Hello internet! Sorry for my absence the last 2 weeks–2017 just keeps getting a little more interesting for us here in the states… Everything lately starts to feel a little pointless, so I just needed to remind myself why I started this blog: to encourage others to get out and see different things, meet different people, and thoroughly bask and enjoy all the differences in the world around us. So, onwards and upwards!
I’m here today to tell you about a little place I found to rest my head while traveling in Costa Rica. It is not overrun with American tourists, the atmosphere is relaxed and serene, and you get to wake up in the mountains overlooking the Central Valley each morning…it is not your typical Costa Rican all inclusive resort–I personally think it’s better.
Hotel Posada Canal Grande is nestled in the hills west of San Jose near the cloud forest of Costa Rica’s Central Highlands. This little hacienda offers sweeping vistas of the Costa Rican mountains, a perfect place to retreat into peace and quiet after an adventurous day.
The check-in process was surprisingly smooth. Between our limited spanish and their english, we didn’t have any trouble. Even though we were only a half hour from the Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose, I felt worlds away from from the massive crowds of tourists. I always enjoy getting out of major cities every once in awhile to stay somewhere that’s run locally and a bit off the beaten path. This hotel offers just that.
Our room was on the second floor overlooking the pool and hillside, so we enjoyed some amazing sunsets on the patio during our stay here. The room decor was very “rustic meets modern”. The simple white walls and sheets contrasted elegantly with the polished, exposed wood–the shower made you feel like you were outdoors! The room included the basic amenities: attached bathroom, free WIFI, phone, TV, and a safe–nothing fancy.
View from the patio outside our room. ^
Enjoying a sundowner in Costa Rica! ^
Some gorgeous sunset viewing going on! ^
In the mornings you can enjoy a lovely breakfast by the pool taking in the rolling hills and lush green landscape. We definitely indulged in tea, coffee, fresh fruit, and eggs every morning to start our days. Even though I was eating in the hotel (something I try not to do when traveling), I felt like I was getting a bit of the culture too. Far away from a fancy all inclusive resort, I found myself once again dusting off my terrible Spanish to hunt down some mas leche for my coffee.
We had rented a car to explore the cloud forest region so most of our stay was spent outside the hotel, but it was the perfect place to start and end our days. Due to some unforeseen illnesses, I did get to indulge and spend one day lazily lounging in the sun by the pool like a basking lizard with only a book to keep me company. It was my own little oasis!
If you’re looking for peaceful retreat at an affordable price point (under $100 a night!), that is unstuffy yet offers jaw-dropping views of the Costa Rican mountains, then look no further. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. Similar to the Water Lily Lodge, bookings here are best done via email or phone!
I miss my little mountain paradise!
How about you? Have you ever been to Costa Rica? Where did you stay?
Hotel Posada Canal Grande