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150 meters north of The Cheese Factory, Costa Rica   |  
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
2 reviews
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“Really like us..¡¡”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you want to stay in a Private and confortable place whit an easy acces to the most beutiful atractions in Monteverde town.. This is your place.. We enjoy it....¡¡¡
Is a very nice place clean and safe.. If you want to cook or order any drink or meal Nancy the owner is a very nice girl, shes going to be there for you... And a nice price for a really good and healthy breakfast....

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Stopping in Monteverde for a week doing yoga training we stayed at La Colina Lodge. Nanci is so hospitable and accomodating. She really makes you feel at home. We felt like we were just hanging out at her house even though she was putting in a tremendous amount of work to pull the whole thing together. We were doing yoga in a beautiful space with a wooden floor and windows looking out into the cloud forest. I believe she had converted her own bedroom/apartment space to accomodate our group. It was a very special spot. The rooms and accomodations are modest, if you're looking for 5 star you're barking up the wrong tree. If you want to hang out, relax and be at peace in the cloud forest with a laid back hostess, this place is highly recommended.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

We was a NY couple that was eager to explore costs rica to the fullest. We stayed at this lodge for 5 days and we absolutely loved it. Nancy the owner always have gave us great service and accommodated us when we needed . They offer breakfast for only 5 bucks per person and the room with private bathroom is only 35 bucks which is very affordable. Will say their is animals located throughout the lodge so if you are allergic to cats and dogs it not recommended you choose this place. Unless you just don't go in the living room. Nana a employee working their offered great service, did laundry service for us, and gave us great insight on costa rica places and culture. Overall, experience was amazing here. WIll say the owner daughter could be a bit friendlier, as she seem"s isolated to the guess that stays their. Will say if their any problems the owner will always accommodate you if you want a different room, more food, and overall any type of service she will try her best to make sure your cormfortable. Great perks you can go to a jacuzzi for just staying their for free, get coffee delivered if you want to buy for super cheap, and get connections to places for super cheap.! Thank you for everything !!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

La Colina Lodge is a very, very special place.

My friend and I stayed for one night & drove away wishing we could have stayed for a week. We were greeted by the owner, Nanci, who was so incredibly sweet and accommodating. She greeted us with offers of fresh coffee (there was a torrential downpour outside), helped us call our Zipline Tour company, offered to do our laundry(!), and asked if we'd like to join her and the other guests for dinner that night... her daughter had just baked some fresh bread and she was cooking up some organic lentil soup.

ALSO, there happened to be a yoga teacher training (shout out to the amazing Ashley Ludman!) at the lodge while we were there, so we were able to jump in on their morning class the next day!

In a word, this place was HEAVEN. The room was small, clean, and exactly what we needed... we're low-maintenance travelers, so if you prefer the extra muss & fuss that normally come along with hotels, then this is not the place for you. La Colina feels less like a hotel and more like you're just staying at Nanci's place for the night!

Also, prepare to be greeted by 2 cats and about 8 (+/-) dogs when you arrive - all of whom are very friendly. Turns out Nanci has a heart for the animals and will take them in, get them fixed, and try to adopt them out once they've been nursed to health. Don't be surprised to find a cuddly cat or an eager dog in your lap the minute you sit down!

Can't wait to go back and spend more time in the magical Monteverde. Highlight of our trip.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

