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“fabulous tropical escape”
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Orchid Tree
Ranked #3 of 8 Atenas B&B and Inns
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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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“fabulous tropical escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

Everything about the Orchid Tree was great, I can confirm all the positive comments made by other reviewers--TripAdvisor doesn't lie! Loved the pool and the open-concept living space. Found the location to be ideal--just far enough from San Jose to feel the 'real' Costa Rica, yet close enough to the airport to be a convienent alternative to the city. Honestly, San Jose is a drag and not very pretty compared to the country side. Stay at the Orchid Tree and you'll have no regrets!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Beloeil, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Well located, good breakfast, great hosts. Not far away from the airport and far enough from the busy city of SJO. Local bus pretty close for a ride to Atenas, place is secured, quiet, and friendly. Good place to start a trip, but need a car or a taxi to get there. Lots of nature and nice palm trees, Demon & Billy (two cats) are wandering around the B&B to entertain the place but they are quiet and friendly, like a part of the surroundings.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Here is a little slice of heaven on earth. The setting is lovely, and peaceful. The room is pleasant, the food is great. Frank and Rita have created an oasis and make all the difference for a tired traveler. If you are looking for a slice of quiet that feels like your own personal oasis this is the spot.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Victor, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2012

We spent a night in Atenas on our way to the Nicoya Peninsula. It was the perfect alternative to staying in the hub-bub of San Jose and plenty close to the airport. The room we had was very basic but clean. But it's really the property of the Orchid Tree that makes it so welcoming and amazing. There is a large central area/kitchen with couches, tables, coffee table books, and music. It's very comfortable. We didn't get in the pool, but it looked really nice as well. I would definitely recommend as an alternative to staying in San Jose.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Stayed our last night as is only 20 minuted or so from airport. Loved Atenas. Frank and Rita the owners are wonderfull and very helpful. Fantastic breakfast that is included in the 80 dollars for 1 night lodging. This would be a great place to stay at as your base for a few days or more to do day trips to other areas. We will be back

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Nassau, New Providence Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

I travelled to Costa Rica for dental work (which I can also highly recommend--the cost is much lower in Costa Rica while the quality of the work is very high). A friend found the Orchid Tree on Trip Advisor by chance and being only 20 minutes from the dental clinic I decided to change my accomodation plans from a large international chain hotel to this small and charming B&B. This was a great decision because, in addition to the location, the relaxing setting of the Orchid Tree and the treatment I received from Rita and Frank really made me feel like I was in a tropical paradise even with my (very) sore mouth. They even drove me to the clinic and picked me up after the procedure (thanks to the beautiful new highway to the capital this only took 20 minutes and no painful bumps!). I was so happy with the whole experience I will be going back to Costa Rica and the Orchid Tree for some more dental work in April!

PS: Thank you Rita for making me all the fabulous fruit smoothies after the procedure!

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2011

I travelled solo to Costa Rica for the first time in November-December for 27 days and wanted to find a nice relaxing place to stay for my first 5 . Orchid Tree was perfect and I loved it from the minute I arrived. The rooms are beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable with a large shower and plenty of hot water. The open air living room and kitchen are amazing nestled in the middle of the perfectly landscaped lush grounds. There is an area around the pool which is covered and has swinging chairs and loungers making it a great place to just relax and soak up some sun. The property has an automatic gate at the front making it very secure. Believe me I've travelled all over the world and i loved this place so much I returned for 2 more nights at the end of my trip.

Thanks Rita and Frank!

Shelagh

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Orchid Tree
Address: Calle Oratorio, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Atenas
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Atenas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small and intimate bed and breakfast inn, just 20 minutes from the main airport in Costa Rica (SJO) and only 45 minutes from the Pacific coast. We are ideally located in the valley of Rio Grande, Atenas – the perfect base for exploring lush rainforest, enchanting cloud forest, raging rivers, cascading waterfalls, bubbling volcanoes, artisan villages and coffee plantations. ... more   less 
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