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Review of Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica

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Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica
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Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Just ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank rich_and_poor
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Treehouseshotel, Owner at Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
We always welcome reviews that can help us improve our award-winning level of service here at Tree Houses. We are constantly striving to ensure that our guests have the best time possible while staying with us.

Our breakfasts have consistently gotten very high reviews on TripAdvisor, particularly the baked huevos rancheros that this family had the one day they were with us. It consists of the basic ingredients of huevos rancheros: beans, cheese, fresh salsa, tortilla and egg with fried yucca (like hash-brown patties) on the side. Each dish is baked in an individual ramekin and served fresh and hot at the table. This, of course, takes some time. We are very accommodating with having breakfast prepared for our guests that are departing earlier for an adventure. If we had been made aware beforehand (most customers let us know at check-in when we are going over the schedule), as opposed to 8 a.m. when the guests arrived for breakfast, we could have had their breakfast ready for them. We do not mass produce our breakfasts; each are made by hand. We do offer alternatives of cereal, toast and scrambled eggs. We try not to waste food nor would we ever turn a customer away if they ask for something. A simple request would have been met with no problem at all. Tea and coffee are also available at all hours; again a simple request will be met.

As for the weather, well, if we could control it, we definitely would. At this time of year, rain is normal and expected.

Our night watchman and guide, Rolando, works six days per week and his days off do change regularly to accommodate requests for his farm tour. Countless people have enjoyed the night hikes with him and have said they were able to spot a great variety of wildlife.

The directions we provide, with every confirmation, are very good and again we get complimented all the time. If we were to put every small town you would drive through they would be pages long which is why we put the approximate time it takes to travel and highlight the larger towns.

Pura Vida

Raeann, Mark and Lucy
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

Travelled as a family of 4, all really enjoyed the different aspect of sleeping up so high, our children are 13 and 11 and we felt the same it would be quite dangerous with small children you couldn't turn your back at all !!!! The location was really half an hours drive from La Fortuna so it is best to rent a car otherwise it's taxis or the local buses.
The breakfasts were very nice for us but our children struggled a bit , it would have been nice to have been asked what we would like or not like as we hate food wastage and this happened a lot.
The night walk with Rolando was very entertaining and we did see a lot of frogs which the children enjoyed.
All in all it was a good experience and would recommend it.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

Tree house hotel was the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at. Where do I begin? Well…..you’re staying in a tree house!!! My wife and I visited Costa Rica for our honeymoon. We stayed in Manuel Antonio for the 1st half and then drove north to the Tree house hotel near Arenal. Everyone here was so accommodating. We woke up every morning to granola, fresh fruit, and amazing coffee on our patio. The rooms were amazing, clean, and just plain cool. I felt like a kid in a luxurious tree house. The hotel was also very close to everything (i.e. white water rafting, restaurants, the volcano, etc.) This place was very homey and I highly recommend this hotel. Thanks!


*****Side Note: I left my hat in the hotel when we left on accident……they emailed me and then shipped it all the way back to me in Arizona (no charge).

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank AZMike17
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Austin, Texas
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

We spent two nights at the Tree Houses Hotel, in the Sloth. It was surprisingly nice for a treehouse, with air conditioning and a bathroom and patio area. There was The breakfast was fantastic, and Mark and Lucy were so helpful and friendly. The grounds were well kept, and Rolando gave us a great night tour. I loved this hotel so much, and I would definitely stay again!
Read more about the Tree Houses Hotel and Costa Rica on my blog, http://teentravelbabble.wordpress.com/

Room Tip: We stayed in the Sloth tree house, which had an actual tree going through the middle. It was very co...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Sky13-99
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Vancouver, Canada
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128 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2012

