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Buena Vista Lodge and Adventure

Liberia, CC, Costa Rica (LIR)

Room rates from:
Per Adult Nightly
Hotel + Flight from
Starting from:
$1,109 $1,089
Per Guest for 5 Nights
Based on 392 reviews
The property is between 400 and 1200 meters above sea level, bordering the Rincon de la Vieja National Park.
Room & Rates
Hacienda Room

Hacienda Room

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Per Adult Nightly
Well-appointed rooms organized into pavillions; two or one full size beds or three individual beds. The hacienda style rooms are close to the reception area and the pool. The country style decor allow guests to experience a true Guanacaste style hacienda stay complete with horse motifs, hammocks and lovely garden areas.
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Lake View Room

Lake View Room

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Per Adult Nightly
Comfortable rooms with 2 full size beds, located in front of a serene lake with stunning view of the Pacific Ocean [Papagayo Gulf and the lush Guanacaste praires. Each room is equipped with everything you may need, including a safety deposit box.

Included on the rate:
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Daily Sunset Cocktail at El Mirador Restaurant
  • FREE access to Hot Springs [transportation not included]
  • FREE Access to the waterfalls La Playa and Salitral
  • FREE access to 5 trails [self guided hikes]
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Buena Vista Lodge and Adventure
Canas Dulces, Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica Liberia


Buena Vista Lodge is located on the outskirts of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in the Guanacaste Province, 31 kms, 20 miles from Liberia and about one hour from the International airport in Liberia [LIR]. You can arrive at Buena Vista Lodge in whichever kind of vehicle, from a sedan to a motor-coach!

Why Stay Here

The property is between 400 and 1200 meters above sea level, bordering the Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Offering to visitors extensive areas of private reserve forest that borders the forest of the national park. From the lodge you can enjoy the magnificent views of the Guanacaste plains, the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano and the Papagayo Gulf with its impressive sunsets.

Resort Details

When looking for a beautiful mountain hotel in the Guanacaste region, Buena Vista Lodge is the best option. Buena Vista Lodge, with its stunning views, comfortable rooms and excellent service is a superb place to relax and enjoy the wide range of activities that they have to offer. The climate varies from month to month. Located only 40 kms, 25 miles from the coast and you can already appreciate the diverse microclimates.

Your visit to Buena Vista Lodge will be a magnificent experience that you will never forget. Since 1991 Buena Vista Lodge has offered its great service and hospitality in the traditional Guanacaste style of a rustic hacienda ambiance. Situated in a mountainous zone in which we are able to protect and maintain the native wildlife.

Its whole reserve is 2000 acres, of which 1400 acres are destined for reforestation and the remaining 600 acres are used as cow pastures which supply the hotel with 50% of the meat, milk, fruits and vegetables.

  • Laundry service
  • Wake up calls
  • Security guards
  • Spa Services
  • Massages
  • Free Internet
  • Paramedic service
  • For the enjoying of national and international liquors, cocktails and natural drinks, they offer three friendly bars with surprising views where you can enjoy national and international liquors.
  • Conference Center for meetings or any other kind of event
  • Photograph Service for Adventure Tours and Special Events
  • Wedding planners
  • Fax and telephone service

Accommodation Details

80 comfortable rooms, constructed in wood and stone, each one with a private bath and hot shower.
Each room has a private bathroom, hot water and a fan. The hotel is situated 700 meters above sea level which means the climate is fresh almost all year round, making the use of air conditioning unnecessary. There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms. Rooms that boast a wooden structure are better suited to add extra beds, due to the additional space they offer.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

Where ingredients go straight from the farm to your dish for those who crave just-plucked-off-the-vine tomatoes or leafy greens growing in the organic garden of the lodge. Most of the  restaurant ingredients are grown in the property flush with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. The  chefs are committed to a locavore philosophy in order to serve true farm-to-table cuisine to the  visitors.
The restaurants have been awarded with 4 levels for sustainable Costa Rican cuisine by the Costa Rican Tourism Board [ICT] for the well practice of this philosophy among other aspects. Guests are encouraged to take the Eco Farm Organic Tour to learn more.

