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“Beautiful hotel, best views in the town” 5 of 5 stars
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Las Orquideas
Santa Elena, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
San Diego, CA USA
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“Beautiful hotel, best views in the town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2011

We got to the hotel and were amazed by the detail of the construction of the place. You feel like you are in a large modern log cabin.
The manager is very nice but doesn't speak English so it may be a little inconvenient to people who don't know any Spanish.

The place is immaculately clean.
We made our own dinners in the kitchen and it was really nice.

There are large glass windows over looking the mountains. GORGEOUS!
Our room had the most amazing view of the mountains.
There were monkeys and other animals that hung out on the balconies. It was so amazing to to get so close to them.
The hotel is about a 10 min. walk into the center of town which we liked. We did not get the noise of the pollution of the cars and felt like we were in a remote area when were were not.
This was our favorite hotel out of the 5 we stayed in in costa rica.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 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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English first
Grafton, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2011

The place we stayed at was very nice also very clean. they cooked break fast for us in the morning it was very good a typical Costa rican meal rice and beans, eggs how every you want them and some oj. The lady that runs it is from Mississippi so she speaks English and Spanish very well. it seems like they feed monkeys a lot so as we were there we say a lot of monkeys close up that was a lot of fun. Also the lady that ran it help us move your zip line trip to a better time for us. overall it was clean and help full.

Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2010

This B&B was decent. It was clean and quiet. It has a beautiful view out the back. It's a 5-10 minute walk down to the center of town. During the day the walk isn't bad, but at night it was a little sketchy. There is no sidewalk to walk on for about half the walk.
The website says that they speak English fluently, and that they have "therapeutic mattresses". We didn't find either of these things to be true. The only woman we spoke with while there didn't speak English very well and spoke mostly in Spanish even though we told her we only spoke a little Spanish.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

This place was comfortable, clean, bright, and Lisa the manager/concierge was very helpful with booking trips and excursions (though I believe it helps if you speak Spanish). The rooms are a bit worn and the sheets, furniture, bathroom a bit old, but squeaky clean and absolutely doable for the price. I'd say it's a good value, especially in the remote Monteverde area where luxury seems to really come at a premium. You have to keep this in mind - this is not really the land of spa hotels! Las Orquideas really is, like other reviewers have said, staying at Grandma's house in a good way. For breakfast, we had eggs (any style we wanted), rice and beans, and some variation or vegetable or cheese, fresh fruit, coffee and (artificial) orange juice. It is served in the common room and you get to see Lisa cook it right then and there. Bathroom floors and walls are blue/white tiled, with a shower (no tub). Not luxury, but clean. The hotel is a 12 min walk from town, along a windy road but adequately-lit road with no sidewalks (none of the roads really have sidewalks).

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Scottsdale, AZ
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

Wow, I booked this hotel from reading great reviews and boy was I disappointed! Yes the staff is nice, but doesn't speak ANY English! Yes I know I am in Costa Rica, but still! She could not help us book excursions, she couldn't even recommend a place to eat! And last but not least the walls were so thin I could litterally follow the patrons next to us conversation about getting to the airport the next day. Would not stay there again!

Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Gainesville, FL
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

We were a group of 4 couples who stayed here 3 nights and loved it! The rooms open onto a large common area with TV and dining area. It was perfect for a group or even individuals. The hotel is warm and inviting like a B&B with a lovely back area for viewing the twin waterfalls and gorgeous hills sloping down toward the Nicoya Penisula. It was an easy walk into town of Santa Elena for restaurants and shopping. The owners, Danilo and Nidia, were very helpful in planning activities, dining options, and local history. They and their friendly staff made us feel right at home. The breakfasts were delicious and filling. Of all the places we stayed in Costa Rica, this was our favorite! It made us feel at home and a chance to be part of the local area.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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79 reviews 79 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2010

We stayed here for three days in March during our Spring Break trip. This hotel is a clean but midrange hotel for Costa Rica. The hotel is set up more like a home with bedrooms off the main lobby. It is situated next to a busy road so there is a bit of road noise at night. The owner is fantastic and offered many helpful suggestions. She was very kind to our teenagers and treated them like her grandchildren. We were able to walk to the town to get groceries and meals without problem. The rooms were small and could use a little sprucing but a great value for the area.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
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Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
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Number of rooms: 8
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Also Known As:
Las Orquideas Santa Elena
Las Orquideas Hotel Santa Elena
Las Orquideas Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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