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“A cozy base with great staff!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Claro de Luna
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Santa Elena de Monteverde, 5655, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #20 of 31 Monteverde B&B and Inns
Norwich, UK
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A cozy base with great staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2009

We only stayed one night, but were impressed by the calm and tranquil atmosphere at Claro de Luna. Although having said that, a number of our fellow guests were late back and the noise certainly travelled along the corridors, so we were woken more than once. The staff were very helpful and the place was spotlessly clean. It was slightly ironic that the notices in bathrooms asked you to re-use towels, to save water, but the garden (and carpark) was thoroughly watered in the evening - meaning that we had to run the gauntlet to avoid getting soaked!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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English first
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2008

The hotel is cute and has a cozy feel to it. However, we first booked a room on the first floor and it was of course raining. The room had an uncomfortably strong smell of mildew. If I recall correctly the converted "house" was in a hill so the entrance to our room was from the ground but it was kind of like being in a basement. The rooms was dark and we had very tiny windows. The next day we asked for a room on the upper floors. We were told the only room that was left was very small but we took it bc the mildew in the other room was terrible. The second room definitely was small (we literally crawled over our luggage) but cute and we had no problems otherwise. They cook your breakfast to order and assist with directions around the city and out of the city. Overall, once we switched rooms we enjoyed it, esp since it was one of the cheapest places we stayed in CR. The location is down a dirt road and is pretty quiet, esp @ night. We even saw a sloth hanging out in the trees right down the road.

I also highly recommend Sofia's Restaurant in Monteverde, not too far from Claro de Luna. I can't remember exactly why, but Sofia's was one of the most memorable restaurants I've ever been to, literally, in the world. It's simple Costa Rican fusion, but they had such great blends of foods, and I especially remember their cream soup. It is also down a long dirt road, much like most places in Monteverde.

  • Liked — Location, cute lobby/kitchen area
  • Disliked — mildewy, small
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Strasbourg, France
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2008

The place is basically an old house converted into a hotel. I was on the 1st floor and could hear EVERYTHING going on above me and I'm sure others could hear me as well! If you like that sort of thing this place is perfect for you, but not me. It is a short 5 min walk into town (restaurants and shops). Not much nightlife goes on here so don't expect any late nights.

The front porch area was a cool place to hang out and have a few sunset cocktails and the breakfast was great for $5 (coffee, juice, eggs, bread and bacon or pancakes).

  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2006

This Hotel was a terrible disappointment and the worst of five hotels we visited on our honeymoon. We attempted to leave after the first night, but the owner refused to refund our second night, despite multiple bug bites appearing on my arms overnight.
The rooms were not clean and only got more filled with bugs & beetles as night fell. We ended up pushing a towel under our door to prevent them from crawling under during the night.
While the location is convienent, an easy walk to the center of town, and breakfast plentiful, I would highly recommend selecting a different hotel.

  • Liked — Location to the town center
  • Disliked — Cleanliness (or lack of it)
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not book multiple nights in advance, try one and see if you want to stay longer
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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San Clemente, CA
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2006

The Monteverde / Santa Elena area is quite remote and lacking many tourist-y comforts. In this realm, Claro de Luna is a nice hotel in a nice setting. The location is close enough to walk the center of town (and all of its restaurants, shops, and tour offices) but also far enough away to avoid being mired in the hustle. Breakfast is absolutely fantastic, and English-speaking service and concierge help is always available.

Our room was cozy, clean, and comfortable, and while the hotel's management is clearly "going for it" on the B&B front, several major improvements should be made. For instance, the beds are not box-spring mattresses which is common in central America, but very plainly, not very comfortable. With plentiful hot water and good water pressure, we were pleased to take a long hot shower, but not pleased when a lack of proper ventilation lent to a slight moldy odor. At the very least, the windows should be fitted for screens to get some air without letting bugs in. These two problems detracted from the enjoyment of our stay, and made other very nice amenities such as fresh flowers less important.

Even so, we had a nice time at Claro de Luna and Monteverde, and would suggest both with qualifications regarding traveler expectations.

  • Stayed April 2006
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2005

I stayed two nights here while on a tour with GAP Adventures. The rooms were very comfortable, the view from the balcony was great and the location was close enough to downtown Santa Elena to get their quickly, but quiet.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Claro de Luna

Address: Santa Elena de Monteverde, 5655, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Claro de Luna 3*
Number of rooms: 9
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