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“Lovely Place for Families” 5 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Santa Elena de Monteverde, Santa Elena 5655, Costa Rica   |  
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San Francisco, California
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“Lovely Place for Families”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We loved our stay at the Arco Iris Lodge. My husband, two children (4 and 6), and I stayed in the House, a two-bedroom cabin high on the hill with a small kitchen. We had a lovely porch where we could watch the rain and my kids loved exploring the grounds looking for bugs. We had the feeling of being outside of the town while still being walking distance from shops and services. As far as I can tell, there are very few places if any in Santa Elena that provide that. The provided breakfast was amazing and the kitchen staff were so pleasant. Overall, the staff were very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Clara, California
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Beautifully kept gardens, very clean rooms with beautiful wood floors and walls. Loved the location which was quiet and off the main street, but still close to town and walking distance to restaurants which was important to our group since we did not have access to a car. The staff was very helpful in making tour suggestions and arranging our trips.

Cabin 18 is spacious with 1 king bed downstairs and one queen in the upstairs loft. Be aware that the downstairs bed is not private and you need to walk past the bed to get to the bathroom. Refrigerator, safe and table/sitting area was nice. No AC but we didn't need it in August. There was a mix-up with the reserved price we were quoted, but they honored the original reservation price which was much appreciated. Only suggestion was we could have used a small bedside fan upstairs to move the air around as there was no ceiling fan. Shower was clean and had hot water. Never had the chance to try the buffet but it looked good.

Room Tip: There were dogs up by the office that barked when we went to the office. I imagine this may have ann...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

My wife, 18 month old son and I spent 6 fantastic nights at Arco Iris in their super clean and comfy lodges. The site is wonderful and holds many cool birds, including Masked Tityras and a Blue Crowned Mot Mot! The buffet breakfast is superb and you can watch the Capuchin monkeys while you eat. Best of all, though, are the staff who were wonderful with our mischievous little boy Nye. From the cleaners, site staff & cooks through to the receptionists and management, they were all exceptional - particularly Jose & Dominga! Go there.

Room Tip: Number 12 was our favourite, near the horses & wildlife trail.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013 via mobile

Although the weather was awful and our cabin more than tiny and cosy (cheapest category) we really enjoyed our stay...it was clean,there was a lot of garden and trees, the service was unbelievably nice and helpful. The swiss receptionist helped us a lot in order to experience as much as possible within a short period of time...curicancha, night walk, cloudforest walks, reptiles, butterflies, hanging bridges,orchids...it was super. We were wet and cold,our clothes didn't get dry,so it is so easy to get your clothes washed and dried there for just a couple of dollars. We really enjoyed our stay there. Restaurants, supermarket and bakery is just a few minutes away.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the honeymoon cabin and thoroughly enjoyed every minute. We had a beautiful view of the mountains with some spectacular sunsets. The place was clean and quiet, with exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. We took all of the advice of the people working the desk and had a great time in Monteverde. We're already looking forward to coming back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Loved our visit to Monteverde! And Arco Iris in Santa Elena was a wonderful part of it...

The little cabins are charming. The one we stayed in had two bedrooms and a sitting area. One bedroom had a double bed and the other had two twin beds. Two other friends were staying in the budget rooms -- which were tiny but comfortable, reasonable, and perfectly adequate for one person.

Everyone at Arco Iris was friendly and helpful, from initial inquiry through reservations and subsequent changes, right through our stay. People from many different parts of Latin America, Europe and the US were staying there, and the staff was accommodating and willing to provide assistance if you had any difficulties.

Definitely spring for the breakfast. There were options galore, and everything we tried was delicious! For dinner all we needed to do was take the short walk into the center of Santa Elena -- several restaurants to choose from, and we had a good meal at every place we tried.

Like much of Costa Rica, there is a lot of walking up and down, so be prepared. There are wonderful views, but if you are accustomed to flat terran it might require some adjustment... The gardens are indeed really beautiful, and Monteverde was the only spot we visited (early April) where it actually got cool in the evenings. Lovely!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pleasant Hill, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Everything positive from the prior reviews is true ... Great breakfast, staff, and nice cottages. What no one mentions is the noise! Being in center of town you have the motorcycles and their loud engines starting at 4:30 am until 10:30 pm. I came here for a peaceful and relaxing stay but found traffic noise ruined any chance of that.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Arco Iris Lodge

Address: Santa Elena de Monteverde, Santa Elena 5655, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Arco Iris Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Arco Iris Hotel Santa Elena
Arco Iris Lodge Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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