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Volcan Turrialba Lodge

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Near Volcan Turrialba, Turrialba 30501 Costa Rica
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#14 of 22 Speciality lodging in Turrialba
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Anthony J wrote a review Jan 2016
London, United Kingdom7 contributions10 helpful votes
For our last night in Costa Rica we were booked into The Volcan Turrialba Lodge. Driving from the town in the valley up to the lodge on a tortuous unpaved road took about 40 minutes. Arrving there, we discovered a barbed wire fence across the driveway. There was a cloth thrown across the hotel sign. We assumed there must be another entrance, but a lone farmer told us this was the only entrance. Dismantling the fence to get in we drove along the long drive to the lodge. It was completely closed up, with no lights or any sign of life. Eventually we found two agricultural workers, with minimal communication skills, Spanish or otherwise, who told us the owner, Laura Piza, had gone to the capital San Jose, some four hours' drive away. They did show us a room but it was clear that there was not going to be any food for the evening or for breakfast and the nearest restaurant was 40 minutes down the mountain. The advertised activities were obviously not available either. We, understanding the place to be closed, returned to the town in search of another hotel. Writing to Laura Piza to say were were astonished she had not told us that the hotel was closed, she replied saying it had been open and has since charged us $110 for the privilege of not staying there. THIS WAS TOTALLY UNPROFESSIONAL BEHAVIOUR - DON'T STAY HERE.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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andreacfdez wrote a review Aug 2014
Onchan, United Kingdom29 contributions8 helpful votes
I visited this place with my husband for his bday. The view is absolutely beautiful and there is a small farm that will catch your eye for sure. However, the road is 4x4 only, there aren't any restaurant, convenience stores or supermarkets near the place. There is a restaurant in the hotel, but it is expensive for what they served ($15 + taxes each). I forgot to take food and had to pay the food service there. I ended up paying $40 for 2 regular 'casado' dishes....not worth it at all. There was a dead roach in the shower and a slug. I can understand the slug, but the dead cockroach? that I can't. It is beautiful and if you go, take your drinks and food with you (there is a fully equipped kitchen), otherwise, you will suffer as we did :p
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Paula D wrote a review Feb 2014
San Jose, Costa Rica10 contributions7 helpful votes
The location and beauty of the volcano scenery is unique. This hotel is quiet, great to relax and has the best view of the volcano. But the food options are few and not good. Lunch or dinner options are the same that you would find in any rural small restaurant, but they charge you as if you were eating gourmet food. I guess I'd recommend you to go and admire the view, but bring your own food and beverages.
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Date of stay: February 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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422EricB wrote a review Oct 2013
Grande Prairie, Canada14 contributions7 helpful votes
I stopped at the lodge on my way to look at the volcano for a coffee & a few pieces of cheese. Prices were not listed on the menu so I expected to pay $2 - $3. I was shocked to get a bill for $14.5! I will say however that the local staff were very friendly and the view of the volcano and gardens was very nice. If you come here make sure you ask for a price first.....
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Date of stay: October 2013Trip type: Travelled solo
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obxpat wrote a review Oct 2013
JENSEN BEACH12344 contributions67 helpful votes
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I am SO glad that I found this lodge. It is definitely in the "Road Less Traveled" category. Even my Driver who is a Tico tour guide had never been to this area. He plans to return for a "second honeymoon". Tony, the Owner was patient in giving directions beforehand. I was finishing some business in the city and since I was on my own this trip I wanted a weekend in the country! I knew I could take a $2 Directo bus from San Jose and then a 45 min taxi (around $30) to the lodge. It just seemed simpler to hire my driver to make the trip. Lovely scenic drive through small villages and past lush fields and breathtaking valleys. The last 3-4 km a 4x4 would have been preferable but it is passable without one. Volcan Turrialba is NOT for those wanting 5 star pampering. It is a true working farm with an incredible view of the volcano, lush green pastures with cows, sheep, goats, horses...even oxen drawing carts! Plenty of places to hike on your own or with a guide. Great sure footed horses. This is one of the best rides I have taken anywhere. Literally to the foot of the volcano and lava flows, through gorges and pastures. 3 hours of Pura Vida! Fantastic staff (limited English but not really a problem). Good food and drink for all 3 meals at the on site restaurant with wood stoves, lounging area and a large open patio. I found all prices reasonable. Enjoyed a couple of glasses of red wine overlooking the volcano one afternoon during a rainstorm while catching up on email with their wi fi in the lounge area. The room is nice with basic furnishings, a very clean bathroom with plenty of hot water. Nice kitchenette. Bring along coffee for the early morning when the volcano tends to be unobstructed. Large picture windows give you an incredible view as the sun rises and the volcano steams. Also there is a fridge and microwave, sink etc. Plenty of room to make your own meal/snack if you don't want to go to the restaurant. Pick up basic supplies at a store on the way. Also you will pass a few panaderias in the different villages with pastries, breads, croissants etc. Breakfast is included with the rate and they will ask you what time you prefer it. I truly hope to return to Volcan Turrialba Lodge! So peaceful and the crisp, clean air helps you to slow down and relax. Bring along a book and be sure to get out and see the farm! Don't skip the horseback riding, they will match you up with a horse and Fausto (kind of an overall concierge) is wonderful assuring you are comfortable and safe! He seems to be everywhere keeping the place operating smoothly! I'm not sure if they automatically start the woodstoves in the rooms or you need to ask. I did ask at dinner and it was great having the crackling stove in the evening! Can't wait to return with my Husband for a couple of relaxing nights and another great day of riding.
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Date of stay: October 2013
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Costa RicaProvince of CartagoTurrialba
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Frequently Asked Questions about Volcan Turrialba Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Volcan Turrialba Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Irazu Volcano National Park (7.2 km), Hacienda La Central (0.9 km), and Sapito entre Volcanes (7.1 km).
What food & drink options are available at Volcan Turrialba Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Volcan Turrialba Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Volcan Turrialba Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Rancho del Sapito, Cocina de Leo, and Volcan Turrialba Lodge Restaurant.