Arrived at our fantastic bed and breakfast, casa batsu, at 12 am (midnight). We were greeted by name at the taxi by the bed and breakfast owner, Carlos. He showed us to our gorgeous room that ended up being 2 bedrooms and a beautiful bathroom with a shower that Isaac and I want to pack up and take home with us. We booked the bed and breakfast online, but hadn't paid yet. I thought Carlos would be in a rush to take our money, but he showed us around a little and offered some assistance in getting our day tomorrow planned and set up. We had nothing set up and only knew we wanted an English tour of the cloud forest in the morning and were thinking about a nighttour. He said that he would make a few calls in the morning to find out where the most recent animal sightings have been and to see if he could get us into a tour group. When morning came we were pleasantly surprised with an authentic and very delicious 3 course breakfast, which was included in the very reasonable price to stay at this establishment. Carlos said that one of the best tour guides, Raphael, said he could take us on a private tour today. The whole thing, including transportation to and from our hotel, admission to the reserve, and a 4 hour private tour would be $45 per person (about the same price to have taken a taxi ourselves and went with a group of 8 people. He also gave us some pamphlets on other tours we could do today. He highly suggested the original canopy zip line tour, so we asked him to arrange that for us as we'll as a night walking tour. We were picked up a few minutes later and taken to the Monteverde cloud forest reserve where we met Raphael. Raphael was amazing. Very knowledgable, funny, and he made the 4 hour hike a lot of fun.
Carlos made our short time in monteverde very wonderful as he made all the reservations and transportation, and we didn't have to do anything but enjoy ourselves. It was also nice that we didn't have to carry money around, as at all tours we just told them (if they didn't already know) that Carlos booked the tour for us. The people responded that we just pay Carlos. At the end of our reservation we paid Carlos for everything in one large payment; but everything was very reasonably priced and I felt very confident that Carlos would t screw us over on prices.
It was a small bed and breakfast with only a few rooms for guests, but that made it even more special. I felt like we were Carlos’ number one priority the entire time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Batsú is just more than a hotel ... is our home and we invite you to share the peace, location and hospitality of a true Costa Rican Family House. Our goal is to make you feel at home. We have spacious, beautiful, clean and well equipped rooms for a comfortable stay, a large tropical garden is the perfect place to relax after hiking in the woods, the kids really enjoy playing in the hammocks, or jumping around in the garden. Casa Batsu is the main house in a beautiful family farm over 200 acres, recently remodeled and equipped to welcome travelers who enjoy authentic experiences and quality, In Casa Batsu you will not feel like a tourist. We invite you to join us during your next visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Batsu Monteverde, Costa Rica