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400mts Norte de la Iglesia de La Guaria, 2110-1100 Costa Rica
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#4 of 27 Specialty lodging in Sarapiqui
Ara Ambigua is a beautiful mountain hotel, located in Sarapiquí in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica just 1.5 hours from San Jose. Here, you can enjoy the peace and exotic beauty of the tropical rainforest. Throughout your stay, you'll have a relaxing and enjoyable experience in this family-owned and run hotel.
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Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Meeting rooms
Facial treatments
Steam room
Waxing services
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Spanish
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904agnesc wrote a review Jan 2021
Zoutleeuw, Belgium143 contributions77 helpful votes
I stayed here 8 years ago. Back then it was a very nice, rather small lodge with cabins scattered over a hill. The food was good and they had bird feeders all along the restaurant balconies and each meal was a delight, seeing the colorful birds. 8 years later they have become a mastodont lodge. No more feeders - the charm is gone. Yes, it's a beautiful place and the cabins are awesome. But the charm of the quiet lodge is gone, as are the birds. I checked out very early in the morning. The packed breakfast was crap. They could have done WAY better than that without any effort whatsoever. And then there was the constant nagging about the key. I checked out at 4AM and left the key on the door. Later on they kept messaging the key was missing. This kind of spoiled the mood.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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kitty GP wrote a review Jan 2020
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Set amongst lush green vegetation and a frog garden, the setting was perfect. Our room was a little dark because the windows are high. Nice veranda with two chairs looking out to the forest. Had a coffee maker but not coffee, milk or sugar. Had to keep asking. Food was reasonable and staff friendly. Room cleaned daily and the loo paper bin emptied each day which was a bonus. Visit the Selva Biological Station whilst you are there. It is well worth the visit.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
GoGal42 wrote a review Jan 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada49 contributions4 helpful votes
An ecologically sensitive retreat in the Costa Rican jungle, emphasizing resource conservation and preservation. Spacious comfortable bungalows nestled in the rain forest with ceiling to floor window into the jungle. Shiny tile floors in common space and private rooms. Good food, caring staff, and charming pool. It also provided a great launch pad to white water rafting.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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jeroma25 wrote a review Dec 2019
Menlo Park, California140 contributions62 helpful votes
By far the best part of my stay was being greeted by Sir David Attenborough who was doing his morning constitutional while I was trying to photograph birds just outside the hotel. Rooms are pleasant with an outside sitting area next to lush vegetation. Did not find any English language TV channels which was a minus.. Their food was OK but not spectacular with one dish doing me in for 48 hours of not being able to eat much. Their Margarita cocktail though was excellent.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Deborah R wrote a review Dec 2019
74 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed at Ara Ambigua for two nights and will definitely go back. It is located just outside Puerto Viejo, Sarapiqui. The lodge itself has two pools, which are refreshingly cool. There is also a lovely nature walk through the jungle gardens. We enjoyed dinner and breakfast. Both meals were great, typico Costa Rican. The birds, bats and monkeys in the surrounding jungle made this extra special. They also have a special area just outside the open dining area, where you can do some bird watching. We saw several toucans, a variety of hummingbirds and lots of other bright, beautiful birds while enjoying our dinner.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
US$127 - US$143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Costa RicaProvince of HerediaSarapiqui
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ara Ambigua Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Finca Sura (2.9 km), Organic Paradise Tour (7.2 km), and Hormigas Town (6.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a desk, and a sofa.
What food & drink options are available at Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Cueva del Marisco, La Casona, and Hotel El Bambu.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a sauna during their stay.
Does Ara Ambigua Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Ara Ambigua Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Ara Ambigua Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ara Ambigua Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Is Ara Ambigua Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.