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“High Expectations - Not Disappointed” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Peace Lodge
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Heredia
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“High Expectations - Not Disappointed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2007

My husband and I recently stayed at the Peace Lodge for 2 nights of a 2 week trip to Costa Rica. We had done a lot of research and had high expectations for the Peace Lodge, but the hotel, grounds and staff surpassed these expectations.
While there, we took a fantastic guided tour with a great guy named Michael, ate delicious meals at the on-site restaurants, and enjoyed a wonderful couples massage. We also adventured on our own, attended the daily hummingbird feeding session and took all of our breakfasts in bed .

I've read reviews which describe the Peace Lodge as Disney-style Costa Rica and agree somewhat. It's ridiculously luxurious and most of the animals and birds you will see are confined, but that's why we went there. We needed a few nights of pampering and we enjoyed seeing birds and animals that we were unable to find in the wilderness. Our guide explained that the birds and monkeys they keep caged are animals rescued by the Costa Rican government who are too domesticated to survive in the wild.

I highly reccomend the Peace Lodge. It is a very romantic place for couples, and seemed like an interesting destination for a family trip.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank TororntoTravelers
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San Jose, CA
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2007

We stayed at the Peace Lodge for 1 night and it was absolutely beautiful and fantastic. We paid about $400 for a deluxe room and it is beautiful. The room had two Jaccuzi’s – One on the patio overlooking the gardens and the rain forest and the other in the bathroom. The bathroom was beautiful with a waterfall, rain shower, water fall shower (separate from the waterfall). There are two levels and our room was on the higher level (may be all deluxe rooms are). I would highly recommend getting the rooms on the higher level as the patio is above the tree (plants) immediately in front of the building giving a wonderful view of the mountains.

We had lunch at the restaurant by the lake and swimming pool, which was very nice. The dinner at the main restaurant was fairly decent as well. They offer body massages in the rooms only and it was very nice and good value for money. The resort has a netted area where you can see birds, similar one for butterflies, one for frogs, snaketarium, humming bird park etc. La Paz waterfalls (five waterfalls) are a within the complex and absolutely beautiful. Overall, this was one of the best resorts we stayed in Costa Rica and although expensive, it was value for money.

General tips: We were in Costa Rica for a week and rented a car. If you rent a car, do get GPS as signs are rare and far in-between. The GPS was a life saver. Roads were not terrible as I expected although I would not compare it to any thing in the US or Europe. People seemed friendly and we did not feel scared or threatened at any time and we drove to every where (local restaurant in La Fortuna and in San Jose). I would not recommend driving in San Jose down town area unless you have already driven in other developing countries with aggressive driving. If you are renting with Europcar, be aware that they do not have a counter at the airport (most other car rental companies do) and you have to call they to be picked up or take a cab. It was very frustrating as we called and were told 10 minutes. We called every 10 minutes and were told the same thing with no shuttle 90 minutes later when we took a cab. The office was very disorganized. The car was nice and return was easy. Most car agencies have similar cars so go with any reputed rental agency.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2007

This is a luxurious and unique accommodation to say the least. My husband and I arrived around noon and hit the ground running - that is literal. We ran the fern trail loop three times, and it was the best run I have ever experienced. We also toured the bird sanctuary and hiked the La Paz trail. Both were great. The rooms were fabulous - a running waterfall in the bathroom along the back wall, waterfall shower, sound system throughout with complimentary CDs, fireplace, hot tub (indoor and outdoor), and a comfortable bed.

The dinner was a bit more formal than we were expecting, but a nice surprise. We brought our complimentary bottle of wine (only provided to honeymooners - or at least to second honeymooners in our case). We would suggest attempting to arrive early on the check-in day with a full day touring the grounds and staying one night. You could stay an extra night and check all of the fun animal feed times, animal show times, etc. There is absolutely nothing negative that we could say. It's more expensive than other accommodations in CR, but it is certainly well worth a night or two. Skimp on other places.

P.S. Totally get the complimentary 15 minute massage. Wow.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Can't think of anything
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank bradfomj
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columbia,SC
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2007

I am so glad we had the opportunity to stay at the Peace Lodge. I am so impressed with the owner’s vision and management philosophy. I would love to meet them because they must be extraordinary people. This hotel is the best and most unique I have ever experienced. The service and attention to details were incredible.

