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Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

treehouses were modern - no problems with plumbing, electricity, etc...
This is one of the most unique lodging experiences you can have - and check my profile, I have lots of reviews here, so this is not a rookie opinion.

the pros:
Mark and Lucy (American Managers) - friendly and a great source of information.
fresh coffee outside your door at 6 am
wonderfully unique breakfast cooked to order
lush, private setting in the rainforest.
felt very secure - locked gate, nighttime security
peaceful, lush grounds with lots of flora and fauna.

I cant think of a single point against this property - so unless you want city amenities close by, or big tv and internet access, you will not be disappointed with this property. It might be a bit more than local properties in town, but it is so worth it.

questions - contact me

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

My wife and three kids spent two nights in one of the tree houses. Managers and breakfast staff were great, always here to help, provide tips. The tree house was amazingly comfortable with aircon, electrical sockets, good beds .... I particularly liked the coffee brought at our door at 6am, hot shower with a great view on the surrounding trees. Nice walk in the property. Go for the night walk organized by the gardener, at 8pm (twice a week i think) were we saw many animals. Unfortunately no wifi in this property (no big deal as restaurant nearby has it).

I would stay away from the volcano trek, organized through them, priced at USD 385 for half a day - we found much much cheaper and equivalent at La Fortuna for USD 230 (and staying at the hotel straight at the volcano is even a better idea, for USD 165 inc breakfast and a free one hour tour with a guide in the morning, then good walkers can extend the park visit on their own).

Overall great experience, fantastic for romance or for families, kids will love it.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Not to be missed…we loved everything about this place, from the fantastical tree house to the breakfasts to the hikes. Within the first 20 minutes there, we saw monkeys, sloths, too many birds to name. Mark and Lucy are as wonderful as the reviews describe. Would return in a heartbeat- perfect for our family of 4 with 2 boys ages 10 and 13.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank beth2boyz
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Few things in life exceed expectations, but this place did. I booked this nearly a year in advance for the 1st 2 nights of our Easter Week trip to Costa Rica. I didn't tell my husband or 3 boys (ages 14, 11, 9) ahead of time that we were staying in a treehouse. We stayed in Sloth, directly across from the office. It is one of the closest to the road, and yes, we did hear road noise in the morning, but honestly it wasn't that big of a deal. Mostly we heard monkeys, birds, and other wildlife. Mark and Lucy are lovely people, and very helpful. The breakfasts (different every day) were really great, eaten outside at the "Rancho" surrounded by hummingbirds, aguiti, and other wildlife. The two trails are fun to walk and we saw a sloth, lots of frogs, an armadillo, birds, and our biggest surprise - a lost cow wandering through the property! We saw monkeys only high in the trees, but we heard them each morning. The treehouses are not large, but the 3 boys fit in the loft just fine, and our bed was very comfortable. The air conditioning worked great. My biggest surprise was how clean and bug free the treehouse was. As for location, it is quite a bit of a drive from LaFortuna, but I simply planned our activities around that. Proyecto Asis is less than a 5 minute drive away, and we did a raft trip on nearby Balsa River. The rafting people picked us up, and you get out of the river at the end just steps from the Treehouses, so that was very convenient. We saved our activities in LaFortuna for later in the week when we stayed at Los Lagos. I felt like combining Treehouses and Los Lagos was a good mix for us. The night hike was great, too, I just wish it started earlier. We werre so tired each day we had a hard time staying awake until its 8:00 pm start! If you are looking for a plush hotel, keep looking. But if you want a clean, fun, unique experience, stay in a Treehouse!

Room Tip: Sloth treehouses have upstairs loft for kids
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

I reserved this hotel several months before our vacation because the photos looked great and I knew my kids (and me) would love the idea of staying in a tree house in the jungle. It was everything we hoped for; we saw lots of wildlife (a flock of parrots flew by one day; some unusual possum-like animals were exploring the woods below one morning, sloths, lots of birds, howler monkeys) and just loved being up in our own tree house. Mark had great advice and gives great directions for anywhere you're going. The morning breakfast was fantastic, and we loved the night-time tour with Rolando!

I think our room had AC, but we didn't need it at all. We had our door open most of the time we were at the house and had no problem with heat or bugs. We were in the Monkey house which had beds to sleep 5 people and plenty of walking around room. Sleep quality isn't all that just because we liked keeping the windows open and hearing the sounds of nature.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank saratogario
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

Our family had an amazing time in the Hummingbird treehouse. This is our 8 yr olds favorite hotel of all time! This place will get you out of your regular routine. We woke up early every morning. Day 1:: Mark arranged our activities for the following day. Night tour with Rolando is a MUST. Day 2: special early breakfast to send off my husband with Juan Carlos to Rio Celeste. I went to Protectco Asis with the kids. Day 3: Coffee is delivered to your porch by 6 am. We bird watched and sat on the rocking chair for a couple hours. We spotted a couple of sloths that were chilling in the tree about 20 ft from the porch.
Tip: Bring enough cash. The ATMs and banks sometimes run out of cash. We were broke by day 3 and had to use our kid's money! Have your camera and binoculars at all times. Bring ear plugs if you are noise sensitive (trucks, insects or birds). It did not bother any of us.
Highlights: NO TV!! 2 trails (short and long), night tour with Rolando, Rio Celeste guide with Juan Carlos, saw many wildlife (monkeys, toucans, frogs, spiders, many species of birds, armadillo, porcupine, sloths), yummy breakfast and Protector Asis is very close by.
Lowlights: no restaurant on site for lunch or dinner. No big deal, we ate 3 delicious meals at Mapache that had the view of Arenal. Everything is fresh and the garlic tilapia was great! Make sure you let Mark know that you are heading there, so the restaurant will call the cook in : )
We will be back!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

Having travelled to Costa Rica three times previously, we seek out new unique ways to enjoy some of our favorite areas. This is something you should not miss! Super clean, well contained (no critters inside, sealed so even a/c works effectively) and soundly built. Showers had great pressure and open air surround) all other things all others mentioned including easy access to great sodas nearby and Activities in arenal/la fortuna area. We had a car and this was the last stop before flying out. Great way to end our trip!

Stayed: April 2014
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Address: 300 Meters Norte de Cementerio De La Florencia | Santa Clara, San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, 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: $95 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 Hotel In Costa Rica
Tree Houses Hotel Costa Rica Arenal Volcano National Park

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