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Best Climate In The World, Beautiful Views, 15 min. Walk to Town Square

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

2 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Private Mountainside Home Located Close To Everything!

Casa Colibri de Atenas is conveniently located 25 minutes from Juan Santamaria Int'l Airport (SJO), 35 minutes from San Jose, 45 minutes from beaches, 1.5hrs from Poas Volcano, 2 hrs from Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs, 2 hrs from Manuel Antonio, and 2.5 hrs from Monteverde Cloud Forest. We are centrally located to nearly all the best sights and activities in Costa Rica.

Our home is nestled on the Pica Flora ridge above Atenas. At our altitude of 2,800', we have very few insects. The undisrupted balance of nature allows natural predators (gekkos, iguanas, oppossums, etc) to dispatch most of the few pests that live at this altitude, including most mosquitoes.

*ZIKA Update*: https://www.iamat.org/country/costa-rica/risk/zika-virus

We have amazing weather year round. The rainy season is especially enjoyable with brilliant, blue sunrises and then the occasional afternoon tropical downpour. Conde Nast and National Geographic have dubbed our town as having the 'best climate in the world'.

Casa Colibri is equipped with all the amenities you'll need to make it your home away from home. WiFi, Cable TV, fully stocked kitchen with all your cooking needs. Bedroom 1 on the first floor has a king size bed, large closet space, en suite shower/toilet, and direct access to the outdoor jacuzzi. Bedroom 2 on the second floor has a queen size bed plus a single bed, large work desk, walk-in closet, luxurious en suite bathroom with double sinks, shower, and jacuzzi and a luxurious balcony overlooking the central valley and our large swimming pool.

Costa Rica has one of the lowest crime rates in Central America (equal to Boston, USA); and Atenas has one of the lowest crime rates in Costa Rica. Still, there is a security gate and friendly neighbors nearby for added security.

We have an excellent management team to provide you with tourist tips as well as handle any problems that might arise. The owners live year round 400 meters away from Casa Colibri.

More Details

Property Manager
Charles/Gloria
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Charles/Gloria

Owners are Americans who have lived in Japan and Paris for 30 years before settling on Costa Rica.

Charles/Gloria purchased this house in 2013

Why Charles/Gloria chose Alajuela Province

Close to SJO airport (much appreciated after a late night arrival) yet still isolated in a safe, friendly town. Easy 5 min. drive over good roads to Supermarkets and town square. Low, low humidity. Well-built house, especially plumbing (no need for unpleasant 'waste' baskets in bathrooms...). Paved road so no dust storms to interfere with your harmony.

What makes this house unique

Automatic coded security gate, frontage is paved (no dust), true lap-pool, good plumbing, fully solar hot water and electricity (with electric company on standby for cloudy days) owners live in neighborhood year round.

Amenities

Atenas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Half Bathroom (1st Floor) - toilet
    Full bathroom ensuite 2fl bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Full bathroom ensuite 1st fl bedroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Poolside Shower - outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • 1st Fl Bedroom w/ ensuite bathroom - 1 king , King can convert to 2 Twins, private entry from outside
    2nd Fl. bedroom w/ ensuite bathroom - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , huge balcony
  • Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with shower and jacuzzi.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Private cook, Massage are by prior arrangement and at an additional fee.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Best Climate In The World, Beautiful Views, 15 min. Walk to Town Square
average rating of 4.902439 based on 41 reviews
5

Absolutely amazing.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house and surroundings. Well located . Great host.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A gorgeous, relaxing getaway in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this beautiful home. It was everything that was promised and more! It was myself and my husband (we stayed in the upstairs master bedroom with the balcony overlooking the pool and the mountains). And our 13 year old daughter, who stayed downstairs in the other bedroom. We all loved it.

We did a lot of relaxing. We read, we watched movies (netflix came in great on my husband's computer) I swam laps in the refreshing pool every morning, we got to know the neighborhood iquanas, and enjoyed the sun setting each night. We went on little day trips to Sarchi (art colony), to Grecia waterfalls, to the Atenas farmers market on Friday, to the Toledo Coffee Plantation. We spent six wonderful days there. We could have spent more. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. Atenas is surprisingly centrally located so I'm glad you got out to explore the nearby areas. But Atenas is also a great place to do just what you did: relax and enjoy the fabulous weather and the friendly wildlife. Hope to see you again. -Charlie & Gloria
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We had a great trip, but a couple points were disappointing, particularly since we have young kids

