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Guayabo Lodge

Sur del Cementerio de Sta Cruz 300 m Santa Cruz de Turrialba, Turrialba 30504 Costa Rica
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#2 of 12 hotels in Turrialba
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The Guayabo Lodge is a 26 room cozy mountain Eco-Lodge located at 1500 mt on the active 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 daily changing 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 selection of fruit juices, cocktails, beers and wines.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Breakfast buffet
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Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Mountain View
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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sherric0558 wrote a review Sep 2020
San Pedro, Costa Rica5 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Pedro Ferreira, Propietario at Guayabo Lodge
Responded Sep 14, 2020
Hi Sherri and Bill, thank you for your review! Hope to see you soon, you are always welcome!
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kpowtravels wrote a review Jun 2020
Nicoya, Costa Rica9 contributions
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.
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Date of stay: June 2020
Room Tip: Mountain Suites are clearly the most spacious with the best views, but we really didn't see...
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Michael D wrote a review Apr 2020
Bournemouth, United Kingdom22 contributions13 helpful votes
We had a long road trip and used this accommodation to break up the journey. It was a good choice. Location was wonderful having wonderful views in all directions including the volcano. Lovely room with our own private patio. Good restaurant at hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2020
CoconutVanilla wrote a review Mar 2020
Ko Samui, Thailand53 contributions13 helpful votes
We stayed just one night at Guayabo Lodge as part of our tour of CR this month. You can really tell that a lot of love, care and attention has gone into this place :) The gardens are beautifully kept and full of big fragrant flowers and plants. The panoramic views surrounding the lodge are stunning. Our bedroom was on the ground floor with a little terrace outside in the garden. The bed was super comfy and beautifully clean, as was the bathroom. It is quite quirky and old-fashioned decoration-wise but I thought that was lovely. The rooms are quite spacious and there are lots of communal areas throughout the hotel which have strong Wi-Fi. A little nature walk has been created too over the road in the ground which was fun to explore before dinner! We saw toucans and other colourful birds flying around. I also enjoyed saying hello to the sheep :) My only feedback would be to cater better for vegans with a hot vegan option on the menu for dinner. Both me and my partner are vegan and we struggled with the menu because even the corn tortillas which are usually vegan had egg in them. I'd had a HUGE lunch on the way so it wasn't too much of an issue, but the only thing I could eat was a mango and chia seed salad which was very sweet and more like a dessert than a main. They did make up some vegetable wraps for my boyfriend, but they were wheat not corn so I couldn't eat them. As much as I love fruit I don't particularly want to eat it for my dinner :) Overall a lovely stay in a beautiful setting in a hotel that is clearly run with lots of love and care.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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DelbertLovett52 wrote a review Mar 2020
Washington, Vermont86 contributions26 helpful votes
Beauty everywhere you look. Birds, flowers and scenery abound. Pleasant rooms with awesome view from the deck.. Breakfast and dinner onsite was awesome. Staff ALL was friendly and helpful! A walk on the awesome garden paths is a must.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: We stayed in #12 one night and #18 a week later because 12 was occupied.They have the nicest...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Guayabo Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Guayabo Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Aquiares Coffee & Community Experience (1.9 miles), Guayabo National Monument (3.2 miles), and Hacienda La Central (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Guayabo Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Guayabo Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Guayabo Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Guayabo Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Rancho del Sapito, Don Porfi, and Rio.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Guayabo Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Guayabo Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Guayabo Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.