My wife and I began our Costa Rica adventure with a week at the Orchid Tree. The hosts, Frank and Rita met us at the airport and right away we knew we had picked a great place to start our trip. They were so nice, Frank helped us with our luggage and Rita was a great source of information and gave us some great tips about what to see and about Costa Rican culture and customs.
The B&B has an unusual design with most of it being open to nature. Our room was comfortable, clean and cozy. It was great to have a private washroom too (with hot water shower). We didn't spend too much time in our room as there were so many other places on the property to sit outside--especially by the pool--very clean and most days feeling more like a jacuzzi.
Rita prepared good breakfasts everyday and since we were mostly on our own during the time we stayed there (they had just opened!), our breakfasts were custom made and plentiful.
The location is rural even though it is close to the airport. We decided to try to see many of the attactions of the central valley. We can particularly recommend a trip up Poas volcano and a visit to the La Paz waterfalls, these places are magical. There are many day trips around but be prepared for Costa Rica, the roads are terrible but the scenery is terrific. If you're like us, then you appreciate that life is not a destination, its a journey.
Overall the Orchid Tree is a beautiful B & B with wonderful hosts. One could easily spend a whole vacation based there or use it as a great place to start a trip, being so close to the airport and on the way to the beach (we did one day trip to Jaco Beach).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small and intimate bed and breakfast inn, just 20 minutes from the main airport in Costa Rica (SJO) and only 45 minutes from the Pacific coast. We are ideally located in the valley of Rio Grande, Atenas – the perfect base for exploring lush rainforest, enchanting cloud forest, raging rivers, cascading waterfalls, bubbling volcanoes, artisan villages and coffee plantations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Orchid Tree Hotel Atenas