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“Great location and lodge!!”
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Arco Iris Lodge
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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“Great location and lodge!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

Arco lodge Is amazing. This is my 2nd time in monteverde, and I prefer this location and lodge hands down. The location is central, but still secluded in the forest. The 2 floor cabanas offer lots of space and airflow. Which helps in the rainy season. The staff were very helpful and professional.

  • Stayed September 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Centrally located in the town of Santa Elena, Hotel Arco Iris gives you great proximity to all the cultural attractions that the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has to offer. Gracious and knowledgeable staff that accommodated all of our requests. We stayed in two different rooms and enjoyed the same comforts in just a different setting and. Great experience and highly recommend. Motorcycle traffic was the only downside.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Albany, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

We spent two nights at Arco Iris in Santa Elena and would definitely return there. The women at the front desk are extremely helpful with all sorts of logistics. We took their advice on doing a nature hike in a nearby reserve that wasn't Monteverde and we had a wonderful experience (quetzals galore) with a terrific guide - Adrian - and none of the crowds. The breakfast at Arco Iris is extra but so worth it - delicious and plentiful.

Don't miss nearby "Bat World" - a one-of-a-kind, fascinating place.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

Nice rooms that are very unique. Staff very helpful. Great location, although you do hear motorcycles driving through town, but just a minor thing compared to the great ambiance of the hotel and it's grounds.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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South San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

We stayed at Arco Iris for 4 nights in August. It was very clean, and our cabin was huge - nice kitchen area, sitting area, gigantic shower with two shower heads, and a comfortable (firm) bed. The staff was incredibly friendly (specifically Melanie and Elisette) and helped us book various tours and practice our Spanish. We took advantage of the breakfast on two mornings - it was good, all-you-can-eat but definitely try the Orchid Cafe just down the road if you want a bit more variety.
The lodge is within walking distance of the (tiny) town of Santa Elena and a pleasant walk to the Butterfly Garden. The property itself is beautiful - well-maintained grounds, gorgeous flowers and friendly and lazy resident dogs and a cat. Sure, you have to walk up a hill to get there but it's definitely worth it.
The only reason I didn't give it a score of 5 was due to noise. We were (I think) the only room in the whole place that had people above us, and we could hear them scraping their chairs around (were they moving furniture? who knows). We were also the very first building (and again, only one) right next to the driveway so we could every tour van that came in as well as the party in the hotel next door. Honestly, though - I think if you can just ask for a room in the back of the property, you'll be golden. It was not a deal breaker at all - we loved it and I'd stay there again!

Room Tip: ask for a room in the back of the property to avoid road/driveway noise!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

We just got back from our trip to Costa Rica and spent our first two nights at Arco Iris. We really enjoyed the hotel while we were there. It was clean, safe, and private; plus the staff at Arco Iris was nice and answered any questions we had. It is located very centrally to town and you can walk to many places. Some reviews complained about a lot of noise coming from town, but we never noticed it- day or night!

The breakfast they offered seemed to be the best deal around at only $7/person. They had a selection of typical Costa Rican fare and offered to cook you eggs to order. I would highly suggest eating here to get a good meal at a great price! They grow a lot of their own food in a large garden behind the main lodge- be sure to walk back there and take a look!

We stayed in room two which had a queen bed, great bathroom, and nice front porch. There was even a flatscreen tv which we weren't expecting! The bed was very, very firm, which we didn't enjoy, but we LOVED the waterfall shower. We also enjoyed sitting on the front porch at night and reading or playing cards. The hotel room did not have air conditioning but the weather while we were there was surprisingly cool so it wasn't a problem. I would suggest taking a pair of pants though in case the weather is cool while you are there- we only had shorts, and were fine, but pant's wouldn't have hurt!

While there be sure to eat at Morphos and zipline with Sky Adventures! Also, when planning your trip, I would suggest spending a few days in Monteverde or skipping it all together. We only spent one real day here and we just ziplined, which we could have done in Arenal. I think we would have enjoyed Monteverde more if we had done a few more activities like the coffee tour or a night tour of the jungle. It just seemed like a lot of travel time for little reward. I did love traveling on the crazy, bummpy, costa rican roads though- you got to see so much of what the country was really like!

Room Tip: We loved room Two- perfect for a couples getaway!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kauai, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

We stayed at the Arco Iris for only one night but we enjoyed our stay. We had a two bedroom villa which worked well as we were a couple and a 16 year old. The rooms were clean and the beds comfortable, the breakfast buffet was good as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Arco Iris Lodge
Address: Santa Elena de Monteverde, Santa Elena 5655, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Arco Iris Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 19
Also Known As:
Arco Iris Hotel Santa Elena
Arco Iris Lodge Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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