We stayed at the Poco a Poco in Monteverde for 2 nights, as part of a tour. We were greeted as a group with a welcome drink and enthusiasm from the staff. In walking through the paths to get to my room (room 20) and going by the spa and hot tub and bar and pool, it reminded me of wandering through Hansel and Gretel land. Gardens and interesting plantings and circuitous decking and sculptures in the gardens.
My room didn't have a view and most rooms don't, so "expectations being everything," don't expect one. The reddish sunsets up on the deck are stunningly beautiful and colorful, but most people wouldn't see them from their room.
I liked my room. It had everything. The only issue was the bed was way too hard. Beyond that, the room had a 32" flat screen TV, an iron/board, plenty of storage, a FANTASTIC bathroom/shower and the bedding and drapes were this *very cool* micro-fiber fabric in natural colors --- light greens, beiges and browns. Accents of natural wood, on both the doors and ceilings. Floors were tile.
Let's face it ---- this is not a FANCY resort, but it is a very nice *green* resort, with modern conveniences and wi-fi in the rooms (thanks Poco a Poco) in a stunning setting which can take your breath away.
There is a computer in the lobby for those who didn't bring their own tech-apparatus. There is also a breakfast buffet in the morning (not the best we saw in 10 days of wandering Costa Rica) but it sufficed. The fruit on the buffet was abundant, and that's mostly what appealed to me.
One thing that is special about Poco a Poco is "music." They seem to be into music. There is music in the lobby sometimes (equipment set up there) and there is music of some sort in the restaurant each night. The first night we were there, it appeared to be "wailing" (fortunately it was over at 9pm) but the second night was nice soft guitar. Obviously, the owners of PocoaPoco appreciate music and offer opportunities for local people (or maybe visitors) to play. Frankly, coming from a music family ---- I appreciate that gesture from the owners of this hotel and would stay there again, just for that. Maybe the music is not so good some nights, and better other nights ---- but there is LIVE music at their hotel. Wow. Very much appreciated, even though the music might not be to people's tastes. Live musicians need a place to play and Poco a Poco has offered a venue in Santa Elena and the Monteverde area. Keep this in mind (and bring earplugs) if live music keeps you from sleeping. They don't play too late though.
The hotel is near town and you can walk downtown easily, for restaurants and souvenir shopping, if you don't mind a steep incline. There is a huge grocery store about a block away (no fridge in the units though) and down the steep hill are a collection of local restaurants. We ate at the Tree House, which has a varied menu.
My benchmark of anywhere is --- would I return? I would definitely stay at this place again. Staff was friendly (slow, but with smiles) and there is a happy hour from 4 to 6pm. It's a very comfortable place -- centrally located to town and plenty of amenities, while being "green".
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Poco a
- Poco a Monteverde
- Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco Costa Rica/Monteverde