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Monteverde Villa Lodge
Ranked #2 of 14 Santa Elena B&B and Inns
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

Four blocks from downtown Santa Elena. Lovely family run the place. Only 1 1/2 years old. We had a large quadruple cabin. The room is much larger than most. The cabin is very close to the next one. Not many rooms in this place. It had a kitchen sink, fridge, a bar with two stools. Plenty of hot shower water. Individual lights over the three beds. Almost no bugs (some sugar ants got to our food). Clean. Could here the neighbors the usual amount. There were shelves next to the TV. Could see a six foot pile of gravel out the side window. Could hear a rooster in distance, not enough to wake. A barking dog in the early morning, not load enough to wake, but loud enough to wish it would be quite. Some places are worse. Satellite TV in the room. The lobby has a computer you can use to get on the internet, which we did. Breakfast was good, and well presented. The usual choices. We all drank the water and were fine. They gave a good map of the area that I used to drive around. Very helpful. As you approach Santa Elena from the coast, the dirt turns to pavement. About 100 meters later (or is it before the pavement?, I forget now) look for a sign and turn on the left. Follow the signs.

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 14, 2011

We had a wonderful time at this hotel. It's walkable to the "downtown" area of Monteverde and to many of the attractions (you can easily find cabs to those that you can't walk to). The room itself was very clean and cozy, and the breakfast was delicious. Heiner and Ana, who own the hotel, were wonderful - they helped us book activities and suggested great places to eat. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We decided to go there because of all those good reviews about this hotel. We had a first class service from the Hotel Manager, with our reservations around Monteverde. It is a small hotel, but always good customer service around activities and restaurants. We gladly will go again!!!

Room Tip: Rooms and bathrooms are all very clean!!
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2011

Monteverde has lots to do outside, so there's no need to waste time and money on accommodations. Thus the Monteverde Villa Lodge fits the bill nicely. We (2 adults, 2 children) stayed in a small cabin that slept 4. It was rustic, but certainly comfortable. A nice breakfast is included in the rate, and laundry service is available. It's located just a few minutes outside the "town" center, but there are some restaurants within walking distance.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2011

We stayed in Monteverde Villa Lodge 3 nights July 15, 16 and 17 2011 -- it is the rainy season, combined with tropical depression from the pacific --- it poured most of the time -- nevertheless we had a GREAT time. Villa Lodge is perfectly located -- out of the center of town in a nice quite verdant place (butterflies and hummingbirds), and close to everything. The cabins are spacious and comfortable. The breakfast is great. However, the best of Villa Lodge are Heiner and Ana. Heiner is gentle, kind and attentive. Heiner catered to every little need we had. He arranged the tours for us, suggested places to eat, to visit, to watch futbol. As a couple Ana and Heiner embraced us and made us part of their family the three days we were there. We enjoyed the place immensely, will return to Villa Lodge in our future visits to Monteverde and will recommend it to anybody who plans to visit Monteverde which BTW if you are in Costa Rica-- it is a must.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

Monteverde Villa Lodge
Santa Elena

This review is difficult to write because the Monteverde Villa Lodge is family-owned, family-run. Bad or average reviews can hurt these kinds of businesses, especially when they are mean-spirited or unwarranted. But there were pros and cons to our stay and I will do my best to sort them out fairly. It cannot be denied that the owners, Heiner and Ana, were two of the nicest, authentic people we met in Costa Rica. They were unfailingly polite and understood the true meaning of hospitality. Our advance reservation somehow got lost. No matter: they still had a room for us. And they were running a special so the room was slightly less expensive. Even though the accommodations were separate from their residence, breakfast (desayuno típico) was served as if in their own home, politely and attentively. Heiner joked that his English was not very good, but his English was better than our Spanish, so we figured out a way of understanding each other pretty well. The rooms and bedding were clean. They found a guide for us to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

