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Peace Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Heredia
Certificate of Excellence
New York
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25 reviews
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“A must stay for every traveler”
Reviewed January 2, 2008

There are so many amazing things about this place, I don't know where to begin. I read so many positive reviews about the Peace Lodge and I was still blown away by its uniqueness. When you arrive, you can sit down for a free 10 minute massage..this free massage is available to you for your entire stay, and it is a GREAT massage, especially after you come back from strenuous activities. Also, at reception, is free of charge internet access. When we got to our room, we were amazed. Hummingbirds were all over the place on the balcony, eating from the feeder that is hung outside. On the balcony is a hammock, 2 rocking chairs, a table and a hot tub. The bathroom is HUGE, with 2 showers ( one of them a waterfall, shower combo ). There is a jacuzzi tub with a beautiful lighted waterfall coming down behind it. There is a small machine to put provided scented oils in, that fills the bathroom with cinniman, vanilla or other aromas. The room is equipped with a cd player and 4 or 5 cd's that fill the room and the bathroom with music. There is a dvd player in the room and hundreds of movies are available within minutes, free of charge, delivered to your room. I have read some reviews that say the food is not good here. I entirely disagree. I eat out at many quality restaurants in New York City, and the Peace Lodge hods it own. We ate at the Trout Bar, the main restaurant and room service. Everything was great. The restaurant has a giant backgammon set and chess set, near the bar that kept the kids and adults entertained. Setting the lights, lighting the fireplace, putting in a cd and ordering room service was like being in any fine dining establishment, and you are eating at a table at the foot of your canopy bed. Sitting outside at the trout bar, in the jacuzzi or on a chair in the pond was one of the most relaxing spots I have ever sat. You can swim in the trout pond or fish for a trout, with provided rods.The aviary, monkeys, hummingbirds, cats, frogs, snakes, butterflies, trails and more could keep you busy for days. I got amazing excercise walking the trails to the falls. Finally, the staff are the friendliest people I have ever met, as I am finding in most Costa Rican people I meet. The Peace Lodge should not be missed by anyone who travels

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  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2007

We spent one night at the Peace Lodge during a trip to Costa Rica in mid-December. We should have planned to stay longer. Our room was large and very comfortable, the staff was courteous and helpful, and the grounds are amazing.

One of the benefits of staying at the Peace Lodge is the ability to walk the grounds of the La Paz Waterfall Gardens after the park is officially closed - or before it opens in the morning. The grounds are beautiful and full of birds and butterflies, and the waterfall trail is spectacular.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Sun City West, AZ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2007

Peace Lodge was a beautiful place to stay. It is a one of a kind experience - the rooms are fantastic. However, we had a very bad experience when it came time to depart. We packed our luggage, my husband checked his blood sugar (he is diabetic) and went to have breakfast. We finished breakfast and went to the reception area to have them bring our luggage up from our room (there is a notice asking you not to carry your own luggage, which would be very difficult considering the number of steps and stairs). One of the gentlemen at the front desk sent a young man down to get our luggage and he returned with it shortly. Our transfer ride arrived and we left for our next destination which was Manuel Antonio, approximately 4 hours away. We arrived at our hotel, checked in, went to our room and started to unpack. When we checked our carry-on, my husband noticed that his blood sugar meter was not there. Upon further checking, we realized that a small carry purse of mine was missing as well as a small cosmetic type bag. The only time the luggage was out of our sight was when we had it brought up from our room at Peace Lodge. It was a shame to have such an experience happen at such a wonderful place. Our tour company supposedly checked with Peace Lodge, and their response was that "nothing was left in the room", which we knew because everything was already packed. Hope that someone has notified the management, as we would hate to see this type of thing happen to anyone else.

  • Liked — The beautiful rooms and setting
  • Disliked — At least one dishonest employee and all the steps and stairs in the higher altitude
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Chesapeake, VA
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Reviewed December 27, 2007

We stayed at the Peace Lodge December 10th - 12th. This was our last two nights in Costa Rica, and by far the best place we stayed. What an absolutely amazing place!! The accomodations are very clean, and very romantic. The rooms are to die for! Very cute add... they put your names on the front door with wood blocks. They have a fire place, a 4 post rustic wood bed, and balconies with a beautiful view of the rain forest. The bathrooms have water fall showers, and a separate water fall on the side of the tub. The wild life there is like nothing you'll ever see. You definitely must feed the humming birds. It was the highlight of my trip. Service was fabulous, and the breakfast served the best pancakes I ever had. I have nothing negative to report about the lodge. My and my husband had the greatest stay, and would definitely recommend a night or two there to anyone visiting Costa Rica.

