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Rainbow Valley Lodge
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Just home from our 2 week adventure to Costa Rica,
Rainbow Valley lodge in Santa Elena was our first stop and I can honestly say it was our favourite place!
The Location in perfect, we stayed 3 nights in the upper room, which has amazing views over the valley, it felt really private sitting on the enclosed balcony watching birds glide in the wind.
It's only about an 8 to 10 minute walk into town where you can find some nice restaurants and a couple of supermarkets.
The room is kind of rusticly decorated but super clean, and the wifi connection is excellent, great for sending messages home.
But what makes Rainbow Valley stand out from other lodges/hotels we stayed at was Christian the manager, he is such a great guy, genuinely friendly and so helpful, he drove us into town looking out for Sloths, booked us on a great night tour and a tour of Monteverde reserve with him as a guide which was excellent - a must do, we also got some great pics though his scope!
We booked our stay though Rolf via email who was also very helpful, even giving us Spanish phrases to stay to the taxi dropping us off.
This is place was an amazing find and is great value, don't look any further book your stay here!!

Room Tip: Upper room has great view!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We stayed for two nights in the upper room at Rainbow Valley, and it was absolutely lovely. Private and beautiful, the hotel is still a comfortable 8 minute walk from town. My favorite features of the hotel included its beautiful environment (the view from the upper room balcony is breathtaking), its rustic charm, the kitchenette (complete with free coffee), and overall cleanliness of the facilities. We ran into other travelers in Monteverde who complained of bugs and such in their hotels, but Rainbow Valley is spotless. Best of all, though, was the proprietor of the hotel, Christian. He helped us get around, gave excellent restaurant and sight seeing advice, and was our tour guide through the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. I would highly recommend his tour- we a variety of wildlife including some rare birds, and he took some amazing pictures on our cameras using his scope. For the price, this hotel is a staggering value- do not miss the chance to stay here!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

The location was perfect; overlooking a valley and at times you can see a rainbow. We came here to avoid the crowds in the center of Santa Elena and to avoid the whole backpacker scene and mostly to relax. Mornings and evenings you can hear and see a lot of birds. I'm sure there were dozens of species. Although i'm not a birdwatcher i'm pretty sure anyone who is can have a great time determining what species they belong too. I saw some birds i never saw before.

The cabins are very well maintained and the landscaping is rustic. There's a few stone steps to reach the cabin. The cabins and the garden are crisp clean.

I work from home all year round so i needed proper internet connection and inspiring place to work. This place was perfect for me. The WiFi signal in most of the groundfloor cabin tends to be rather weak but sufficient though, but it was just great to work outside anyway.

Other reviewers said it already; but Cristian truly is amazing. He takes care of everything and makes sure all your needs are met. He's very knowledgeable about sights and things to do in Monteverde and surroundings. He checks daily if the grounds are clean and if the lights are working. I've stayed in a lot of places but Cristian really goes above and beyond to deliver the best service possible. On top of that he's authentically friendly. This would be a golden nugget in any organisation / company!!

Thanks again Cristian, Rolf (although i didn't meet him but e-mail communication was smooth), Cristians' wife and cleaning staff.

Room Tip: We staid for 7 nights and tried 2 rooms. As far as i can see all rooms are of equal quality. If you...
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Stayed for two nights during our honeymoon, and definitely found a little gem of a lodge. Very unique and personal, three separate dwellings - we had the cabin for $60 per night, and was well worth more. Full kitchen equipment, two bathrooms, spacious rooms and veranda with amazing views into the forest. Perfect manager, more than helpful and went out of his way in every aspect.
My only disappointment was no bath, which the website states it has. Would most definitely return and recommend

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank kittykitchnvegan
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

We stayed at Rainbow Valley lodge for 5 nights last month and felt as though we had found the best deal in Costa Rica. Our room had a B&B type feel, with a microwave, coffee maker and free Monteverde coffee, and mini fridge. The shower had great pressure and was hot. The room was very cozy, clean and cute, and the bed comfortable. The views of Rainbow Valley were gorgeous, and the area was extremely quiet as there are only two other units. The managers of the hotel were so kind, accomodating, helpful and welcoming. We felt safe, comfortable and as though we were in a very special place. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from town but we enjoyed the exercise. Stay here!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We just got back from 3 AMAZING days in Monteverde. We stayed in the upstairs room at Rainbow Valley Lodge. The view from the enclosed balcony is INCREDIBLE! The view alone is worth staying here all by itself. The enclosed balcony has a kitchenette with a small fridge,coffee maker,microwave,and electric frying pan so you can prepare your own meals. We had coffee and breakfast while enjoying the beautiful view each morning. Rainbow Valley Lodge is very peaceful, nothing but the sounds of nature. The walk in and out of town is fairly easy, we did it several times. The manager Chris and his wife Hazel are wonderful people. It was Sheila’s birthday while we were there and they surprised her with a card and a bottle of wine in our room. Chris was very helpful in offering advice on places to eat and he helped us set up our daily excursions which included ziplining at Selvatura, and the Don Juan night coffee tour which both included to n from transportation. Chris is also an outstanding guide for the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. I highly recommend a guide if you want to see birds and animals. Without a guide you will walk right by birds and animals without seeing them because the jungle is so dense. The guides know exactly where to look. We saw 3 pairs of Quetzals during our visit to the reserve! Chris also set up our transfer to Quepos at a discounted rate. We loved Monteverde and the Rainbow Valley Lodge. We will definitely be coming back and we will definitely stay at Rainbow Lodge again. Thank you very much Chris n Hazel for a wonderful experience! Mike and Sheila

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mhulkman
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Rainbow Valley lodge is a small place, with only one lower room, one upper room, and a kind of cabin. We stayed at the lower room, the cheapest one, for 2 nights. It had a good bed, a neat bathroom, ample space to unpack your luggage, a coffee maker with locally grown El Trapiche coffee, and a terrace. In other words, it contained a lot of features for a relatively low nightly rate. The upper room is larger, and according to the web site, it also has a small kitchen.

As a bonus, also the owners of the place are very friendly. In fact, Christian gaves us a warm welcome with a nice introduction, and helped with all bookings we made and were planning to make during our stay at Santa Elena. In short, we highly enjoyed this stay, and would gladly recommend it to others.

As a small downside, though, the place is a bit remote from the centre of Santa Elena, approximately 2km. Almost all tours in town, however, often pick-up and drop-off, making this only a minor detail.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rainbow Valley Lodge

Address: 200 meters south of A y A, Santa Elena 5240, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range: $66 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow Valley Lodge Monteverde is close to the town of Santa Elena, about 15 minutes walking or 3 minutes in a vehicle. With only eight rooms and no neighbors close by you can enjoy peace and quiet in a forest setting. We have Wi-Fi signal in all rooms. Clean rooms with hot water, possible chance to see animals right outside the rooms and owner help with guides and activities. All rooms have coffeemaker and Monteverde coffee plus small refrigerator. Parking near the rooms. Prices compare very favorably to other accommodations in Monteverde. We are not 5 star so please do not expect total luxury! We hope to see you here! ... more   less 
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