5.0
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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

Amenities

  •  Eco friendly
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Overview

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

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 1378 Reviews
Amazing Property!
Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed here for 1 night recently on a girls trip and it did not disappoint! We had a beautiful suite with plenty of room for 4 people. The highlight of the stay was the waterfall hike and the chance to see all the animals, birds, frogs, and reptiles in such a beautiful jungle setting. The guides were so interesting and helpful. This is a once in a lifetime experience, very unique and special!

Amazing animal adventure
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids ages 5, 8, and 9) stayed at The Peace Lodge for 2 nights after leaving the Manuel Antonio area and before heading home out of San Jose. It was the perfect amount of time for us. We traveled with another family and all stayed at the Villa Lago. This was a wonderful 3 bedroom villa with nice size kitchen, amazing balcony, and views of the rainforest. Having a washer and dryer too at this point of our trip was perfect. Our family hiked the waterfalls, did the night frog encounter, and saw all the animals. Our favorites were feeding the hummingbirds (we did this twice we loved it so much) and holding butterflies in the butterfly sanctuary. The pools were amazing and my kids loved jumping off rocks into trout lake.

The breakfast buffet was amazing each morning. There is only one dinner option and the food was good. The customer service was wonderful. My only two compliants was the bed was little hard for me in the villa but this could be personal preference as my husband enjoyed it. I also wished the beverages stocked in the fridge and snacks would be complimentary at the villas.

Beautiful place to stay
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful place to stay. Incredible natural beauty. Great staff. Great food. Clean comfortable rooms. Quiet—except for the spuds of the forest. A little piece of heaven on earth. I hope to return when the national park is open.

Excellent Lodge close to nature...
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is beautiful exotic place to stay and enjoy. We had blast here. Rooms were clean and nicely done. we had adjoining rooms for group. Log interior and interior gardens with hummingbird feeders in balcony was awesome.

Their own pools, zoo, and gardens were fantastic.

Beautiful place, OUTSTANDING service
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The peace lodge is wonderful. We are a family of 4 and had come from the Springs resort (sister property) and received a 10% discount. The peace lodge is beautiful and the room is very nice with a timer fireplace and 2 showers and 2 jacuzzis. The breakfast buffet was really nice, as were the lunch options. Trout lake was fun and we caught our dinner there. The only knock on this hotel is the dinner. The Vista Poas restaurant is good food but the prices are steep and don’t match the quantity of food or limited options. This would be okay, but it is the only dinner service onsite. One of the nights we ended up just eating the minibar Doritos. The thing that made the Peace Lodge stand out was the service. Jose and Freddy at the front desk were particularly helpful in helping us schedule a Starbucks coffee plantation tour, as with all of our other needs. We did not encounter a single employee who did not say hello or smile. By booking three nights we received 2 massages which were given by the amazing masseuses. Our favorite thing to do was hummingbird feeding with Jose, who was witty and knowledgeable. We later saw Jose at the mall in San Jose who not only remembered our names, but asked us if we had found our lost jacket. The animal sanctuary is amazing and is included. The hotel is AMAZING and a must stay.