We loved our stay in TreeTop house. It was a wonderful place to relax and read after our busy mornings in the cloud forest. We enjoyed the whimsical and lovely architecture and furnishings, the lovely views of trees and the valley beyond. We loved having our own kitchen. The owner of the house, Sabine, was a wonderful host, helpful and thoughtful and considerate.
TreeTop House is also beautifully located on the road to the cloud forest. Unlike the bigger neighboring town (Santa Elena) which has had a huge expansion of tourist business, the side of the mountain where TreeTop House is located is much quieter. It is on the dirt road up to the cloud forest. But nearby you will find a select few very fun businesses. We loved the Argentine Cafe (for truly civilized coffee, chocolate, and all kinds of food, Argentine and otherwise). And we loved the Bat Exhibit downstairs from the Argentine Cafe. A little farther up the road is the Tramontina Restaurant for Italian food. Even farther up (perhaps a quarter mile) is a bakery and a lovely crafts store run by a women's cooperative.
TreeTop house really is up in the trees. We looked out to see rain forest near us, and a little farther, a little valley with a stream running (and I loved hearing the stream up in the house). We saw toucans and mot mot birds across the valley, ahhh.
One morning we awoke with the sound a crashing on the roof! It was a troop of white-faced monkeys come to peer into our windows, hoping that we would give them some food (which we did not). They swung back and forth with remarkable agility across the branches, both adults and babies. We enjoyed them very much.
My wife and I and teenage son had many excursions to choose from, from hikes in the various preserves nearby to zip lines (we recommend Selvatura) to nature exhibits (butterflies, snakes, frogs and bats and more!) to coffee and chocolates at the Argentine Cafe (ah, the Argentine Cafe, once again). Having our own house to retreat to in the afternoons was a pleasure, much nicer than a hotel.
The kitchen was basic but nice, the two beds were comfy. We stayed in the upstairs because of the kitchen (the downstairs had no kitchen, but it was larger and the rooms were especially lovely).
Internet was a bit funky, with some sites OK and other websites not. I suspect because internet service in this remote location is a bit funky in general.
Sabine also runs a horse-riding stable, Smiling Horses. We did not ride this time, but we saw the stables during a hike. We definitely will ride next time! The horses lived a good life with proper care and much kindness and stunning hillsides to roam over.
This is a wonderful place, and we will be coming back next year.
Best wishes to you as you search for a place in Monteverde!
D. Fleming, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
- Also Known As:
- Treetop House Hotel
- Treetop House Hotel Monteverde
- TreeTop House Costa Rica/Monteverde
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Your opportunity to live your vacation in the TreeTops in Monteverde. This artistic charming house is located off the main road to the rain forest of Monteverde between the reserve of Monteverde and the village of Sta. Elena of Monteverde sitting in the Canopies. All levels have separate entrances and are inner-connected with the canopy stairs. Big parking area, garden area, trail in the forest, look over canopy and waterfall, recreation areas. Hot showers. ... more less