Wonderful place to start/end a stay in CR.
Prior to arriving in CR we had exchanged quite a few emails with Eleazar regarding logistics, driving, car rental etc. and each mail was replied to quickly and helpfully. Eleazar met us at SJO with a very warm welcome as if we were old friends. The Inn is well located and not too far from the airport (and the city center) so we were quickly there after a long day of travelling, and welcomed with a complimentary cold beer and milk for our 3 children. It is surrounded by a high wall which feels a little fortress like initially but the seclusion is lovely, very peaceful and the view is stunning.
We arrived in the dark, so when we woke the next morning and came out of our room, it was a memorable first view of the country.
The room we stayed in was basic and a little small for our family of 5, but Eleazar went out of his way to ensure we could be accommodated in one room and be as comfortable as possible, and seeing that we were barely in the room other than to sleep, it didn’t really matter. It was spotlessly clean and the beds were comfortable enough.
After a freshly made breakfast including fresh coffee and a big serving of fresh fruit on the terrace which commands a great view over the canyon, our rental car company, which was organized through Eleazar, was delivered making for an easy and quick getaway on our travels. Driving is relatively stress free in CR and after leaving the Inn, we drove to Manuel Antonio in around 6 hours, but that included 3 leisurely stops (including one at a roadside fruit stand which was great). Roads are in excellent condition, driving standards good and whilst we had a SatNav, we didn’t use it. Just watch out for some turn offs that are not signed!
We returned to the Inn at the end of our trip for 2 nights and were glad we did. Again Eleazar was welcoming and went out of his way to ensure we had all we needed. After a fairly active time, our children particularly enjoyed playing with Eleazar’s kids and swimming in the pool. Again, we felt like we were with old friends.
We drove in to the city center which is recommended if you want to experience the capital – it is bustling and noisy (in comparison to the rest of the places you will stay) but we enjoyed its character, especially the Central Market where you can eat good local food at a great price. The cathedral is also nice to walk and the traffic isn’t really that bad at all.
Eating options nearby to the Inn are limited but Eleazar helped us to order some food which was delivered and fine – saving us the hassle of carting the kids around anymore.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Airport transportation available, hot water and air conditioned, english/spanish speaking staff, tour desk, free calls to US & Canada. Private and secluded location with spectacular views. Owners live on site. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vista Canyon Inn Costa Rica/Province Of San Jose - Santa Ana