It's a nice enough place to stay. Mark and Lucy are very pleasant and helpful hosts. However, in hindsight I think we would have stayed elsewhere.
Here's what worked for us:
- nice rainforest setting
- large room
- coffee on the deck while trying to spy wildlife in the rain (except for passing trucks)
- treehouse: fun for the children
- proximity to Projecto Asis (the wildlife rescue center we were visiting)
- location: part way back to San Jose from La Fortuna (shorter drive on our last day)
Here's what we think could have been better:
- breakfast - it consisted of fruit/juice/coffee/bean casserole (very tasty but small)/yuca fritter for adults; and fruit/juice/scrambled eggs/fritter for children. This (esp the fruit platter) paled in comparison to other breakfasts on our trip. Of course, one of our boys did not like the scrambled eggs, while the other did not like the fritter ... fussy, maybe ... but a few more options (cereals or bread?) would have been helpful, and at $15 per child I don't think such an expectation is unreasonable. I would have asked for more/seconds, but by the time we realized there was no more food coming, we were already running late for our 8:30 tour.
- breakfast schedule - I understand it is a small hotel, but the 8-9am timeframe is a little restricting and we were rushed. 7:30?
- room supplies - we had travelled from Guanacaste, and I would have loved to have made myself a coffee or tea or something on arrival, but there are no supplies or coffee maker (unlike other places we stayed at).
- pricing: many places offer high/mid/low pricing structure based on the climate/rainy season: this would compensate slightly for when the weather is more likely to restrict enjoyment.
- directions - our gps had 'lost' its map, and so we turned to the directions from the hotel website - the two sentences are a little weak if coming from Liberia - would be helpful if it mentioned going through El Tanque etc.
Also, for the record, a couple of other relevant points:
- the rain and our schedule meant we were not able to explore the property as we had hoped - perhaps this would have influenced our rating, but I doubt it - we had hiked to Rio Celeste earlier in the trip.
- Many reviews mention the evening nature tour with the security guard ... well, of course, we hit his 'day off' [it was a Friday, for this week at least] so you may want to factor that in if it is important - we were disappointed to miss it, and perhaps I should have asked ahead of time what days he works.
So, in summary, I would say that Treehouses is decent enough with very pleasant hosts, we just found it to be expensive for what we got, particularly when paying for two children (extra $30 for our 8 and 6 year olds). We stayed in six different hotels on our CR trip, and this hotel was the most expensive (except for an all-inclusive) and probably offered us the least value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tree Houses Hotel is a bed and breakfast hotel conveniently located off the main road that runs through La Fortuna and around the Arenal Volcano. We are a short 25 minute drive to the high tourist area. People seek us out with that in mind, to be away from it all but close enough to enjoy all the fun adventure the La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano area has to offer.We have just 5 tree houses (each very private) on 8 acres and we are surrounded by a 70 acre wildlife refuge with a waterfall, pools to swim and a beautiful river. Each tree house features A/C, warm water showers, refrigerators and safes.There are few hotels like this in the world and none other in Costa Rica. There is something so very exciting about spending the night high in the forest canopy, wildlife all around you, safe and cozy in a tree house hotel in Costa Rica. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tree Hotel In Costa Rica
- Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica Arenal Volcano National Park