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“Poca a Poco” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   100 m Este del Ranario de Monteverde, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Monteverde
New Jersey
1 review
“Poca a Poco”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2008

My boyfriend and I stayed at Poco a Poco in Nov. of 07 for 2 nights. We had a great experience! The staff spoke English and were very helpful with planning out excursions and travel to our next destination. The rooms were average but accommodating of an eco-
friendly hotel. We have read reviews that mention how moist the room and linens are but we did not find this to be an issue. The beds are not the most comfortable, but not terrible for the price. The towels did not dry well but this was the only issue. This is expected when in a tropical rain forest so if you're looking for posh accomodations, don't even bother with Monteverde because the moisture in the air will affect every hotel you stay in. We did not find any large bugs or any other pests. Our biggest issue with the hotel was the noise from the road, as it seems that many motorcycles and loud cars drove by throughout the night. But hey, it's Costa Rica!

The location was perfect for us. You can walk to an awesome Frog Pond (an indoor habitat showing indigenous frogs - go at night because they are nocturnal) that was well worth the money and convenient as you walk to the town, Santa Elena. In town there are many restaurants and souvenir shops. The Treehouse restaurant is cool to experience. One caveat to the hotel experience is the limited hours they provide hot water. This could be disappointing to some travelers but it is consistent with the hotels mantra to conserve energy and remain environmentally friendly. In fact, the hotel possesses a water filtration system that allows used water to be recycled into their ponds and sprinkler system. The restaurant on premises was enjoyable but not remarkable. The free breakfast each morning consisted of typical Costa Rican food and was served quickly. If the weather keeps you confined to the room, there is an extensive DVD library available for rent, as there are DVD players in each room. In addition, you have the option to rent computers with internet access. We say "rent" loosely because they did not charge us for our minor use.

If adventure is in your blood definitely try the Zip line tours. We went to the Selvatura park. (It had rain jackets and pants so you can go no matter what the weather) and also incorporated the hanging bridge walk. BRING A CAMERA

We would recommend Poco a poco to other travelers who want a nice clean place to stay for a great price and convenient location.

  • Liked — staff and location
  • Disliked — noise
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2008

Hotel Poco a Poco has a wonderful staff. They were very helpful in booking activities and giving directions to our next destination. Our room was ok. We had two full sized beds and a twin. The walls were slightly worned down and had a slight smell of mold. The bathroom was very clean and spacious.
The restuarant had good food and breakfast was included.
The pool was clean and had a great view of the skyline (great for watching the sunset). There was also basketball court available behind the pool area.

  • Liked — The hotel staff and the breakfast
  • Disliked — The room itself was ok
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2007

this is a great local hotel with a nice restaurant and heated pool. the rooms are basic although clean. this is also a great hotel for older guests or disabled travelers as they have wheelchair friendly rooms and the pool area is ramped. /

  • Liked — disabled friendly, local feel, good restaurant, heated pool
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2007

The staff at Poco a Poco were an exceptional group of Ticos that basically took care of me from the time I walked in the door. They even remembered exactly what I had asked for when I made the reservation which was a room with a view. As soon as they realized that I had difficulty in walking they put me on the 2nd floor rather than the 4th and I still had an awesome view each morning!

The quality of food and portion size was plenty including the free breakfast each morning!

Diego the owner and managers Guido and Rodolfo were most helpful during my stay in answering questions and concerns since I was traveling alone, and even took the time to secure transportation for me when I wanted to go somewhere.

Very friendly atmosphere and a place that I definitely will visit again in June of 2008.

Regards,
Seaturtlelady

  • Stayed December 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2007

We stayed for 2 nights in October which is the rainy season. The plus points are helpful reception staff and efficient when booking tours and transport. Bathroom was well decorated and the hot shower was very good. Our room was clean but all the bedding were damp including pillows, sheets, duvets, etc. There was no heating or cooling in the room. Because of the heavy rain in this area, there is no way to dry out the moisture in the room.
In the reception and restaurant area, there was a permeating smell of stale cooking or frying which we found quite nauseating. Perhaps it is due to lack of extractor fans in the kitchen. A thorough clean of the whole downstairs area may rid it of this odour.

Stayed October 2007
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ManagerPocoaPoco, Gerente at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, June 18, 2011
We appreciate your comments Amy, I guarantee that our problems of humidity in the rooms have been solved with dehumidifiers, which work into them 1 hour daily while rooms are cleaned. The bedding is now dryed using green techniques plus dryers with capacity to dry up to 125% of our maximum demand in a half of the regular time. According to our sustainability program, we still do not use heating or air conditioning systems. For comfort of our clients, last year we built a new structure in order to separate Restaurant from Reception, in addition we placed a new odor extractor at the kitchen, these changes completely resolved odor problems.
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2007

I am a High School Spanish teacher and count myself fortunate in life to have discovered Monteverde, Costa Rica. I have visited as often as possible, with family and with students enrolled in Pre-IB Programs and desire to study and learn to speak Spanish. "Poco a Poco" is a special hotel which I have frequented for several years.

The name "Poco a Poco" means "little by little" and is a motto that I subscribe to in both my life and teaching career. Over the years, I have witnessed improvements happen "poco a poco" to both town and hotel. With a recent paving of the road in front, access to town is now a dream.

"Poco a Poco" features spacious, clean, and well appointed rooms. The baths are luxurious, with room to move around. The showers feature ease of entry and again, room that will spoil you. Both water pressure and temperature are great, which is often not the case in Costa Rica!

The focal point of the area is nature...and the views are incredible from various balconies or windows of "Poco a Poco." On a good day, you can see the Pacific Ocean. The main draw in Santa Elena and Monteverde is the Cloud Forests. From "Poco a Poco", you are within walking distance, or short taxi to all the areas of interest...and there are many. The staff is friendly and goes to great lengths to help guests understand what they should see and do. They also offer assistancewith plans and reservations.

"Poco a Poco's" dining room offers delicious "home cooked" traditional fare, as well as a variety of dishes to appeal to travelers. It will be difficult to return to the typical fast food in the States. The service is friendly and proficient.

On site there is a heated and covered pool, which is devine. After a day of hiking through the Cloud Forest of Monteverde or Santa Elena, or zipping through the canopy, nothing is more welcome and appealing than a couple of hours in the pool, followed by a late, delicious meal served in the dining room.

Monteverde is "heaven on earth." I have visited many times and feel like I am home when I arrive. "Poco a Poco" is a great place to stay from all considerations...two thumbs up! "Poco a Poco" is definately pura vida for the traveler wishing to experience Costa Rica at it's best!!

  • Liked — The clean, spacious rooms and the friendly staff.
  • Disliked — No problems with anything.
  • Stayed June 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2007

Talk about great service! The front desk always had the answers we needed about local activities, and made numerous calls on our behalf. So helpful! Room was clean, with great selection of TV channels. Location ideal: short walk to Santa Elena & Monteverde sites like Cheese Factory still in walking distance. Walls are thin (heard large group of teenagers at night), but that seems typical for tropical hotels.

Stayed May 2007
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Additional Information about Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco

Address: 100 m Este del Ranario de Monteverde, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As its name stands for, Poco a Poco is a hotel that has grown little by little, from five rooms in 2000; our restaurant and 6 more rooms in 02, 18 more rooms at the end of 2005, our heated pool and the last 3 rooms on 2006 and finally for march 2009, our new front desk building, with a new standard in architecture and construction materials: modern, versatile and clean.The hotel’s analogy and emblem: The Turtle, relates to its mythological attributes of wisdom, spirituality and perseverance; values that are part of our business philosophy. ... more   less 
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Poco a Monteverde
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