We stayed for 4 nights in the Belmar and from the moment we walked in we knew it was the right place to be. Situated about 30 mins walk from Santa Elena town it is perched on the hillside with spectacular views down the Pacific (when the cloud clears)
We stayed in a forest room in the chalet across the road and to be honest we did not feel detached from the rest if the hotel. Our room looked out over the forest and we had complete privacy even with floor to ceiling windows which gave us excellent views of the local wildlife from toucans to parrots. The juice bar downstairs acted liked a mini reception/lobby while serving excellent fresh juices made with produce from there greenhouse and farm.
This hotel truly embraces it's Eco ethic but successfully achieves, where so many fail, in not sending you on a huge guilt trip while doing it. The hotel leads by example and has invested in many energy saving/environmentally friendly process such as biodegradable soaps in the bathroom and a biodigestor to provide gas for heating. All in all it helps you support what they are doing by using the recycling bins and making an effort to turn off lights when not required.
Last, but certainly not least, are the staff. They were brilliant and could not do enough for you. We were welcomed when we arrived and made to feel at home, and throughout our stay they met and exceeded our needs. We went on the specialised bird watching tour with Jorge who was excellent at his job. The staff pre-empted our need for a boxed breakfast anytime we left before breakfast and there seemed to be nothing that was too much for them to do. The restaurant was excellent, especially the chocolate and coffee steak, and the staff were extremely accommodating when we turned up a couple of nights without a reservation.
All in all it is an excellent place to stay if you are looking for a little bit of isolation in such a busy part of the forest.
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- Also Known As:
- Belmar Hotel Monteverde
- Hotel Belmar Costa Rica/Monteverde