We've just returned from a two week trip to Costa Rica, and here's some basic information for those who are making your first trip. (1) the roads in Costa Rica are not necessarily the best - but they go to the best places! (2) Unpaved roads will give you not only a "Costa Rican massage" but will yield the most amazing and beautiful vistas you will ever see.
That being said, I want to give a BEYOND PERFECT thumbs up to CASA BATSU in Monteverde. Do not be put off by the unpaved road - there is an oasis of hospitality, Costa Rican love, sense of family, wonderful breakfasts and comfortable, cozy and artistic accommodations. Hosts Paola and Carlos are beyond compare, and Carlos knows everyone.....he can help you make all kinds of plans and organize tours with that personal touch (thank you Carlos!) We LOVED this place!!
Web address is www.casabatsu.org.
Telephone number (toll free) is (415) 800 4194 from the US/Canada.