We stayed in the Neverland Tree house for two nights. We strongly recommend staying here if you are choosing between Eden and Neverland since the price is the same.
We met the people who were staying in Eden and they let us see it. It is one large room with no dresser or drawers for clothing which they found surprising. Their balcony was lovely.
Neverland is two levels:on the first level there is one bedroom with a king bed and a built in single bunk bed over the head of the king bed, a full bathroom off of a very large living room and a huge balcony. The second floor has the master bedroom with king bed, a half bath and a smaller screened in porch with a table and two chairs.
This is am amazing tree house. The woods used throughout the house are stunning. From the floors to the railing up to the master bedroom to the chairs on the balconies and the bed frames.
There is a koi pond under the tree house. The views are spectacular (we never did see any birds from either balcony during our stay).
If you want room to move around, this is the treehouse for you. There is only bath gel in the shower so if you want to use bar soap, bring your own. There are no facial tissues in the bathrooms, so again, bring your own.
Sadly workers were welding the metal beams under our tree house and hammering when we wanted to rest, instead of doing the work when we were on our private tours (booked through the property).
Jen was off the grounds because her father had a stroke and was in the Intensive Care Unit in San Jose (she told us about her father the first night we arrived and that she was leaving) but her staff took care of breakfast and tea time.
We booked a private tour to the hanging bridges (sky walk) with Olman, a guide used by HIdden Canopy, as soon as we arrived on property. We saw a family of monkeys in the trees which was amazing. Not many birds, even though he did bring his equipment for a close up look, he never used it.
We met nice guests during tea time. HCT offers free wine/sangria with canapes in the dining room of Jen's house, so you can watch the sunset which is spectacular. Breakfast is also included in the price. You can choose from eggs, french toast, rice and beans. They give everyone a plate of fresh fruit. You can have coffee, tea or a fruit smoothie.
We chose to eat all lunches and dinners off property. Sofias for lunch on the day of our arrival was good. We were the only ones eating there. Dinner at Trio in Santa Elena was fair.
We had lunch at Stella's bakery which was fantastic. They put out banana peels for the birds and we must have seen at least twenty varieties of birds while we ate lunch. (Their chocolate cake is a must).
And this was after our private tour with Koki (an employee at Hidden Canopy), an extraordinarily knowledgeable man and guide who is passionate about what he does and his love for the wildlife in Monteverde is quite apparent. A tour with him is an absolute must. He used his telescope constantly allowing us to see all the birds up close and personal. He put our camera to the eye piece of his telescope capturing the most amazing pictures. We saw a male and female Quetzal, as well as at least fifteen different bird species. We also saw a sloth during our tour.
After breakfast on our final day we took a private tour on the Sky Tram. It was a fun trip above the trees. I do not recommend this as a private tour. If you want to go, do it with other people so you dont end up spending $45 pp.
The feeders Jen uses for Hummingbirds is a huge hit. We hiked around the property but I must say the hummingbirds were a real plus for us.
When we checked out, Olman was left in charge (Jen and Nathalie were in San Jose on personal business). He did not know how to use the credit card machine so it took over twenty minutes to check out. We had arranged through HCT for a private driver in an air conditioned van to take us to Manuel Antonio (four hour drive). After waiting another 30 minutes, a 4X4 jeep arrived. Olman was at a loss, as he said, "This is not my job", so he called Jen. After my husband spoke with her on the phone, she finally got us what we had been promised, but she made sure to tell me she 'felt my husband was stressed'. This is what can happen when the manager/owner of a property is absent.
The time and money spent on this property, with no detail left out, makes this a true gem.
If only the Costa Rican government would pave the roads leading into and out of Monteverde, this would be without a doubt one of the most wonderful experiences you could ever have.
- Also Known As:
- Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel Monteverde, Costa Rica
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Secluded in the canopy -- 5 luxurious treehouse chalets and 2 well-appointed rooms – all comfortably equipped with over-sized beds, living-room areas, fantasy waterfall showers, private balconies, coffee service, and mini-bar. Easy chalet access from platform walkways and ample opportunities for birding. Wireless Internet and computer access, lending library and portable DVD players in the main house guest lounge. Full Costa Rican Breakfast and our renowned "Gulf-view Sunset Tea" with Sangria and snacks included in room price. Located near canopy tours and the Santa Elena Reserve. Reservation Hours - 9 AM to 7PM. Non-smoking property. Please note: We do not receive children under the age of 14. ... more less