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Poas Volcano Lodge

3.5 out of 5.0

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The last night of our wonderful trip to Costa Rica, planned by Pacific Trade Winds, was spent at Poas Volcano Lodge. Since we only had less than an hour to the the San Jose airport, Pacific Trade Winds planned an incredible evening for my wife and I, at Poas Volcano Lodge. Six thousand feet above sea level, was this gorgeous farm, filled with many, many healthy looking cows. We drove up the mountain side to this beautiful grounds, with the most spectacular views of the lush, green hills, gorgeous cloud cover surrounding the mountains and several farms. The lodge office used to be the home of an Englishman, who settled in this region in the 1970's. Apparently he and his family fell in love with the scenic views and after their first visit decided to settle at Poas Volcano. The farm and their home was occupied for twenty years, when they then decided to build the lodge, in place of their home. It is so charming and cozy and just gives you the feel of home. There is a library, sitting room, game room overlooking this beautiful mountain side. We sat and read for an hour or two prior to dinner, with the fire burning right by our side. We were offered tea while we read and chatted. At about 7 pm we enjoyed a spectacular dinner, with many of the foods prepared from things grown on the property. The living accommodations were so warm and charming and enjoyed by us both immensely.

We came for one night on our way back from the coast to fly out of San Jose. We were not disappointed., and it exceeded all of our expectations. The approach on the mountain roads is spectacular (and the roads are now well-graded). We stayed in the field house which is a separate unit with a lovely fireplace and accommodation for four and its own kitchenette, and the space was well appointed, cozy (in the cool mountain air), had its own sitting room and library, and had beautiful views of the hills and valley in the day time. Beds were very comfortable and they provide space heaters for those chilly nights, and the shower heated up quickly and stayed hot. The common areas in the main lodge, which were rebuilt after the 2009 earthquake, are stunning, and evoke a comfortable English country house with lived-in, stylish, comfortable seating areas, an amazing library of books, high vaulted ceilings with indoor "trees", and gorgeous picture windows to the surrounding grounds. We even did a walk along some of the cloud forest trails on the property. We also had the good fortune to be there on Christmas Eve and joined them for a lovely dinner buffet in the restaurant. Like other reviewers, we felt we were among friends and family (and in fact met the owners, who were in from the UK). Breakfast was included and outstanding with all kinds of options and fresh local strawberry jam. We wished we had booked in for at least two nights. It was a very special place. Would return in a heartbeat and stay longer next time. Only two notes of caution: (a) as other reviewers noted, Poas Volcano itself is closed, so make other plans to see other volcanoes (e.g., Irazu). And (b) it gets markedly colder at that altitude year round than at the coast, so bring your fleeces and sweaters.

We spent 2 nights at the Poas Volcano Lodge over Christmas and we had the feeling to be among friends and family. Everything is made by the staff to make you feel special ... starting with the hot bottle waiting for you in your bed to compensate for the cold nights! We were lucky to stay in the Quetzal room ( family room) and we would warmly recommend this room. The food is absolutely delicious and very affordable

We travelled with 2 young kids (4 and 6) and really enjoyed our time at the lodge. We had booked a room that was not in the main lodge but as soon as we got there, the lady at the reception graciously offered us an upgrade. And what an upgrade it was ! this was the first stop in our Costa Rican adventure and it really set the tone for an amazing experience. Excellent breakfast as well.

This is a beautiful place, with comfortable beds and great breakfasts. It's a shame that poas volcano is currently closed and the roads to get to the lodge are quite challenging but it's well worth the effort. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The paths in the lodges grounds are worth a look.

I stayed at this lodge last night and was impressed with the accommodations! Warm, friendly, spirited staff, and excellent food! Beautiful location! It was scenic with rolling green hills and splendid flora and fauna! It's a mix of old farmland and modernity. My room was equipped with all of the comforts I hoped for...french press to make my own coffee, comfortable bedding, quaint library filled with photographic books, fireplace, nice dining...they accommodated my vegetarian needs when I requested my own meal that wasn't on the menu and they made my room ready earlier than check in because I wanted to drop off my luggage and hurry off to La Paz Waterfall Gardens.

We have just had 2 lovely nights at the delightful Poas volcano lodge. We stayed in a garden room which although small was well appointed and cosy. There was a double bed and also a single bed. The shower was the best one of our trip. The room had a kettle, tea and coffee and there were complimentary toiletries. On arrival there was a bowl of fresh strawberries. The garden rooms are separate to the main lodge and overlook the lodge with fields behind. The lodge itself is lovely reminiscent inside of a upmarket ski lodge. There are small stoves that are lit in the evenings in the dining room and main sitting area. There is a library’s where complimentary tea, coffee and cake is served at 4.30. The library has wonderful views across the garden and across to the volcano area. The sitting room is attractive and a lovely place to have coffee after dinner. We had dinner both evenings and the food was delicious and especially the tenderloin with infused balsamic/ coffee reduction. Homemade bread and butter beautiful. Service was perfect. The prices for food and wine were extremely reasonable. Breakfast was included in the rate and the omelette’s and pancakes were lovely. Coffee and good and plentiful. There were lovely touches such as bed turning down, chocolate coffee beans on pillow and hot water bottles. There are 3 walks from the lodge we did the blue and yellow one which were pleasant although a bit muddy - although you can borrow wellingtons from the green house. The staff were all really friendly and service excellent

We went to visit Poas Volcano however it was closed off due to the weather. We stayed at Poas Lodge for one night and met the owners, Matthew and Leah who had only just took over a week before we arrived and they were great. They catered to your every need and we're so friendly. The food was amazing also, everything I ate was delicious. The lodge has the most amazing view of San Jose you can look over the entire city and on a night when it is lit up it is amazing. I would defiantly recommend staying here. Also have a very cute doggie!!

PROS: - Has a lot of charm and a great view. Love the library! - Room is clean, comfortable and very well decorated with a nice rustic feel. My daughter especially liked her single bed surrounded by windows. - Food is excellent and waiters are super nice. Our breakfast was included but we decided to have dinner here as well. - They have trails around the property that are very clearly marked. - Nice games room downstairs! Areas for improvement: - I always check beds and mattresses and although all was good with the mattress, I noticed that the box they are placed on needs a good vacuum. Advise for travellers: Bring a sweater, evenings are nippy here at higher altitude.

Only one night - too short!! We had two rooms in two separate buildings, not in the main house. We loved it. Both were well equiped, nice bathrooms, nice details, much wood. Umbrellas at the door (which we needed), cute armadillos around. The main building is breathtaking. Wonderful architecture, nice details, nice public area, library, bar, play room. Many feel good places. (I just missed a grand piano ;-) ) Very friendly people, service was nice - bedlights in the night, hot bed bottle. We had dinner which was outstanding. Best steak I ever had (coffee sauce), wonderful salad (with strawberries). Breakfast was outstanding as well, excellent products, self made jam and bread. One day I will return and stay more than one night, I promise. <3

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Hotel highlights

  • Close to La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

Poas Volcano Lodge places you 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This 3.5-star hotel has 12 guestrooms and offers conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Colinas del Poas is also close to this Vara Blanca hotel.


Free continental breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


All 12 rooms feature coffee makers. Guests can expect to find free WiFi.

Property features

Poas Volcano Lodge features free WiFi in public areas, an arcade/game room, and a library. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with tours or tickets, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby. Additional amenities include a terrace, a garden, and a fireplace in the lobby.

Room options

Lodge Room Garden View Toucanet

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Lodge Room with Garden View Quetzal

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Lodge Room Volcano View Hummingbird

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Lodge Room Volcano View Oriole

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

91% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 443 reviews