But there were issues. We arrived in Santa Elena via Tilarán during fog and rain and had trouble finding the Lodge. Their website map was confusing for someone who has never been there before and though the map stated they were on the main road, they weren’t. So we did what all the books told us to do-- head to the Pension Santa Elena for the best information about anything. The Pension was located in the triangle of the town’s center. The Pension never heard of the lodge. Even when we pulled it up on the computers they were mystified. Still, they gave us directions that made the best sense and eventually we found the lodge. It looked nothing like the pictures on the website. It was at the end of a back road in a small lot surrounded by chain-linked fencing. It was not a true lodge, nestled in a verdant forest, as suggested by the pictures. There were only a few small semi-attached cabins; they were not villas. In fact, it wasn’t in Monteverde at all; it was in Santa Elena. Our cabin, the one in the middle, was clean but sparsely furnished which made it seem roomy. It felt almost as if they intended to do more but stopped—the kitchen area looked inexpensively unfinished. In our cabin there was really only one screened window to open, a narrow sliding one above the large front window. With all the varnished wood on the walls and ceiling, it felt closed in. The front door only stayed closed when we locked it since there wasn’t a true latch. The back door opened into a draining area and another fenced-off yard. There was a large grouping of trees and bushes immediately in front of our large window, so we couldn’t really look out. For some people, this may have been all right, but we felt that if it rained the whole time we were here in the cloud forest and we were not able to get out and see things, we were going to feel trapped in a viewless room. This seemed highly ironic to us. We were in a particularly sparsely populated high point on the south slope of the Cordilleras de Tilarán, facing the Gulf of Nicoya and we felt immediately claustrophobic. As soon as we unpacked we headed for the triangle of Santa Elena and spent our waiting hours in a bookstore/café called Chunches, directly across from the Pension. In our two-day stay, we did get to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (the tour set up by Heiner’s assistant at the Lodge front desk) and El Trapiche, a family-run coffee plantation tour.

We understand budget accommodations, but usually strange quirks or things lacking are overlooked because of a uniqueness and charm. That’s what was missing here. We negotiated with the owner to reduce our stay from three nights to two. And to his credit, he did so without hesitation, fuss or penalty. We apologized for leaving after only two days. Heiner brushed it off and even embraced us with genuine warmth as we left; we will not soon forget it. In fact, the memory of that is making this review hard to write. Yes, part of the problem was not within their purview. We were coming to Santa Elena and Monteverde at a time when the rains were in a stationary position. And when the downpours stopped they were replaced with pervasive ground clouds. That immediately limited what we could see and do without resorting to all the expensive and mindless tourist trap alternatives, of which there were many. These circumstances may have colored how we saw the Lodge. Still, if the entrance--the exterior parking area that formed our first impression--was better tended to, if the middle cabin could have had a real door knob and perhaps a chair to sit in, if the kitchen could have been better finished, if our cabin could have been built so more air could enter the room, if the bushes didn’t rob what little natural light there was and so on and so on, then the owner’s great hospitality would have stretched a little further and I could have recommended their accommodations. It is with regret that I cannot.

To Heiner: Lo siento, pero no te preocupes; there are many, many reviews with quite the opposite opinion of mine here on TripAdvisor, so I guess, take this one with a grain of salt.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2011

We stayed at the Villa Lodge for three nights on our honeymoon trip to Costa Rica. It was really lovely and Heiner and Ana couldn't have been more helpful or friendly. They advised us about tours and booked them for us, cooked very tasty breakfasts and were very tolerant of us practicing our terrible Spanish.

We spent the first night in one of the cabins which was spacious, clean and comfortable. We then had to move to one of the rooms upstairs in the main house. This was smaller but still comfortable with a lovely balcony to sit out on.

This is a great, welcoming, family run hotel. It's simple but excellent value.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 250 meteres west from Orquidias Hotel | 500 meters from super Compro super Marker, Santa Elena 5654, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Elena
Price Range: $61 - $91 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Monteverde Villa Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monteverde Villa Lodge nestled in the heart of Santa Elena Monteverde steps away from adventure tours, banks, restaurants, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde Villa Lodge is on the pulse of the nature isle - perfect for researchers, students and tourist.Monteverde Villa Lodge boasts 8 rooms designed with distinctive charm using precious woods and great family-style ambiance. ... more   less 
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