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

San Gerardo de Dota, San Gerardo, Cartago, 11702, Costa Rica

Famous for its miles of bird-watching trails and its expert guides, this once-rustic lodge now has cabin suites with handsome wood furnishings, crackling fireplaces, and deep bathtubs, plus a full-service, riverside spa. Standard rooms, set in colorful, bird-attracting gardens, are spacious, with high ceilings, two comfortable double beds, pleasant sitting areas, electric heaters, and modern bathrooms. These were unthinkable luxuries back in the 1950s, when Don Efrain Chacón first bushwhacked his way through these mountains. Still run by his children and grandchildren, the main lodge has a huge firepit, a spacious bar, and a gift shop with lots of useful bird-watching items, including rain ponchos. Breakfast and lunch can be served on a large sunny terrace frequented by hummingbirds. Homegrown trout is the restaurant's specialty. A hearty buffet breakfast is included in the rate. 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

  • great trails
  • amazing, abundant birdlife
  • excellent guides

CONS

  • steep trails and high altitude may tax some visitors
  • most meals are served buffet style
  • be prepared for very cold nights

Location

QUICK FACTS

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

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2740–1028

HOTEL DETAILS

21 rooms, 29 cabin suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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