My husband & I eloped at the Peace Lodge in early March 2007 and had a wonderful time. The Peace Lodge is romantic and family-friendly at the same time--not an easy feat! I do agree with some reviews that commented on a "Disney"-like quality, but I am actually quite sensitive to that & I found the Peace Lodge fun/romantic rather than tacky. The room is just so perfect for a honeymoon. A lovely balcony with beautiful views & TWO hott ubs (one on the balcony & one in the BEAUTIFUL bathroom). The food is wonderful & the service is simply outstanding. Maria Elena is the wedding co-ordinator & is such a joy. Our wedding day was so much & we had the ceremony in front of a 120 ft waterfall. We used Marcelo Gali as the officiant and Fernando Carcamo/Brian Finch as our photographer. The hotel can refer you to them & they were both fantastic. We usually prefer a more remote spot but thought it would be best to have more amenities available for the actual wedding. If you are the same I would suggest staying here for 3 or 4 nights max. The waterfall gardens can be seen in one day, you can go on a day tour to Poas Volcano, have a day to relax--or wed! After that I would suggest going deeper into a rain forest (try the osa peninsula) or head to a remote beach. A few pieces of advice if you are thinking of eloping here: 1) Your initial contact will be with Cindy Banks (the owner) who seems to spend much of her time in the states. Once you arrive you will be working with Maria Elena. Upon arrival be sure everything you discussed with Cindy was passed on to Maria Elena. We had a small propblem with this. 2) You will be getting married in a rainforest & even in "dry season" the weather is highly unpredictable. We got lucky & had a sunny day. You have a choice of getting married at 10:30am or 4:30pm. I think you have a better chance of sun at 10:30am (although we got married at 4:30pm & it was beautiful), but I am not sure. Ask them. The ceremony does take place at a gazebo at the waterfalls so even if it does rain you will be covered. Overall the Peace Lodge is a fun, romantic, & luxurious way to do some sight-seeing in CR.
- 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