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“Fantastic place!” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa Tranquilo Hostel
100 m downhill from the SuperCompro supermrket | Monteverde, Puntarenas, Santa Elena 5655, Costa Rica   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Prague, Czech Republic
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“Fantastic place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

I came here at night in heavy rain, planned to stay two nights, stayed one week. Great friendly hostel, beautiful rooms, super pleasant beds, the best free breakfast in Costa Rica. Owner David speaks perfect English, is friendly and helpful in everything and does not "sell" you anything, although he offers the standard local attractions with discount.

And ... the best thing is the building. The first floor, where the dorm and most rooms are, is made from wood, which makes it extremely pleasant. The rooms have good daily light thanks to the fact that the roof is made from transparent plastic, so although you don't see the stars through it at night, it gives you daylight during the day. The shower is amazing - the floor in the bath is made from stone. When you stand on it and shower with hot water after trekking all day in the cloud forest, the stone is perfect! There are some moths flying through the corridor, which is not irritating and it gives you even more the feeling of staying somewhere in the nature. This morning, there was a giant grasshopper walking on the bookcase, Amazing! And it was the cheapest hostel during my journey through Costa Rica.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I have not had much experience in hostels, but I loved this place!! Clean, hot shower, great prices and fantastic staff! Breakfast was fast and the service was personal. They also have a communal kitchen, if you are into making your own food. Staff gave us local information about great restaurants, tours, sights to see and recommended a great place to stay on our next stop in Costa Rica. From the moment we met David, I felt like I was meeting an old friend. Casa Traquilo felt like home and I look forward to my next trip to Monteverde so I can stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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David D, Owner at Casa Tranquilo Hostel, responded to this review, October 29, 2013
Hi, thanks so much for your nice comments, we are very happy you felt so good at our place. We are working hard everyday and these nice comments motivate us to keep going...

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David, Lidia, Josue y baby Gael
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

we got the adress from 2 travellers who we met in Oasis Granada. We did not make a reservation. I would not suggest this because it was full by the and of the day and it is not even high season

The place is realy nice, very tranquilo!. The owners are very nice and give you many tips for trips including free trips!
the price includes free breakfast (fruit, egg, bananabread (kind of cake) and coffee or tea)
there is also a kitchen to use

and the day we arrived their it was just in the tree next door a sloth

  • Stayed October 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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Santiago
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

A great hostel with a good atmosphere. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and had a lot of local knowledge of the area. The breakfast was very good (homemade banana bread, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit and coffee). Very close to town, we were able to walk everywhere. We were very happy staying here.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Casa Tranquilo was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The place is clean and affordable. The family that owns it are really nice! They will help you choose from all the things to do in the area and let you in on local secrets. They provided fruit for breakfast like a fresh papaya from their own tree! There was lots of food left by other travelers so we took some and left some. We had an awesome time in this town and it was even more special because of his hostel and the family that runs it. Thanks David amd family for being so great!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Lovely little place with private rooms and bathrooms, well maintained furniture and appliances, clean bathrooms and friendly staff. Fully equipped kitchen very useful for making own meals. Breakfast foods provided in the morning for cooking.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Casa Tranquilo was my favorite lodging in Costa Rica, and we ended up staying longer than we planned to. The owner is very helpful - his English is good and he will share everything he knows about the area. The room we stayed in was rustic and cozy, and the shared bathroom was not bad, though toilet paper ran out often. In the kitchen there is a board with tours that you can book from the hostel for a discount. This was very helpful and allowed travelers to be independent and pick activities a la carte. The only negative I can think of is that most rooms face the street and when people drive by without mufflers or dogs get in fights (both happen often) it is so loud! Other than that, you make your own breakfast in the morning with ingredients laid out, and the supermarket is so close! You can save money if you choose to cook. It is the best value for your money.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Additional Information about Casa Tranquilo Hostel

Address: 100 m downhill from the SuperCompro supermrket | Monteverde, Puntarenas, Santa Elena 5655, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Tranquilo is a rustic tico-style house turned into a relaxed hostel outside the village of Santa Elena in Monteverde, Costa Rica.here you'll find Free Breakfast, Free Internet & Wifi. Kitchen and parking area are also available... ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Casa Tranquilo Hotel Santa Elena
Casa Tranquilo Hostel Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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