Hacienda Tayutic - Cartago 1

Three-Night Stay in Any Room at Hacienda Tayutic in Costa Rica

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Colonial-Style Hacienda Overlooking Lush Tropical Valley

Costa Rican coffee is justifiably famous, but when it comes to morning rituals, many Costa Ricans reach instead for a cup of agua dulce. Literally translated as “sweet water,” it’s made by scraping raw sugar into boiling water or milk, where it dissolves into a sweetened pick-me-up. At Hacienda Tayutic, a rustic colonial-style inn overlooking Costa Rica’s central valley, you can begin your day like a local, with a fresh cup of agua dulce. You can even witness firsthand the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of organic sugar—as well as coffee and macadamia nuts—via guided plantation tours.

The hotel's guest house is actually the childhood home of innkeeper Felipe Ortuño and has the lived-in charm of a family residence. Its five guest rooms are all subtly different, but each is decorated with antique furniture and natural wood. From its position atop a high hill, Hacienda Tayutic looks out on the valley below, which is especially fertile thanks to residual ash from once-active volcanoes. You can stroll through luxuriant tropical forests, tour an orchid greenhouse, or search for a pygmy minotaur in a small stone labyrinth.

The farm-to-table ethic is an integral part of the experience here, with included meals highlighted by the estate's produce and herbs. Costa Rican favorites are prepared with an upscale twist and served family-style under the open-air dining room's grass-thatched roof.

Turrialba, Costa Rica: Lush Jungles and Unparalleled Biodiversity

Costa Rica contains 6% of our planet's plant and animal species—an impressive statistic when you consider that it comprises just 0.03% of the earth’s surface. This biodiversity is on full display a few miles from Hacienda Tayutic at the CATIE Botanical Garden, a plant sanctuary with more than 4,400 floral specimens. You can also take in the natural splendor on early morning bird-watching hikes and forest tours led by hotel staff.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Three-night stay for two adults in any room with all meals included; one kid 5 or younger stays free

  • $529, valid through December 14, 2012
  • $599, valid January 6, 2013–April 15, 2013
  • $529, valid April 16, 2013–October 31, 2013

Book by: 6/16/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Gourmet Costa Rican restaurant
  • Onsite spa
  • Orchid greenhouse and flower gardens
  • Swimming pool
  • Laundry service
  • Nature tours

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 6/16/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/14/12, 4/15/13, or 10/31/13 depending on option purchased
  • Not valid 12/15/12-1/5/13
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • Cancellations 30 days or more in advance subject to no penalty; 29-15 days in advance subject to fee of 1/2 the Groupon price; 14 days or less subject to fee up to Groupon price
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 13% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Consult the hotel’s index page for more details on specific rooms.

In All Included Rooms

  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 3
  • Adding occupants above standard: $80 per night for one occupant 6 or older; no charge for one occupant 5 or younger
  • Telephone and complimentary WiFi

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: 3 p.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Three-night stay for two adults in any room with all meals included; one kid 5 or younger stays free

  • $529, valid through December 14, 2012 (up to a $1,065 value)
  • $599, valid January 6, 2013–April 15, 2013 (up to a $1,155 value)
  • $529, valid April 16, 2013–October 31, 2013 (up to a $1,065 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: 60 miles (96 km) from Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)
  • By car: about 47 miles (76 km) east of San Jose
  • By shuttle: $125 each way for up to eight people from SJO

Traveler's Tips

  • Costa Rica’s rainy season is winter (May–November). Although it rains most days, there is still plenty of sunshine and fewer crowds than during the dry summer season (December–April).
  • Insect repellent is useful during any season in Costa Rica.

Customer Reviews

(5 ratings)

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Chad A. ·
September 10, 2012
Beautiful view, exceptional staff.


Jessica S. ·
June 17, 2012
Fantastic food and service!!


Shari K. ·
1 review  
June 6, 2012
service and food was excellent. we had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back.
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