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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Province of Puntarenas

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Sayumi W
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Best naturalist Melvin”
Reviewed September 25, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

We didn't stay at the Melvin's house however we hired Melvin for our private tour to find the mysterious bird quetzals at the Curi Cancha Park. He was such a keen and profetional naturalist! Not only he was great in guiding, but also he was a true hearted nice man. Since it is not always and not so easy to see the quetzals, we wanted to go only with Melvin, who is the most knows specialist to find this birds. And yes we did see them!!!
Thank you very much Melvin and I will hope to see you soon and meet Saray next time I go back!

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scorpion3...
Key West, Florida
1 review
“THE BEST VACATION HOUSE IN MONTERVERDE”
Reviewed July 20, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

With a family of 7 people Mr.Melvin's Home was the best affordable and private residence hidden in the beautiful rain forest. Huge backyard to walk around and enjoy the sight of birds and critters. Mr Melvin is a Very Pura Vida Man!!! Super knowledgeable about the area and he's extremely friendly, be sure to ask for a visit to his sister's restaurant, she makes the most amazing homemade thing crust pizza its to die for hehehe! He can also take you in a private tour to the hills where you can do amazing hikes!!

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
Jul 24, 2016
Melvin and his wife Saray are lovely people. They made us feel welcome during our entire 4-day stay. Melvin is passionate about the natural environment around Monteverde and provided guide service for two of the 4 days we were there. He also arranged other activities per our request. Since their house is right next door on the property, they were very accessible and responsive.

The house itself is charming. The upper level has two bedrooms. The lower level (separate entrance) has the third bedroom and a separate bath. The separate entrances worked for us, although it was a bit inconvenient. The location is magnificent, very remote and in the midst of a beautiful forest. The remoteness is a big part of its charm, but it also means more time driving the gravel roads back and forth to town and other locations.
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Lindsey A
1 review
“Beautiful house and wonderful hosts...the full Monteverde experience”
Reviewed April 14, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

Our stay at Melvin's house was exactly what we wanted for our trip to Monteverde! The house is great with modern amenities and beautiful views. You really are in the rainforest and can observe a lot of the nature you typically see on the hikes. Melvin's house is outside of the town center in the Cloud Rain Forest Preserve so we used our rental car to get around, but I recommend this for the region because you are able to experience a lot more (4WD required).

Beyond the house, what really made our trip to Monteverde amazing was Melvin and his wife's hospitality. They were always available to answer our questions and provide guidance on the best things to do. Melvin has been a guide for over 20 years and his family owns property in the region so he really knows his stuff. We were able to visit Finca Modelo San Luis (highly recommended) just down the road and hike the trails as well as take Melvin's night tour through the Children's Eternal Rainforest. I cannot speak highly enough about their kindness and generosity. If you want a real Monteverde experience, stay at Melvin's house and say hi to Paquito, their "pet" coati. You won't regret it!

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Liked best: The hosts
Traveling group: Friends
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Management Response
Apr 16, 2016
I m happy man to have nice people as Lindsay and friends very nice person and good comunication.
I hope to have Lindsay one more time at Melvins' House.
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John H
Meadow Vista, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Comfort in the clouds”
Reviewed March 26, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Made last minute change of plans to spend three nights in Monteverde, and so glad we did. Melvin was able to accommodate us, and his place is a perfect way to experience cloud forest living. We had high wind and rain every night, which we loved from the comfort of Melvin's house, which has huge windows in every room bringing the forest inside. Everything was very clean and Everything worked as it should. Excellent places to eat are within five minutes drive on dirt roads, and easy to manage once you get a feel for the area. Of the three bedrooms, one bedroom,and one bathroom is only accessible from outside as they are under the house, which is a consideration for families with small children.

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Liked best: Beautiful setting
Liked least: Driveway
Traveling group: Friends
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TPH214
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Very happy with our visit.”
Reviewed February 20, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
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We stayed two nights at Melvin's house and liked it very much. The house is in great shape, was very clean and well maintained. The view of the jungle is great. We were visited by monkeys one morning.

The best part about Melvin's house is Melvin. What a nice guy.

We hired him for the day and he took us to visit the famous ficus tree. I am a big fan of trees and have traveled all over the world. This is possibly my favorite tree of all. I never would have imagined we could all climb more than 100 feet up this tree (without harnesses) and feel completely safe. What an experience.

Marvin took us to his family ranch and we loved it. If you want to experience the cloud forest without the crowds I highly recommend this.

Traveling group: Teenagers
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Maria C
2 reviews
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“Peaceful retreat in the mountain”
Reviewed March 31, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Melvin's guest house was comfortable, well-equiped and very clean. We couldn't see as many animals as we hoped during our stay, but Melvin and his wife's hospitality more than made up for it - they even shared a fireplace dinner with us one night.

Melvin is in love with Monteverde and this is apparent from the way he designed and built his house turned towards the forest, with big windows letting in all the action in the surroundings into the house.

We didn't really manage to get wi-fi access while at the property, but there are nearby cafes that offer that if needed. The property is away from the center of town, which makes it more peaceful and secluded, but only a 5/10 minute drive to anything you'd want to see or do in Monteverde.

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Liked best: Rustic setting
Liked least: Wi-fi connection
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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tommciver
Encinitas, California
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Kelvins house felt like home- but with monkeys, coatis and toucans as neighbours.”
Reviewed March 18, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

Melvin and his wife are lovely, lovely people. The house is great, the critters that stroll through the grounds in the early morning are wonderfully exotic and the location, right next to the National Park, is perfect. Melvin is also a registered guide, so be sure to book at least one day with him, you won't regret it! He has lived in the area all of his life and it is his backyard.
Beware of the roads in Monteverde, though. You'll need a 4-wheel drive vehicle as the roads are hard packed earth with boulders and pot holes aplenty!

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Liked best: The friendship of Melvin and his lovely wife!
Liked least: The roads to and through Monteverde (though these should be better soon)
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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