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Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
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Halmstad, Sweden
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129 reviews
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“In the middle of cloud forest”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

This place really is in the middle of the cloud forest! Beautiful surroundings! It's a good work out to walk down to Santa Elena village, since it's constantly up- and downhills walk.

We stayed here for two nights and there were only a couple of other guests here at the same time. The room were basic but very spacious and well cleaned. There is no safety in the room. The beds were so hard that it was difficult to sleep and the body hurts in the middle of the night.

The staff was very friendly and helpful at all times. There is free wifi available in the restaurant and reception area.

Breakfast was nothing special, you order the type you prefer (American or local) and you get a plate served at the table.
We had dinner here both nights and the food is very pricey due to what you get. Not the best meals we had in Costa Rica.

It's much colder up here so don't forget your jeans and warm sweater!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

I stayed at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge two years ago, and really not a week has gone by since that I don't wish I were back there. It's not the flashiest place, nor does it have the most facilities, but it's so comfortable in every respect that it's idyllic.

The rooms are arranged up the hillside in terraces, so you can sit on your front porch and watch birds across and down the hillside--my wife and I spotted over thirty species in one afternoon and we're not even particularly good birders.The rooms are spacious and airy, with very comfortable beds and ours had a big bathroom. WiFi available pretty much throughout.

The dining room, part of the lower level of the lodge, has views down the hillside as well, and there are hummingbird feeders outside the windows that swarm with easily a dozen different species of birds. My wife says that the coffee is the finest she's had in Costa Rica, as well, and that is saying a lot. There's also a relaxing sitting/reading area attached with more views down and across the hills.

The lodge has its own trail system for nature walks. It's not a full-on national park tour but it's pretty spectacular and hard to believe how close to your rooms you are when you're on it. The people at the lodge are completely efficient, friendly and gracious, from the manager to the waitstaff, and are a large part of what gives the place such a compelling charm for me. It really is a capsule version of why I love Costa Rica--it's beautiful, laid-back, and feels like a favorite old shoe if that makes any sense. In fact, the only other experience I can compare the Cloud Forest Lodge to is renting a beach house in the off-season in New England. Same feeling of being completely comfortable, cozy and somehow having endless time for walks.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

My family stayed in this lodge for a couple nights. We had two rooms I think it was 9 and 10. We loved the rustic feel of the place. We did not miss the TV or room phone as we were here to enjoy nature and the wonderful views. Each cabin has a nice porch with chairs to sit in. I loved just sitting there and listenting to the sounds of the forest and watch the zip liners zooming overhead.
The main building is the restaurant and bar with a great terrace to enjoy the greate sunset with a beverage of your choice. The food was really good, my kids loved the pesto pasta and the staff was super friendly and accommodating. What a great place! I saw a lot of other hotels in the area but I was extremely happy to stay at the Coud Forest Lodge. This is not a five star hotel and they don't pretend to be. This is a very comfortable and cozy place in the midst of nature. The unique location away from the road and town adds to the charm. We walked to town (downhill) and usually took a taxi back to the lodge. Every time I stepped out of our cabin, listen and looked around I could not help myself but felt like I was part in a "Lost" episode. We enjoyed exploring the local trails around the lodge.
Overall this was my favorite stay while in Costa Rica, the unique location combined with great food and cozy cabins has me wanting to come back. HIghly reccommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

In the beautiful cloud forest of Monteverde. Rooms are spartan but clean and spacious. A good mountain cottage feeling. You don't come here if you don't appreciate living near the nature. Service at the tables is friendly and slow, like in most part of this beautiful country. There are ok restaurants in the village, so go there if you are looking for good dinner. Enjoy the drinks in the bar, very good, with or without alcohol.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Ferndorf, Austria
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Reviewed December 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed in this lodge ('hotel' would be a little bit too optimistic) one week ago for two nights when going from Liberia to San Jose. The road to St. Elena from Las Juntas is really a challenge not only for the driver and the car but also the passengers in the car...

the road in St. Elena is partly paved but not up to the lodge..

Well, i read some reviews of this lodge before so we knew what to expect. and this is what we got. The first impression was a dead scorpion on the parking lot which nobody cleaned during the two days we were there. Wondering if it's still there..?

We came to the reception for check in and we were a little bit baffled when we found out there will be NO A/C nor heating in the room (in the morning we had 17 degrees celcius in the room...), NO minibar to cool even our own drinks and NO safe deposit box! for all our belongings like tablet PC, mobile phones, tickets, money etc we either had to carry it with us ( no so funny when hiking the whole day) or leave it in an envelope, sign the envelope and leave it at the reception. Pretty stressful doing this each day in the morning and in the evening again....

The room (half - house) was sparely furnished - a double bed and one single bed, table, two chairs, NO TV (no need for that?). The door of the room cannot really be locked safely from outside.

As I read other reviews with experiences about scorpions and other little animals in the room we had a flashlight next to our bed to make sure the way to the toilet in the night will be clear..

Towncenter (and restaurant) are away a partly pretty steep 30 -45 minutes hike away (take a flashlight when going in the night!) We went to town both nights since the restaurant at the lodge was not really meeting out taste and we wanted to be a little bit on places where people are..

Breakfast at the lodge was not really what we expected it to be. we had the choice between three different choices. But one day the 'american' breakfast included almost nothing and the other day I was also given eggs. NO ham or bacon or some meat of any kind available for regular breakfast (only jam and butter) - for all extra wishes like omlette you had to pay.

hotel bar was not really open in the evening (well there were not a lot of guests..) but the drinks were good;)

all in all it was ok - do not know the standard of other hotels in st. elena - next time I would try out one that offers a little more amenities.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Every room is in its own little tin roof shack. All of them have a front porch with a bench you can sit on for relaxing. Our room did not have a/c only ceiling fan and window opening with no screens to keep the bugs out. So if you are scared of bugs this is not the right hotel for you. We had to kick out a total of 5 praying mantis, they must have gotten in by the window slats.
There are jungle walking trails around the property, and a zip line that starts from there as well.
The restaurant isn't really good for dinner but the breakfasts are good.
The staff is nice, though when the check in people leave for the night you are left with non english speaking security guards.
This hotel is ok only.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

A peaceful retreat in beautiful grounds just outside Santa Helena, and a great base from which to explore the cloud forest. Rooms simple but spacious and very comfortable. Wilberth the General Manager leads a great team and went out of his way to make us welcome. The only downside is that the restaurant can on occasions feel a bit gloomy (although the service and the food are great), but the 20 minute walk back into town is also an option. The guided night walk with Eric was a very memorable experience, and the zip-wire ("Original Canopy Tour," within the grounds of the hotel itself) was awesome.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Address: PO Box 531-1000 | northern Tilaran Mountain Range, Monteverde, Santa Elena 232-5150, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your one-stop location at Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge offers 72 acres of primary and secondary forest, canopy tour, over 3 miles of private trails and more than 180 species of birds in a quiet and wonderful place. Our beautiful gardens and bungalow-style bedrooms make a great place to relax, rest and enjoy nature. ... more   less 
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