This beautiful hotel, nature reserve and spa is located off the PanAmerican Highway, in between San Jose and San Isidro. It is near the end of a steep gravel road leading down to the Savegre River valley, about 10 kms from the highway. The main building houses reception, dining area and bar. The rooms are in small cottages aligned above the main building. Our room was very large, with a queen-size bed and a single bed. There were two comfortable sitting chairs and a large work desk. The bathroom was really two rooms – the shower area being separate. The whole room was clean and well appointed. We had a nice deck area with a nice view of the mountains and forest. The flowerbed in front of our room was a major attraction for numerous hummingbirds. In fact the gardens of the hotel are really beautiful, colourful and well maintained. They attract numerous birds and insects to enjoy. The hotel has trails in the forest. We took one along a creek – it was beautiful.
Being quite isolated, the hotel included all meals in our package. The meals were buffet-style since the hotel was quite full. Breakfast was fine with many choices. Lunches and dinners though were monotonous – essentially the same food for two days. The food was fine but not great. Staff was for the most part friendly. Given how busy the hotel was staff members appeared tired and almost overwhelmed. Service was perfunctory but efficient.
We would certainly recommend this hotel for its beautiful gardens, well appointed cabins and beautifully landscaped grounds. On the way back to the highway we even had the opportunity to see the Resplendent Quetzal – a great sighting. The setting for this hotel is beautiful, peaceful and great for bird watching.