Stayed as a family of four in two rooms, and loved our stay. The lodge and rooms were peaceful, full of character and with great views, either of the volcano or the valley below. The service was welcoming and friendly and the food homely and tasty. The gardens are beautiful and full of birdlife. We tool the river trek down into the valley beside the hotel and had a very refreshing swim in the river surrounding by stunning forest.
We loved our stay at Guayabo Lodge mostly for the view. The view is beautiful. The room was plenty of space for our family of 5 with an extra bed added. We stayed 2 nights. We visited Aquiares Coffee Plantation all day. The Guayabo dinner is a bit expensive but it was good. Breakfast is basic but also good.
A little piece of paradise. Beautiful place with a stunning view. Because of the altitude it has a nice temperature so no need for an airco. Very nice and friendly staff. You can spot many birds during your meal. The garden is also very beautiful and well kept. Highly recommended
A peaceful lodge with beautiful gardens. We took their river walk (part of their extensive grounds) down to Aquiares River. The owners / staff are very helpful and friendly and helped organise our trips out. The food is delicious, mainly home cooked and mostly with home grown produce. The garden is especially beautiful, with a variety of birds. The views from the window are spectacular; a good tip is to get up early to take advantage of them before the mist rolls in. The lodge is close to Guayabo archaeological site, which is well worth a visit itself. The rooms were very nice, with an excellent shower (much appreciated after several solar powered hotel showers).
Beautiful place - food is O.K. Bedrooms spotless. Just bring your own beverages- drinks are ridiculously weak and then they tack 23% tax on it when you leave. I always like to give my money to the place I stay at but in this situation- forget it.
My husband and I stayed a total of 6 nights at this beautiful lodge. Rosanna and Pedro are welcoming and wonderful hosts. The property is a birders' paradise and the surrounding views are stunning. Much of the food comes from ingredients grown or cultivated on the property and it was all very delicious. The rooms are comfortable and have windows and a small balcony to enjoy the views. Very highly recommended staying here to anyone who is able to.
Pedro and Rosana were excellent. We started with a couple days as couples after flying and returned after with our tour group of 8. The rooms were clean and comfortable. The food was awesome. The grounds are great for birding. They have their own coffee farm which does honey process and is excellent. We always felt welcome and enjoyed the coooking class with Rosana. We would live to return. They are a class A operation.
A charming and unique Family operated Lodge! Simply put: this was the nicest, most hospitable, cleanest and scenic hotel/AirB&B/rental that we stayed with during our 17 day trip in CR!! Even the CATIE Botanical Gardens barely have 10% of the incredible amount of plants, flowers and such a variety of birds on its grounds!! We extended our stay there, since we truly felt in a Paradise. The Holland decoration, the details in room decoration and amenities, the delicious breakfast and warm, talkative staff made this my favorite part of my trip. Somewhat of a museum-type exhibit at the entry about volcanology & the region. Be sure to take the path down to the in-depth canyon from the property and ask first about the rich history their land holds from the previous 3000 year old civilization that inhabited this specific area of the Turrialba Volcano. Hasta Pronto!!!…
Writing a review from our two trips in this time of Covid. We live in the capital of San Jose and wanted to get out of the city and support the economy in any way we could. Guayabo Lodge was a wonderful get-a-way. It is great to be up in the mountains and to explore the beautiful grounds or hike down to the river. Although the restaurant and common areas are not open, you can arrange for meals delivered from a local cook who makes all the great local classic dishes. Simple and satisfying. We stayed in one of the Mountain Suites so we also had a mini-fridge, microwave, and 2-burner stove. Rossana and Pedro are great english-speaking hosts. We are planning to return for a third visit soon.
As some COVID restrictions are lifted in Costa Rica, where we currently live and work as teachers, my husband and I decided to get out of our city of Liberia and explore the beauty of nature and various wonders in the Turrialba area. We reached out to Guayabo Lodge as a possible place to stay that was located near both Guayabo National Monument and Irazu Volcano, and also that would be more secluded so we could enjoy nature and not add to COVID risks for ourselves or others. From the first contact, owner Rosanna gave a prompt response, a discount on the room (since they had just reopened and there is no restaurant or other services), and lots of great tips on what to see and do in the area. We stayed in one of the Mountain Suites, which had an amazing view of the Turrialba valley, as well as a small kitchenette, comfortable bed, nice sitting area and large bathroom. The whole place is quite lovely with incredible gardens that attract birds and butterflies, and they have some goats and cows as well (with fresh milk and cheese for sale!). Rosanna and her husband, Pedro, were very accommodating in many ways, including bringing us special bananas and some of their homemade specialty honey coffee. The location of the lodge was excellent for exploring the area and just enjoying the amazing views in the lush mountains. In our 4 days we were able to visit Guayabo National Monument, Turrialba Volcano (from La Central, which is about as close as you can get with the park closed), Irazu Volcano (a must see - amazing!), Lankester Botanical Gardens in Cartago (definitely worth a visit), and Aquiares Coffee & Community plantation (oldest coffee plantation in Costa Rica). We even had time to do a little hiking at the lodge, down to a lovely river and a small banana plantation, and we sat and enjoyed nature and the farm animals, with rare opportunity to see a goat kid that was only one hour old. I should also mention that to support one of their former restaurant employees, the lodge owners arranged for her to do meal catering to guests at the lodge, so we had several meals delivered to our room that were very good and a reasonable cost. The only down-side to our trip was that we expected from our email conversation to have reliable high-speed internet service. Normally we prefer to be "unplugged," but we had committed to still teach 3 of our English classes while we were away. The internet service was not high-speed or reliable. After Pedro's many attempts to help us with this, the conclusion was made that the wireless router was fine, but the service from the provider was terrible and there was no way we could teach. We truly believe the owners didn't realize this - the last time internet was an issue for them they had 50 people staying at the lodge and assumed the volume was the problem. All worked out OK as other teachers were able to cover for us and we were able to enjoy our time away without teaching at all - probably for the best. But I want to include this note so that others don't have the expectation of good internet service. Regardless of what anyone says, it's just tough to get good internet service in a remote area of Costa Rica - period. Definitely go to Guayabo Lodge, but go to "unplug" and enjoy the time with nature and the beauty that permeates the area. You will be SO glad you did.…