranging any of the numerous tours/excursions on offer. A superb Lodge to visit for anyone interested in conservation. "
Mrs. Susan Richardson
"The standard of accommodation was a bit of a let-down - very basic (I had to request an extra fan in the room), possibly because we had come from something superior at Tortugero. However, the wildife was particularly good, especially the birds."
Mr. Graham Parker
"Another excellent hotel. We were booked into a bungalow but this was 1/2 mile away and isolated from the main hotel. it had air conditioning but was musky and damp in the tropical heat, a bit of a throw back to some 60's motel. We changed the room to the main hotel with no air con which was excellent. Not sure I would book the bungalow air con or not. it was a bit like solitary confinement!! Excellent staff"
Mrs Ginny Cheeseman (18/11/2017)
"Rain rather blighted our stay here as did being so close to the main road. The centre is wonderful but due to the constant traffic noise I did feel that we were in a park, rather than the wilds of Costa Rica. The birds were fantastic and despite the weather we saw some beautiful little animals and took some great photos. Loved the suspension bridge and chocolate making in the jungle! "

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