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“Great place for adventuring or kicking back and enjoying the nature around you” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Aguila de Osa Inn
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Portland, Maine
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116 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great place for adventuring or kicking back and enjoying the nature around you”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

We spent 3 nights at this hotel in early Feb. It has a spectacular location with view, high on a hill. The boat ride in and out is part of the adventure. We kicked backed and hiked and used the free kayak's to explore the little river at high tide but there were plenty of other things to do. Food was great. Probably not the best place for someone who has trouble walking as all the rooms are up a steep hill. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great meals.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

We just returned from 4 nights at the Aguila de Osa and will most certainly go back. We ran our boat down from Quepos to do a bit of fishing in the area. Our captain and mate stayed on the boat and we stayed in the Inn. Drake Bay is spectacularly beautiful and you just can't take it all in so quickly. The way the sunset light illuminates the rocks around the bay is stunning.

As for the Inn, I simply can't say enough about the friendliness of the staff led by manager Ohlman, the fabulous meals prepared by the chef (Dickson) and the great rooms all constructed with native hardwoods. It is a really cool set up that the owner (Bradd) has built.

If you are interested in birds the Osa Peninsula in general and Aguila de Osa Inn in particularly has an enormous quantity of birds of many species. We were able to check off many new species in our Birds of Costa Rica book. On day we took a Mangrove tour and counted about 30 species, including some we have never seen before.

There is also a lot of other things to do such as touring Corcovado Park, visiting / diving Cano Island, sportfishing, etc.

So if you are thinking about a trip to Costa Rica I highly recommend putting the Aguila de Osa Inn on your list of places to visit!

Room Tip: The Inn is on the side of the hill so there is a hike to some of the rooms (#s 12, 13 & 14). Cho...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

My wife and I were on our honeymoon, and after a few days around Arenal we hopped on a flight to Drake Bay where Brad and the boys were waiting to drive us to the Inn. What an incredible spot, with all of the amenities one would expect from a top class hotel but in a setting which cannot be matched. It is hard to tell where the jungle ends and hotel begins. Literally ten minutes after our arrival I watched a monkey punch a bee's nest and grab the honey comb before he escaped up the tree. The food was so delicious, it was hard to believe that this type of quality could be attained in such a remote area. Each day the folks at Aguila de Osa had an adventure lined up for us,highlighted by the trip into Corcovado. We opted for the slightly longer trip to La Sirena, which sounded like the correct call after discussions at the dinner table that night. We saw so many birds and animals listing them would be impossible, but the tapir was memorable.

The owner Brad is such a gracious host, and the staff seemed to genuinely enjoy working for him. We made many friends among the staff and celebrated NYE with them at the Bars which are a pleasant hike away. We stayed for four days, which was enough. There is so much to do there, but after four days we found it tough to keep up the pace of constant adventure.

Room Tip: It is also possible to drive to the hotel. You just drive to Sierpe and someone from the hotel will...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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madison
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

I have to agree with the former posters, this was a fantastic place. The atmosphere, the food, the casitas - just everything was way beyond what I had hoped for. La Palma is right across the inlet and is suppose to be very upscale and is quite a bit more costly. I cannot imagine how it could be any nicer than Aguila de Osa. It was just perfect in every respect and everything ran smoothly from our pick up to our drop off at the Drake Bay airstrip, Very attentive and friendly staff and no detail was overlooked, great food, well organized tour opportunities. The setting was gorgeous , we were awakened each morning by scarlet macaws outside our room. We had casita #10 which was at the end, so it was secluded and quiet - except for the jungle noises! This may not be a good choice if you had mobility issues as there are steep climbs to the beach as well as from the casitas to the dining/reception area. However, I think this is pretty much the case for most lodges in the Osa that are in secluded locations.
We loved Aquila and I wish we had gone there last instead of first as it set the bar pretty high for the rest of the trip. It was 100% perfect

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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41 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2012

The Aguila de Osa Inn is just about as nice a place as can be imagined. If you want to get away from it all without really getting away from such things as comfort and fine dining, this is your place. Just getting to the Aguila de Osa Inn is a great experience in itself. We boarded a launch in Sierpe, a tiny little fishing village which is remote enough as it is. After an hour's ride through mangrove swamps and out into the Pacific Ocean we managed to arrive at the inn but not until we had briefly become lodged on a sandbar at the mouth of the cove where the Aguila de Osa is located. Now after such an adventure just to get to this place, I had a bit of trepidation as to what sort of amenities I might find here. I needn't have worried. Our room was spotless. We were a short hike up a mountainside but the view from the room was well worth the climb. Because our room was built on a hillside the veranda surrounding our room was in the trees and we could sit outside (or lie in the hammocks strung across the veranda) and watch a procession of birds, monkeys, and iguanas in the shrubbery. Our room had 15 foot ceilings with a screen around the topmost portion of the wall on three sides, admitting ventilation. Thus the ventilation was excellent and we were never at all uncomfortable even in the hottest part of the day. The rooms were quite large and were beautifully appointed. The photo of a guest room on this website gives you a fair idea of how light and airy the rooms are. The grounds are beautiful. The restaurant is gourmet. Meals are served family style at three big tables. You can't help meeting your fellow guests in this place, so if you want to avoid other people altogether you may not be happy that mealtimes compel some mixing. We enjoyed meeting the other guests at the hotel and considered the dining experience to be a plus. There is a choice of two main courses every night. The first night I had a red snapper, the second night a beef tenderloin filet, and the third night I had a sea bass. All were cooked beautifully. The desserts were imaginative and delicious. Although it has been noted that this hotel has no swimming pool, you have the whole Pacific Ocean to swim in. In fact, what with Cano Island near-by, fishing, and exploring Corcavado National Park, there is no shortage of activities to occupy several days. If you are looking for a way to channel your inner Robinson Crusoe with a gourmet chef for a man Friday, you cannot do better than the Aguila de Osa.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Aguila de Osa Inn
Address: Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Drake Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Drake Bay
Price range (per night): $577 - $1,020
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aguila de Osa Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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