Fodor's Expert Review Savegre Hotel, Natural Reserve & Spa

C. San Gerardo, San Gerardo, Cartago, 11702, Costa Rica Fodor's Choice

Famous for miles of bird-watching trails and expert guides, this lodge has comfortable, spacious rooms with two double beds and modern bathrooms, some with bathtubs, set in colorful, bird-attracting gardens. The main lodge has a huge fire pit, a spacious bar, and a gift shop with lots of useful bird-watching items, including rain ponchos. A hearty breakfast is included in the rate. Breakfast and lunch can be served on a large sunny terrace frequented by hummingbirds. Homegrown trout is the restaurant's specialty. Don Efrain Chacón first bushwhacked his way through these mountains in the 1950s, and the property is still run by his children and grandchildren.

If you want to avoid the twisting drive down the San Gerardo road, take a bus to Km 80 on the Pan-American Highway and arrange a lift to the hotel ($25 for up to 5 people).

PROS

  • room heaters and fireplaces
  • weekday rates from $85
  • pleasant riverside spa

CONS

  • steep trails and high altitude may tax some visitors
  • different menus for all-inclusive guests
  • many tour groups

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
GreenViews
Casual
Countryside
Local Flavor
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 2740–1028

HOTEL DETAILS

50 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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