Excellent 1499 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Rate includes unlimited access to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Just an hour away from the international airport
  • Views of the La Paz River Valley and the Poás Volcano
  • Spacious rooms with Jacuzzi tubs, oversize balconies and rainfall showers
  • Guests are permitted in the park before it opens and after it closes — optimal bird and wildlife viewing times
  • Hiking to the five cascades of the La Paz waterfalls

What To Know

  • Colibries Restaurant often hosts noisy tour groups for the lunch buffet
  • One night at Peace Lodge isn't enough, but you won’t need a full week
  • Perfect pick for honeymooners, or an exciting introduction to Costa Rica in the wild for families with children
  • Peace Lodge will not be wild enough for extreme wilderness aficionados
  • Smoking is permitted only on the balconies of the guestrooms
  • Free WiFi


  •  Eco-Friendly
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The Review

A little natural history background explains what’s unique about the Peace Lodge experience. First came the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a privately owned 70-acre preserve that American owners Lee and Cindy Banks created as a themed environmental park to protect the land. Without cutting down one tree, the park opened in 2000 with 2.2 miles of hiking trails and viewing platforms connected by walkways along the falls that plunge through a canyon.

It’s an extraordinary eco-park, and guests of the on-site boutique Peace Lodge are invited to roam freely. And there is nothing ordinary about Peace Lodge, which spills down the northern slope of the Poás Volcano. The roadside reception hall overlooks the villas below, which are tucked into forest and garden vegetation and are accessed via stone pathways. {“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/2182/prop-97537-1323275600-full.jpg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Set at 5,200 feet, villas at Peace Lodge spill down the northern slope of the Poás Volcano.”}

Your name will be on the door that opens into the spacious, colorful quarters, with grand views. Timbered ceilings, hand-laid wood floors and huge stone fireplaces share the space with a canopied four-poster kingsize bed of rough-hewn timber, fitted with a fluffy down comforter. You can settle into a loveseat in front of the fireplace or a two-seater rocker and hammock on your private balcony, which has its own mosaic-tile Jacuzzi tub.

All the rooms have at least one Jacuzzi, 37″ flatscreen TVs, stereo, DVD player, minibar and fridge. But book a Deluxe Room for the sensationally cavernous grotto of a garden bathroom, a tribute to rain forest whimsy: The faucets are color coded, with a red frog for hot, blue for cold; there’s a jumbo Jacuzzi centered below the skylight; and at the flick of a switch a cascade tumbles down the seven-foot rock wall, landscaped with bromeliads, orchids and ferns.

Peace Lodge has yet to win culinary kudos, but breakfast on the restaurant terrace or in your room comes with great fresh fruit and juice and fine Costa Rican coffee. The buffet lunch — typically tasty local fare — is served in the Colibries restaurant. For ambience and pre-fixe dinners, try the guests-only upstairs restaurant, Vista Poás. And at sunset the lakeside Big Trout Bar is a favorite gathering spot for predinner tapas and fresh fruit drinks.

How to Get There

Peace Lodge
3 miles north from Gas Station, Varablanca
Heredia, 1973015 Costa Rica


5.0 Excellent 1499 Reviews
A total Con

This hotel or zoo, depending on how you look at it, is the worst place we have ever stayed in the world and the positive reviews are simply wrong or written by utter morans.

Strike one - The rooms have no sound proofing as we could hear everything going on in the room above during our first night - call me old fashioned but I don't want to hear someone spending time on the loo or even getting to know each other intimately. Next morning I complained, got a 'Oh well' chat from the front desk so we immediately checked out.

Strike two - the food is utterly revolting and seriously overpriced for the muck that is given to you on a plate, it beggars belief. How can a anyone make gnocchi with a pesto sauce that was like sopa in pea soup......even the sorry excuse of breakfast was an epic failure, sh@t in every way.

Strike Three - BUT to make this place simply hell on earth is the 'Zoo' aspect of the hotel. Now, they claim their animals caged in tiny enclosures are rescue animals but bull@hit, they're there to draw the morans into the hotel. The animals are crammed into view pens while they pace up and down the plexi glass - in the day and age it is unacceptable to have animals kept like - but then again, knowing the owners of the hotel live somewhere in Florida probably counting all the that cash they couldn't give a monkeys.

Spending just over US$1000 for 2 nights (of which we only spent one) is a disgrace. The hotel is like a set from the Flintstone (if you like that sort of thing knock yourself out), we've had better food in outer mongolia than this so called 5/5 hotel, assume the average visitor who gives this a 5 star rating has an IQ of under 69.

This hotel is a total and utter disgrace

Costa Rica nature at it’s best!

This lodge high in the rain forest of the Central Valley is a great place to start or end your vacation in Costa Rica. Guests of the lodge have access to the Waterfall Gardens below, which has a zoo with toucans, parrots, sloths, humming birds, monkeys, a butterfly garden, wild cats. All animal sections have feeding times where you can get to know them better. The waterfalls are also great to view. All in all this is an excellent way to get an introduction to the nature and animals of Costa Rica. And especially to see sloths up close and personal.

The rooms are absolutely great as well: a big room, very comfortable beds, a balcony with a humming bird feeder (with lots of birds coming by), a hammock and a jacuzzi, and a large bathroom with tub and shower. It very comfortably slept our family of four.

Restaurants on site have great food. They serve breakfast, lunch (buffet or a la carte) and dinner on site. The place also has a hot and cold water pool for guests.

Yes, this place is expensive, but if you can afford it, it gives you a great experience of Costa Rican nature you will never forget. My kids are already talking when they will be coming back! Enough said.

One word of warning: the lodge, zoo gardens and the waterfalls are on a steep slope and the place is teeming with stairs. If you have physical problems walking stairs, then this is sadly not the place for you. But any person of average fitness will have no problems here.

Best hotel in Costa Rica!

We spent our first night in Costa Rica at Peace Lodge and it was beyond our expectations. The service was top notch, the room was unbelievable (they upgraded us to a deluxe and the waterfall in the bathroom was incredible), and we loved the animals and the waterfall walk. Staying at Peace Lodge we got to enjoy the park before and after hours. We did the night frog tour which was very interesting. We also got up early and walked the waterfall trail around 6:30am and had it all to ourselves. The staff at the park clearly love the animals and take great care of them. They also want the guests to get the most out of their time there. During the toucan feeding we mentioned we would miss the sloth feeding in the afternoon. One of the staff took us over to the sloths for our own encounter! I wish I could remember his name - we left a comment at the front desk we were so impressed he would take the time out to do this for us. We stayed many other places as we trekked through Costa Rica including the Four Seasons and we unanimously agreed Peace Lodge was our favorite part.