Where can I begin? We loved the Treehouses! We traveled with 2 adults and 2 teens and stayed here for 5 days. All of us agreed that this was a wonderful place. There are only a few treehouses on the property and it is really more like a unique bed and breakfast rather than a hotel.
We stayed in the Sloth House which has an actual tree growing inside it. The kids stayed in the loft area and we stayed on the ground level. It rained a lot every day, but there was something very peaceful about being up in a treehouse and enjoying the sounds and view of the rain from the room's floor to ceiling windows. We were not bothered at all by the street noise, and loved waking up to the sounds of birds and other animals we certainly do not hear or see at home.
The treehouses have air conditioning, a small bathroom with shower, towels, and ours had a wraparound porch. You do need to bring some of your own toiletries. This is not a fancy, 5-star Vegas hotel. This is a treehouse with modern comforts that make you feel like you are on a little adventure. Just a note - the ladder in the Sloth treehouse up to the loft area is straight up so keep this in mind if you have little children.
The hosts, Mark and Lucy, as others reviewers have noted, are great.They will help organize any tours, car rentals, give you directions, etc. that you need. They are very helpful. We brought back a coconut and realized that we didn't have a knife for it. We just knocked on their door and they helped us cut it.
The nighttime security guard is very nice. He walks around with a machete and gives tours of the ground at night sharing his knowledge of flora and fauna, and pointing out lizards, frogs, insects, and snakes we never would have seen on our own. He is working hard to learn English and seemed to enjoy practicing the language with us. The tour was free, but we did give him a tip.
The grounds of the treehouse are beautiful. You can take a long walk that leads to a waterfall and a river. We did this and picked some fruit off of the trees on the way. We saw an armadillo, monkeys, and huge bamboo trees, and dipped our feet in the river. It is a bit of a walk, and the walk back up is a lot uphill, but it was worth it. Just take some water and give yourself enough time to enjoy the stroll.
One of the highlights of our stay here was the coffee that they bring up to the porch of the treehouse every morning. Also incredible were the amazing breakfasts served on the covered, outside porch in the common area. Not only were the presentations beautiful, they were delicious. From fried yucca to french toast stuffed with banana and cream, these traditional Costa Rican breakfasts were definitely something we looked forward to every day. During breakfast we were greeting by Mark and Lucy's dogs, and had a wonderful view of the many pretty birds that came to eat the food that were put in the bird feeders.
The location is about 30 minutes from La Fortuna, but that is one of the reasons we chose this place. We didn't want to be in the middle of a busy tourist area. We felt it was the best of both worlds - we were a little bit away from it all, but within 30 minutes of not only La Fortuna, but near Monteverde Cloud Forest, places for ziplining, the animal sanctuary Proyecto Asis, and more. We rented a car to get around and didn't have any problems other than getting used to all the hills and curves in the roads.
Thanks to Mark's suggestion, we also went to a local Italian restaurant that my Italian-American husband said was so good it rivaled his mother's cooking. The best part was that when we mentioned Mark to our server, the owner came out and sat down with us for awhile to talk. It was nice going to a place where the locals go, rather than a restaurant filled with tourists.
I highly recommend the Treehouses for anyone who loves nature and is looking for something fun that's a little bit off the beaten path.
- Also Known As:
- Tree Hotel In Costa Rica
- Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica Arenal Volcano National Park
- 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