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“Clean, rustic accomodations, CHARMING innkeepers” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel El Viandante
2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Frente Hotel Sapo Dorado, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 30 Monteverde B&B and Inns
Annapolis, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Clean, rustic accomodations, CHARMING innkeepers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I stayed in one of the poshest resorts at Arenal (my one splurge on my vacation) a few days before I arrived in Monteverde, and found the difference in 'concierge' service and vacation planning help to be quite shocking. Grace and Renzo, the lovely owners of the rustic, charming and modest El Viandante, were leaps and bounds ahead of that posh, quite expensive resort. Grace helped me plan my entire stay, right down to a last minute "I know someone...I'll make a quick call" horse ride timed just for me so that I could still make my shuttle out of town. She gave me a detailed overview of various establishments, restaurants and guide services throughout the town, with great suggestions and ideas, including off-the-beaten path breathtaking waterfalls.
On top of that, breakfast was simple, tasty and hearty... and accompanied by great conversation, if desired, with the lovely hosts who speak multiple languages and have lived in the US, Asia and Europe. The rooms, while simple, are homey and comfortable, offering a view of the Gulf of Nicoya on a clear day. It is a quick but STEEP walk into downtown...cabs are easily called from the inn or from restaurants if needed. If you're looking for a quaint, warm and friendly place to stay on a budget, you'll be happy if you stay here!!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hello the gbb

thank you to spent time to write a review.

Happy that you enjoyed your stay here in Monteverde

Hope to see you next time

Renzo & Grace
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed here 2 nights and had a fantastic stay. Grace and Renzo were enthusiastic and very helpful with local insights, arranging tours, and advice on the many actvities and sites in Monteverde. Our room was very comfortable, and the breakfasts were a perfect start to our days. Many thanks for the hospitality, and we highly recommend this to other travelers.

  • Stayed August 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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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hello ranb503

thank you so much for your great review. Happy that you really enjoyed your stay herewith us

Hope to see you next time

Renzo & Grace
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Sewanee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Grace and Renzo are the perfect hosts. They were very knowledgeable of all the best places to visit in Monteverde. Renzo led us on a spectacular hike on back trails up into the cloud forest. Room was spacious with a great morning view. Breakfasts were delightful and what a morning view! We looked at other options in Monteverde but this was the best for us.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hello Jon E

we are very happy that you enjoyed your stay here with us.

Hope to see you next time

Renzo & Grace
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

What a great place to stay... Grace and Renzo were the perfect hosts. Great recommendations and advice about what to do, where to eat etc. They were able to arrange trips for us at very short notice and even advised us on where to go next!

Great value, a magnificent part of Costa Rica and brilliant hospitality.

Thanks both for a brilliant time.

Ceri & Bob

Room Tip: Would recommend in a heartbeat.
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  • Stayed August 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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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hello Robert S

thank you a lot for your review. Hope to see you next time.

Renzo & Grace
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Austin, Texas, United States
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Annie & I loved our too brief stay at your lovely B&B. Thanks for your good advice, nice room, hearty breakfast and infectious smiles. Santa Elena is a sweet little town and Viandante a great place to stay. And the price is right.

  • Stayed August 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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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
Hello Ric S

thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you next time

Renzo & Grace
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed there for 3 days, 2 nights. It was a great experience, and our favorite hotel in Costa Rica. Renzo and Grace were incredible hosts. We also went on a 5 hour hike with Renzo and loved it; we were able to find 7 frogs, a record for Renzo. I would recommend it without any hesitations or concerns. They offer great advice on activities (some companies are better than others), and they served delicious breakfasts every morning. We have nothing but great things to say about this hotel and Renzo and Grace. If we go back to Monteverde, this is where we'll be staying!

  • Stayed August 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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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Hello gfernand

thank you so much for you great review. Happy that you enjoyed your stay with us

Hope to see you next time

renzo
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Dusseldorf, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Friendliness and helpfulness were boundless. We had wonderful days here and Renzo and Grace were very responsive to our needs. We would visit this hotel again immediately and this time stay longer! Renzo showed us the interesting corners of Monte Verde and a biologist (entomologist) I must say I was absolutely overwhelmed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, August 21, 2012
Hello sascha

thank you so much for your great review. Hope to see you again.

Renzo
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Additional Information about Hotel El Viandante

Address: Frente Hotel Sapo Dorado, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel El Viandante 2.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel El Viandante , 13 new rooms all with private bathroom , hot water(no electric showers), cable tv, wireless , free internet. New breakfast and dining room with amazing view of Nicoya's gulf and the forest. ... more   less 
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