I could say staying at the Orchid Tree was a once in a lifetime opportunity, but we intend to return. Pat and Brad (the owners) are tremendous to say the least. My wife and I are considering moving to the Central Valley area of Costa Rica, and this was our first visit. Brad was extremely helpful in showing us places and making suggestions. He drove us around and introduced us to some other expats - and wouldn't let us pay for any gasoline expense. Our son and a friend accompanied us, and Brad made arrangements for them to rent a car from an honest company. Brad both picked us up at the airport and took us back. We had an early return flight so Pat got up before sunrise and cooked a great breakfast to send us on our way. These are just a few of the things they did to make our stay so great. I'm recounting them to show why staying at the Orchid Tree is such a special experience. The attention to detail Pat and Brad demonstrate cannot be surpassed - it's like having personal concierges that are also friends.
As for the facility itself, it's like staying in a little Garden of Eden. The open Balinese style is wonderful. Open the door from your room and you step into a lush landscaped setting (with a roof over the walkway which is good if a rain shower is passing over) packed with tropical plants and fruit trees. The breakfasts are wonderful with lots of fresh fruit and that's just the beginning. Eat an Orchid Tree breakfast and you won't be hungry until dinner - at the earliest. The pool is like crystal and with only 4 rooms at the Inn, it is never crowded. In the more mundane, but heavily desired areas, there is good water pressure, plenty of hot water, and all the towels you want for both pool and shower.
All I can say is you owe yourself a stay at the Orchid Tree. You'll be glad you did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small and intimate bed and breakfast inn, just 20 minutes from the main airport in Costa Rica (SJO) and only 45 minutes from the Pacific coast. We are ideally located in the valley of Rio Grande, Atenas – the perfect base for exploring lush rainforest, enchanting cloud forest, raging rivers, cascading waterfalls, bubbling volcanoes, artisan villages and coffee plantations. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Orchid Tree Hotel Atenas