We (family of 4, kids 11 & 14) stayed for two nights at the Monkey tree house, and it was a great experience. The cabin (at least for adults, the "novelty" aspect of a "tree house" is over pretty quickly, and it just feels like the second story of a cabin in the woods) was less rustic than I expected, and was clean and comfortable. The air con was good but rather loud at night, (competing with other sounds of the forest, and yes, occasional sounds of trucks' loud braking as mentioned by other reviewers, so don't be expecting "ear-ringing" silence and you'd be fine!) but just the fact that there is air con is a great thing in the woods! (Ok I have to clarify you're actually just inside a large private property by a main road, not really deep in the woods/forest) The trail to the "waterfall" was a nice hike, but there wasn't enough rainfall when we went so there was just a trickle of water and we didn't want to do any more than dip our toes in the cloudy pools of water. However, we did see interesting plants, birds and insects (didn't see sloth unfortunately) on the path. The highlight for my kids was the night walk led by their night-time security guard, who was a wealth of information, and they got to hold a tiny red-eyed tree frog. I really enjoyed the coffee delivered to our deck early morning, and the delicious breakfasts. Lucy, Mark and other staff were friendly and helpful. It would have been nice to have a hummingbird feeder or two on our deck like they have near their office area, so we could enjoy the birds on our deck. All in all a fun and good experience, especially for families with kids.

Room Tip: I'd choose the bigger and newer Monkey or Hummingbird tree houses.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank yr66
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thunder bay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2012

My husband and I spent two nights in the beginning of May 2012 and couldn't be happier with our experience. We checked in with Marc and Lucy and were given clear instructions and advice regarding the area. We were told that if we had any problems,questions or concerns that the staff would be more than willing to help. They offered to book any tours we found interesting in the binder in our room. We were then introduced to the owner, Raeanne, who would be overseeing the "hotel" during our stay.
We were very happy with our treehouse.....the inside was stunning with beautiful wood used throughout with a tree inside, the washrooms were clean and we loved the shower with the screen....allowing you the experience and smells of the rain forest to come thru as you showered.Outside the wrap around deck gave remarkable views of the rainforest and we enjoyed sitting outside at dusk listening to the sounds of the animals come alive.....wow....it was like someone had thrown a switch at dusk and the noise of the animals was something we have never experienced.
Breakfast was wonderful and the staff friendly....Raeanne even joined us at breakfast and after talking offered to give us a ride to town to buy supper....she went out of her way to help us...we did not have a car... and we enjoyed a wonderful meal with her on her deck.....thanks raeanne......you really were a life saver....
We did go on the night tour with Rolande and found him to be very friendly and knowledgable. He was attentive to each person on the tour and what impressed us the most was his compassion for the animals -he went across the street to find the native "frog" of Costa Rica and after showing us he immediately went and placed the frog back where he had found it. This may not sound like much to some, but for people who enjoy and appreciate nature, this means a lot. Also, Rolande has been learning english for only 4 months and amazed all of us with his his skills.
We did take the hike to the river and enjoyed the many animals and plant life along the way and would recommend people take this hike.We did go to the waterfall, but it was quite small but may be bigger during the rainy season.
This is truly a unique experience and one we will not soon forget...thank you once again to everyone at this 'HOTEL'.....marilyn and dave m

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Treehouses and absolutely loved it! We were looking for a unique place to feel like we were getting a true memorable Costa Rican experience and we got it at Treehouses.

The treehouses have wrap around decks and a sitting area. Every morning you will wake up to coffee on the porch ready for you to enjoy. The breakfast was wonderful as well. The property is so pretty and has so much character. We saw lots of birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. If you can, do the night tour. We saw several cool animals!

Raeann, Mark, and Lucy are wonderful. I can't say enough about them. They are such nice people and will absolutely do anything to help make you have a memorable trip...even if it means the shirt off their back.

When we go back to Costa Rica we will most definately stay here again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica
Address: 300 Meters Norte de Cementerio | Santa Clara, San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > La Fortuna de San Carlos
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#2 Family Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#3 Romantic Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
#4 Spa Hotel in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica 2*
Number of rooms: 7
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 
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Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica Arenal Volcano National Park

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