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La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

2.5-star2.5 stars
De Rancho Robertos 28 km carreteraPuerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, SarapiquiHerediaCosta Rica, (02) 8228 1927Great location! See map

No-frills Sarapiqui guestrooms with balconies
  • Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking
  • This is not an hotel.It is a centre for scientific research with an amazing facility for…Apr 23, 2018
  • Great birding at La Selva. Sleeping at night was challenging due to no a/c. Mar 21, 2018
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From 127 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

from A$86
  • Double Room, Garden View

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 20 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 1 floor


  • Check-in time 8 AM-5 PM
  • Check-out time is 12:30 PM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 5 PM
There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 72 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle *


  • Free self parking


  • Area shuttle *

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free buffet breakfast daily
  • Coffee shop/café
Things to do
  • Playground on site
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Number of buildings/towers - 3
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Onsite venue - This restaurant specializes in local cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica’s small print

Also known as

  • Selva Biological Station Hotel Sarapiqui
  • Selva Biological Station Hotel
  • Selva Biological Station Sarapiqui
  • Selva Biological Station

Optional extras

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of USD 120.00 per vehicle (one way)

Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica


  • San Agustin Church - 2.7 mi / 4.4 km
  • Mini Zoo and Jardin Yori - 8.9 mi / 14.3 km
  • Costa Rica Nature Pavilion - 11.7 mi / 18.9 km
  • Rara Avis Waterfall - 18.1 mi / 29.1 km
  • Guapiles Central Park - 27.2 mi / 43.7 km
  • Centro America Autonomous University - 27.5 mi / 44.2 km

Getting around

  • San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) - 110 min drive
  • Free self parking
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Superb 9.0 From 14 reviews

La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Fantastic finish to Costa Rica tour
To get the best access to many trails in the rain forest this is the best place to stay. Accimodations include buffet breakfast and a fantastic rainorest guide with scope for 3 hours.
Cheryl, us1 night trip
La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
La Selva was better than I had hoped
I had a fantastic time. I have read mixed reviews all over the internet, but for myself, I would do it all over again. The lodging was much better than I expected. I was lodged in a modern, immaculately clean unit call Zompopa. They have two such buildings - the only downside is that they are as far from the "campus" as you can get. It is a 3/4 mile walk through jungle - concrete paths. But the food and other facilities were pleasant. My first day, they put me on a nature walk with a very good guide, Lenin Duarte. Although we did not cover much ground physically, we saw much more than I had hoped for. For anyone with a desire to see a variety of birds with the least amount of discomfort, this is the place to go. This is NOT a resort, but it is definitely worth putting on your to do list.
Loretta, us3 night trip
La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Great for birding
This was a basic location where we could indulge in our passion for bird watching. The room was simple and adequate for our needs. The cafeteria where we ate with other birders, scientists and students was very nice. The food was basic and delicious. I would recommend this place for anyone who likes birding.
Nancy, usRomance trip
La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Great Birding area.
Nature walk and all meals are included with your stay. Amazing place to see birds and other animals.
suzanne, us2 night romance trip

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La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica

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