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“An Oasis of Wildlife” 5 of 5 stars
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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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“An Oasis of Wildlife”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I will forever rave about this hotel! The staff was amazing, attentive and informative regarding day and night activities to experience. I loved that every morning there was a thermos of hot coffee waiting outside our door and an amazing and healthy breakfast waiting at the main lodge.

The grounds are unbelievable, every morning you wake up to the sounds of birds and howler monkeys that surround your own private treehouse. There are trails on the property to roam around, one of which leads to a waterfall & river. My last day there I saw a sloth right by our treehouse, which I got embarrassingly excited over...My boyfriend and I stayed in the Frog House, it was lovely and has wrap around windows which we kept open during the night so that we could hear the wildlife sounds better. My only complaint is that you do hear the sounds of traffic intermittently, but don't let that deter you!

I could go on and on so to sum things up: If you want a nature filled hotel experience this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

The Tree Houses Hotel is a very special place and we are very pleased to have been able to include this stay into our honeymoon trip.
There are only about 5 tree houses set in sprawling lush grounds filled with amazing wildlife.
On our second morning we had a thermo flask of fresh coffee left on our porch and plantains on the birdfeeder – we sat there for a good hour sipping coffee and admiring the fantastic array of birds coming in to have a nibble and say hello. This was totally the highlight of our stay at Tree Houses.
A local farmer Rolando came in one evening and guided us through a fantastic night hike through the grounds, showing us all manners of poisonous frogs, stick inserts, bugs etc. He is a real character and a fantastic person.
We only got to meet Reann, who was great and helped us with travel plans, etc. Mark was fantastic an email too.
Breakfast is super delicious and different every day. A real treat.
In hindsight we are a little sad that, in spite of the fact that we were on honeymoon and that we booked 9 months in advance (and we paid the rate for the toucan and sloth tree houses), we got given the Frog tree house, which is the least nice, it has the smallest porch and it is closest to the main road. The actual tree house was small but we didn’t mind at all as we were there to explore and see the wildlife, but we would have appreciated a slightly bigger porch to admire the birds (the Frog only has one rocking chair so only one person can sit comfortably, to read etc) We didn’t mention this at the time, because all the houses were full and there would have been no point, besides it wasn’t a huge deal. We loved the experience any way.
There is a lovely little waterfall about 3 km from the tree houses (on the grounds) which makes for a very pleasant walk and one more chance to admire the wildlife along the way.
In the reception area they have a bunch of birdfeeders with sugared water which sends the hummingbirds bananas – so many of them. It was hypnotising to watch. We got some fantastic shots.
We also spotted a super cute little three-toed sloth on the grounds, who turned out to be dehydrated and in need of being rescued.
One more thing to note – the restaurant that used to be within walking distance has now closed down (we were told by Reann) so now there is absolutely nowhere you can get to on foot.
The hotel can call you cabs of course - we spent an awesome evening at Happyland which is short cab ride away, where Alex our waiter took care of us for ages and helped us spot a huge iguana in the tree above our heads and some scarlet macaws.
One evening we ordered pizza, which was probably one of the worst I have ever eaten (I am Italian and care a lot about my pizza), but again, it is hardly local cuisine and we ordered it merely for the novelty factor of having pizza delivered straight to our tree house in Costa Rica.
We spent two nights here, which I think is a perfect length of time, especially if you don’t have a car. Of course there is more you could be doing - we overheard a family talking about the fact they were going to volunteer in a wildlife sanctuary for a day – something we would have loved to do if we had known about it in advance / thought about it.
I would say - try to include this stay in your itinerary if you can (we found out about it after we’d planned our trip and re-jiggled things around to be able to fit it in). It is a truly special place. If you love bird watching, this is heaven.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

At first, as we got close to the property, we were nervous, because we were still in the heart of town and it was only 2 or 3km's away. Thank goodness, the scenery changes quickly, and city sidewalks became forested everywhere. The staff was, great, the surroundings were amazing, the cabins were neat, clean and high in the trees...

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We stayed for one night at the Tree Houses hotel for one night on our coast to coast trip in CR last week. We had banana filled french toast for breakfast. We stayed in the Monkey tree house. The rooms have a combo safe and small fridge. The beds were so comfortable and we slept with the window open to hear the birds at night. We woke to find a pair of Aracari birds outside our window. They brought us coffee to our tree house and was waiting for us on our balcony along with plantains to feed the birds. We got a few amazing pictures. Before we left we were able to walk to the river and waterfall which is about a 20-40 min walk depending on your pace. Mark was great and we would totally come back!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This place is so unbelievable, and was easily the highlight of our Costa Rica trip! We stayed for only one night, but to really appreciate it you need at least two to three.

Located a fair distance outside of La Fortuna, the "hotel" is situated on a large jungle property, surrounded by lush vegetation and tons of wildlife. The five or so tree-houses are spaced a short distance apart, but far enough to give off a nice secluded feeling (especially in the midst of all that vegetation). The houses are all a short walk to the main building, which is flocked by hummingbirds at the many feeders and has a really rustic feel. The live-in American couple who manage the property were super-friendly and welcoming, and happy to answer any question or provide any service you require. There is a marked lack of restaurants or attractions in the direct vicinity, though the staff recommend a nearby restaurant that apparently serves excellent Costa Rican fare. The restaurant was closed for renovations during our visit, so the staff recommended a local pizza joint that can deliver to the main house, which was tasty and more than sufficient!

