This is an excellent budget option. For $70 a night we got a nice, extremely clean room an 8 minute walk from downtown Santa Elena. The bath had a nice tiled stall shower. It is simple but very comfortable.
Upon arrival Ernesto spent 20 minutes talking me through all of my tour options and immediately made phone calls to set me up with a night tour, a wonderful guide for the Cloud Forest the next morning (Chris; i highly recommend), a canopy tour (Original Canopy, also highly recommend), transportation, etc. He was just delightful for our full 2 days. When we came back from our canopy tour one rainy night, i asked if there was coffee to drink and the fellow at the desk made me a pot, including hot milk, to take back to my room and thanked ME 4 times for taking it. That is the kind of service at this place.
The downsides were: no fridge in room (but they let us keep stuff in kitchen fridge, so no big deal), and, the biggest thing, no comfy place to sit outside when you want to just hang out. They have a small, pretty garden area, but the chairs are wood and incredibly uncomfortable. Also no air conditioning and windows don't open, but it was plenty cool at night. We enjoyed our stay very much and would recommend this if you want a place to stay, not just hang out.
- 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