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“A peaceful place” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Guayabo Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   300 m sur del Cementerio de Sta Cruz | Santa Cruz de Turrialba, Turrialba 30504, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Turrialba
San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“A peaceful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The place is a family own hotel, in the rural mountain of Costa RIca is the peace you look for with a great location between the Volcano the Guayabo Park, and Turrialba. Well manage food is very good and the service is great, the price is just right

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Cruz, California
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7 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

If you want to be in this neighborhood to visit Volcan Irazu (go to Volcan Poas instead) or the Archaeological Monument (highly recommended) then this is very convenient. Definitely a mixed bag of good and mediocre. Room was large though bathroom was tiny (could barely get on and off the toilet without knocking TP holder off the wall and we're not overweight). Food is bland but they have a good wine selection. Both TP and towels were exceptionally thin. Grounds are lovely to walk around. Wifi wasn't working but there is a computer for guest use downstairs.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We loved our time at Guayabo Lodge. Quiet and restful with great food. Very clean and comfortable. Pedro and his staff provided a clean comfortable setting. The girls enjoyed horseback riding through a coffee plantation to a waterfall while the botanist enjoyed a trip to CATIE gardens. Together we were guided by Cesar and Chico to Irazu volcano and Guayabo National Monument on an informative and pleasant day.

We would DEFINITELY stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I was not expecting the hotel to be this amazing... Yes, it does look pretty in the pictures but once you're there you can truly see the level of detail and love they put into everything. The views are amazing, as you can see on the pictures, the gardens are very well taken care of.

I highly recommend the food, you can definetely tell that it's cooked by a staff that cares. Dinner was great and they were extremely kind. Breakfast, when free, is usually toasts and something non-special. However in this case you had rice and beans, eggs, cheese, fruits. etc.. practically a lunch by itself.

I absolutely loved this place- rooms were great, nice, tidy, clean, with a balcony with a great view, perfect for sitting and having a glass of wine. LOVE THIS PLACE!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

what a beautiful respite this place is! the air is fresh and cool, the rooms are nicely decorated. we enjoyed our mountain view room with a mini kitchen.
You can just rest or enjoy the many things to do here. we went to Guayabo National Monument with the hotel 's wonderful guide Cesar. His pride and knowledge of the indigenous people brought the site to life.
We also took advantage of the location to get to Irazu volcano early before the clouds cover it. allow an hour drive that is well worth the trip.
the hotel's owner arranged a cheese making tour. if you understand Spanish, or can find a translating friend, check out this cow to table process done right in the maker's home. a very kind family lead by Melvin will take you to his yard where you can milk the cow and make the
cheese. as far from a factory processing as you can get! The taste Melvin's fresh cheese and yogurt.
also check out the small organic Grano de Oro coffee tour, also local and personal.

River rafting is also nearby.

The staff at Guayabo is excellent, all striving to keep the guest happy. rooms have comfortable beds, large screen tv's with satellite tv, and patios or balconies with views.
the food was just great, buffet one night, menu the others. this area produces fine produce and it shows in the quality of the food here.
One warning, the driveway to get to the lodge is rugged. have a 4x4 and keep it slow. the driveway from the main road is alongside a largish veterinary supply building to use as a landmark.
but this beautiful spot is worth the drive.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Friendswood, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

I have stayed here many times and each time things seem to get better. Pedro, who was the manager of Central America's most important horticultural educational facility, and his wife run a very tight ship with hands on management. They are gentle lovable people deeply connected to Nature. Their property shows their love of Nature.

The lodge has wonderful views and is only 20 minutes from the National Park at the top of Turrialba Volcano. One warning...make sure that you have full gas tank before you leave because gas stations are far and few between. The views are spectacular on the way to the hotel.

The hotel is also just 30 minutes away from the world famous Guayabo National Park which once was the commerce center of Central and South America. There is an adventur park nearby with a great restaurant next store. Vegetarian food is available.

If you love to study and experience Volcanoes this is the perfect place to stay. There are two major volcanoes within about an hour of the lodge...Turrialba and Irazu.

Room Tip: I like room 23 or 24...they are large, spacious, and have wonderful views of the valley.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I am not sure why Trip Advisor only has average or very good. This place is not average, is not very good, it is good. Good service, good location, good rooms, a decent restaurant working at night and some rooms/apartments with amazing views of the marvellous mountains of Turrialba. Turrialba is a special place, not much to do there, but it is so peaceful, so refreshing, I would definitely recommend it for a

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 300 m sur del Cementerio de Sta Cruz | Santa Cruz de Turrialba, Turrialba 30504, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Cartago > Turrialba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Turrialba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Guayabo Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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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