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5.0 out of 5

"The rooms and property are even better in person. Huge rooms in a lovely setting. It was so rainy during our visit on day 3 the resort allowed us to t ... " More

By a verified traveler on Sun 03 Dec 2017

Hotel Description

Family-friendly 4.5-star lodge near La Paz Waterfall Gardens

On boardwalk

At this Vara Blanca lodge, you'll be within half a mile (1 km) of La Paz Waterfall Gardens and 3 miles (5 km) of Corso Lechería. Poas Volcano National Park and Braulio Carrillo National Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).


A full-service spa, 4 restaurants, and an outdoor pool are all featured at this smoke-free lodge. There's fun for all ages with a children's pool and an arcade/game room, and families will appreciate the onsite laundry facilities. Relax with a drink at the poolside bar and enjoy perks like free self parking and free WiFi.

Jetted tubs, free WiFi

The 18 individually decorated guestrooms offer free WiFi and DVD players. LED TVs come with cable channels, and other amenities include furnished balconies and jetted bathtubs.

Artisan Guest Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$306* Per night/room Oct 24 - Oct 25

Artisan Guest Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Room, Fireplace, Mountain View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Double Beds, Fireplace, Mountain View

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Peace Lodge ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
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Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
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Hotel condition 5.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Peace Lodge

Everyone (5)
5 out of 5

Surprisingly beautiful and peaceful!

Pros: Private and Quiet, large balconies with Hummingbirds always feeding there. Hammock and hot tub outside. Huge tropical bathrooms with waterfalls.
Cons: Nothing!!
Location: Situated in a Cloud Forest so it's a bit cooler than other areas but we loved it. Several Waterfalls in the property to hike to, animals to see, etc..
The rooms and property are even better in person. Huge rooms in a lovely setting. It was so rainy during our visit on day 3 the resort allowed us to transfer to their sister property in Arenal "The Springs" for a couple of nights and it was fabulous! NO upcharge for the change just a courtesy transfer. Outstanding service at both hotels. We loved the animal sanctuarys at both locations where the owner has saved many wild animals and you can visit them any time during the day. The tours offsite were excellent and so easy to book. The food at the restaurant was 5 star. Costa Rica has come a LONG way in dining even surpassing CA restaurants in quality. We toured MI Cafecita a little organic coffee farm nearby and loved it. The fresh Tilapia is delicious and raised on site. Coffee was outstanding and the tour was fun and informative. Highly recommend it all!

Posted by , from California on Dec 3, 2017

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5 out of 5

Fabulous Mountain Resort

We expected a rustic experience, but our accommodations at Peace Lodge were comfortable & elegant, with the added experience of an educational zoo of rescued animals. The animal tours & feedings were fascinating; the resort's massive flower beds, nearby waterfalls, and mountain vistas were stunning. Our rooms - each with a fireplace & hot tub - far exceeded our expectations, as did the service. The resort is built high on a hillside, so prepare for (well-maintained) steps. Our stay was terrific.

Posted by , from Denver, CO on Nov 23, 2017

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5 out of 5

Amazing hotel

Our family loved this beautiful hotel . The location in the jungle is so wonderful and the rooms are indescribable . We only stayed one night but will have lasting memories . It was so nice it was connected to the amazing La Paz Waterfalls. Highly recommend going to this hotel .

Posted by , from Huntington Beach, CA on Jun 2, 2017

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5 out of 5

Arizona family trip

Pros: We loved everything about the Peace Lodge!!!!
Location: If you are coming in at night the road is dark and winding I would stay in town and come up during the day. You would want to miss the views
Not only is the Peace Lodge one of the most beautiful properties I have ever stayed, but the staff was the best. They were always extremely friendly and helpful. The hikes were amazing and the interaction with the animals made memories my family will never forget. We can't wait till our next stay!!!

Posted by , from Arizona on May 27, 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 28, 2016 by Doris

Dear D K Family, All the Peace Lodge staff wants to thank you for your kind comment, we are so happy to know that you had a good time while visiting our hotel and private reserved. For guest comming late at night we offer private transportation service that can be coordinate at an additional cost, ad the service can be coordinate for any pick up time. Sincerely, Peace Lodge Staff & Management

5 out of 5

Resort in a Nature Reserve

Pros: The staff: in particular Daniel Villanea Villalobos, Freddy (can't remember last name) at the front desk and Byron in the restaurant.
Cons: more restaurants to choose from. Get a bus to go to the local town to those restaurants. The only dinner option, while fabulous, is 5 star & pricey.
Location: Ziplining in the rainforest is close as well as coffee plantation tours.
Gentile staff. We held hands with monkeys; experienced being amidst a flurry of hummingbirds; watched baby jaguars get fed; walked in the rainforest and let fledgling butterflies free

Posted by , from Cincinnati, OH on May 29, 2015

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Property Features

Peace Lodge offers its guests a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. There are 4 restaurants on site, as well as a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. A free manager's reception is offered daily. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Spa services, a library, and a terrace are also featured at the luxury Peace Lodge. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Self parking is free. This 4.5-star Vara Blanca lodge is smoke free.

  • 18 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 5 buildings
  • 4 dining venues
  • Built in 2003
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Coffee shop
  • Deli
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gift shop
  • Computer for guest use
  • Television in lobby
  • Bellhop
  • No smoking on site


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) (30 km / 18.7 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Peace Lodge offers 18 accommodations with DVD players and minibars. Rooms open to furnished balconies. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Beds feature premium bedding. LED televisions come with premium cable channels. Guests can make use of the in-room full-sized refrigerators/freezers and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations with jetted bathtubs and rainfall showerheads, and complimentary toiletries. This Vara Blanca lodge provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and safes. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered daily.

  • Private balcony (furnished)
  • Jetted tub
  • Minibar
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LED television
  • Cable channels
  • Premium channels
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator (full size)
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

The lodge hosts a free manager's reception daily.

Poas Volcano - This restaurant serves breakfast only.

Colibries - This restaurant serves lunch only.

Big Trout Bar - This restaurant serves lunch only.

Vista Poas - This restaurant serves dinner only.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Rafting nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Helicopter/airplane tours on site

Spa Services

Ventanas Verdes Spa has 2 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, and facials. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and reflexology. The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub.

The spa is open daily.

  • Number of treatment rooms 2
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Body treatments
  • Body wraps
  • Facial treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Sauna in spa
  • Spa tub in spa
  • Reflexology
  • Detoxification wrap
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3:30 PM
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - midnight. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8:00 AM - midnight.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 11:30 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Peace Lodge


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Contactless check-out is available.Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available through room service
  • Please note, some room types at this property are not available when booking a stay with children.
  • Debit cards
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between CRC 5000 and CRC 15000 per person (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: CRC 40000 per vehicle (one way)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Peace Lodge
  • Peace Lodge Vara Blanca
  • Peace Vara Blanca
  • Peace Lodge Lodge
  • Peace Lodge Vara Blanca
  • Peace Lodge Lodge Vara Blanca

You should know

  • Peace Lodge offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 24 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the lodge before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.

Awards & Affiliations

Peace Lodge is listed in the 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Top 100 List.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.