We arrived in Costa Rica to a beautiful airport, I mean lush green every where you looked. They had huge picture windows at the airport to show off the beauty. Flying from Newark, NJ Airport (the area surronding the runways of Newark airport are ugly) so of course we noticed the beauty of Costa Rica right away. We thought if the airport area looks this good, the country has to be wonderful. And Boy is it.
We went to get our rent a car, only to find out we over packed with a hug suitcase each (six in all) and we could not fit six big Americans into a single SUV and the huge baggage too.
But no worries because , the Costa Rican people could not be nicer and they love the fact that Americans (or anyone really) comes to their country to spend money on tourism there. They looked around for a big van that could seat 10 people and took some of the seats out of it for us so that all our luggage could fit nicely.
They helped us with directions to our first stop, the Peace Lodge.
Now we did have to stop a few times to make sure were were going the right way but each time the people we spoke to could not be nicer trying to help us find our way. Remember we only speak English and we would be asking people who only spoke Spanish for help. Even though they could not understand us they would get the word " Peace Lodge" and then draw us a map or point us the correct way.
We arrived a Peace Lodge before sunset.
They welcomes us with a free fresh juice cocktail we all enjoyed while they got hotel keys out and free breakfast information out.
Then they asked if we would like to make dinner reservations for tonight. I said I would have to talk it over with my friends. But the man said, "I got to tell you this is , the only resturant in the area."
So we booked right there.
They carried our luggage, (my suitcase alone is 50 pounds) right away down many steps. (Yes this is built in the rain forest on the side of a lush green mountain , where it rains most of the year) Our rooms were so beautiful that the website doesn't do them justice. Our last names were on our doors. They explained to us how to put up a private sign to keep outt the turn down service or not to be disturbed.
We were looking out at a view of the rainforest and mountains and big fog and clouds and humming birds, butterflies, and so much green.
There is no words for the beauty we could see from our private balconies looking out over the rainforest. They give you an unbrella for your stay.
The jacuzzi has a big over hang over it so you do not get rained on. They have two other pools that drop down. There is three different types of pools with 106, 100 and about 75 degrees. One has a waterfall in it.
Ok the rooms. You have a beautiful king size bed with a net. (you do not use it) big screened doors to the balcony that has humming birds coming and going (cause they do have a feeder out there) big chairs outside and a yes, a jacuzzi on your balcony.
The view from the bed and the balcony is unreal. I cannot even write the words.
The bathrooms are huge with a natural looking tub (like it was meant for the Garden of Eden) double sinks. A waterfall and CD music. Also some warm smelling stuff you could plug in, but it was so fresh there I just wanted to smell the rain forest. The shower had it's own waterfall or you could put the regular shower on.
The breakfast was wonderful and the coffee of Costa Rica may be the best in the world. Did you know that Starbucks gets most of their coffee from Costa Rica.
That dinner reservation we made was really a great idea. The dinner was wonderful and relaxing.
They have the wonder grounds of the La Paz Waterfall Gardens Nature Park all around the hotel. You get to go to it for free.
We hired a guide for 35.00 to take us through it all. We are so glad we did. We leaned so much about the butterfiles. snakes, frogs and other animals of the rain forest. The waterfalls are breath taking, It is a three mile climb in the rain forest. Up and down a mountain side. If you go slow and you can walk on a usual day at home, you can make it. If you are a young person of normal health it is no problem at all. You are very high up and there is less oxygen to breath so take it slow if you do not exercise much at home.
Prices. Since once you check in and find out that there is not alot around the hotel your would think that that prices would be high. But NO. We used our mini bars in our rooms and opened the wine and beers we had the dinner there at night too and we all thought the prices were much better than the USA.
There are alot of activites to do from the Peace Lodge but a three day stay is all you need and the Hotel doesn't like people to stay too long. They even have other hotels listed on their website so that you can plan to move on and let other people enjoy the wonder that is the Peace Lodge. I am not going to give out the website. That you will have to get on your own. Like I said there are only 17 rooms at the Lodge.
Hope you can get one!
We hated to leave the Peace Lodge, but we only booked one night and they are always full because they only have 17 rooms to rent out.
I hate to tell people how nice this place is because I want to go back and I know it will be hard to get in next time. But sharing is good.
- 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