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Celeste Mountain Lodge

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Calle Los Arguellos | 4 km camino al Pilon, Bijagua de Upala 305-2250, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent two nights at the lodge at the end of our trip, staying with our 8 year old and older teenagers. The lodge is set in beautiful tropical gardens with uninterrupted views of the forests and volcanos. All of the bedrooms share these great views, with floor to ceiling windows. The rooms were fairly basic, but clean and tidy.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All hotels have unique qualities, but the Celeste Mountain Lodge is loaded with them. It is located right in the volcanic area in an unspoiled part of a beautiful country, away from the hordes of tourists at Manual Antonio and the Guanacaste beaches. Daytime and nighttime temperatures are very comfortable, so air conditioning is not necessary. What makes the Celeste... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Celeste Mountain Lodge, a relaxed and very friendly place with outstanding food, amazing views, fantastic birding and hiking. Joel is a wonderful host and made us feel very welcome. We liked the eco-friendly approach to tourism and the contemporary architecture. Hiking the 2km long private rainforest trail is a treat. The lodge is... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Celeste Mountain Lodge is a great place to re-connect with nature (and dis-connect from your laptop and phone!). The hotel is in perfect symbiosis with the environment, the food absolutely amazing (viva the Chef!) and Joel a great host. We did several treks, all recommended by Joel who perfectly understands the need of his guests.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

It rained all three days we stayed here, but it was wonderful nonetheless. That is our room in the photo for the lodge. It was airy and the view was spectacular. The food and service were delightful and the hosts were considerate and solicitous. It was an old-world experience revved up for the new world. It's a rough road to... More

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Family run operation on the side of a volcano and rain forest. Complex built from recycled materials. Unique. Three meals a day with take out lunch. Panoramic views. Healthy, fresh, gourmet meals served in communal setting by extremely friendly staff. Owners are genuinely concerned about your day trips and daily experiences. They live on the property and are there everyday... More

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Belmont, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is a MUST visit if you will be in the area and/or visiting Rio Celeste! We visited with my family to ring in 2014!! All locals except for myself!! We will always remember this stay! We were ALL treated with respect and the most hospitable attitude imaginable! You can tell that everyone that works there is happy and proud... More

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I stayed here with my boyfriend and 6 friends. I must say that this is the best place to stay and rest after a 4 hours ride (from San Jose) and a 3-4 hours walk in Rio Celeste's National Park. The owner and his crew were courteous, the living areas had a casual and chilling' atmosphere... the place is very... More

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Bonn, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I arrived with my family at lunch time at the hotel. It was obvious that the owner did not liked us because we were a big family (with kids). The hotel has a series of very absurd rules (including no whistling, no running around, and basically not making "any unnecessary sounds") which made it very uncomfortable to be there. The... More

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The terrible experience was ours! In 6 years of operation we never had to expell guests! However we had to take this action with the well-being of our 35 other guests in mind, having a full house that day.. This Costa Rican family arrived already drunk (!!) and indeed very noisy, apparently not caring at all about other people on... More

Sarasota, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The Celeste Mountain Lodge is a unique property for Costa Rica. It's very eco-friendly with wonderful cross ventilation in the rooms (no air or ceiling fans), solar water heaters and recycled products used for lighting, tables, bathroom counter tops and more. Joel and Selma, the owners, were wonderful and helped us select the best things to do in the area.... More

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Also Known As:
Celeste Mountain Hotel Bijagua De Upala
Celeste Mountain Hotel
Celeste Mountain Lodge Costa Rica/Bijagua De Upala
Address: Calle Los Arguellos | 4 km camino al Pilon, Bijagua de Upala 305-2250, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Bijagua de Upala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 hotels in Bijagua de Upala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Celeste Mountain Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celeste Mountain Lodge is a Responsible Tourism establishment, located in Bijagua de Upala, the door to the Volcano Tenorio National Park and its amazing Rio Celeste (Blue River). An authentic rural area, of great natural beauty, with lots of forest and lots to do, yet so accessible! Celeste Mountain Lodge is unique for its concept and profound sustainable philosophy, its innovations, its details and original decoration, ... ... more   less 
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