We stayed here the first two nights of our honeymoon in a deluxe garden room. Here's a breakdown:
Absolutely amazing- two jacuzzi's, a waterfall shower and regular shower, a very useful fireplace. Just beautiful. After the frightening drive from the airport, soaking in the jacuzzi with the waterfall in the backround was the best way to start off our trip. They offer free movies to borrow at night since nightlife isn't something you're going to experience here. Large balcony with hammock and really cool jacuzzi nestled in the corner, very pretty views. Bed was comfortable enough. The breakfast buffet was very good. Lunch and dinner were eaten either at the Trout Bar or room service...wasn't very good at all. DON'T get the chalupa...isn't like Taco Bell!
Outside the room:
Free internet, great heated and cool pool and another jacuzzi around the pool area, awesome views here. The rooms are nestled along the side of a hill so it's a very steep walk from area to area. The Trout Bar was a nice place to have a drink. They have a trout lake where you can fish (they will show you how) and they will cook your trout for you...we enjoyed watching a family doing this, didn't do it ourselves.
Waterfall and animal areas:
We thought this was a great introduction to the animals, birds, and insects of Costa Rica. We saw many of these animals in the wild during the rest of our trip and it was a little sad to think of them caged up at the Peace Lodge, however, from what I understand some, if not most, of these animals were rescued. I really did enjoy seeing them so close up and really getting to watch them.
The waterfall gardens were gorgeous, very steep hiking here.
I would absolutely recommend this place for the start of your trip. It is an hour's drive from the airport, which is closer then most other popular destinations. I wouldn't recommend driving it yourself. I don't think more than 2 nights is necessary.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Peace Hotel Heredia
- Peace Lodge Costa Rica/Heredia