The rooms are beautiful. They are rustic and reminiscent of a log cabin, yet warm, cozy and upscale. Each piece of the wood furniture throughout the hotel is a work of art. The iron hardware, stone masonry, and landscaping is gorgeous. We got a kick out of the wood sign in front of our doorway that had our name spelled out in wood block letters. When we entered the room we were greeted by a warm fire in the fireplace and soothing classical music playing on the CD player(they have several CDs in the room with various mixes.) The bathrooms were magnificent with gorgeous, intricate metal ceiling chandelier, waterfall showers made entirely of river rock. The shower had great water pressure and very hot water which we appreciated when it was cold and rainy outside.

The food was some of the best we had during our stay in Costa Rica (although, all of the Tican food was surprisingly good). We took advantage of the $35 four course price fix menu, which was great. My son was so appreciative of the staff that helped him fish for trout in the trout pond. He caught four in 45 minutes and the chef cooked one up for him that night at dinner. The park staff spent a lot of time with him allowing him to feed the hummingbirds by hand and hold the boa constrictor around his neck.

We thoroughly enjoyed the walk/hike along the waterfalls. Breathtakingly beautiful and a great workout(not for the unfit). I would highly recommend this hotel as a first or last stop when visiting Costa Rica.

  • Liked — overall ambience, very different; beautiful nature and wood artistry
  • Disliked — son's twin bed wasn't terribly comfortable
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank lsbsoccermom
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Toronto, Ontario
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2007

This was the first stop on our Honeymoon itenerary and I'm glad we planned it that way. Peace Lodge is like a dream. We stayed in a deluxe room and I have to say they were something special, but the bathrooms take it to a whole new level. They are about as big as the whole rest of the room, with multiple showers and numerous other details. The theme is the rainforest.

If you are looking for a hot beach holiday, this isn't the place for you. It can be somewhat cold at Peace Lodge due to the location (5000 ft above sea level) and humidity. My wife wasn't crazy about the rain, but the indoor fireplace makes that not so bad. And the number of things you can see when it isn't raining makes it worth it. That and the food, which is awesome. We would love to go again.

  • Liked — The rooms.
  • Disliked — Slightly cold at times due to location.
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JoshFromCanada
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Boston
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2007

I was married at the Peace Lodge on 12/11/07. This place is truly a magnificent place. The rooms and views were amazing, and there is a ton to do on the grounds. I read many reviews about it being Disney like...and I disagree. The grounds have been altered, however it is to create the most natural seeting possible for the animals. Yes, I am aware that the animals are in captivity, but they have all been rescued from many difficult situations. The staff has done an amazing job trying to recreate the best setting possible for them, and it shows!
The rooms are amazing,unlike anything I have seen before. The staff were awesome...all of them! They went out of their way on numerous occasions to make our stay more enjoyable, The only negative was the prices for food and drink. Food was excellant but slightly pricey, I suggest room service, the food was just as good and a bit cheeper. Drinks are very pricey. I suggest that you stop along the way and grab a bottle or two of what you want.

  • Liked — Bathroom
  • Disliked — Squeeky beds
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Meg74
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Los Angeles, CA
Level Contributor
30 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2007

We booked this through the hotel's travel agency and I have to say, we loved it. The Peace Lodge was incredible. Prepare for rainy weather (even in December), and for possible cold too (jeans, hiking boots and sweatshirt), but the rooms are amazing, especially the bathrooms. With two kinds of showers, and an amazing jacuzzi with rainforest/stone decor... WOW (and it's HUGE.) The service was excellent, and the food was pretty good and very reasonable. The attractions (Butterflies, monkeys, wild cats, hummingbirds, La Paz Waterfalls, etc.) give the adventure seekers something to do, while also being all nearby. It's about an hour from the San Jose airport and it should cost you about $50-$55 USD by taxi to get there. Free 30 minute massages by the reception area... Arturo took good care of us. The ONLY negative... the thin walls, so you can hear your hotel neighbors. Bad for us, was a family with three badly behaving children, so the hotel upgraded us to the owners room for the last night, which was even more fantastic. What a GREAT time and a GREAT place.

  • Liked — Bathrooms were incredible!
  • Disliked — Thin walls
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank abbache
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Property: Peace Lodge
Address: Poas | Vara Blanca, La Paz Waterfalls Gardens, Heredia 40101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Heredia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Hotels in Heredia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Peace Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 21
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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