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“Nice stay in the Cloud Forest” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Las Orquideas
Ranked #4 of 14 Santa Elena B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice stay in the Cloud Forest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2011

We stayed at Las Orquideas this past June and had a lovely stay. The room was rustic, with carved wooden beds and basic accommodations. My husband and I stayed in one room, while our children had an adjoining room with a bunk bed and there was also another twin bed in the room. They preferred the bunk beds, of course. The staff is helpful and friendly, and the owner exemplified this, as well. It seems that there was pride and care taken in making guests feel comfortable and we certainly appreciated this. That said, the breakfast that was the best! Everyday we were treated to a homemade, freshly prepared breakfast (a nice variety that included eggs, omelets, typical Tico rice and beans that were so flavorful, fresh fruit, coffee, hot cocoa, etc.) We enjoyed our stay in Santa Elena and walked to the town everyday while we stayed at in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica. For us, Las Orquideas was a nice place to stay and to begin our Costa Rican adventure.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Monilyn
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Newton, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

We stayed here for one night on our way out of San Jose. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the property is beautiful. We enjoyed the pool. This hotel is not close to anything so you're forced to eat at the restaurant. The food was ok, a little over priced. The staff were quite kind and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ohewett
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2011

Great hotel! Great locations! And the owners are so sweet, hospitable, and know from experience all that the beautiful Costa Rica has to offer. We had an unforgettable stay here!

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank jacqu06
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New York
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2011

For the price, it's a great deal. It's not luxurious but it is a nice place to stay. It's close to town. The owner is very helpful in organizing excursions and the place has a cozy feel. Breakfast is made to order which is very good.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TresaB
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2011

Walking distance to town. Owner is extremely friendly and speaks perfect English as she lived in the US for many years. Breakfast was very good.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JarzenAtl
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Reno, Nevada
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24 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2011

I have seen all of the reviews for this hotel and would like to clear up some misconceptions that everyone may have about this hotel and tripadvisors placement in the ratings. Ratings on tripadvisor are done by us, the customers. There is no official "star" rating system with professional travel writers making recommendations. The fact that Las Orquideas is rated #1 in Santa Elena is because customers feel it is the best place to stay. I have found Las Orquideas on other sites and it is a 1 star hotel. Personally, I feel it is the cleanliest and nicest 1 star hotel I have ever stayed in. You might find some spiders or other insects in the rooms, but face it people--you are just a few miles away from the Cloud Forest, there are going to be bugs. If you are afraid of a few beetles, spiders, and mosquitoes, Costa Rica is not the place for you and maybe you should consider some place north like Niagara Falls. I loved feeding the Pizotes in the morning and have posted some great pics of them crawling up my leg. They can be a little aggressive, so parents--don't let your kids hold the plate of food because their claws are sharp. Breakfast was good and actually better than some I have had in 3 star hotels. The owner was very accommodating in allowing us to leave our luggage with her while we toured the cloud forest since we were checking out that day. She had several restaurant recommendations and the walk to town is easy and not far. The view sells this place above anything! I have posted some amazing shots I snapped from the back porch. If you are looking for a clean, economical place to stay close to Santa Elena--this is it.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Livetotravel4321
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San Diego, CA USA
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2011

We got to the hotel and were amazed by the detail of the construction of the place. You feel like you are in a large modern log cabin.
The manager is very nice but doesn't speak English so it may be a little inconvenient to people who don't know any Spanish.

The place is immaculately clean.
We made our own dinners in the kitchen and it was really nice.

There are large glass windows over looking the mountains. GORGEOUS!
Our room had the most amazing view of the mountains.
There were monkeys and other animals that hung out on the balconies. It was so amazing to to get so close to them.
The hotel is about a 10 min. walk into the center of town which we liked. We did not get the noise of the pollution of the cars and felt like we were in a remote area when were were not.
This was our favorite hotel out of the 5 we stayed in in costa rica.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Hotel Las Orquideas
Address: | 300 meters south of Santa Elena, frente a la Caballeriza el Rodeo, Santa Elena 60109, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Las Orquideas 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Las Orquideas is owned and operated by a local Tico family that lived in U.S. for 29 years. We are located at the entrance of the Monteverde area, only 300 meters from the small town of Santa Elena, the commercial center of Monteverde, as you drive in from the Pan-American Highway. Here you will find unique, breathtaking views of the local waterfalls right out back with a private trail. The Tilaran mountain range where both, the Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest reserves are located, the Ecological Sanctuary, the San Luis Valley and the spectacular Gulf of Nicoya, all at one location. All rooms equipped with large windows to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Monteverde and the surrounding areas. We have two styles of rooms, rustic and modern. Beds are outfitted with therapeutic mattresses and hypo-allergenic sheets and comforters. Breakfasts are prepared and served right before your eyes. Come and visit us and feel like being on vacation in the comfort of your own home. ... more   less 
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Las Orquideas Santa Elena
Las Orquideas Hotel Santa Elena
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