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“I loved this hotel!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel El Bosque
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   | First right after Restaurant Tramonti (entrance next to Coffee Shop), 60109, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
Albany, New York
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“I loved this hotel!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I truly loved this hotel. It is tucked back in the woods, and all of the rooms are in a circle around a common area. The food was fantastic! And, they just completed building the eating area. The wifi was strong in the restaurant. There is a German bakery at the end of the road, which is walkable. My only complaint was that I had to kill a scorpion and her sacks of babies in my shower. However, that's not the fault of the hotel, and it just added to the experience. :)

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Hotel El Bosque is tucked into the woods, on property with wonderful walking trails, yet it's just 3 minute walk up the driveway to the "Monteverde center," a small set of 2 restaurants, one bakery, one grocery, one women's cooperative. So great for people without car who want to be able to walk to variety of food options. Much better location than the now over-crowded Santa Elena where most "Monteverde hotels" are located. Lots of bird watching or walking/jogging on trails on the property (and many local bird guides start their tours at the foot of driveway, across from Stella's bakery). Within walking distance to cheese factory and Quaker school, but have to take bus or taxi to the cloud forest reserve.

Because of location, and peaceful grounds, I would probably stay again, but it is quite rustic/primitive, think cabins in the woods, more than hotel. (Which is good, if that's what you like). The two of us stayed in a room that was so filled with beds (small double, two twins) that we used the beds for luggage, and hanging out space. Bathroom adequate and fridge nice. Room safe was broken and staff didn't think important to help us find a room with working safe.

Very generous breakfast buffet, (though I was sorry the bird feeding station others enjoyed was not being filled with fruit the 3 mornings we were there). Wifi service good at breakfast room (and its veranda open all the time), intermittent in rooms.

The staff were friendly and laid-back, maybe too much so. A couple of small errors (telling us interbus would take us to hotel, when in fact it left us at at a Denny's near the airport, and directing us to a restaurant that was closed Sundays) prevent me from giving the service a high grade.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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27 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Accommodating and friendly, El Bosque was where my mother, my wife, my dog and myself stayed on an overnight recently. They do not accept pets as rule but made an exception for us after talking to me about the dog's general manner. He's a guard dog but well behaved. The property was lovely, walking distance from town if you are a walker, and across the street from a great bakery which served real breakfast. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Hotel El Bosque is located in Monteverde, just off the main road. It is close to several restaurants, but is tucked back off the road, so it is quiet and gives you the experience of being in the forest. There are a number of trails on the property that are good for birding, walking or jogging. I did all three. There is also a large grassed area in the center of the rooms that is big enough to toss a frisbee. The breakfast is yummy. The only down side is that the wifi is spotty. But, it is always strong at the breakfast dining room. This hotel is affordable, convenient, clean, quiet and full of trails. I recommend it to anyone coming to Monteverde to enjoy the natural environment.

*There is no pool. I accidentally rated the swimming pool below and cannot find a way to delete it.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Meg W
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Fremont, California
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were not expecting to like this place, but fell in love with it. The rooms are clean, the staff is helpful, and you are in the forest. Our kids want to come back to this hotel over the other more expensive placed that we stayed at.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Shane W
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Beaumont
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

Had a great stay at el Bosque. Nice rustic room was clean with comfortable beds. Great buffet breakfast each morning. Lucky to see a resident Capuchin monkey at the breakfast house kitchen window - for her banana breakfast. Also saw Motmot birds and Agoutis. Numerous walking / hiking trails on property as well as a Night Walk. Numerous attractions and great restaurants well within walking distance and many others including the Monteverde Reserve within a short drive. Quiet location - away from the busy/ noisy downtown. Great value for money and would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

Includes a simple but tasty breakfast including eggs, rice and beans, fruit, coffee, tea, and juice. It has its own hiking trails and night walk. Walking distance to Monteverde cheese factory, a local organic grocery store called Wholefoods, a great bakery, and adjacent to two reserves. St Elena where most of the town is located is about a 15 to 20 minute walk or 5 minute taxi. Anna behind the desk at El Bosque gave us great tour and restaurant recommendations.

Two downfalls would be there is no wi-fi in the room, and some inects. We had ants in our room and a dead roach on arrival. Hotel was about $25 per night with tax, so if you can handle an insect or two its a great value.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: | First right after Restaurant Tramonti (entrance next to Coffee Shop), 60109, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel El Bosque 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surround yourself with nature. "El Bosque" means "The Forest" We are a small family hotel nestled in a 23-acre private forest. That's why we are quiet, peaceful and excellent for a retreat to connect with nature. We're exceptionally friendly and our rooms are simple but reasonably priced. Our location is very convenient (4.5 stars in TripAdvisor): -The original Monteverde Reserve is only 3km (1.9 miles) away -We have two restaurants within our property -The Monteverde Coffee Center, a Wholefood Store and CASEM (Women Artisan's Cooperative) are just a 2-minutes walk -Stella (the most famous bakery in Monteverde) is a 3-minutes walk -Cafe Bure (Argentinian Coffee Shop / Restaurant featuring an astounding view to the Nicoya's Gulf) is a 5-minutes walk -The Curicancha Reserve and the Monteverde Cheese Factory are a 10-minute walk ... more   less 
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