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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
San Francisco, California
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3 hotel reviews
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Exceptional hosts, wonderful, almost cabin-like quarters...what's to not love? I honestly believe this was the best deal we've found in Costa Rica. Clean (and modern), fully equipped, easy walk to town, and amazing proprietors. I went all about CR during my time here, and never did I find a place so welcoming. They have an amazing map of town and will tell you what is impressive. Color me impressed! I will not hesitate to send my friends here...once they ask!

  • Stayed December 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, February 12, 2013
Hello Christopher_dicicco

thank you so much for you review. As i wrote in the past, it-s easy for us give the best when you have such a nice wonderful guests.

Hope to see you again

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Grace and Renzo, the charming innkeepers, were the best we met in our eight day stay in Costa Rica. They made useful recommendations for every attraction, restaurant and activity we undertook. Grace serves yummy and hearty breakfasts every morning. She even served early in time for us to enjoy a hike. The rooms are wood-paneled with bright colored bedspreads - reminiscent of your favorite summer camp. Everything is spotlessly clean and comfortable. Tremendous value, and even better hospitality. We hope to visit again.

  • Stayed December 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, February 12, 2013
Hello Carol H

thank you so much. We really appreciate your review. Hope to have possibility n the future to meet you again.

Renzo / Grace
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for the 3rd and 4th nights of our honeymoon trip to Costa Rica. The rooms were very nice and resembled a mountain cabin. The service was excellent. Grace and her husband were great hosts and they were able to give us great information about what to do not only in Monteverde, but also at Arenal where our next stop would be.

Breakfast was included and Grace made each of us an individual plate in the morning. The breakfast was different each day and was delicious.

The building did tend to creak a bit during the night because of some extreme winds in the area so that kept me up a little bit at night, but it wasn't terrible.

Overall we had an excellent stay and loved our hosts. I would recommend this hotel over any other in Monteverde.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, February 12, 2013
Hello Mark c

thank you so much for your review. I hope you enjoyed your stay here with us.

We know that during the windy season can be a little scared in the night, but it-s part of the beauty of the place (monteverde) strong wind between end of november and beginnin of february.

Hope to see you again.

Renzo / Grace
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Annapolis, Maryland
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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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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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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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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 ( WiFi ) 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*
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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