Lands in love Hotel & Resort

, Alajuela, Costa Rica
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Lands in love Hotel & Resort

, Alajuela
4 star

Rooms: 33

Route 272 between San Ramon and La Fortuna , 32 km from San Ramon, 1 km to - Alajuela - 42-50 - Costa Rica Hotel Website | | +506-4751081/2/3
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10/10
I'm in love
Submitted by: Sam in 04/02/08
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Denmark
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
Fell for this hotel - the views, the food, the staff, the tours, the cosy rooms - incredible, spent there only 2 days and will definitley be back as soon as I'm in CR.
10/10
Beautiful Hotel
Submitted by: Steve in 24/07/06
  • Age Group: 18 - 25
  • From: United States
  • Traveller type: Young & Single
Great place, beautiful rooms, excellent service, very good food, breakfast included (you can order what you want). The hotel located in an amazing cloud forest, and has the best canopy in CR. It made my trip unforgettable.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Lands in love Hotel & Resort

A Gem in the Cloud Forest

from LarryfromNewYork
We stayed at Lands in Love for an entire week at the end of January into the beginning of February. The stay was perfect from beginning to end.

The hotel is located about midway between San Ramon and LaFortuna (Arenal Volcano). It is nestled at the end of a long entrance road in an exquitie spot within the San Lorenzo Cloud Forest. We chose this spot specifically for its isolation from the more commercialized hotel areas in LaFortuna.

The hotel grounds are beautiful containing lush, well kept tropical vegetation. There is a good variety of wildlife within the property including some beautifu birds. We saw Tucan, humming birds and a fair number of other neat species.

The hotels common amenites are very nice. There is a large reception and lounge area which extends to a nice outdoor patio with plenty of comfortable seating to hang out in. The reception area connects to the dining area which is very relaxed and comfortable. The reception area also contains a pool table and a foosball table and there is a business center for those who must check their e-mail.

There is also a very nice and large swimming pool and jacuzzi with spotlessly clean changing rooms.

Dining at Lands in Love is pretty special. The food is strictly vegetarian and is excellent. There was enough variety and ethnic diversity to keep the culinary experience exciting and interesting for the whole week. We particularly enjoyed the Isreali food, the lasagna and the tacos. The pastas were all excellent as well. The kitchen is run by Namah who will take a personal interest in your dining needs and will go out of her way to accommodate any special dietary need or food choice. One of my favorite parts of this vacation was listening to my wife (who is a life long vegetarian) and Namah discuss their cooking secrets.

Another excellent aspect of Lands in Love was the tour desk. Our tour arrangements were all made by Assaf and they went off without a hitch. We (a) did a cloud forest hike on site and visited the waterfalls and beautiful river; (b) did the on-site zip line and adventure cable which I must say was the best I have experienced in Costa Rica to date (very long runs); (c) went white water rafting; (d) visited the Canyo Negro nature reserve at the Nicaraguan border and (e) hiked through Arenal National Park. Of all of these I would say do not miss the zip line and adveture cables, the white water rafting and the trip to Canyo Negro.

The rooms at Lands in Love are very spacious and best described as mountain rustic. They are spotlessly clean. They have all the amenities including TV, coffee maker, mini bar, wireless internet, etc. The room we had contained a nice little porch area with chairs and a table and fronted on an open and beautiful expanse of the cloud forest. It was very relaxing and meditative. We had no insects in our room - only the occaisonal gecko - although ,if you are afraid of insects Costa Rica may be a bad choice for you .

As the hotel is tucked away in a secluded spot far from the commercialized areas of LaFortuna or SanRamon we do think it smart (although not absolutely necessary) to have a car with you. That will give you some freedom to explore off site and allow you to drive into LaFortuna (about 45 minutes paved all the way) when you want. That's also a good option for those of you who need your meat fix. There are good restaurants between the hotel and LaFortuna and in LaFortuna itself. There is also a very cool and different crafts shop on the way to LaFortuna called Coco Loco. Dont miss it as it has much more interesting crafts than the typical tourist fare.

Finally, I have to say that both the Israeli and Tico staff were very friendly and acommodating. They all went out of their way to get to know us and we them and I feel that we made a whole new set of friends during that week.

We will definitely return to visit our new friends on our future trips to Costa Rica.

