I stayed at this hostel for a couple of nights and overall really enjoyed it. It is situated only a short walk from town...Santa Elena is not exactly a big place.
The rooms are clean and have ensuite bathrooms. There is a lovely balcony/veranda right off the rooms where you can chill out and relax with a book.
The breakfast is good, although it is somewhat sparse. No opportunity for seconds, either, not even the coffee. The pancakes are really good and so is the coffee!
The hostel can pre-book lots of things for you to do in the area. However, there was one thing which I found somewhat off-putting. They REALLY PUSH you to book the tours a little too much, to the point of telling you that if you book elsewhere you will not receive your deposit back if you need to cancel; whereas with them, you will. No doubt, this may be the case with some operators; however, I did some research in town and found this to NOT be true with the larger and more reputable companies. In fact, I initially had a specific request in how I wanted to arrange my time but the hostel could not accommodate me (not without having me do something I was not interested in AND having it cost me even more!). I ended up checking out some operators in town and was able to get exactly what I hoped for PLUS at a lower cost...all with a money-back guarantee, if required.
If you stay there and are not sure you want to book anything through them, do not be scared into doing otherwise. Of course, if you want to book with them, go for it! Just don't think you have no other option, that's all.
FYI - The hostel even has a sign in the kitchen that says that free breakfast is only available if you book tours with them! Although we were still served without any hassles.
Aside from this, I really enjoyed this hostel and I recommend it. The people there are quite nice, especially the dad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cabinas El Pueblo,It is the ideal place to rest as it is very close to the center but away from the noise, we offer our customers a ingnolvidable stay.The rooms are very clean the bathrooms have hot water, no internet service, wi-fi and breakfast plus we have included the best pancakes in the world. The coffee you take here is organic coffee from our plantation here you can take all the coffee you want.We offer the best prices for all tours in the Monteverde area. Remember if you are a student do not forget to bring your student card and you will have very good discounts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena