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A review from The Tico Times, Costa Rica's leading English language newspaper

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - By Mitzi Stark
Rainforest Dreams Bed & Breakfast offers quiet and comfort to visitors to the capital.

Rainforest Dreams: offers quiet comfort and a fine breakfast spread at her bed-and-breakfast in Escazú.  -
-Photos by Mitzi Stark | Tico Times


Whether you are in the Central Valley for vacation or business or are visiting from the beach areas on errands, your days are full of activity and bustle. As dusk comes on, you want a quiet, comfy place to rest, breathe fresh air among tropical plants and get a good night’s sleep, followed by a choice breakfast to get you going for the next day’s action.
Rainforest Dreams Bed & Breakfast, in a quiet residential neighborhood in the western San José suburb of Escazú, will keep you comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. Carol , the owner who hails from the U.S. state of Illinois, has added a lot of touches to ensure a restful stay.
Just inside the front door is a lounge with easy chairs and sofas for kicking off shoes, or for group chats or waiting for taxis. The attractive corner dining area with windows opening onto the patio adds to a pleasant breakfast experience with choices to your liking.
“Breakfast is when you get up,” Carol says. “We’re small. We can accommodate different hours. If someone has an early plane, we’ll have breakfast ready for them. We try to accommodate tastes and preferences and diet requirements.”
The morning meal may include eggs from free-range chickens, cereal, toast and fruit, topped off with organic, sustainably grown coffee.
“We are environmentally conscious here,” Carol says. “Food and cleaning products are environment-friendly.”
After breakfast, the dining area is yours for reading, writing or snacking. Stocked bookshelves, a computer corner and Wi-Fi add to a convenient stay. For evening meals, the kitchen is free for cooking or heating up food. There are supermarkets and restaurants nearby, and Carol keeps a list of places that deliver.
As for accommodations, the upstairs bedrooms have breezy natural vetilation, plus fans, ample storage space and cable TV... The patio features an abundance of plants to bring the rain forest to you, and a table, benches and outdoor kitchen make it a pleasant spot for eating or meeting ...
The artwork and decor here encourage rain-forest dreams. Regular guest Paul Schmidt’s superb paintings of different areas of Costa Rica, with plants and animals superimposed on maps of the regions, showcase the country’s beauty throughout the house, as do Carol’s photos of national parks. Each inviting room has its own theme based on Costa Rica’s national parks.
Rainforest Dreams is a dream come true for Carol, an occasional Tico Times contributor who came to Costa Rica because of her interest in the environment and peace.
“I became aware of Costa Rica in the 1970s,” she says. “When I came here, I fell in love with the people and the natural beauty. To me it seems like a place where you can live in peace.”
And that is precisely what she offers at Rainforest Dreams.
Going There
Rainforest Dreams Bed & Breakfast is in Urbanización Los Anonos in San Rafael de Escazú. From Saretto supermarket, head east (toward Los Anonos Bridge) and take your first left. Go through the guarded gate and take your first right, then go 300 meters until the street ends in a rotonda. Rainforest Dreams is house No. 96.

For information and reservations, visit, or call 2289-6087 in Costa Rica or 1-888-215-8710 from the U.S.


Virginia said:
Very comfortable stay!

The hostess is kind and caring... Wonderful breakfast included in the price of the room with lots of fruit, breads, gallo pinto (rice and beans) and eggs to order.                        

Eliza said:
Artistic, welcoming ambience and comfortable!

The staff is accommodating and knowledgeable! A convenient location, yet picturesque in culturally unique Escazú. The bed was very comfortable.

Breakfast—I enjoyed the delicious coffee from local, shade tree, Fair Trade organic growers ready for early risers! Breakfast with a variety of fruits included eggs  “made to order.”

Fantastic library! — and spacious, commodious living room!            

Daniella Said:
You’re in great hands!

Paul and Carol at Rainforest Dreams really look after their guests. The B&B is centrally located, there’s a family atmosphere at breakfast and it’s easy to meet other travelers. ...

I cannot recommend Rainforest Dreams highly enough.

Snowbuntings  said:
Great start, great finish

From our inquiring email right through to our departure, we were treated wonderfully.

....Our hosts, Paul and Carol, were friendly and charming, happy to answer our many questions.
 ... Our rooms were pretty, clean and comfortable. Breakfasts were great. We had use of the kitchen once breakfast was over, and we (six of us) made ourselves very much at home. This is a great place to stay.

Rich & John & Stan said:
Rainforest Dreams is a comfortable and welcoming home near San Jose

We are birders and enjoyed the humming birds, tanagers, parakeets, and many other birds that visit the many tropical plants that Carol grows on the patio. There was also a great variety of birds in the canyon visible by peering over the wall of the terrace. We

reached by public buses.


Linda from Drake Bay
It was very quiet and comfortable

We were in San Jose to pick up our new dog. They allowed him in our room with his kennel... We had to get up very early for an early travel departure, and Carol got up early to fix us coffee and fruit prior to our exit. We thank them for this and will stay there again. It was very quiet and comfortable...