People who wrote a bad review of this place clearly have not stayed in many budget hotels in Costa Rica! Our room in La Colina was VERY clean, and the furnishings were adequate and eclectic. We spent over a month in Costa Rica, and this was the best, actual HOT water shower we found in any hotel in this category in the entire country! The owner, Nanci, is not only pleasant and funny, but she is an artist as well, and there is amazing and unique tile work everywhere. It is not convenient to "town", but it does not need to be.. it is within a short walk to the Quaker meeting, the Cheese Factory, the fascinating Bat Museum, one of the reserves and a lovely little village with galleries (including artist´s co-op) and good restaurants. One needs to take transport for anything else anyway, so why not stay in a lovely place where you can see hummingbirds and other wildlife right outside your window? The road outside will be dusty in the dry season, and muddy in the wet season, but this is rural Costa Rica, and we, at least, felt that this is what we were here to see, not a town developed for the single purpose of housing tourists (St. Elena). And the breakfast was good... the best breakfast potatoes I ever ate. And the dogs and cats were well mannered.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ladysmith, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here two nights and had a excellent second floor room. The balcony has seating and tables to sit out with a beer or wine. Owners are in contact with all local tour operators so can help with planning activities.
Good value and great staff. Only gripe I had was the shower which ran either hot or cold at it's own whim....you had to take advantage of brief periods of transition from one to the other.

  • Stayed April 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2012

My wife and I stayed at La Colina in March 2012. Our room was small and had two beds headboard to headboard crammed into it. We believe one of the beds was taken from the room next door which was being worked on. There is no wifi on the premises. The description said that a chef was on staff and that breakfast, lunch, and dinner were offered. There was no chef, no meals except breakfast, and breakfast was eggs, toast, and fruit. The ceiling paint was peeling badly, and there wasn't even a chair in the room. The lighting was poor. It wasn't a room that you would want to spend any time in. Downstairs in the dining area, there were several cats and dogs roaming about freely, even on the tables. If you're allergic to animals, stay away! The hot water in the shower was nice!

The location is pretty far from town and walking was difficult at night. It was close to the cheese factory, the Quaker school, a cafe, and a few other things.

Nanci, the owner, was friendly. She lives in another area on the premises and was generally unavailable. One night, a door somewhere nearby was banging open and shut loadly every 15 seconds or so on a windy night. I had to get up in the middle of the night to figure out where this door was and find a way to secure it.

We asked Nanci about whether it was safe to keep an ipad in the room. She said that she was "pretty sure" that the cleaning lady wouldn't steal from us. She offered to hide our valuables for us. This is not very reassuring.

We were not expecting an elaborate room for the price of our room at La Colina. However, we expected something that we would be somewhat comfortable in. We weren't. It is among the worst rooms that we have ever stayed in. We would not recommend it to others.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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birdwatchergirl506, Owner at La Colina Lodge, responded to this review, April 16, 2012
I am nice and do care about each person staying here,our rooms are different colors and different sizes so we show people more then one if it is available to do, to make sure you are happy. If you are not I will help find you a place that does. If you ask me more then once,if your things are going to stolen from your room and we have a new cleaning girl on her first day, I will offer to keep your things safe behind my desk for you. Our website does have a picture of our dog Remmey helping at front desk, he is also sometimes found on the sofa watching his show's ,we do have a friendly turkey that may follow you around, Mr. Goat, chickens and a hairless Chinese crested "Zero" who loves to sit on a lap. We are located out of Santa Elena in Monteverde, a 10 minute walk to 4 great restaurants as well as the famous Stella's bakery,Cabure chocolate factory,the bat cave, the Monteverde cloud forest reserve, the New Curi Chanca reserve and the cheese factory. We have a tour desk and are happy to help you arrange things. Please speak up if you need something or are not happy with something when you are here, I would rather help you, then to have you not say anything until your vacation is over.
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Address: 150 meters north of The Cheese Factory, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Colina Lodge is a beautiful mountain lodge located at the edge of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. 150 Meters from the Monteverde Cheese Factory, you will find our rustic, log cabin style hotel full of art and bright colors, with a cozy warmth in our dining room where most nights you will find an old wood stove burning. The views and sounds are simply breathtaking! You will wake up every morning to the sound of the famous Bellbird, fresh air and a view of biodiversity like you wouldn't believe. At La Colina Lodge, you will find art, music, beautiful community, great staff, nature at your doorstep, and lots of love! ... more   less 
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La Colina Lodge Costa Rica/Monteverde

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