We left sunny Manual Antonio and headed to Poas, a four hour drive away, but totally different weather. The hotel is located on a Mountain near the Poas Volcano, and as we approached the hotel, it became colder and very wet- we went from shorts and a tee shirt to long pants, sneakers, sweater and rainslicker.
The Hotel is nothing short of stunning- we had a deluxe room, fairly reasonably priced, that had a cascading waterfall, two spring showers, and a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom and on the deck. You could easily fit 3 King Size Beds in the bathroom!! Minor problem with the bathroom though, is that the water was only luke warm, so I couldn't even enjoy my jacuzzi bath. However, there was also a beautiful fireplace in the bedroom, where I sat and read for awhile very cozy!
The hotel has a waterfall garden to view (we were rained out and couldn't see it) and amazing wildlife- some roam free and some are caged off for safety- birds, monkeys, cougars, snakes, butterflies etc. The kids (ages 6 and 9) really enjoyed this, and my six year old got to feed a toucan!
The breakfast buffet was very good- large assortment of hot and cold dishes, the lunch was also buffet style, not as good, and dinner was in a beautiful restaurant on-site, and had an a nice la carte menu.
I would not go back to the hotel again, mostly because the weather was horrible (and that was the dry season), but I am not sorry we went once to see the area. If you go, do not stay more than one night.
- 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