  • Liked — The romantic rooms
  • Disliked — All the stairs, not good for people with disabilities
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed December 26, 2007

My husband and I recently stayed at the Peace Lodge for 2 nights of a 2 week trip to Costa Rica. We had done a lot of research and had high expectations for the Peace Lodge, but the hotel, grounds and staff surpassed these expectations.
While there, we took a fantastic guided tour with a great guy named Michael, ate delicious meals at the on-site restaurants, and enjoyed a wonderful couples massage. We also adventured on our own, attended the daily hummingbird feeding session and took all of our breakfasts in bed .

I've read reviews which describe the Peace Lodge as Disney-style Costa Rica and agree somewhat. It's ridiculously luxurious and most of the animals and birds you will see are confined, but that's why we went there. We needed a few nights of pampering and we enjoyed seeing birds and animals that we were unable to find in the wilderness. Our guide explained that the birds and monkeys they keep caged are animals rescued by the Costa Rican government who are too domesticated to survive in the wild.

I highly reccomend the Peace Lodge. It is a very romantic place for couples, and seemed like an interesting destination for a family trip.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, CA
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Reviewed December 24, 2007

We stayed at the Peace Lodge for 1 night and it was absolutely beautiful and fantastic. We paid about $400 for a deluxe room and it is beautiful. The room had two Jaccuzi’s – One on the patio overlooking the gardens and the rain forest and the other in the bathroom. The bathroom was beautiful with a waterfall, rain shower, water fall shower (separate from the waterfall). There are two levels and our room was on the higher level (may be all deluxe rooms are). I would highly recommend getting the rooms on the higher level as the patio is above the tree (plants) immediately in front of the building giving a wonderful view of the mountains.

We had lunch at the restaurant by the lake and swimming pool, which was very nice. The dinner at the main restaurant was fairly decent as well. They offer body massages in the rooms only and it was very nice and good value for money. The resort has a netted area where you can see birds, similar one for butterflies, one for frogs, snaketarium, humming bird park etc. La Paz waterfalls (five waterfalls) are a within the complex and absolutely beautiful. Overall, this was one of the best resorts we stayed in Costa Rica and although expensive, it was value for money.

General tips: We were in Costa Rica for a week and rented a car. If you rent a car, do get GPS as signs are rare and far in-between. The GPS was a life saver. Roads were not terrible as I expected although I would not compare it to any thing in the US or Europe. People seemed friendly and we did not feel scared or threatened at any time and we drove to every where (local restaurant in La Fortuna and in San Jose). I would not recommend driving in San Jose down town area unless you have already driven in other developing countries with aggressive driving. If you are renting with Europcar, be aware that they do not have a counter at the airport (most other car rental companies do) and you have to call they to be picked up or take a cab. It was very frustrating as we called and were told 10 minutes. We called every 10 minutes and were told the same thing with no shuttle 90 minutes later when we took a cab. The office was very disorganized. The car was nice and return was easy. Most car agencies have similar cars so go with any reputed rental agency.

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 23, 2007

This is a luxurious and unique accommodation to say the least. My husband and I arrived around noon and hit the ground running - that is literal. We ran the fern trail loop three times, and it was the best run I have ever experienced. We also toured the bird sanctuary and hiked the La Paz trail. Both were great. The rooms were fabulous - a running waterfall in the bathroom along the back wall, waterfall shower, sound system throughout with complimentary CDs, fireplace, hot tub (indoor and outdoor), and a comfortable bed.

The dinner was a bit more formal than we were expecting, but a nice surprise. We brought our complimentary bottle of wine (only provided to honeymooners - or at least to second honeymooners in our case). We would suggest attempting to arrive early on the check-in day with a full day touring the grounds and staying one night. You could stay an extra night and check all of the fun animal feed times, animal show times, etc. There is absolutely nothing negative that we could say. It's more expensive than other accommodations in CR, but it is certainly well worth a night or two. Skimp on other places.

P.S. Totally get the complimentary 15 minute massage. Wow.

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  • Disliked — Can't think of anything
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Peace Lodge
Address: Poas | Vara Blanca, La Paz Waterfalls Gardens, Heredia 40101, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Heredia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Heredia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Peace Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located less than one hour from the San Jose (Juan Santamaria) Airport, the Peace Lodge is the perfect place to begin or end your vacation. You don't need to spend your first or last day in a city hotel. Please come spend them in the rain and cloud forest with us and still be close to the airport. We are also only 20 minutes from the Poas Volcano, another "must see" attraction in Costa Rica. ... more   less 
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