Chayote Lodge is one of our favourite properties in Costa Rica. It is a well-run boutique-style hotel, newly built, set in the small mountain village of Llano Bonito, a 50 minute drive from Costa Rica's main international airport outside San Jose.
Chayote Lodge offers its guests the opportunity to experience the local culture and nature of this lovely region of Costa Rica. Local coffee, agriculture and rural life are artfully reflected in the lodge buildings and furnishings. 'Chayote' means squash, which grows in abundance in the area. Guest bungalows have been built to resemble coffee receiving stations or 'recibidores'.
The lodge's accommodation is very comfortable and stylish. Each of the 12 spacious 'recibidor' suites have private balconies with stunning views over the Central Valley and with artwork and furniture designed by local artisans. They are equipped with king-sized beds and private bathrooms. There is a sofa in each suite.
The lodge's restaurant and bar is called 'Quelites'. It serves fresh, locally-grown, seasonal produce, including palmito cheese (a Costa Rican favourite), the local varieties of 'chayote' squash in season, and local coffee.
A good range of tours is offered from the lodge with its own naturalist local guide, including visiting a coffee plantation, cooking with locals, visiting the nearby towns of Zarcero and Naranjo or further afield to Poas and Irazu volcanoes, plus waterfall hikes and zip-lining. There is good birdwatching around the lodge; guided birding here or further afield can be arranged.