If you are plannig to go to Costa Rica a trip to Monteverde is a must. Do not rent a car!!! You will have to pay the rental fee and insurance-again (your credit card insurance does not apply). Best is to TAXI and enjoy the drive - and what a view! Many roads are not paved, just dirt and cobble stones. Our experinced driver took 4 hours from Port Caldera to Monteverde. The road going to Monteverde is a steep climb up the mountain on a narrow road with no guardrails. I am glad my husband was not driving, we would have had many fights especially when big trucks came driving down straight at us.
The Villa Lodge is a 10 min. walk to the center of Santa Elena. There you will find many souvenier stores, restaurants, church,supermarket and other trinket stores.
The people are very friendly and I felt safe walking by myself. Many dogs roam the streets.
Now about our accomodations at Villa Lodge. The staff is friendly and organized. The two of us had a huge room with a tv and a computer for our disposal. They helped us with planning our days and suggested great tours that were very educational and enjoyable. Tea and coffee was offered all day through. Although there is no a/c there was no need for it, the night were cool and comfortable for sleeping. Breakfast was delicious and plenty of it. We highly recommend Villa Lodge. Thank you to the owners Anna and Heiner.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Monteverde Villa Hotel Santa Elena
- Monteverde Villa Lodge Costa Rica - Santa Elena