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“Freddy The Great!” 5 of 5 stars
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0.5 Km from Santa Elena downown, Santa Elena 5655-60109, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #12 of 13 Santa Elena B&B and Inns
Rialto, California
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“Freddy The Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Awesome Guy! Sweetest person in CR! Freddy was awesome went into monte verde wanting and hoping to see a sloth! we asked around, and everyone said that there was no luck! But Freddy didn't need luck! He had SKILL! :) We told him we were dyeing to see sloths and had already scheduled a bird seeing tour with him the next morning, but that night, without us asking or anything he found us a sloth!!! right there minutes away from our hotel! That wasnt even included in our tour but Freddy went out of his way to find a sloth for my little brother. and it made all the difference! Freddy is AWESOME! I recommend eveyone to stay with him and go on his bird seeing tour! He has an eye for those birds! he can spot them miles away!

Room Tip: The top story has a great view of the sunrise and sunset!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

We stayed 3 nights at La Puesta del Sol and it was a very nice experience. The owners, Freddy and Juanita are very nice and attentive people and we felt very much welcomed with them (and their daughters too!). They are locals, so they really know the area and we could learn a lot about how life is in town. Our room was very spacious and super clean, and since the hotel is slightly outside the town center (5-10 minutes walk) we had very good and quiet sleep nights. This is something we were very grateful for, after spending our days walking, trekking and doing different activities. The wildlife tour with Freddy was just amazing! We were only 3 people and he took us to three different off-the-grid areas to spot sloths and different birds as toucans, toucanets, quetzals and bell birds... These places are only known by locals, so we got to see far more animals than with any other tour!! Thanks Freddy and Juanita for those 3 great days....

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

My sister and I stayed at Freddy's La Puesta Del Sol during the holidays in 2012 and definitely recommend it. This was - thankfully - not in the center of Santa Elena where our first hotel was located. This was slightly outside of the town center which made for a much quieter night sleep! It was only a 10 minute walk into the very center of town anyway, so the location was just right. We had a 1st floor room with 2 twin beds and one double, our own shower and bath - it was very comfortable and super clean. The best part about the stay was Freddy's wildlife tour! He is from Santa Elena, knows EVERYONE in town, and not only took us out for a 5AM birding+ tour of the area, but got up and made us breakfast in his kitchen too! We saw FAR MORE birds and wildlife with Freddy than we did with the guides in the Monteverde Cloud Forest - in part because he knows the special areas around that are not heavily frequented by tourists, and which are owned and accessed by local people instead. We definitely recommend this hotel and Freddy's tour!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Teeswater, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We recently spent three nights at Freddie and Juanita's hotel. They were most attentive to any of our needs or concerns and made us feel right at home. We took Freddie's tour our first morning and were thrilled with his knowledge of the birds and wildlife in the immediate area. A great way to discover some of the sights and sounds of Monteverde.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

Although we didn't stay at this hotel we booked a birding tour with Freddy since he was recommended. I went with my boyfriend who is a hardcore birder and he was super exited. Freddy took us on a 4 hour tour where we saw birds, including Toucans and Motmots, and as a bonus we also saw a sloth and one aguti. He definitely knows his birds and you can see the love and passion that he has for it. Needles to say we were super happy we booked his tour and had a chance to ride in his awesome blue jeep.Pura Vida!

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

Though we did not stay in this hotel, my family recently spent a morning with Freddy looking for birds and other creatures in the Santa Elena area. We saw so many birds we would have missed without Freddy and his trusty telescope! He demonstrated his thorough knowledge of birds and wildlife throughout the morning, taking us to various spots where we were likely to spot things of interest. At the end of the tour, we were fortunate to see a young quetzal, which we would have never seen without Freddy's keen eye and knowledge of the area. I would highly recommend Freddy to anyone considering a guided walk in the Monteverde/Santa Elena area.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

I like this hotel because it was very clean and very quiet for a great nights sleep. The bed and bathrooms are very clean and comfortable. Freddie and his family are very nice. Freddie runs guided bird tours and he goes above and beyond to make sure you can find amazing animals. I saw a sloth, and a Quetzel, and a ton of parrots and other birds. He knows ever bird call on earth and is perhaps the sweetest person in Costa Rica. He ran around and was so excited to make my experience amazing. He REALLY cared and truly enjoyed showing me all of the amazing animals! He was also able to book my zip lining tour (I loved extremo!! Go Superman!!!) and transport to Arenal Volcano. I really enjoyed my 2 night stay here and felt much better knowing that the money that I was spending on the room was going directly to his family and not a wealthy foreigner who has a business here. Thank you Freddie for the amazing experience, and wonderful nights stay. I would definitely come back! Pura Vida!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Hotel La Puesta del Sol
Address: 0.5 Km from Santa Elena downown, Santa Elena 5655-60109, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a Costa Rican family-owned lodge. We, Freddy and Juanita (owners) offer personal service to all our guests. The lodge has great view to Monteverde's mountains and spectacular sunsets. Located near Santa Elena in a highly peaceful place. We offer: rooms with private bathroom and hot water- Wi-Fi internet- Breakfast- Laundry Service- Private parking area- World Famous Bird Watching Freddy's Tour- Tours and activities information. ... more   less 
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Hotel La Puesta Del Sol Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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