The property is huge, and offers two beautiful walks of approximately 3km down to the local waterfall and river, which were a great way to kill time. There is so much wildlife in Costa Rica and the property was no exception! We spotted two different sloths (one with a baby!)during our 24hr trip, and countless beautiful birds.

We only stayed one night, and possibly due to this we were given the house closest to the road (I think it was the Frog house), even though we booked near a year in advance and specifically requested a different house. It is true what the other reviews say- the road noise is extremely loud and really does affect the ambiance of the place. This was the only negative thing about our stay, but it did take away a bit from the serenity of staying in a jungle tree-house. Still, it was beautiful to sit and read on the balcony of our tree-house, scanning the trees for sloths and other wildlife!

The tree-house itself was great. The aforementioned balcony was spacious and well-decked, with a few chairs, a large table and some outdoor lights. The interior had many nice touches, like air-conditioning, a clean and modern bathroom with hot showers, and comfortable double bed and two twin beds in the loft, lots of storage space and a bar fridge/safe.

The best thing about this place, though, were the wonderful little touches offered by the hotel. When you check in you're asked if you like coffee, and in the morning you wake to a flask of hot coffee and some freshly-baked (delicious!) banana bread on your doorstep! Such a wonderful touch. The traditional breakfast was absolutely delicious, and served in an outdoor setting that is surrounded by fresh fruit left out to attract the stunning local birds. The hotel offers a night walk option with the local security man, which we did not take advantage of due to a bout of food-poising, but we heard our fellow guests enjoying the walk for a good few hours.

When we were there the American owner was visiting (I can't for the life of me remember her name), and we found her to be SUCH a delight! We'd arranged for a jeep-boat-jeep trip to Monteverde, and when the company screwed up our booking and did not arrive she went to our defence and forced them to make a special trip, just for us! The company staff on our journey were clearly not impressed with having to go to so much effort for just two people, so we really appreciated that she fought so hard for us to get to our next location on time! While waiting we sat and chatted for a good hour about her previous life and seachange, and the time flew by. She was awesome!

We would highly recommend this place to people, and would tell them to stay for at least two nights, if not three. One just wasn't enough to do this awesome hotel justice! The peaceful setting is just what you need, after the craziness of La Fortuna!

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  • Stayed March 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

beautiful place meaning the whole property. fenced in for privacy. tree houses are small but comfy and the screened in shower is great. pretty basic amenities so be prepared to eat out every night. But the place was great and I would recommend it

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This was a trip 2 years in the making. When it looked like I would not make it, my daughter gave me this trip for a Christmas present! While some of the tree houses offer lofts (great for kids), we stayed in the single-floor plan Yiguirro - the newest and largest of the six tree houses. It was also the most secluded. With 2 queen size beds, it also offered a window seat that could open into a single bed, a/c, small refrigerator, indoor plumbing, and a safe. At 25 feet up in the canopy, we fell asleep to the sounds of the jungle and awoke up every morning to the sound of howler monkeys - what an awesome experience! The indoor canopy shower, screened in, afforded us an awesome opportunty to "shower among the tree tops." Another exciting experience! The Yiguirro (named after Costa Rica's national bird) had a veranda that encircled the treetop haven.

Hot coffee was waiting for us when we awoke, along with fresh, ripe plantains for the bird feeder. It gave us ample opportunity to see birds in every color and size vye for the food. They were not shy. We got great pics of hummingbirds, toucans, yiguirros, woodpeckers, and many other fun & colorful species I cannot name. (At this writing, my daughter is still in Costa Rica with my camera!) Pics to follow.....

Mark & Lucy, along with all the Tree Houses staff were positively wonderful. The vegetarian breakfasts were delicious and nutritious, served with fresh fruit platters and fresh juice - and more delicious Costa Rican coffee.

Mark was especially helpful in handling all reservations for tours, setting up transporation, etc. He even set up transportation to and from the airport to Tree Houses. We went on several tours including the Arenal Hanging Bridges, Tobocan Hot Springs, horseback riding to La Fortuna Falls, the Safari Float, and experienced a couple of wildlife rescue/rehabilitation centers.

I will take the opportunity to send out a NOTE OF ADVICE for anyone considering a horseback riding tour to La Fortuna Falls...Make sure you specify that the stable you book offers riding over pasture land, and that the horses are well taken care of. We were signed up for a horseback ride to the waterfall that was a new company for Mark. We reported back to him that the horses were emaciated, and the road was nothing but rocks (quite literally). The poor horses were slipping and sliding and tripping. One went lame. Then there was still the 500 steps down to the waterfall itself..Instead of being joyful and relaxing, it was extremely stressful...NOT RECOMMENDED!

Except for the horseback ride experience, mere words cannot describe the beauty and joy this marvelous vacation brought to us. Tree Houses is a must-see - must-stay place. Make reservations early - I guarantee you will not be disappointed.


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Room Tip: When choosing, ask for the Yiguirro - it is the most secluded. We heard virtually no traffic from th...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Treehouseshotel, Owner at Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
Thank you so much for the kind words and we really enjoyed having you here at Tree Houses with us. Also thank you for the tip on the horseback. That was the first -- and last -- time we will work with that company. Our regular horseback operator has the best horses in the area (he actually lives above the stables) and the ride is through pastures and over trails.
--Raeann, Mark and Lucy
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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
#5 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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