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“Barebones. Expensive food.”
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Lagunillas Lodge
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“Barebones. Expensive food.”
Reviewed April 26, 2012

We stayed here at the recommendation of Lonely Planet. We like a good deal, and this appeared to be one. It is just down the road from the Poas park entrance, about a 10 minute drive. It is down a very bumpy dirt road, and a long walk if you park at top. We showed up without a reservation, the owner greeted us with a smile and showed us a room. It looked very basic but nice. We got exactly what our $30 paid for: a very thin mattress, sheets that may or may not have been washed (I found several hairs that were not mine), very low water pressure in the sink, (which may have been a blessing, because the drain was also very slow), the shower was ok, but hot water was non-existent. Whatever. We didn't complain, we were only paying $30 for the room. However, they make up for the low room rate with expensive meals. We felt tricked. The owner will cook breakfast and dinner (maybe lunch too, although we were never around at lunch time) which is convenient as you are not close to much else. We were relying on Lonely Planet and our previous dining experiences for decent priced meals (LP quoted 2500 colones for dinner) and did not ask the price beforehand. We were shocked to learn (upon checkout) that her prices have doubled since LP published the 2012 edition. We spent $40 on two meals (that were ok, but not fantastic). We felt ripped off, and it negated anything we thought we were saving with the basic basic room. The Lodge is ok, and the property is kind of interesting, but don't stay here for the good sounding deal. It's not.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

We stayed at Lagunillas Lodge as a basis for exploring volcano Poas. It is a lovely place - part of the owner's finca, at the end of a VERY bumpy road. Don't even dream of getting there unless you have a 4 wheel drive. It's just not doable.
We stayed at the cabin,which is detached from the main house (about 50 m. away). The cabin is very simple, but cosy and fun to stay in, and has stunning views of the San Jose valley. If you expect a 5 star hotel - rethink. It is basic.
Hot water was intermittent, and to heat up the room we had to build a fire in the traditional fireplace that is located in the main room of the cabin (it did heat the entire cabin throughout the night).
The couple who own the place is lovely, and will take you to catch your dinner at their pond (the husband taught our kids to fish with a rope and a piece of banana, needless to say - they were ecstatic!). He then showed me a TV news report about Poas's eruption the same day and suggested, wisely, that we make an early start the next morning so we would not miss the views of the volcano as it steams off the erupted gases.
And, you can't beat the location in terms of proximity to volcano Poas - we were there within 10 minutes of our departure from Lagunillas.

We would definitely stay there again if we get back to the area.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Lagunillas Lodge
Address: A 2km Du Volcan Poas, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Alajuela
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Ranked #5 of 40 Specialty Lodging in Alajuela
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