Our family of 5 (3 children ages 20, 18, 16) just spent 3 days and nights at the Peace Lodge during our week long trip to Costa Rica. We truly enjoyed everything about the Peace Lodge. I'm not a professional reviewer, so I will try to address some of the concerns that were mentioned on previous reviews (that I read before we went) and give our experience. I was most concerned about the comments saying it's "gimmicky" or "cheeky"--I see where these reviewers are coming from, but I must say we found it charming. Remember, you are in CR, on the side of a mountain, looking at a volcano in the rain forrest. So, first of all the views are incredible. Also, anything in this environment is going to be "man made"--but it is a fun theme. You feel like Jane and Tarzan in a beautifully done, clean, well decorated, incredibly landscaped complex. I much preferred this to a high polished, chrome, modern, redundant hotel. It's fun to have a waterfall shower in your bathroom-even if it is a bit Disney-like. Yes, the animal area is a "zoo", but, again, well done. Having hundreds of hummingbirds all around you and land on your fingers to feed is worth the whole trip--truly amazing. And, it's great to see the animals up close--feeding the toucans, watching the butterflies hatch, holding a tiny frog, watching the big cats fed--a nice addition to our nature walks where the naturalist finds a sloth or lizard way up in a tree and it takes a telescope to see it. We had absolutely no problems with crowds. The food was very good, no problems there. The prices are what we expected in a hotel restaurant and you can go about 3-5 miles into the small town for a cheaper local restaurant. We also stopped at a grocery on the way and got food for breakfast and lunch (there is a small fridge in the rooms) if we wanted to skip the restaurants. The bartender made great drinks and again, typical hotel prices--about $10 for the fancier/fruity drinks. The trail with the waterfalls was beautiful--yes, it is "man made" and yes there are tons of steps, but you cannot change the terrain, and call me a coward, but I'm not interested in forging my own or following a rough path in a rain forrest in central america with all the poisonous options about. And to see 4 really beautiful waterfalls within an hour walk from your hotel makes for a very nice morning exercise trek. We toured the volcano, went to a coffee plantation, and went zip lining--all fun, yes touristy, excursions, but that's what we were there for--different time together. Then, you can relax in the heated infinity pool--small, but nice--and watch the afternoon clouds roll in. One important thing we discovered is that it is cool up there--maybe high 40s at night and 60s in the day--definitely bring a jacket. The last think I want to mention is the people at the resort. They absolutely could not be nicer, friendlier, or more helpful and almost everyone spoke good English--of course we are in CR so if someone had a bit of a problem communicating with me, I put the fault on me. John was our tour guide to the volcano and coffee plantation and was tons of fun. Renald was the food/beverage supervisor and made sure we had everything just right. Byron was the bartender and waiter and could not have been more pleasant. There are many more people who made our stay fabulous, but sadly I cannot remember all their names. This is a fun, safe, friendly, lovely place.
- 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