Overpriced, far from surrounding attractions, and disappointing overall

from horselover_8
We were looking for a place to stay near La Fortuna and Arenal but decided to stay at Lands in Love (a bit far, about 50 km from La Fortuna) because of the wireless internet and the wonderful reviews the hotel got from other travelers, both with regard to the tranquil setting and the great vegetarian food. The grounds were nice and rooms clean, but for $94 a night we expected more. Most of the staff was friendly and helpful, but there were some glaring exceptions. When checking out, there was an erroneous minibar charge on our account. We brought this to the attention of the receptionist who, from then on, was very rude. We also asked for some help in booking a taxi to/from San Ramon. Intially when booking the hotel reservation, we were told over the phone by the concierge that we shouldn't be charged more than 10,000 colones (approximately 20 USD) for a cab from the San Ramon bus station. When we told him we were charged 14,000 for the trip from San Ramon, he said we were overcharged. Curiously, however, for the ride back to San Ramon, we were told it would cost $40! When we questioned the high price, they offered to lower it to $35. Finally, we were able to talk to the same person (the concierge) who initially said it should cost no more 10,000. He told us he would make us a special exception and arrange for a cab for 14,000, giving the excuse that it costs more to have someone drive out to Lands in Love for a pick up than to hail a cab off the street. Okay, I might buy that story IF we hadn't seen evidence to the contrary. No one was willing to give us the phone number for a cab so that we could arrange our own taxi, so we ended up paying the 14,000 to Lands in Love, who we then saw give the cab driver just 10,000 for the trip. Obviously, Lands in Love wanted their cut, and 14,000 colones is only too expensive to charge when they aren't the ones doing the overcharging. It wasn't so much the money, it was more the principle that annoyed us.

Another instance in which we felt we were being somewhat taken for a ride was when we asked to borrow some beach towels. We were told that we would be charged $5 if we got them dirty. What does that even mean?!

Besides all this, nothing was all that spectacular about the place. There were huge black ants in our bathroom, which I imagine just come with the territory, but why not then just stay someplace less pricey? The hiking trails weren't well marked and were littered with road apples (the same trails were used for horseback riding), and the famed casa de las orquideas had no orchids.

Bottom line, if money is no issue for you, you don't mind being taken advantage of, and you're not looking for anything that special, go ahead and stay here. I think you can find places with better amenities, prettier or at least equivalent surroundings, and friendlier and more honest service, than Lands in Love. The vegetarian food was good but not that good if you consider the price, and the place is so far removed from the outlying attractions that you really ought to have a car (or bring the numbers for a taxi service with you). The flora and fauna you can see at Lands in Love can be seen elsewhere and the aspects about the hotel that make it unique (e.g., the decor and restaurant) are far overshadowed by the exorbitant price and discourteous attitude of some of the staff.

If you do choose to stay here, I would recommend paying in CASH US dollars. The prices are all in USD, but they are converted to colones when charging credit cards and the exchange rate they use is ridiculous (obviously working in their favor).

great time for the entire family

from jkruvi
we stayed in Lands in Love for the entire xmas week. we were 2 families with 6 kids in total ranging from 9 to 19. it was a great place for both relaxing in a beautiful surrounding, lush green environment, connection with nature as well as numerous activities like rafting, horseback riding, canopy and zipline . The people that run the place are very unique, friendly and accommodating. While the cooking is all vegeterian our meals were great and tasty ...not an easy task to satifsy kids . While we had a great time just hanging out, we also got educated about gluten and decided to try this ourselves. From all the running around the only think we missed was being able to sit outside the room and gaze at the beautiful green rainforest.
Recommend that you rent a car so you will be free to experience the different attractions as well as the beautiful coast. While we drove at night we don't recommend it to the faint of hearts. We would recomend this vacation to anyone.

Fell in love with Lands in Love

from jujubeeCostaRica
All the staff at Lands in Love made us all feel so welcome and at home....

We had a truly wonderful time and felt that every need was met with grace and aplomb. We will certainly be recommending this place to all of our friends. If you are disabled, this place is very accessible -- just let them know you need one of the special rooms.

Amazing to us was the delightful discovery that vegetarian food can be fantastic! Naama, the chef, should write a recipe book and sell it at the resort. She is a culinary genius!

This resort is the best we've seen in Costa Rica -- beautiful, fun, friendly, clean as a whistle! We live here in CR and it was also nice to be able to speak nothing but English all week.

