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“A true forest of peace” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bosque de Paz

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Bosque de Paz
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Vincentia, Australia
2 reviews
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“A true forest of peace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We have just spent a couple of days at Bosque of Paz. I can highly recommend that if you have time head straight here from the airport for your first experience of the wonders of Costa Rica. The hotel is to be applauded for what it has achieved for conservation and it is great that this special place is in such safe and caring hands. The trails are really well marked to allow you to enjoy the wet tropics and cloud forests without the crowds of Monteverde. Hummingbirds abound and we had great sightings of quetzals too. As for what you expect from a good hotel, the rooms are spacious, staff attentive, the lodge very comfortable and the food great. But what makes this place special is that it is a true forest of peace. Rob Dunn, Australia.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Pico Rivera
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

I was "Quite Surprised" at this location. My friend and I are nature photographers and are planning to return as soon as possible to capture many more images here at Bosque de Paz! There are so many birds of many varieties !!! Hummingbirds are plentiful, as are many other species. We spotted and photographed more than 40 different species of birds alone, plus, amphibians, insects, flowers (especially orchids)! We were treated like family here! The food was fantastic. The employees were very helpful and even took several opportunities to lead us on the many trails. The owners, Federico and Vanessa are quite the genuinely naturalists that I adore! They even arranged transportation to another lower elevation so that I could photograph even more species of birds and orchids there!

I quite recommend this lodge to anyone who loves nature and good people to enjoy life together!

Lou Orr from Los Angeles County, CA

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lou O
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Nashville, Tennessee
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126 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2013

We came to this lodge to photograph hummingbirds. The birds were there in high numbers - 25 - 50 in sight at all times. But what we also found was an amazing lodge with large, very clean rooms, very nice dining room, very good food with good service. The altitude is nearly 6000 feet, so the weather was cooler than we expected, but well tolerated. The meals are served by waiters, not buffet. The owner greeted us at each meal, and wish God's blessing on us and our families, and a blessing on our meal. This was done very graciously, and taken well by all at dinner. There were nice trails to explore; glasswing butterflies to photograph along the way. Orchids along the way, but not many in bloom at the time we were there. I don't know how much acreage they have, but there is a lot of forest surrounding the lodge, and I don't think anything else is within walking distance.

But the hummingbirds!! Quite a number of species, all over the place. There is a very nice covered deck by the feeders, so that you can watch/photograph under cover. Big covered porches in front of the rooms with places to sit. A nice library too.

Very relaxing, got the best hummingbird photos I have ever shot and had a great time. Don't were anything red unless you want the birds to "drill" you repeatedly. We hated to leave, and are planning to bring our adult children there for a few days within the next two years.

Service? Listen to this. My wife travels with "her" pillow and due to neck trouble, does not rest well without it (she says). When we left the lodge for San Jose (two hours away at least) we left the pillow behind by accident. The owner of the lodge called on our cell and told us he would bring it to our next hotel. I told him just to ship it, but he was not to be denied. That same day, he was at our hotel with the pillow with a big smile giving us a blessing for the rest of the trip. Unbelieveable!

Room Tip: It is a small lodge and all the rooms are in a row - seemed all the same to me.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We stayed at the Bosque de Paz for 3 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We loved the rustic charm that the grounds had to offer. Depending on when you go the nights can be cold so make sure you have the proper clothing. While there, we could see unique birds right outside our window! The staff was extremely friendly, and we loved the home-cooked meals. We got a chance to try some of foods we may not have otherwise tried on our own. Our stay was very relaxing and we got the opportunity to truly enjoy being able to observe nature. If you enjoy nature walks, there are various trails to take. None of them are very strenuous and are easy to do. The waterfall is amazing! If you want to get away from it all, enjoy nature, and truly relax, this is the place to go!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Moline, Illinois
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

This eco-lodge is nestled in a picturesque valley in the cloud forest with a mountain stream, orchid and moss-covered trees, and lots of hummingbirds. The owners and staff are very friendly and helpful, and the meals were delicious. My room was very comfortable and decorated nicely. I was with a group of photographers, and we had plenty to photograph. We stayed for two nights, but wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Photo_traveler520
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

We recently spent two days in this lodge and enjoyed the walks through the forrest. An ideal place for everyone who loves nature! Very friendly people took care that we had a relaxing stay.
The trails are easy to walk and good explained. You should not miss the walk to the waterfall! A wonderful experience!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank beate1001
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013

I recently stayed at Bosque de Paz during a photo workshop. The lodge is a beautiful remote place in the cloud forest of Costa Rica where it's fairly cool most of the year. I was there during June and especially during night it cooled down significantly while day-time temperatures were pleasant. The lodge is surrounded by a wonderful garden with lots of hummingbirds and there are various well-maintained hiking trails along the nearby streams. There's also a trail through a beautiful orchid garden.
The room I got was very clean and spacious with comfortable beds and a large desk right next to the window. One highlight was the big shower with excellent water pressure. The staff was very attentive and friendly, so overall it was a pleasure staying at Bosque de Paz.
The only thing I didn't like as much was the food. Unfortunately there were no choices with respect to the meals and no buffet. For my taste the meals included too much meat, eggs and rice, while I would have preferred more salads and fruits.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Bosque de Paz
Address: Bajos del Toro, Bajos del Toro, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Bajos del Toro
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Bajos del Toro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Bosque de Paz 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bosque de Paz Biological Reserve is a 1000-hectare natural biological corridor, located on the Central Volcanic Range, Continental Divide, between the Juan Castro Blanco Watershed National Park and the Poas Volcano National Park. It is a rain and cloud forest, located 1 1/2 tour away from San Jose, 35 minutes from Sarchi and 25 minutes away from Zarcero. It has excellent access to the Arenal and Poas volcanoes, and the area of Sarapiqui, San Carlos, Carara National Park, Jaco Beach. At this lodge, you may enjoy the exuberant biodiversity of centennial trees loaded with orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns, surrounded by an unforgettable setting filled with impressive mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls. Guests breathe the pure mountain air, while they hike through the trails though the lush rainforest, and then enjoying the exquisite food at the Bosque de Paz restaurant, which is a sample of Costa Rican hospitality offered through the personal attention of the Gonzalez family, owners of the lodge. Accommodations: Bosque de Paz counts with 12 spacious and exquisitely decorated rooms, with Costa Rican exclusive designs and handcrafts. Each of the rooms has two double beds, and a private bathroom with hot water. Outside the rooms, there are large balconies with a spectacular view to our mountains. Guests can be surprised to be awakened by the song of tropical birds and the sound of howler monkeys. At Bosque de Paz, guests enjoy a comfortable terrace, with a spectacular view to the mountains, where they can see birds, the hummingbird gallery, butterflies, mammals....... The lodge has a library with books on natural history, a research laboratory, and a comfortable meeting room. There is an interesting research Project at the Dr. Stephen Kirby Orchid Garden, which has become very popular with orchidologists and naturalists. Activities: Birdwatching; mammals, hummingbirds, and orchids observation; hiking, honneymoons, photography, annual family meeting, anti-stress program, yoga, meditation. Day Trips from Bosque de Paz: Canopy, rafting, horse back-riding, volcanoes, hot springs, safari river boat, National Parks, among others. We receive small groups only, to protect our Reserve biodiversity. For that reason, we are able to offer personalized attention to our guests, who expects to come back to live another unforgettable experience in contact with nature at Bosque de Paz. ... more   less 
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