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.
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