Fodor's Expert Review Dantica Lodge and Gallery

Road to San Gerardo de Dota, 4 km (2 miles) west of Pan-American Hwy., San Gerardo, Cartago, Costa Rica

High style at high altitude, this avant-garde lodge clinging to the side of a mountain has unbeatable valley views, great bird-watching, luxury accommodations, a sophisticated restaurant, and the top ecological sustainability rating. Customized tours take full advantage of the surrounding hiking, birding, and coffee-tour options. Spacious white-stucco bungalows with two bedrooms and two bathrooms are perfect for families and a small but imaginative playground beckons to small children. Hidden away in a forest clearing, the casitas provide the ultimate in seclusion and close-to-nature experiences. Consider the honeymoon hideaway, a suite with a sunken whirlpool tub big enough for two, a private garden, and a forest trail. All accommodations have living rooms with huge picture windows, private terraces, and ethanol-fueled fireplaces, as well as fluffy duvets for cold nights. Mixing modern European style with Latin American antiques, the Dutch–Colombian owners have an unerring eye for style, reflected in their stunning, glassed-in gallery of artesanía (arts and crafts) and jewelry, the most sophisticated shop in the area. Even if you don't stay here, enjoy a hearty breakfast, light lunch, or excellent dinner served on exquisite china in the glass-walled, elegant restaurant with a heart-stopping view. An organic herb garden spices up the sophisticated menu. Be sure to make reservations for dinner.

PROS

  • stylish casitas
  • gorgeous natural setting with miles of trails
  • excellent restaurant

CONS

  • steep access along narrow trails to forest casitas
  • some casitas close to road

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Green, Romantic, Views, Family
Sophisticated
Design
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2740–1067

HOTEL DETAILS

7 casitas, 1 deluxe suite, 1 master suite, 2 2-bedroom bungalows
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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