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Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica
300 Meters Norte de Cementerio de la Florencia | Santa Clara, San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica   |  
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“unique get away”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

we spent a couple nights at the treehouses when visiting the Arenal area. It was a really unique and fun place for the family and the actual houses, beds, and room were much nicer than I had expected. Mark and Lucy are very nice and helpful. I had mentioned that it was our oldest daughter's 13th birthday and we were greeted in our room with birthday cake, candles and napkins. how sweet was that!

The breakfasts were great and we really did not notice the traffic noise. We enjoyed an evening hike explanations of the the grounds, vegitation, and animals and enjoyed finding frogs.

The houses are much further outside of La Fortuna than I had realized. That is both good and bad as you can feel as though you are away from things but it does add travel time to activities (and added transport cost if you don't have a car).

The option for pizza delivery to the houses on the night of our arrival was wonderful - and tasted great for a reasonable price. Dinner our second night was a nice place within walking distance. Just beware that they do not take credit cards at the close restaurant. We enjoyed some local excursions and found that managing the local busses was pretty easy and got us from la fortuna to the treehouses without much issue and way cheaper than a taxi.

We would definately stay here again or recommend to others.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

The Tree Houses hotel is located on an immaculate property near the Arenal Volcano. Our tree house was uniquely constructed and enjoyable. Mark and Lucy do a wonderful job managing the place and are genuinely good people. The breakfasts each morning were tasty and fun. We gave a 4/5 rating because staying here really is a unique experience, but there is one downside: noise.

Tree Houses hotel is located next to a very busy road. A couple of kilometers up this road is a quarry. All day semi-trucks and huge dump trucks drive past the hotel to/from the quarry. They often use their engine brakes which only adds to the noise. The sound from the road often become so loud that it covers up the sounds from the jungle. We walked the entire property trying to judge if there were some tree houses more susceptible to the noise than others. The tree houses in the back of the property experienced noise loud enough to cover the sounds of the jungle; the tree houses near the front of the property experience overwhelming noise that would've spoiled our trip had we stayed there. Luckily our house was near the back, so the noise here was somewhat more limited.

Overall, our stay was nice. But if you are from a big city trying to get away from all the normal noises you hear every day, Tree Houses Hotel might not be for you.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Treehouseshotel, Owner at Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
We always appreciate feedback and the opinions of our guests. Unfortunately, we cannot control the traffic flow past the Tree Houses. We do get traffic, but it is not constant or overwhelmingly loud.

We have instituted a new reservation system where guests can now choose the tree house they would like to stay in. There are descriptions and pictures of all of the tree houses on our Rates and Reservations page.

Additionally, we have discounted the Frog tree house, which is at the front of our property, so guests can now choose their price range as well.

Pura vida,

Raeann, Mark and Lucy
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Pickerington, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed in the Monkey (congo) tree house in July. Mark and Lucy were very welcoming and willing to help us out any way that they could during our stay. We took the Day trip with Juan to the volcano, hanging bridges, La Fortuna waterfall (around 500 steps!!!) and to the hot springs. Juan's sons Eduardo and Pablo joined us and they were a delight! In addition - he took us to lunch at his sister's place where we got to eat true Costa Rican food on her veranda! It was a great day that was arranged by Mark for us. We also went on the Ecoglide zipline - a blast - especially the Tarzan swing and I am in my late 50's...feeling quite proud - I must admit.
The breakfasts that we were provided at the treehouses were delicious and varied each day. I especially like the plantain chips (forget the real name) with the mashed black bean dip) - EXCELLENT as were all the meals. The night tour of the grounds with Renaldo was excellent. The man can find small critters 10ft up in a tree in the pitch black - amazing!
Our tree house was great! Loved the massage on the balcony and watching for toucans from there. Also loved the hot coffee every morning that magically appeared. I think that this is a perfect place to begin a Costa Rican vacation and highly recommend! Thanks Mark and Lucy for your hospitality!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We stayed two nights at the Tree Houses Hotel during our Costa Rica trip. It was a great place to relax in the evening after a busy day and wake up to the sounds of nature.

We hiked one afternoon around the Tree Houses and ended up at the river on the property that connects to it. We swam in the river for a bit and visited the neighboring cows. We saw lots of bats and other critters day and night.

We stayed in the sloth house which was comfortable for two people and there is a loft if you have children. Plenty of space to unpack and a family would enjoy it as well. We loved the morning coffee delivery and breakfast. The tree house was great fun to explore and walk around the deck. They have an outdoor cooler that you can get pop and beer - they go on the honor system so you put a bean in your rooms cup and pay when you check out.

Mark and Lucy helped us with information on the area and when we checked in Mark saved us $70 in transportation costs to Pure Trek Canyoning by letting us know it was easy to find and gave us perfect directions for driving.

Highly recommend staying here at least two nights to enjoy the atmosphere. They were very attentive without being intrusive. We felt safe with the locked gate and presence of management at all times.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

It's a nice enough place to stay. Mark and Lucy are very pleasant and helpful hosts. However, in hindsight I think we would have stayed elsewhere.

