A first-rate hotel, working horse and cattle ranch, and huge adventure center: What’s not to like? If you’re coming here anyway for one or more of the many activities, save yourself the drive back and spend the night in a well-appointed room on immaculate grounds for a surprising price. With some 60 to 80 horses available at any time, overseen by 20 sabanero cowboys, horseback riding here is almost a must. (“Don’t worry,” says the head cowboy, “the horses all speak English!”) The whitewater tubing is superb, as are the ziplining, the canyoning, and the mud bath at the hot springs. Rooms are laid out in a large horseshoe around an ample garden area a short walk from the main lodge and restaurants. Rooms are spacious, airy, and pretty, with heavy wood and iron-framed beds and lots of natural light. The hotel operates a free shuttle several times a day to the national park, as well as to its own riverside hot springs (free for guests) in the middle of a pristine forest.
- Frommer's Staff