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Casa Tranquilo Hostel
Reviewed August 13, 2007

Whether you will like "the Casa" depends on what your expectations are: If you are a student backpacker just looking for a place to crash, do laundry (for $5), and check a little email (free), this is the place for you. If you are an older, more sophisticated traveler looking for a reasonably priced hotel near Santa Elena, the Casa is NOT for you. We fell in the latter category and were horrified when we pulled up to the Casa after a 4 hour boat/taxi ride from Arenal. What is advertised as a "B&B" is nothing more than a glorified hostel with private rooms. Our room reeked of bleach (to mask an underlying smell of urine). The shower had a hole for a drain and pipe holding the curtain. When we were lucky enough to get hot water, it was extremely fleeting. The room had only a bed (which was a foam mattress just inches from the ground) and a small "nightstand"--no closet, TV, alarm clock, or phone. The Casa is located on a busy road next door to a mechanic's shop--so getting a good night's sleep was out of the question. We awoke each morning at 5 am to large diesel trucks, mopeds and a pesky (but punctual) rooster crowing nearby. Breakfast was a continental buffet, and we ended up going to the cheap town Soda each morning instead. All in all, you get what you pay for at Casa Tranquilo--not much.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2007

Subject: Casa Tranquilo
Location: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Province of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Central America
Title: Enjoyable Stay at Casa Tranquilo
ID#: 8124278

This hostel is wonderful. The family running the hotel is extremely thoughtful and helpful. It is in a nice location, a 4 minute walk out of the center of Santa Elena. Also Tranquilo has the best hostel shower pressure and heat that I have experienced in Costa Rica. I would highly recommend Casa Tranquilo if you are going to stay in Monteverde and are looking for a reasonablly priced room. If I go back, I will be staying there!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with friends
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1  Thank rdrepont
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

Within walking distance, just a few minutes to the downtown area is the best value in Monteverde. The rooms are clean and hot water is essential. I particularly enjoyed the free wireless internet and buffet style breakfast which was included. I met a ton of travelers hanging out on the terrace which has a view to the gulf. There was a Guayaba tree adjacent to the building which allowed you to pick fresh fruit daily. The owner David was helpful and seemed very ethical and humble. I would recommend this place to other travelers headed to Monteverde for a great value.

  • Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed July 5, 2007

Casa Tranquilo is a brilliant place. Its very clean and comfortable. The beds, unlike most hostels, are firm and comfortable. There is a great patio on the second floor with hammocks which is a great spot to drink and hang out. The internet is free and the hot water is hot. The owner is great and speaks english very well. The best hostel I have stayed at in Costa Rica. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed June 29, 2007

the good:
-$20/night is an unbeatable price anywhere, even in CR, for a private room w/ private shower
-the shower itself is very nice, excellent hot water
-excellent location, in the heart of santa elena w/ many good restaurant options nearby
-free internet access in the common area
-good tour and restaurant advice from the owners and staff
-the owners will do your laundry!!! granted for like $5/load, but it's pretty convenient while on vacation...

the bad:
-there are indeed a lot of insects, including some large roaches, around, but duh... you're essentially staying in a rainforest

the expected:
-you're paying $20/night.... it would be unreasonable to expect 5-star lodgings at that price... you get a private room w/ private shower, but yes, there are bugs. and yes, the breakfast isn't anything to write home about, although the fresh fruit is nice. Casa Tranquilo is a good home-base for younger travelers who don't mind the noise of other nearby hostels, or those looking for inexpensive lodging so they can blow more money at what people come to costa rica for, the rainforests...

  • Stayed: April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 29, 2007

Caso Tranquilo is a perfect place to stay if you want somewhere reasonably priced, clean, and close to everything in Monteverde. The owner, David, was fantastic. Very friendly and helpful. The rooms were spacious, clean, and the beds were pretty comfy. The water for showers was hot. The free breakfast consisted of cereal, a variety of fruits, juices, coffee, toast, and eggs that you could prepare on your own. I would recommend this place for any budget traveler who wants a safe, comfortable place to stay in Monteverde.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2007

After reading a couple of positive reviews, my wife and I booked a room here for 2 nights in June. The hostel advertised a/c but the a/c was only turned on for about an hour after we first checked in and then it was turned off and remained so for the rest of our stay. The room stank and the bed stank even more. The sheets were threadbare and the room was crawling with roaches and other bugs. We found flying roaches in our bed and when we approached the manager about it, his reply was, "Welcome to the rainforest". The manager, David, appeared amaible at first and capable of speaking English, but it was soon apparent that he was rather arrogant and not very accomodating (as evidenced by his above-cited comment). Also, even though we paid a deposit on our room when booking it online, the manager changed the price of the room when we were checking out. Some friendly dogs live on the premises but they do bark and growl loudly all night. I've backpacked throughout Asia, Central and South America, Eastern/Western Europe, North America and Australia and this is certainly the worst stay I've experienced in any accomodations anywhere.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Tranquilo Hostel

Address: 100 m downhill from the SuperCompro supermrket | Monteverde, Puntarenas, Santa Elena 5655, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 33 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range: $17 - $62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Tranquilo is a rustic tico-style house turned into a relaxed hostel outside the village of Santa Elena in Monteverde, Costa Rica.here you'll find Free Breakfast, Free Internet & Wifi. Kitchen and parking area are also available... ... more   less 
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Casa Tranquilo Hotel Santa Elena
Casa Tranquilo Hostel Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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