Luxury Living for Peanuts! GARDEN

House - Private room · Escazu, Costa Rica

The Space

NOTE: To see all the 8 listings, click on the host PROFILE and view the other listings on the left by scrolling down.

This is the calendar for the GARDEN room which is separate from the rest of the house with a private bathroom and a step away from the garden. This room is appropriate for only one person measuring at 8 X 8 Ft with a twin or double bed and a desk, lights etc.

See also the calendars and descriptions for the POAS, ARENAL, BOYERO, GRAND, DELIGHT, MTN VIEW rooms and ask me about the availability of the COURTYARD room.

Rates start at $25.-$75./night with weekly and monthly rates available.

The Residence and Neighborhood:

Bed and Breakfast for short term guests or longer term with kitchen privileges. This beautiful home is in an upscale, safe neighborhood of Trejos Montealegre, Escazu (about 8 km, 15 minute bus ride from downtown San Jose) has 8 rooms to meet different budgets and needs regarding time. Stay for 2 days, or 2 months, perhaps longer.

There are restaurants in the immediate neighborhood, movies, shopping center, medical/dental offices, hospital, Spanish lessons, grocery stores all within a short taxi ride or not much longer if you are a walker.

The GARDEN Room is small, but cute, with a private bath, our most economical, all the amenities on a cozy scale. Door opens into the garden. There is Internet in the room and at a covered table just outside for gathering or working with Internet. Guests have been offered larger rooms but have chosen this one!

The DELIGHT room is a comfortable 13 ft X 13 ft room with a private bath and a QUEEN BED. Sleeps two comfortably.

The MTN VIEW room is an even larger room than the DELIGHT with a shared bath and a QUEEN BED and TWIN BED. It is a "favorite" of many guests because it has a view of the lovely Escazu hills and is sunny and pleasant all year 'round. The one other person who shares the bathroom is usually out and on her way by 6:30 AM, 7:30 in week-ends so it is almost like having your own bathroom.

The GRAND room is a huge room with jacuzzi and is one of our two largest rooms.
It has a QUEEN BED and a SOFA or TWIN BED. Sleeps 3 comfortably with space to put more mattresses on the floor for friendly folks.

Guests are welcome for medical/dental tourism, internships, transition times, relocation exploration, international telecommuting or ???

International telecommuters wanted! Be in Costa Rica while on the job, then go off to explore after work!
House enabled with Internet infrastructure to meet the stringent business/work needs. Multiple Broadband high speed Modems and Routers enabling Wi-fi and wired connections in the rooms and throughout the houses. We do our best to keep you connected 24/7 and we are (usually) successful!

All rooms nicely furnished with new high end mattresses. Movies galore! Books galore! Sunny garden. Wi-fi for free throughout the home, laundry service, maid service available. Near Multiplaza, hospitals, ...most everything you need!
Taxi service from the airport can be arranged in advance ($30).
Tours available.

Great connections/referrals for your medical and dental needs at a fraction of the cost of the U.S. or Canada but with equal, perhaps superior quality. Ask us for details.

4 adorable cats are outside only.

Separate listings with calendars have been created for the other rooms mentioned above. The calendars are updated usually on a daily basis. Please write if you have questions and/or specific needs.

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Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $168 /week
Monthly Price: $460 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Our stay in the Garden Room at the Hummingbird House was absolutely delightful! The listing is 100% accurate in its description - very comfortable for one person and cozy for two. Liza is a wonderful host, she goes above and beyond to make guests feel 'at home'- she is kind, considerate, and thoughtful. We would absolutely recommend Liza to anyone considering visiting Costa Rica and we would definitely prefer to stay at the Hummingbird House if/when we are able to visit Costa Rica again.

    December 2012
  • My stay at Lisa's place was awesome. She is a wonderful host and we had very nice conversations over the dinner table. Her place is super charming and comfortable and you are offered the most delicious fruit breakfast! I'd gladly be back. Totally recommended!

    December 2012
    Response from Liza:

    Did you get your jacket yet? I sent it around the 4th and they said 3 weeks.
    Thank you for the very nice review. Come again!

