We chose the lodge based on fellow Trip Advisor member reports, and take their word to the bank; this was one of the top places I've ever stayed, and I travel internationally for work. Yes, it is high above Turrialba at about 5,000 feet elevation, but the drive is spectacular and well worth the extra 30 minutes. Ask Pedro for specific directions before you go. We arrived in a rainstorm in the middle of green season with low expectations for seeing anything but clouds, but in the morning the clouds had parted, and Turrialba volcana - an impressive steam pillar rising from the top - was bathed in bright sunlight directly out our second-floor window. Awesome, but then was the opposing view back into the valley. Pedro is absolutely delightful. He has a prodigous history, originating in Uruguay with stops in Idaho, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica among others. The food is terrific and appropriately priced. We ate both breakfast and dinner, and were thrilled with the local trout, melons, fruit and particularly the Terrialba cheese. The garden is also delightful. The evening fire was perfect - there's a slight chill at this altitude - and one of Pedro's interns makes a mean margarhita. If you are traveling by bus, taxi fare is less than $20 US. All up, you should not pass up this place.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Guayabo Lodge Costa Rica/Turrialba
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Guayabo Lodge is a 24 room cozy mountain eco-Lodge located in the outskirts of the Turrialba volcano, 2 hours from the airport. Excellent rooms and magnificent views. Enjoy nature, rafting, canopy or hiking, tour the smoking volcano, visit the Guayabo Archaeological Park or the CATIE botanical garden. Our restaurant offers a selected menu of Costa Rican and international dishes, taking advantage of tropical ingredients and creations from Guayabo Lodge Cooking School. Our bar is open every evening and offers a great selection of fruit juices, cocktails, beers and wines. ... more less
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