The Rustic Lodge is a nice little family owned hotel located on the outskirts of Santa Elena. It turned out to be a muh much nicer than what we had expected earlier. I will highly recommend it for a stay when you visit the Monteverde area.
The hotel is not lavish by any means. But the rooms are spotlessly clean and well furnished, the breakfast (included in our room rate) is hearty, and the owner/managers (Jose and Ernesto) are really mice people to deal with. The room rates are very economical as well. The breakfast is prepared fresh everyday. We had pancakes, french toast, fresh costa rican cheese and fresh fruits and some other great stuff everyday washed down with nice coffee. They gave us great advice about local spots, tours and even arranged guides for us
In my opinion, the overall service is the best part. Right from sending prompt emails about our reservation (thank you Jose), to making us feel welcome at the lodge, the owner/managers take a lot of care in dealing with guests. We we travelling with our little baby and had reached late in the evening. Jose and Ernesto made sure that we were comfortable and well taken care of and even gave us a bigger room to accomodate the baby's crib. Couldnt have asked for more!
Note that the hotel is situated on the outskirts of town. If you are driving to Santa Elena late in the evening, make sure to call Jose and ask for exact directions as the rental car GPS units can sometimes be a little misleading. There are a couple of nice little restaurants/'sodas' within walking distance from the rustic lodge. The 'downtown' area of town is perhaps 5 minutes by car.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay there very much. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monteverde Rustic Lodge is a small family run hotel in the heart of Santa Elena Monteverde. Our lodge is recommended for solo travelers, couples, nature lovers and families. Our mission is to make sure that every single guest we have has a great individual experience and that each of you will go home with wonderful memories. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monteverde Rustic Hotel Santa Elena
- Monteverde Rustic Lodge Costa Rica - Santa Elena