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“Enjoy the tranquil beauty of this hidden gem near Grecia”

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Hotel Villas Escondidas
Ranked #6 of 9 Grecia B&B and Inns
Grecia, Costa Rica
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Enjoy the tranquil beauty of this hidden gem near Grecia”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Our family spent 9 wonderful days here and I don't even know where to start. From the moment Julio picked us up at the airport, we felt at home. We were blown away by the beautifully landscaped grounds of the hotel. There's even a waterfall on the river that runs through it! The rooms and bathrooms are spacious. The fact that Julio and his family all speak fluent English was definitely a plus.

This location is 3 miles southwest of Grecia ($4 taxi ride to town - $6 for the red taxis). I even walked into town one day (about an hour's walk) and it was a great place to relax in the pool or just sit outside our rooms and enjoy the cool air of the morning or evening, in a quiet setting. The owners are very knowledgeable about the area and answered our every question about the area (we were on a "due diligence" trip to check out Grecia as a possible retirement location).

Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway in the Central Valley. It is centrally located to many of sites of the area: Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens, Sarchi and Zacero and just 30 mins from the airport! We had a driver take us to a beach near Jaco for the day and it only took about 1 hour and 15 mins to get there, via the new highway to the coast.

The hotel has a coded security gate, which was nice. Free wi-fi that worked well! All in all, five stars!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2012

Last year we traveled in Costa Rica for a few weeks. 3 adults and 2 children. By accident we found this place that turned out to be really lovely. We returned there a week later and were welcomed like old friends. Really nice rooms, a pool and a meal when you don't expect it.
A waterfall at the rim of the lawn makes it truely romantic.
We hope to return there one time.
The Lamers family from the Netherlands, Europe

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Hyde Park, New York
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86 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2012

First, all of the reviews about the hospitality of the owner are true. You will feel welcomed. By American standards, this hotel is a true bargain. The hotel is centrally enough located to see many of the best attractions in the central valley within an hour or so drive. Who this hotel is not for: if you must have four star amenities (but then again, you wouldn't get that for this price point) or if you must be within walking distance of a town (this hotel is not unless an hour walk up and down hills is within walking distance for you). A taxi to Grecia from this hotel is about US $6.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 5, 2011

My friend and I went and visited this place and it was an absolutely gorgeous hotel that is right by a river, and has a beautiful pool. As two girls in our twenties that traveled alone, It was great because we both felt extremely safe at the hotel and its surroundings. The family that owns Villas Escondidas took us in and treated us like family. They drove us around the city touring the local shops and even hiked to a waterfall with us. I would definitely recommend beginning your trip at this location so they can direct you on the best places to visit across the country!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2011

We had a great experience at Villas Escondidas. Grecia has the best weather in the wolrd. The rooms are simple, clean Tico style and really nice tiled showers the bathrooms. Very nice staff brought us everything with could ask for and even brought out some strange looking, great tasting tropical fruit we enjoyed. There is a suspended basket chair tied to a high branch of a tall tree near the river where you can sit and listen to the river and all the life around. And yes, the chair has a cup holder.

Totally lush enviornment with luxury at very reasonable rates. We'll be back. Go there.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Friendsville, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2011

We have just returned from an amazing 10 days in Costa Rica, traveling a fairly large circle and ending out stay at Hotel Villas Escondidas. After traveling all day we pulled to the gate and tooted the horn.... at the minute the gate came open, we all fell in love! This is a paradise nestled in the hillsides, a hidden gem! Our rooms were the best of our whole trip! The were large, clean and offered outstanding comfort. The pool and restaurant/bar area are so inviting. We felt so welcomed by the owner of the grounds, he was more then hospitable and an amazing person to talk to. I believe we found our new "first" stop in Costa Rica. There is so much to do within a short trip in any direction from this site. We were all glad that we found this spot yet so disappointed we only had one night and day left to spend there. We enjoyed the best breakfast of our trip here. I can't wait to stay again next February! Thanks Julio for your generosity!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed February 25, 2011

Villas Escondidas is a welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of a busy trip! It is centrally located making day trips hassle free. Julio, the owner and his staff are so welcoming at the end of your day! The grounds are beautifally maintained and the rooms are super comfy. This was our first visit, but we will be making it a regular stop in our yearly vacation.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Villas Escondidas

Property: Hotel Villas Escondidas
Address: 100 oeste Pulperia Y | Puente de Piedra, Grecia 03, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Grecia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Grecia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The best choice while staying in the central region,beautiful small hotel managed by owners will make sure your stay is a wonderful experience. cozy well decorated spacious rooms, bar and restaurante, green areas, creek and waterfall in the property only 20 minutes from the airport lots of trees and birdwtching secluded yet very close to the city. come and enjoy! ... more   less 
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