I don't give out a lot of 5's for lodging. A place can be pretty sweet, but it takes something special to earn a top rating. Hidden Canopy fills the bill. My wife and I rented the Rivendell treehouse for three nights on our 10 night stay in Costa Rica, and it was everything we'd hoped for, a truly unique experience. The treehouse itself was recently built, completed in the last several months, and the layout and quality are excellent. The website pictures in no way overstate what you will experience, both interior and exterior. Rivendell, with two levels, a large seating area and balcony upstairs, two bedrooms and two and a half baths, was larger than what the two of us needed, but it was the only treehouse available when we booked last fall. Keep that in mind if you want to stay in one of the treehouses, and book early.
The grounds are beautifully landscaped, with a cascading water feature and koi ponds following the length of the path down to the treehouses. Gardens and trees dot the property, housing a variety of bird life. Views of the mountains are breathtaking.
The luxurious surroundings and stunning views are only part of the package. We began to appreciate the great service and wonderful amenities offered by Hidden Canopy immediately. Natalia arranged for our transportation from San Jose, and while our driver didn't speak English, he was competent and his van comfortable. He was waiting at the airport when we arrived. We had priced independent drivers, and the rate was competitive. We had considered renting a car, but with the cost of insurance, using drivers wasn't a huge luxury, and one that was very much appreciated, especially in the mountains, where the roads are pretty dicey.
Natalia greeted us with wine at the main house, and explained the layout of the property prior to showing us to our treehouse. Throughout our stay, she answered our every question and arranged a number of activities for us, as well as taxi's for trips to restaurants and activities. Natalia was truly a great resource, and we thank her for the excellent service. The owner, Jenn, was away on personal business, but the entire hotel ran like a well oiled machine under Natalia's expert handling. All the staff members were friendly, helpful and professional. Gio was always good for a laugh or a little gag, and we appreciated his attitude a lot.
Others have written about the great breakfasts, "high teas", and stunning grounds, so I won't say more than to affirm all the positive comments. I will say the high teas are a great way to meet other guests, make new friends and share experiences, and this added to the special ambiance of Hidden Canopy.
There are a couple aspects of the property worth mentioning, not complaints, just things prospective renters should be aware of. Rivendell is the farthest treehouse from the main house, not a long walk (maybe a hundred yards), but the walk back to the main house is a fairly steep uphill path. I'm in average shape for a guy in his early sixties, and I was puffing by the time I got up the hill. I kind of liked the workout and got used to it, but it is something to be considered. The beds are quite firm (for our tastes) but comfortable. Baths include a rain shower and all those jets in front. The minor downside of the property was the water pressure in the shower (on the low side) and available hot water supply (if we took two consecutive showers, hot water would run out by the end of the second shower).
All in all, Hidden Canopy is a top notch lodging experience, a place we would be eager to return to. I highly recommend it if you plan to visit this beautiful region of Costa Rica.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serene atmosphere secluded in the forest 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
- Also Known As:
- Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique Hotel Monteverde, Costa Rica