  • Lisa is an exc ellent and a mine of information a very pleasant stay I will certainly stay again if I go to San Hose. Lovely fruit breakfasts and nice room good quality allround. cheers bob

    November 2012
  • The BEST. The house is immaculate, beautiful, and warm. There is a great kitchen, WiFi and a wonderful collection of books and DVDs. It's close to Hospital CIMA if you have any business there.

    But when you stay at a place like this, it's really all about the host...Liza is a wonderful, interesting, considerate person who's clearly doing this becuase she enjoys spending time with the people who come "visit."

    I stayed in the GARDEN room which is a great place for one person, with its own bathroom and separated from the main house. The bed is a twin, so don't stay there as a couple unless you are expert spooners.

    August 2012
  • I rented ALL of the rooms available at Luxury Living for about a week for my visiting family and friends. Please see my review for Luxury Living Grand. But to sum it up, I (and all my family) was very happy and comfortable at this beautiful house! Regarding this room specifically: it is perfect for one person!

    April 2012
  • The small room and bath set off from the main house were perfect for me. Liza was very helpful with information about living in Costa Rica and with providing additional contacts for me, and the breakfasts of tropical fruit were fabulous. I can certainly recommend a stay here. Oh, the cats were also great company.

    March 2012
  • Absolutely delightful! A well-located and beautiful house with an outstanding hostess. Liza is welcoming and well informed – with great recommendations for exploring Costa Rica. The accommodations are aesthetic and comfortable. I enjoyed the inviting dining area, book-filled living room, and light-filled garden as focal points for relaxing and socializing. Attention is paid to all details that make this a perfect home base for enjoying Costa Rica.

    March 2012
  • I can't say enough about my stay with Liza! I had a great time and throughly enjoyed all the other visitors and especially Liza! It was like staying with an old friend, Liza never failed to offer great food, and great advice. She is very knowledgable about Costa Rica and is always willing to share her experience with you. I plan to return and look forward to staying at Lisa's again.

    February 2012
  • Liza's home is as beautiful as it is warm, safe and inviting. From the minute I arrived she made me feel like I was part of her family, from cooking a few delicious dinners for her guests, to inviting me out for coffee with her wonderful friends, and to the Movie theater. ( there is a beautiful mall and theater just down the street ).

    I was fortunate to stay in all the rooms she has to offer and I must say, no room disappoints. Liza also helped with deciding on where to travel and how to get there, where to eat around town, and any other questions i had.

    Thank You Liza for a truly remarkable experience, and I will continue to enjoy my stay here!

    February 2012
  • This is a warm and very traveler friendly place to relax. The property is very beautiful, clean, and oasis in the center of it all. Liza is a very thoughtful hostess. She is able to attend to the needs of each individual guest with a personal flare that one would expect from a five star resort. This is the second time I have stayed at Liza's and each time she has had very diverse and interesting guests from all corners of the globe. I highly recommend this Airbnb location if you are planning a trip to the central valley area of Costa Rica. Thank you again Liza!

    January 2012
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University of Costa Rica, Framingham State College
Professor of English, Massage Therapist, Guest house owner
I have had many adventures (with what seems to be endless travel along with life experiences) and these adventures continue in Costa Rica. I had a guest house in San Francisco and I would love to welcome you to my home here in Escazu, Costa Rica for a short or longer stay. This home was picked and decorated with YOU in mind! Since arriving in Costa Rica in 2002, I have been a teacher specializing in English for Specific Purposes and English for Business Purposes which is very interesting because I get to learn a lot about all kinds of fields. Some of my students, along the way, have come from banking, nutrition, medicine, finance, small business, diplomacy, etc. I had an interesting time getting two Master's of Education simultaneously, one from the University of Costa Rica and one from Framingham State College. In 2010, I taught at EARTH University in Guacimo Costa Rica where they teach sustainable farming, so this city girl learned a lot about farming and I have gotten very interested in issues around farming and other matters about sustainability. I have also been a massage therapist for nearly 20 years, something I am very passionate about. Since June 2011, this very interesting house has had people who have come from India, Pakistan, France, England, Poland, Serbia, Russia, Switzerland, England. Germany, Reunion, Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Canada, the U.S., and others. We just never know who might show up! Sometimes we have eight countries represented at the table, and yet, often there are unexpected and interesting connections. It is a house filled with blessings! I hope you will join us and continue the adventure!
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