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“Best choice, no doubt” 5 of 5 stars
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200 meters south of A y A, Santa Elena 5240, Costa Rica   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Portugal
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“Best choice, no doubt”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2010

This is the perfect place to stay in Monteverde - great location, 10m walking distance from the town's centre, beautiful views, clean and confortable room and the amazing care of it's owner - Rolf, always ready to help in any matter,arranging the better options of things to do, places do eat, etc.
I would not hesitate advising any one to stay here.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
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English first
Portland, OR
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

Stayed here 2 nights in the lower room. Great for the price, great location, Rolf was nice and helpful. 2 sets of steps to get to the lower room, not bad at all. Helpful if you have a car to skip walking the rocky driveway.
Very quiet except for the wind and birds.
The unit was adequate size, bathroom was good, no complaints. Very warm and comfy beds.
It is pretty close to town- so you aren't in the middle of no-where, but it is nice to have the convenience of going in whichever direction you like.
No internet here, but we had a good time sitting at the backpackers place downtown and surfing there, chatting with travellers and getting good travel advice there.
We were not at the room very much during the day, so I can't say much about the wildlife encounters then, but Rolf said that lately the monkeys have gone somewhere else.
We did see an armodillo at night.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

I stayed at The Rainbow Lodge with my family (my cousins are 8 and 10 and LOVED it). We saw monkeys in the trees right outside our room both days that we stayed there, and there is a beautiful panoramic view of the valley and the cloud forest. Rolf is the owner, and he was more than hospitable. He helped us plan everything that we did in Monteverde, always had fresh towels and bananas to feed the monkeys ready for us, and was there to greet us at the end of the day to ask how our tour was. I even left behind a very important and special journal in the lodge, and after contacting Rolf through e-mail, he personally mailed it to me in California, without charging me anything, and with a very pleasant attitude. If you want something that isn't the mainstream, resorty feel and if you want a little privacy and time with your family, and don't mind a 10 minute walk to town, Rainbow Lodge is the perfect place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2009, 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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Essex, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

Had a great visit here, Rolf is a great host arranging the zip line for us picked us up and dropped us off at the hotel. When we returned there was a full rainbow to greet us (others in the van jumped out as well to see this beautiful sight). The mini apartment we stayed in was clean with a full kitchen and plenty roomy. The porch that looks into the woods and valley is a great place to relax after busy days in Monterverde/St Elena. At the end of our visit Rolf was very helpful with directions to our next destination saving time and seeing more small towns, villages and great views on the ride instead of highway.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2010

What a find! There are two houses on the property, one is family size, and the other has an downstaris and upstairs room. We stayed in the upstairs room which I HIGHLY recommend, so book early. The views in this room are absolutely stunning (see pictures)!!! I doubt that you could find anything else like it in Monteverde. The room was also very comfortable. The bed was the best we had slept on during our trip. The owner was extremely helpful with booking excursions such as night walks and zip lining. If you are staying in Monteverde I recommend that you stay at Rainbow Valley Lodge.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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annarbortraveler55
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2010

This place is very aptly described in the previous reviews. The owner, Rolf, has just the right mix, and for those of us who don't speak Spanish, it's nice to find someone who is so able and willing to bridge that gap. Rolf knows the area really well, and is able to make great recommendations. He offers to make the arrangements too, and he is able to be there when you need him, without being intrusive. We loved our stay in Monteverde, and I wish we could have stayed longer. There is plenty to do, and yet, staying just 10 minutes out of town (a very small town) - it was nice to feel like you were "out in nature" without being far away from it all.
Rolf also made point of telling me that he loves having Dutch people stay with him. I offered to write a review in Dutch, but then realized - any Dutch person who travels to Costa Rica is going to know English. Anyway: Ik raad dit hotel zeker aan! Een hele aardige gastheer, prachtig uitzicht, net iets buiten het hele kleine dorp- dus geen lawaai, maar tien minuten lopen naar het dorpje and erg gerieflijk. En goedkoop! Perfekt dus.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Prague, Czech Republic
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2010

Perfect, amazing, beatiful views, nice people, pleasant place to stay!

We have spent an amazing 4 days in Rainbow Valley Lodge in December 2009! We stayed at upper room and the name "Rainbow Valley Lodge" really fits to this place! We saw beatiful rainbows overarching the valley several times. We loved sitting at the terrace and just watching the sunshine across the valley. The nature is close to you there, you can observe monkeys and coatis jumping in the trees in front of the terrace.

We would like to thank Rolf, the owner, for his excellent service, for being ready to help us everytime, for recommendation of perfect services of the guide in Monteverde reservation (Mr. Juan Carlos :-)), for the coupons to get some discounts, for taking us to the town and telling us which places are worth to go there.....

The room was 100% clean, well furnished (incl. kitchen), I appreciated hot water in the shower and very nice and stylised surroungings.

I recommend this place 100% and I wish we come back some day! :-)

  • Stayed December 2009, 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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Additional Information about Rainbow Valley Lodge

Address: 200 meters south of A y A, Santa Elena 5240, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow Valley Lodge Monteverde is close to the town of Santa Elena, about 15 minutes walking or 3 minutes in a vehicle. With only two rooms and a cabin and no neighbors close by you can enjoy peace and quiet in a forest setting. We have Wi-Fi signal in all rooms. Clean rooms with hot water, possible chance to see animals right outside the rooms and owner help with guides and activities. All rooms have coffeemaker and Monteverde coffee plus small refrigerator (cabin has large fridge). The upper room has small kitchenette and the cabin a full kitchen. Great views to the mountains over a valley in the upper room (and Rainbows sometimes) and forest views plus valley views from the lower room and the cabin which sleeps 5 which is best for possible monkeys sightings (no gaurantee). Parking near the rooms. Prices compare very favorably to other accommodations in Monteverde. We are not 5 star so please do not expect total luxury! We hope to see you here! ... more   less 
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Rainbow Valley Hotel Santa Elena
Rainbow Valley Lodge Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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