Jaguar Restaurant
Guests will feel like they are feasting in a forest. This restaurant surrounds diners with nature`s bounty to provide a unique ambiance. El Horcn is located near the reception area and has seating for 90 people. The menu here boasts the best of Costa Rican fare and international flavors spread out on a buffet where guests can eat to their heart`s content. A snack menu is also available.
Schedule: Breakfast 6:30 a.m. 9:00 am Lunch 11:00 pm - 2:00 pm Dinner 6:30 pm 8:00 pm.

La Montana Restaurant
The Guanacaste vibe here is palpable. Traditional costal culture can be seen throughout the restaurant from old kitchen utensils to the clothing used by the waiters. This is a place where guest can savor local creole cuisine and get a feel for the flavor of the region. Located near the mountain primary forest and 100 meters from our water slide, this restaurant offers 2 main dining rooms.
Schedule: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Coati Bar and Restaurant
Located close to the reception area. It offers a casual ambiance in a traditional ranch setting. This is the only dining facility with a television. Guests can enjoy the indigenous decor, board games, an extensive beverage menu and snack options.
Schedule: Breakfast 6:30 a.m. to9:00 a.m. Lunch 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bar: 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

El Mirador Bar and Restaurant
Restaurant service is only available for special or private events. This is the perfect spot to watch the sunset because its position 500 meters away from the reception area leads you to a breathtaking lookout point. Guests can admire the Papagayo gulf, Santa Elena bay and the Guanacaste prairie. Grab a beer or refreshing fruit drink and watch the birds find their final roost for the evening. This tropical themed restaurant is great for special lunches or dinners for incentive groups, corporate events, weddings or retreats.
Schedule: 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Snack area: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ficus Bar
The space is surround for a robust strangler fig tree which creates a natural umbrella for the swimming pools.
Schedule: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The Snack
This restaurant offers seating for 24 people at natural stone and wood tables were they can sample an array of coffee based beverages, smoothies, refreshing fruit drinks and a snack menu. Schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Web Bar
This bar offer a variety of cocktails made from exotic fruits from the area and the best labels of national and international liquors. Schedule: 07:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Entertainment & Activities

There are various options, so you will be able to get to know and appreciate the tropical humid forest`s nature and wildlife. You can hike through the trails, ride horses, explore the waterfalls, relax in the hot spring spa, travel above the canopy on zip lines as well as in hanging bridges; or slide through the forest in its 425 meters water slide.