Here's what worked for us:
- nice rainforest setting
- large room
- coffee on the deck while trying to spy wildlife in the rain (except for passing trucks)
- treehouse: fun for the children
- proximity to Projecto Asis (the wildlife rescue center we were visiting)
- location: part way back to San Jose from La Fortuna (shorter drive on our last day)

Here's what we think could have been better:
- breakfast - it consisted of fruit/juice/coffee/bean casserole (very tasty but small)/yuca fritter for adults; and fruit/juice/scrambled eggs/fritter for children. This (esp the fruit platter) paled in comparison to other breakfasts on our trip. Of course, one of our boys did not like the scrambled eggs, while the other did not like the fritter ... fussy, maybe ... but a few more options (cereals or bread?) would have been helpful, and at $15 per child I don't think such an expectation is unreasonable. I would have asked for more/seconds, but by the time we realized there was no more food coming, we were already running late for our 8:30 tour.
- breakfast schedule - I understand it is a small hotel, but the 8-9am timeframe is a little restricting and we were rushed. 7:30?
- room supplies - we had travelled from Guanacaste, and I would have loved to have made myself a coffee or tea or something on arrival, but there are no supplies or coffee maker (unlike other places we stayed at).
- pricing: many places offer high/mid/low pricing structure based on the climate/rainy season: this would compensate slightly for when the weather is more likely to restrict enjoyment.
- directions - our gps had 'lost' its map, and so we turned to the directions from the hotel website - the two sentences are a little weak if coming from Liberia - would be helpful if it mentioned going through El Tanque etc.

Also, for the record, a couple of other relevant points:
- the rain and our schedule meant we were not able to explore the property as we had hoped - perhaps this would have influenced our rating, but I doubt it - we had hiked to Rio Celeste earlier in the trip.
- Many reviews mention the evening nature tour with the security guard ... well, of course, we hit his 'day off' [it was a Friday, for this week at least] so you may want to factor that in if it is important - we were disappointed to miss it, and perhaps I should have asked ahead of time what days he works.

So, in summary, I would say that Treehouses is decent enough with very pleasant hosts, we just found it to be expensive for what we got, particularly when paying for two children (extra $30 for our 8 and 6 year olds). We stayed in six different hotels on our CR trip, and this hotel was the most expensive (except for an all-inclusive) and probably offered us the least value.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Treehouseshotel, Owner at Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
We always welcome reviews that can help us improve our award-winning level of service here at Tree Houses. We are constantly striving to ensure that our guests have the best time possible while staying with us.

Our breakfasts have consistently gotten very high reviews on TripAdvisor, particularly the baked huevos rancheros that this family had the one day they were with us. It consists of the basic ingredients of huevos rancheros: beans, cheese, fresh salsa, tortilla and egg with fried yucca (like hash-brown patties) on the side. Each dish is baked in an individual ramekin and served fresh and hot at the table. This, of course, takes some time. We are very accommodating with having breakfast prepared for our guests that are departing earlier for an adventure. If we had been made aware beforehand (most customers let us know at check-in when we are going over the schedule), as opposed to 8 a.m. when the guests arrived for breakfast, we could have had their breakfast ready for them. We do not mass produce our breakfasts; each are made by hand. We do offer alternatives of cereal, toast and scrambled eggs. We try not to waste food nor would we ever turn a customer away if they ask for something. A simple request would have been met with no problem at all. Tea and coffee are also available at all hours; again a simple request will be met.

As for the weather, well, if we could control it, we definitely would. At this time of year, rain is normal and expected.

Our night watchman and guide, Rolando, works six days per week and his days off do change regularly to accommodate requests for his farm tour. Countless people have enjoyed the night hikes with him and have said they were able to spot a great variety of wildlife.

The directions we provide, with every confirmation, are very good and again we get complimented all the time. If we were to put every small town you would drive through they would be pages long which is why we put the approximate time it takes to travel and highlight the larger towns.

Pura Vida

Raeann, Mark and Lucy
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Travelled as a family of 4, all really enjoyed the different aspect of sleeping up so high, our children are 13 and 11 and we felt the same it would be quite dangerous with small children you couldn't turn your back at all !!!! The location was really half an hours drive from La Fortuna so it is best to rent a car otherwise it's taxis or the local buses.
The breakfasts were very nice for us but our children struggled a bit , it would have been nice to have been asked what we would like or not like as we hate food wastage and this happened a lot.
The night walk with Rolando was very entertaining and we did see a lot of frogs which the children enjoyed.
All in all it was a good experience and would recommend it.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Tree house hotel was the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Where do I begin? Well…..you’re staying in a tree house!!! My wife and I visited Costa Rica for our honeymoon. We stayed in Manuel Antonio for the 1st half and then drove north to the Tree house hotel near Arenal. Everyone here was so accommodating. We woke up every morning to granola, fresh fruit, and amazing coffee on our patio. The rooms were amazing, clean, and just plain cool. I felt like a kid in a luxurious tree house. The hotel was also very close to everything (i.e. white water rafting, restaurants, the volcano, etc.) This place was very homey and I highly recommend this hotel. Thanks!


*****Side Note: I left my hat in the hotel when we left on accident……they emailed me and then shipped it all the way back to me in Arizona (no charge).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 300 Meters Norte de Cementerio de la Florencia | Santa Clara, San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Spa
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#6 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tree Houses Hotel is a bed and breakfast hotel conveniently located off the main road that runs through La Fortuna and around the Arenal Volcano. We are a short 25 minute drive to the high tourist area. People seek us out with that in mind, to be away from it all but close enough to enjoy all the fun adventure the La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano area has to offer.We have just 5 tree houses (each very private) on 8 acres and we are surrounded by a 70 acre wildlife refuge with a waterfall, pools to swim and a beautiful river. Each tree house features A/C, warm water showers, refrigerators and safes.There are few hotels like this in the world and none other in Costa Rica. There is something so very exciting about spending the night high in the forest canopy, wildlife all around you, safe and cozy in a tree house hotel in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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