1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
- english, spanish
About Robin Urban
Gringos living seasonally in Ojochal for over 20 years One of the first pioneers here. Considerable knowledge of the area and a good resource for information.
Robin Urban purchased this Apartment in 1994
Why Robin Urban chose Ciudad Cortes
Very Private with Great Jungle and Ocean views with wonderful sunsets all season. Great bird and animal watching.
What makes this Apartment unique
on a large private gated estate with its own Jungle. View of the jungle canopy from the balcony!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Choose wisely. There are three listings at this property, the main house, an apartment with an amazing view, and an apartment with a limited view. I booked the limited view by mistake. But, thanks to a cancellation, moved over and paid the difference. (Thanks Robin!!!) If you just want a decent place to stay for day tripping, the less expensive unit is fine. Plan to get out by 7:30 AM because it gets full sun all day long. The unit with the view is great for hanging out in comfort with an awesome view until late morning. The owners live there during the dry season and are awesome. Very accommodating and knowledgeable about the area. Several great restaurants close at hand, but make reservations at least a day ahead for dinner. Access to a beautiful private beach through owners club. Short drive to waterfalls for a swim, horseback riding, and much much more. Standard shift 2-wheel-drive is good for most things. But four-wheel-drive will get you to more nearby locations.
Friendly caretakers, nice unit, great location
David and Carolina, the caretakers, where very friendly and knowledgeable. Both are local scuba instructors/guides, and if we return to the area we will definitely book with them. The unit was clean and had everything we needed for our visit. The patio area was our favorite place to hang out, with a beautiful ocean view and plenty of bird and animal sightings.
Relaxing at Casa Rana was fantastic.
We enjoyed our stay at la Casa Rana Verde. Direction to la Casa Rana Verde were easy to follow and it lead us right to the house. When we entered into our room we found an assorted plate with delicious tropical fruit, the mangos were amazing. Mornings were perfect for a lazy breakfast followed with a short trip to the beach of choice, there are many and all beautiful beaches. The owner was around and was a very good source of information. At sun set you get the perfect view from the mountains and if the sky is clear you can see all the starts above. We both were satisfied with our stay at Casa Rana Verde.
Good view of sunset.
Gorgeous sunsets and sunrise, occasionally a visit from a bird. Single room and bathroom.
Just not what i expected.
The Casa Rana studio could have been a nice value-priced Costa Ballena option, but it delivered a long list of misses that outweigh the positives, like its location and the beach club privileges.
The studio failed to deliver some key creature comforts:
For the first 3 days there was no hot water in the bathroom. Facing a cold shower and shave each morning made me dread getting out of bed. Finally, after repeated complaints, the property manager was able to get the hot water working.
There were no ice trays in the mini fridge, so having a nice cool iced drink was not an option, and there was no cutting board in the kitchenette, so slicing fruit, or anything, was a problem.
There were no hand towels, wash cloths or dish towels in the studio.
There were no clothing drawers or shelves to unpack, leaving me to live out of my suitcase for 9 days.
There was no outlet in the hole in the wall under the night table, so I had to charge my phone across the room and stumble around to shut off my alarm each morning.
The studio was as dimly lit as a cheap pick-up bar. It was so dark that I could not read the indicators on the ceiling fans or
on the AC remote.The balcony, which would have been a nice place to sit and read, had only one functioning pendant light that barely illuminated a small spot on the counter top. I prepared a light meal one evening by the light of my iphone flashlight.
There were no entertainment options: no TV; no radio; not even any reading material (did I mention it was too dark to read anyway). In a place that gets pitch dark by 6:00 PM, offering some nighttime entertainment options is more than a nicety.
Although other than the Property Manager, I was the only paying guest, there were always 3-4 vehicles parked onsite, leaving me to park in the space that literally hung over the hillside. This was probably more frightening than dangerous, but when I parked than on arrival, I mistakenly backed in and while removing my luggage, my carry-on slid out and rolled 30 feet down the hill. I was able to delicately climb down and back to retrieve it, but every time I parked I faced the image of me and my car rolling down the hill.
Recommendations to the owner:
Install some higher wattage bulbs and maybe even add a lamp or two;
Purchase some ice trays and a cutting board for the kitchen;
Expand your linens to include some hand towels, dish towels and wash cloths;
Add some clothing drawers or shelves;
Move 1 car.
Renter was belligerent from arrival and wanted to leave negative feedback.. When renters do not communicate about issues there is no way they can be resolved? Dave never mentioned any concerns during his visit only in his review. This is very unfair and renters should be aware of renting to these types of individuals. Many items he stated were absolutely false. Clothes storage space is ample. plugs available and hot water on demand We run a great place and feel very abused by this guest. Please see other reviews and then decide for yourself.
A quiet retreat minutes away from amazing beaches
This an amazing property with very knowledgeable and friendly hosts. We could wake up each morning to the sound of wildlife and a most remarkable view.
Robin and Helen were most helpful in giving us hints of where to go, local history and pointer of what to do and what to be aware of. Thanks Robin and Helen for a great part of our journey however we will have to stop by again and take Helen up on her remarks regarding her cribbage skills.
Thanks for your review. Please tell us what we needed to do to get a five star rating from you? Thanks Robin and Helen