  • Business Center
  • Coffee Shop
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Concierge Desk
  • Conference Rooms
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Parking
  • Full Breakfast
  • Guest Activity Desk (+)
  • Handicap Services
  • Horseback Riding (+)
  • Indoor Pool
  • Kids Stay Free (Based on Age)
  • Lake View
  • Laundry Services/Laundry Facility (+)
  • Lounge/Bar (+)
  • Massage Therapist (+)
  • Mountain View
  • Restaurant (+)
  • Sauna (+)
  • Shopping (+)
  • Spa Services (+)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Theme Pool
  • Wake-Up Service
  • Wedding Services (+)
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wireless Internet Access
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 392 reviews
from Baltimore, Maryland
Submitted on 11-07-2017
We spend one night here while exploring Costa Rica and found it to be a great value. The nightly room rate included admission to the onsite hanging bridges as well as the hot springs (located about a 15min drive). The hotel didn't have AC which I could foresee as a problem for longer stays and in a hotter time of the year. The food was great and highly recommend watching the sunset at the sunset bar. The one downside would be that there was a sign on the toilet that stated do not put toilet ... Read more
from Quepos, Costa Rica
Submitted on 10-30-2017
After a bit of a challange at check in , about 4 pm we were told that the pools closed at 6 pm . No tv in the rooms and very poor internet. So what are you going to do there. Aparently after dark , not much The breakfast was hard to swallow . Everything dried out and over cooked . Sorry just was not what I expected . Bring a good book and a flashlight .
from Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Submitted on 10-03-2017
We hired a private driver from the LAR Transporte for our visit to this resort. We did the zip lines for the very first time.We did not know what to expect, especially for my husband because he is afraid of heights.But the tour guides were so wonderful to us. They gave us proper safety instructions and reassured us that everything will be ok.At the end we really loved the zip lining experience and the height did not bother my husband, although he said he did not looked down at all.From there we... Read more
from Niagara Falls, Canada
Submitted on 09-27-2017
We travelled with a tour company from our resort in Papagayo. With our 3 couples we were a 'private' tour. We fully enjoyed the zip lining (oldest in our group in 61, then 59 and 57), we all did all 9! Totally awesome and VERY safe! September is rainy season, so we were unable to do the horseback riding to the mud baths and hot springs (too slippery for the horses). Instead we took the wagon ride (which was fun, too!). The steam room and mud baths were exhilarating, and then the hot springs! Th... Read more
Submitted on 09-23-2017
The food in the Jaguar restaurant is decent, but too expensive for what it is... The chicken dishes we had were fine. My steak was way overcooked and there was a long hair in the lamb chops dish. When confronting both of the waiters and the receptionist, none of them apologied or offered a way to compensate. Overall ok'ish, but the staff can't handle negative comments. The staff is also pushing too hard to sell drinks instead of pleasing the customer.
from Reno, Nevada
Submitted on 09-08-2017
We came through a tour company. I wish we could have stayed all day. There was so much to do. The zip lines were well maintained, felt secure and the staff was wonderful. They knew many of the tree species and pointed out some wildlife along the way. Randpm pictures are taken of you while gliding from post to post. If you want to glide upside down, they'll show you how to safely. We rode the horses up to the hot springs. The horses know the path so I sat back and enjoyed the lush greenery. ... Read more
from Auburndale, Florida
Submitted on 09-06-2017
We bought this package though an agency in tamarindo. If you buy directly with them it will be much cheaper. It's a full day of adventure, it includes horse back riding, a trail walk to the falls, a mud bath with sauna,hot springs zip lining and lunch. Our guy Andy was very patient with our group of seven. Never felt rush with him until we had to do the zip lining with another staff member. It's an amazing place definitely recommend. They have other places around that offer same packages. Just h... Read more
from Malmo, Sweden
Submitted on 01-20-2017
Buena Vista Lodge is off the beaten track situated around 10 km from the coast. We had a very rustic cottage with a fan - no ac. Clean, basic standard. They have a good adventure program. We did the ziplining and rode horses to the hotsprings( 4 km). We also walked the skywalk and watched the sunset from the Sunset bar - very nice! The buffet is very basic but ok. The a la carte in the Jungle restaurant is something we can recommend - both the tuna and the salmon pasta was better than average. ... Read more
Submitted on 01-20-2017
We stayed there for three days two nights, they have very nice environment in the countryside on the slope of volcano, have a great views of sunset. Our room was nice and big with two queen beds, but the bathroom a little too small and the waste bin without a cover made the smell to came out, I had to use something to cover up. Some parts of the grounds were well maintained, other parts were in bad shape. Many of the hotel guests were from local and US. The whole day activities was fun and exci... Read more
from Blaine, Minnesota
Submitted on 01-16-2017
If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would. There were many good features of this hotel/lodge, and some less than great. I stayed at three different hotels on my trip to CR, and this was my first stop; as such, I didn't have anything to compare it to while I was there. I arrived very late (around 11pm after my flight had been delayed), and was a bit nervous arriving at a *very dark* resort. But an after-hours maintenance man had my key and check-in folder and showed my taxi driver what building to dr... Read more