My family of five stayed at Tree Houses in the Hummingbird tree house for 2 nights in March 2013.
The treehouse was clean, comfortable, and reasonably spacious even for our family of five. We had a double bed, a full-over-double bunk, and a small mattress on the floor.
The windows all around the main room can be opened to the screen to allow a breeze and to hear the noises of the surrounding forest, or can be closed if you use the (very effective) air conditioner.
The shower windows are screened on two sides at eye level. Although we never really could get the warm water working, what a fun shower with the view and sounds of the forest all around!
You don't stay here for the room, or for the food, or for luxury, but for the experience.
I woke both mornings at first light, around 5:30, to the sounds of the animals. I sat on the deck with my coffee watching the birds eating the plantains, and one morning watching a large howler monkey do his thing.
The breakfasts were lovely (fruit, eggs, rolls, tico-style beans and rice), but they were over-shadowed by the setting of breakfast at the open-air Rancho, with bird feeders all around. Hummingbirds did their amazing dance all around us throughout breakfast.
Once, walking down the lane to Mark and Lucy's house, I saw a tiny howler monkey in the tree above the road and another in the next tree.
It was a restful and genuine-feeling place, and we enjoyed our two days there.
I had two regrets about the stay. One, we did not allow enough time for the hike to and from the waterfall and river pools. We didn't listen carefully to Mark when he said it was 45 minutes each way, and set out in mid-afternoon. By the time we dawdled along the path and reached the river, we had time only to stick our toes in and then had to turn around to reach our tree house before nightfall. Note: if you make the hike, apply bug spray plentifully!
Two, the night watchman had a night off our second night there, and I wish we'd taken the night hike with him on our first night. We were tired from a busy day of waterfall rappelling and opted out.
Overall, the hospitality and the setting were marvelous. I would highly recommend a visit.
- 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