Out of town location!
Reviewed 29 December, 2019
This hotel is perfect if you want to be in the middle of nowhere but still have somewhere easily accessible- if you have a car!
The town is about 10-15mins drive away, and the Manuel Antonio N.P is about 20mins drive alway.
Our 1 night stay here was good. Welcoming hosts, a good bed and good air conditioning too. The shower temperature fluctuated, but was fine for the most part.
There was only a top sheet in the bed, my wife would’ve preferred to have the option of another blanket, but otherwise the room was good.
Breakfast was fast and easy. The Costa Rican staple of beans and rice with scrambled egg and good coffee along with fresh watermelon and pineapple.
Jesuslovesyou is the WiFi password, plus there’s religious pamphlets in the room, so maybe this is some sort of religious retreat as well?
Either way, we had a great stay!
A perfect stay
Reviewed 23 August, 2019
We absolutely loved our stay at Kayak Lodge and couldn’t have asked for anything more. Marlene and her family are wonderful people and very gracious hosts; we felt like part of the family. The atmosphere was happy and relaxed.
We had a view of the mangroves from our room - we saw hummingbirds, kingfishers, herons and basilicas from the window. Other rooms surround the beautiful garden Marlene has cultivated. The room was clean, very spacious and had air con. The shower was great, and there is consistent WiFi throughout the property. It also had a hair dryer, which you don’t get everywhere. The breakfasts are enormous and delicious - nom nom nom! We especially enjoyed the homemade papaya smoothies. The swimming pool was a welcome bonus, and the water was the perfect temperature.
We recommend the kayak tour of the mangroves, it’s great value - ours was about 3.5 hours with a wonderful guide called Maurilo, who has worked in the mangroves for around 25 years and is extremely knowledgable not only about the area and the plants, but also about conservation of mangroves. He clearly knew more than other guides we passed en route.
Kayak Lodge is a little out of town but the journey is easy if you have a car (there’s secure parking), and buses stop at the end of the road to take you to Quepos or Parque Manuel Antonio if you don’t. If you want to stay outside the tourist traps in town and get a more natural feel of Tico life, this is the place to do it.
Muchos gracias Marlene!
Reviewed 2 January, 2018
We were limited by our choice of hotels as we visited in December in high season. We were able to get a room for 4 at the Lodge. It is out of the way but not too much. Quepos and Manuel Antonio are a 15-20 m drive from the lodge.
The room was very large but the bathroom was cramped and both were outdated. Each could use updates in terms of linens, wall color and furniture, The lighting was also very dim. However, the room was very clean and we did not lack in terms of hospitality and friendly advice. The wifi is excellent!
The owner Marlenee, manages with an assortment of people who speak English. Andrea, who works from breakfast time until evening is invaluable to running the place. She does everything right from checking guests in to taking care of all their needs. She also offers massages on site for a very reasonable rate.
We did not do the kayak tour but their on site guide Maurioleo is excellent as a park guide and kayak tours. I would highly recommend one or both his tours.
Breakfast is the standard costa rican fare. There is a recreation room which we used everyday. A great benefit if you don't want to venture out in the evening and need something to do.
We had a great experience. It wasn't luxurious but given our budget and availability of rooms, we were very happy.
Out of the way but excellent
Reviewed 23 September, 2017
Marin is the amazing wonderful woman running this establishment. Facilities essentially set up for large groups but accommodations good for couples as well. Rooms are spotless clean and back up to the bayous for kayak adventures. Pool is small but serviceable. We were warmly invited in for breakfast at a long common table to join others. Breakfast was very good and plentiful. Ended up staying a second night.
Location is a kilometer or so off the highway and about 15 minutes north of Quepos. A good alternative to high priced Manuel Antonio.
Reviewed 16 August, 2017
Our stay at the Kayak Lodge was very enjoyable. The owners were friendly and caring. She gave us 4 large avocados from her tree, which we promptly devoured with lunch. They were delicious. Our room was the large family suite which provided wonderful views of the mangroves and plenty to iguana experiences. Would stay again.