Fodor's Expert Review Guayabo Lodge

Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica

If fresh mountain air appeals to you, this upscale mountain retreat has comfortable rooms, a first-class restaurant, and spacious, glassed-in sitting areas to enjoy unbeatable volcano and valley views by day and blazing fireplaces by night. The large standard rooms are furnished with a tasteful mix of antiques and folk art, and upstairs rooms have private balconies. The new suites, in a separate two-story building, have kitchenettes and flat-screen satellite TV. Goats, chickens, and ducks on the property help supply the kitchen, which prepares a mix of creative, light tropical cuisine and heartier dishes, including duck stew and seared duck breasts. Cooking classes can be arranged with a local Costa Rican chef. Outside, there are sunny sitting areas in the garden and a path lined with orchids.


  • cozy and comfortable
  • high sustainability consciousness
  • great views


  • weather can be wet and cool
  • clouds can obscure the view
  • can be difficult to get through by phone




Phones: 2538–8400


26 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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