A favorite with young couples and families, the friendly Orquideas proves that affordable does not have to equal generic—from a classy Spanish-style main building to a bar dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, this place has style. Deluxe rooms, on a hill with a view of three volcanoes, are spacious, with bamboo furniture, but can smell a bit musty. Smaller rooms have terra-cotta tile floors and Guatemalan fabrics that have seen better days; those on the garden side are quieter,
and worth the extra $10. The distinctive member of the accommodation mix here is a two-bedroom geodesic dome, set off in the garden and perfect for families or groups. A sumptuous breakfast buffet is served on the bar's patio. The restaurant's ($$) eclectic selection ranges from straightforward Costa Rican cuisine to fun presentations (ceviche served in a half coconut, for one) that have to be seen (and tasted) to be fully appreciated. Orquideas is a favorite among posters to Fodors.com.
Apr 14, 2008
The room was plenty spacious and comfortable. The service was very accomodating, the place was very relaxing. And, it's very convenient---there's a great restaurant there with a wide variety of offerings, and it's a great launching point for Poas/La Paz and for Grecia/Sarchi/Arenal. And, it's close to the airport.
May 23, 2002
About 20 minutes from the Airport. The staff were wonderful. We had trouble with our rental car and they arranged for another place at a better rate to pick us up the next morning. Spend the extra cash and get one of the suites. The rooms by the highway or noisy, a bit damp and smelly but the ones by the gardens are really beautiful. Staff really went out of their way to make our stay their fabulous. Breakfast was a nice treat for such a reasonably