You never know what you're going to get, but, in this case, it is more, far more, than expected. We chose the Monteverde Villa Lodge from the reviews on Tripadvisor. But, if those reviews were inaccurate it was just to understate all the wonderful things about the place--especially the hospitality of the hosts.
The room was comfortable, the location quiet. Not quite in the center of Santa Elena, it was just a short walk down quaint village streets from the center.
Our hosts were gracious and helpful. What illustrates most our desire to share this review was the experience of our departure. Due to an odd bus schedule, we needed to leave the Lodge at 5:30. The hosts serve a sumptuous breakfast early--but not that early. They were so empathetic about our plight of beginning a long journey without a bountiful sendoff, that a procession of the husband, wife, and daughter brought us the night before our departure a tray of goodies-fruits, rice and beans, etc.--all the fare that we would have enjoyed in the morning. They even brought with them an electric coffee machine so we could brew cups of wonderful Costa Rican coffee. This event was in keeping with the kind of warmth and caring that are the hallmark of this little establishment.