This lodge is back to basic. No luxury at all... It's very simple, quiet and it has a peaceful setting. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel, where everything is perfect, this is not the lodge for you.
Cabins: They are very simple but you have all you need (bed, lining, clean towels, soap, shower and hot water). We didn't know what to expect so we took a bugnet in case we needed it since some bugs can get in the cabin (an idea in case you are like me). The cabins are very clean, they clean your rooms everyday. Our cabin had a river running in the back which had a clear running water sound all night (cabin #40). It was nice to have a feeling of nature in our stay. There is no air conditioner in the cabins, but you won't need it. The climate is very fresh at night and you just open a little bit the windows and that's it. You have a little fan on the ceiling that you can use in case you need it. In my opinion this cabin is great if you have a family, we had 3 beds and only used one.
Service: Staff is very nice and informative. They treat their guest with respect and answer all you questions and needs.
Food: It was ok. This is what made me give a 4 star instead of 5. The breakfast is included with your stay. It was ok, but not the best I've had experienced in Costa Rica. We didn't have lunch at the hotel but did have dinner with them. Dinner was ok also, but expensive. I wouldn't mind to pay $17/person if the food was super good but that was not the case. We went out to Playa Cocos to eat on our second night, spent half of this with some drinks and had an awesome meal by the beach (Beach Bums Bar & Grillt). If you have a car this could be an option. It was an hour to get there but we didn't mind.
Ambiance: Quiet, peaceful and unique. Grounds are well mantained. There is a trail from the hotel that will take you to the Hot springs that I heard was nice. We didn't do it due to lack of time but there was a family that told us on their way back they saw the monkeys. (Hint: around 5pm they come out to get some food because most people are already done with their hikes, good time to see the monkeys).
Pool: It has a little pool, great for kids. I didn't care about it.
Overall, this is a great lodge, I would stay here again and is the closest lodge to Rincon la Vieja NP.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Lodge is located inside the Guanacaste Conservation Area at the side of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Dedicated to eco-tourism, it is the closest Lodge / Hotel to the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rincon De La Vieja Hotel Rincon De La Vieja
- Rincon De La Vieja Lodge Costa Rica