The Hotel Rio Perlas is located in an absolutely gorgeous spot in the Orosi Valley. The beautiful, manicured grounds are surrounded by hills, making for lovely sunrises and wonderful breezes. I loved the walking trails on the grounds! They are fairly extensive and a good combination of natural and yet well-maintained. The hot-water pool was a highlight of our stay. Both adults and children enjoyed swimming in it, and it was a unique experience.
Our rooms were clean and pleasant. We had some minor difficulties getting enough towels/washcloths for all 4 of us, but no big problems. The staff were friendly and eager to help us with anything we asked for. Not all spoke English, but this gave us a chance to work on our Spanish. :o) The restaurant was OK. The quality of the food was good, but the menu was definitely skewed towards European/American foods rather than local specialties. We would have appreciated a more Costa Rican feel. Service in the restaurant was a bit slow, but friendly. (Example of the friendly part: our 5-year-old daughter was very tired one night, and took herself to the bar area, where no one was sitting, and went to sleep in a chair! The staff's reaction was to order a blanket delivered. It was very sweet of them.)
The Hotel Rio Perlas is spread out over a fairly steep hillside, so expect some exercise just walking around. I considered this a plus, but if you don't want to walk, the hotel does offer a car service to deliver guests to and from the restaurant, etc. My in-laws used this service extensively, as their mobility is limited. There were a few times where they had a bit of a wait, but generally the service was very quick. The driver was very friendly and helpful. Also, note that while restaurant room service is not advertised, you can call and order a meal delivered to your room! Handy when it's raining or when the kids or Granddad are tired.
Our day trips included a tour of Cafe Christina organic coffee plantation, a drive to Volcan Irazu (be aware that the park closes mid-afternoon, I think it was at 3 pm), coffee and cookies (and shopping for some really nice artwork) at the Orosi Lodge, and some hiking and birdwatching in Tapanti National Park. We had a really great time!
All in all, our stay was very pleasant. My only disappointment was that the hotel's management interprets "luxury" with a bit too much of a European flavor -- Costa Rican culture deserves to be highlighted!
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Rio Perlas Cartago
- Hotel Rio Perlas
- Hotel Rio Perlas Spa, Resort & Casino Costa Rica/Cartago
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 65 rooms new property located in the beautiful and legendary Orosi Valley 39 Km./ 24 Mls. from San José represents the only Mountain & Spa destination in Costa Rica. Hotel Río Perlas Spa & Resort is surrounded by many natural attractions as: Tapantí National Park (15 Km./ 9 Mls.), the Irazú Volcano (57 Km./ 35 Mls.), the Turrialba Volcano (30 Km./ 19 Mls.), the Arqueological Reserve of Guayabo ( 30Km. / 19 Mls.), the Pacuare and Reventazón Rivers normally used for white water rafting, the Lankaster Gardens (9 Km./ 6 Mls.), the Ujarrás Valley and also the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de los Angeles located in the center of the old Costa Rica metropoli: Cartago. ... more less
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