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Celeste Mountain Lodge
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

All hotels have unique qualities, but the Celeste Mountain Lodge is loaded with them. It is located right in the volcanic area in an unspoiled part of a beautiful country, away from the hordes of tourists at Manual Antonio and the Guanacaste beaches. Daytime and nighttime temperatures are very comfortable, so air conditioning is not necessary. What makes the Celeste Mountain Lodge particularly attractive to many guests is its construction from ecofriendly and totally recycled material. Joel, the owner, is helpful, friendly and attentive. The food is excellent; everyone eats together from whatever has been prepared that day (but special dietary needs can be accommodated).

I find, however, some disadvantages. First, the road up to the hotel is atrocious, filled with stones and potholes -- one certainly needs a four-wheel drive vehicle. Second, while the rooms have a beautiful view overlooking volcanoes, there are no chairs in the room, nor do the rooms have balconies. If you want to read a book and not lie on your bed, you have to go to a common area, where there is very uncomfortable seating available, I found. Thirdly, Joel requests that you only consume drinks you have purchased from the bar of the hotel, but this bar is very poorly stocked. A minor point -- I guess he has recycled what look like old fire-escape stairs that are used to go up and down, but they are very noisy. And there is no swimming pool, but there is a Jacuzzi.

So you decide what is more important with the Celeste Mountain Lodge -- the advantages or the disadvantages.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We truly enjoyed our stay at the Celeste Mountain Lodge, a relaxed and very friendly place with outstanding food, amazing views, fantastic birding and hiking. Joel is a wonderful host and made us feel very welcome. We liked the eco-friendly approach to tourism and the contemporary architecture. Hiking the 2km long private rainforest trail is a treat. The lodge is ideally located to explore the whole area including the beautiful Tenorio National Park and the charming little village of Bijagua. We would love to go back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Celeste Mountain Lodge is a great place to re-connect with nature (and dis-connect from your laptop and phone!). The hotel is in perfect symbiosis with the environment, the food absolutely amazing (viva the Chef!) and Joel a great host. We did several treks, all recommended by Joel who perfectly understands the need of his guests.

Room Tip: We stayed in the honeymoon suite - very spacious
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

It rained all three days we stayed here, but it was wonderful nonetheless. That is our room in the photo for the lodge. It was airy and the view was spectacular. The food and service were delightful and the hosts were considerate and solicitous. It was an old-world experience revved up for the new world. It's a rough road to get there and a rougher road to get into the park to Rio Celeste, but this is the place to stay if you are going. We particularly enjoyed hiking on the private trail on the property. The best part of the visit was the food. It was excellent and it was all included. We ate steak one night and it was cooked rare for me. Other nights we had pork and fish. The soups and side dishes were interesting; they use local ingredients and treat them with a French fusion.

Room Tip: The best room was the one on the end upstairs.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

Family run operation on the side of a volcano and rain forest. Complex built from recycled materials. Unique. Three meals a day with take out lunch. Panoramic views. Healthy, fresh, gourmet meals served in communal setting by extremely friendly staff. Owners are genuinely concerned about your day trips and daily experiences. They live on the property and are there everyday to welcome you home. A wonderful experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belmont, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

This is a MUST visit if you will be in the area and/or visiting Rio Celeste! We visited with my family to ring in 2014!! All locals except for myself!! We will always remember this stay! We were ALL treated with respect and the most hospitable attitude imaginable! You can tell that everyone that works there is happy and proud to be there! This is the owners passion and it shows! The staff is all friendly and you just feel connected there, for some reason, with the staff and other visitors!

The food is AMAZING! The packed lunch for the Rio Celeste hike was WONDERFUL!! At Rio Celeste while eating lunch, everyone that passed us noticed our leaf wrapped lunch and asked us about it, we were beyond proud to say "Celeste Mountain Lodge! GO THERE!"

The hiking trail across the street is a MUST! Very well kept with a lined pathway to keep you from slipping in the wet terrain! Like the owner warned us, and turned out to be true, that path is a "highway" compared to the one at Rio Celeste!

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will be back to see more of the area! Wouldn't dream of staying any where else!!!!

So, what are you waiting for?

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

I stayed here with my boyfriend and 6 friends. I must say that this is the best place to stay and rest after a 4 hours ride (from San Jose) and a 3-4 hours walk in Rio Celeste's National Park. The owner and his crew were courteous, the living areas had a casual and chilling' atmosphere... the place is very serene and Eco-friendly (If you want to relax and get away from the noise of the city, this is the perfect hotel for you, it is very "green" so come prepare to get away from the TV). The fare includes the 3 meals (gourmet delicious food and the best Crepes I've tasted -so far). I will definitely come back!
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Nos hospedamos en el hotel, mi novio, 6 amigos y yo. He de decir que éste lugar es ideal para descansar luego de manejar 4 horas desde San José y luego caminar por otras 3-4 horas en el Parque Nacional Río Celeste. El dueño y sus colegas fueron bastante amables, las áreas comunes tenían una atmósfera bastante relajada y casual. El lugar, en general es bastante Sereno y eco-amigable (Si usted esta buscando un sitio de descanso fuera del ruido de la cuidad, este hotel es perfecto para usted, mas sin embargo, la experiencia que ellos ofrecen es bastante “verde”, así que venga preparado para alejarse del televisor!). La estadía incluye las 3 comidas (estilo gourmet, deliciosa y bien proporcionada, hasta el momento, las mejores crepas q he probado acá en CR!). Definitivamente regresaremos!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Celeste Mountain Lodge
Address: Access Road To Nat'l Park Tenorio / Rio Celeste | 4 kms east of Bijagua, Bijagua de Upala 21301, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Bijagua de Upala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Bijagua de Upala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Celeste Mountain Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Celeste Mountain Lodge is a responsible tourism establishment, located in Bijagua de Upala, the door to the Volcano Tenorio National Park and its amazing Rio Celeste (Blue River). An authentic rural area, of great natural beauty, with lots of forest and lots to do, yet so accessible! Celeste Mountain Lodge is unique for its concept and profound sustainable philosophy, its innovations, its details and original decoration, comtemporary architecture in minimalist style integrated in the environment. Surrounded by primary rainforest and hosting its own trail, you will be impressed by its fauna and flora, excellent birdwatching, impressive views onto 2 volcanoes, own own Cuisine fusion and our friendly service, casual, warm and efficient. Share a vision of the world and tourism with ethics, refined simplicity, personality, peace and nature in an unforgettable place... ... more   less 
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