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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 1431 Reviews
Reviewed 19 hours ago

Such a wonderful place to enjoy nature and the spectacular views. The service was outstanding and everyone there went out of their way to make you feel special. Such a special and unique place. Will definitely go back again!!

Amazing place
Reviewed 1 week ago

The most beautiful hotel I was ever in. Below it, you can walk to a sweet of impressive waterfalls. The room is designed and decorated so so beautifully, every detail was thought of. Jacouzi and hammock on the balcony. Delicious food. Just wow!

Breathtaking room and stunning property!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed our first night in Costa Rica here at the Peace Lodge! It was the best decision of lodging for our entire trip! Check in was easy and we were given an upgrade so our room was stunning! Food was amazing and all the wildlife in site appeared healthy with large clean living areas integrated with nature! Quick 10min walk to waterfalls! So beautiful!

Such a unique hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not your ordinary hotel. The look of the rooms and the hotel itself is very unique. So much work as been put into this place. The only complaint I would have is that the room could use more lighting. Our old eyes need more light to see things. LOL. The true waterfall shower was great. We used the hot tub the one night and it was so nice. We spent 2 nights, which was not enough. We loved the animals. We loved that we got to feed the toucans, the sloths and watch them feed the cats. I absolutely had a blast feeding the hummingbirds. The food was good. We did the frog night tour and that was great to see all the different unique frogs. If I ever go back to Costa Rica I will definitely stay here again.

Wedding at the Peace Lodge
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our daughter was married at this magical place... And what a place it was! Everyone who visits the wonderful country of Costa Rica, should definitely make the Peace Lodge a MUST! Every single person at the Peace Lodge was amazing, informative and went way out of their way to make our stay a wonderful experience. There is never a moment while here, you will find yourself looking for something to do! If you need help deciding? just ask!!! EVERYONE was very willing to help out and went out of their way to make sure you were satisfied. A special mention to Hazel who was my daughter's wedding coordinator and did such an unbelievable job on the wedding and John, who drove us and guided us on a volcano tour. What an amazing and informative man! I want to remember every single person who we met... The gentleman who told us all about the new sloths in the sanctuary! You are unbelievable! Thank you for teaching us so much about the birds, the sloth...everything!!! There is so much I want to tell you and share with you about this place but I just cant fit it all in!!! Do not hesitate to contact me and ask any and all questions. Getting married? I would highly recommend this place!!!! My stay was Oct 29th through November 2nd. WE WILL BE BACK!