Most hospitable and magical hotel in CR

from babsthedog
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to CR. Travelling solo, I sometimes encountered hassles/extra costs that do not occur with couples/groups. At Lands in Love, I was treated as a welcome traveller, with personal touches from all of the staff. They are a remarkable group of people whose love of the land, and work ethic created an atmosphere that I will always remember.
While some of the hotels in CR are lovely, there is often a very "business" approach to tourists. There is also a very "uptown package "feel to some hotels. This is not so with Lands in Love. The setting of the hotel is magnificent, the personal touches of the room decorations/grounds are unique and artistic. While I am not a vegen, the dining was excellent, and I found the food to be the best in CR. I did not miss the meat, and wish that there was a restaurant in my hometown that created these distinctive flavorful meals. If I ever return to CR, I would make this hotel the "home base" and arrange all adventure destinations from there. Thanks for a great memory!

Heaven in Lands in love

from Shira64
We came for one night and stayed 4 nights.
Pleasant resort in the jungle, offering all the Cost Rica's typical activities
[Canopy. horses, rafting, junglewallk]
Very welcome atmosphere, warm staff
Rich food
Ideal stay with or without children

a dream come through....

from hadasTelAviv
Sometimes, you can read recommendation about an hotel- come there and get disappointed.
With lands in love -it is more then you read
The minuet you get there- through a beautiful road- all the staff there welcome you-and you feel at home..
This beautiful hotel is se rounded with great forests and nature
The restaurant is with excellent vegetarian food-that you do not miss eating meat anymore
The canupy there is more great then in Monte Verde as it has more stations above and in the forest /I think the longest is about 750 M....and yep... They have tarazan swing also
The rafting is amazing
The rooms are so special and you see they took care for every small item in the room and the hotel
More of that ?? i felt i could skip all other places i planed to visit and only keep on staying in this piece of paradise
If you go to Costa Rica??you must stop there - i am sure i will come again!!!
Hadas

Paradise,peace,a true harmony of nature and humans.

from briar4cat
Nestled in the mountains surrounded by clouds. Manicured landscape gives way to natural beauty of orchids and colorful flowers, hummingbirds feed outside our room, other varities sing in trees beyond. The best was the delicious food prepared to perfection, decadent chocolate cake melted in the mouth. Better than the best was the excellent staff that made us feel we were the only guest, heartfelt service with a smile. Our daily excursions well prepared, they waited up for us when we were late to make sure all went well...nothing wrong...everything right...we will return!!

s like a dream

from gerard8
What can I tell you my friends- lands in love is probably the best cloud forest hotel in costa rica!
First of all, the spectacular green views and the variety of animals. Secondly, the longest canopy in costa-rica, many attractions like canyoning,rapelling and cloud forest tours and finally the most important thing is the excellent food and the great staff who did his best to serve me and to satisfy me.
I reccommend you all to be in this great hotel!

adventure, this is it!

from veggie4
The staff is super friendly and the place is beautiful. Lior, the reservations manager is a delight! The rooms are very comfortable & it's nice that they have free internet. They arranged a taxi for me from the airport which takes an hour and 45 minutes. It was very nice having their regular driver, Salomon, meet me as he knows the place well.

Aesthetically, they pay attention to every detail of the decor in the public spaces with art and fresh flowers. To say the place is clean is an understatement!

250 acres of greenery with birds and cute toads and geckos around the rooms at night. I was there during an unusally hot time, so AC in the rooms would've been nice. They're pet-friendly but in the opposite way of US hotels, meaning, dogs are allowed in the 2 restaurants but not in the hotel rooms.

The large pool and horseback riding were the highlights for me, along with the delicious vegetarian food. They will accomodate special requests such as vegan options, but it's all made-to-order, so be prepared to wait a while for your food.

I highly recommend Lands in Love!

Top Local Tips for Alajuela

Finding your way through San Ramon On the drive from the San Jose airport, follow signs first to San Ramon, then toward La Fortuna. In San Ramon, take the road marked "Los Angeles" which is actually the road to La Fortuna. Lands In Love will then be easy to find. Be prepared for narrow, twisty but well paved roads -- an adventure in driving!

Loveat - comidanor on my way from San Jose after San Ramon before Arenal volcano i stopped at a beautiful looking restaurant called loveat comidamor.the food there was delicious, the view to the cloud-forest was breath taking. was so good that on my way back i took the route to the restaurant so i won't miss it.

Buy tickets to Baldi in La Fortuna Don't wait to buy tickets to Baldi at the entrance of the springs, as you will likely pay $10 more than if you had bought them in La Fortuna at one of the many places that sell them.

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  • Address: Route 272 between San Ramon and La Fortuna , 32 km from San Ramon, 1 km to - Alajuela - 42-50 - Costa Rica
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