  • 3 of 5

We spent 7 nights here as a part of our Costa Rica trip in early December. We greatly enjoyed our trip overall, and Atenas was in fact a very good launch point to explore from. The house was nice, in a beautiful location, and Charlie was very responsive to questions. That said, a couple points left us disappointed as a family of 4 with kiddos aged 9 and 7:

1) The second bedroom is isolated from the rest of the house. That is, while the bedroom is part of the main house structure, but entry is only available from the outside. The doors to it are keyed where the only way to open the door is to insert and turn a key to unlock and open. Exiting the house to go to the second bedroom is accomplished by turning a key to unlock a sliding door, going outside, then using a key to unlock the bedroom door. That meant that if our kids needed us in the night we would have had to (a) leave doors to the main part of the house and/or their bedroom unlocked, (b) lock the kids in at night and expect them to bang or scream so we could come if necessary or (c) give them keys and expect them to unlock doors in the night to make their way in. For most of our stay the gate to the main road next to the house was not working and remained fully open day and night. We decided to put one kid on the second bed in the master and the other kid on the downstairs couch. For many travelers this is likely not an issue at all, but for a family with younger kids it would have been nice to know.

2) We had hot water issues throughout our trip. We took 1/3 hot showers, 1/3 lukewarm to cool showers and 1/3 cold showers with no heat at all. It is a solar system with a propane backup however obviously something wasn't working right. We tried to make use of the outdoor jacuzzi once with a cool result and took a hot bath one night. Those choices ensured there was no hot water in the house the following 12+ hours. We reported the issue but were not sure how unusual this is during the rainy season. A first world problem to be sure, but a bummer to not enjoy the Jacuzzi and bath tub, as well as start our days with cold showers.

We enjoyed the trip overall. The house was nice and our kids loved using the pool. The layout of the house was also conducive to fun family game nights in the dining/living room. I'm sure our hot water and ant issues were temporary and a result of unfortunate timing on our part. If the layout works for a given family/travelers then we could recommend it.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. To answer your question about how common it is for the sun not to shine enough to supply sufficient hot water during the rainy season, it's rare. Even in the worst month of the rainy season, Atenas gets blue sky sunrises, a 2-3 hour afternoon downpour and then a beautiful sunset. In the week before your stay, Costa Rica experienced its first hurricane in 163 years! That resulted in very unusual 24/7 cloudy skies. As far as the separate entrance for the downstairs bedroom, that provides a welcome measure of additional privacy. But that works best for our typical guests: other couples or adolescent children. Glad you enjoyed the area and the people of Atenas. -Charlie & Gloria
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5

Very nice, clean, roomy

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed this place very much. Would go back.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable and charming home with all the amenities. Being located in Atenas is a real benefit not only from the standpoint that the town is charming and offers a good number of restaurants and sightseeing opportunities, but is conveniently located to other attractions within Costa Rica (Poas and Arenal volcanos, La Paz Waterfall Gardens, central and southern Pacific coast towns, etc.).

Charlie and Gloria were perfect hosts and attentive to our needs during our stay. Highly recommend this location and this property.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

The house and location were as beautiful as the website photographs! The owner was extremely friendly and helpful. He gave us wonderful suggestions for dining and activities within a reasonable driving distance. We will definitely recommend this home to friends and will certainly stay here again should we return to Costa Rica.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
Nearest Barpub
1.25 Miles
Don Tadeo
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
Hwy 3
Nearest Restaurant
1.1 Miles
Kay's Gringo Postrest
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Dona Ana
Car: not necessary

Atenas is a quaint town with low humidity and cool temperatures. Its central location makes it ideal for beach/deep sea fishing activities (45 mins away) or Cloud Forest activities (zip-lining, horseback riding (45 mins away) or volcano exploring (2 hours away). Sizzle at the beach all day and then spend a cool night in Atenas!

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Rates & Availability

Atenas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
High Season
Dec 16 2016 - Apr 14 2017
4 night minimum stay
$150
$1,036
 
 
Green Season
Apr 15 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$125
$847
$3,595
 
 
Rainy Season
Sep 16 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
$97
$658
$2,795
 
 
Thanksgiving
Nov 18 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$125
$847
$3,595
 
 
High Season '17
Dec 16 2017 - Apr 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
$150
$1,036
$3,990
 
 
Green Season '15
Apr 21 2018 - Sep 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
$125
$847
$3,300
 
 
Rainy Season '15
Sep 15 2018 - Nov 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
$97
$658
$2,795
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$150
From
$200
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,036
 

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