This place is good for your stay in Santa Elena while visiting Monteverde region. My thoughts and opinion about Monteverde mentioned in Monteverde cloud rainforest review, i wasn't impressed with the rainforest experience, however, if you already end up in Santa Elena - Cabinas El Pueblo is a nice stay and comfy stay.
It's cheap, we get a triple room ( one big bed and one "double decker" ) for roughly 30 dollars a night. It doesn't have air conditioner but you don't need one. Santa Elena is the only place in Costa Rica where i wore pants and sweatshirt when it get closer to the evening. Just open the window, you might even get cold.
The only downside i see of this place, but then again, it's not a fault of the place...washroom, or to be exact toilet position. It's right in front of the door to the washroom. The problem is i am 6'3, so its practically impossible to seat on the toilet and have the door closed at the same time. Either you doing number 2 with the open door either you twisted sideway.
Don't forget to go downstair into the kitchen area and on the board select your type of breakfast ( they have two options usually ), how many people are coming for breakfast and what time. I am not sure what happens if u don't do it, i think u will still get the breakfast, but we were reminded of this a night before.
The staff at the El Pueblo cabinas is great, Very helpfull in every way, willing to share information and even making the calls for you ( i needed information on ferry schedules from Puntarenas to Nikoya peninsula )
Nearby, you can find grocery shop, great taco place, some souvenir shops, bars, i think even a nightclub. To find cabinas El Pueblo is a bit tricky, but ask for directions from the locals and they will tell u. Pretty much, by the church ( there is only one in downtown ) u get to make a right turn to this little dirty road, it circles down the hill and u are in front of the Cabinas el Pueblo.