This lovely spot was recommended to us by the proprietor of Hotel Conchal (recommended) where we had been staying in Playa Brasalito. He called ahead for us and arranged our booking for one night and we ended up staying there a whole week! Here's why:
This is a very friendly family-run operation and offers accommodation for everyone from couples to entire families. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. It is situated on a beautiful hilltop with expansive views of the local volcanoes and surrounding countryside. There is a pool and deck area for having drinks and enjoying the beautiful sunset views. Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a few minutes drive up the road. The town of Liberia is just minutes away. But here's the kicker: this was our third trip to Costa Rica and we have never been too impressed with the food of the country (a little gallo pinto goes a long way!) However, Sharon Venegas, the lovely wife of our dear friend Luis the proprietor, is an absolutely marvelous chef! We ate breakfast and dinner there every day and never felt any desire to try one of the restaurants in nearby Liberia - the food was that good! We kept dragging Sharon out of the kitchen to compliment her and to ask her to share her secrets with us. Each time she showed the enthusiasm and love of cuisine that all great cooks share. She was very patient with our relative lack of Spanish comprehension and was able to translate the ingredients for us with Luis' help. A lovely woman who worked very hard to make our experience there a memorable one. As did her husband, who we found to be a very charming gentleman with a great sense of humor. He was very helpful to us and we couldn't have asked for a more genial host.
Needless to say, we recommend this humble yet charming little inn to anyone except perhaps the luxury-oriented traveler who wants to lie around by the pool all day and be pampered head to toe and order room service, although Luis and Sharon would probably be willing to accommodate you if that were your bent.
Horseback riding, whitewater rafting, canopy tours, waterfall hikes, volcano exploring, hot springs, etc... are all available in the nearby Rincon de la Vieja National Park. A great place to visit, especially when Luis and Sharon are your hosts! Very highly recommended.
- Also Known As:
- La Posada El Encuentro Hotel
- La Posada El Encuentro Costa Rica/Rincon De La Vieja