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“Beautiful views, fantastic host, best place to stay in Monteverde”

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Rainbow Valley Lodge
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Reviewed May 20, 2009

This was our favourite place to stay during our time travelling around Costa Rica. Our upper cabin had beautiful views overlooking the forested valley, with wildlife often venturing close to the door. It was clean and comfortable, and came with a small kitchen (microwave, skillet, fridge, coffee maker etc) so we could pack chopped fruit and sandwiches bought locally to take for snacks during our cloudforest walks. It’s located at the edge of Monteverde so it was nice and quiet at night, but only 5 mins from the town centre (~1000 colones by taxi). The owner, Rolf, couldn’t be more helpful. He was great at getting back to our emails when we booked our stay, and was a fantastic host, providing us with discount vouchers at good restaurants and attractions in Monteverde. The guide, Rafa, that Rolf arranged for us at Monteverde cloud forest was fantastic, and made it the most memorable day of our 3 week holiday. We can’t praise the place enough – can’t wait to return.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2009

We stayed for 3 nights in the upper apartment, which had glorious views across the valley to the Monteverde cloud forest. The cabin was very comfortable, and spotlessly clean. A nice touch was a beautiful vase of fresh flowers on the table.
Rolf is simply the most welcoming and helpful host you could wish to meet. He also set us up with a great bird guide called Rafa; also a really friendly guy, who certainly knew his birds. We enjoyed ourselves so much, that we booked him for the afternoon as well to take us to the ecological reserve. We were the only people there all afternoon, and we saw some wonderful birds.
I would definitely stay here again should we make it back to Costa Rica some day.
Many thanks Rolf for a great time.

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 26, 2009

A wonderful budget hotel with 5 star service from owner Rolf. Fantastic location, away from the "hustle and bustle" of Santa Elena, with incredible wildlife literally at your doorstep. Spotless rooms, with fully equipped kitchen and hot water bathrooms. Rolf also provides a discount booklet for local tours, restaurants and artisans, also maps and local info and advice. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2009

We stayed here several days in March and thought it the most hospitable place we were in Costa Rica. Rolf, the owner, is friendly, easygoing and helpful. He knows the area well and had great suggestions for places to eat and things to do and see. I wish we'd asked him earlier in our stay for tips on guides because we didn't take one into the parks and missed seeing the quetzal - I know he could have connected us with someone reputable.
The room we had was very comfortable - and it was a treat to have a little kitchen with a beautiful view. From our window (at times pressed up against our window) we saw coatis, agouti and monkeys.
We recommend it highly and would love to stay there again.
I did have to search the internet for a way to reach him and found [----]

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2009

I just can't do justice to this place by writing about it! Rolf (owner from Minnesota) and his small apartments were the highlight of our entire trip to Costa Rica. The rooms overlook the mountains and are spectacular. There are trees just a few feet from the rooms on the upper level and several White Face Capuchins came right up to our window. We were able to feed them some of the bananas that Rolf gave us when we checked in! It was really incredible. Rolf has even taken the time to contact local businesses and negotiate discounts for the people that stay with him. The value and service are unparalleled, and my husband and I can't recommend this place enough!

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2009

Rainbow Valley Lodge absolutely deserves all the great reviews posted, and the #1 ranking!

Rolf is a great communicator and helped me make numerous arrangements via email prior to our visit, including transportation to and from the Monteverde area. My wife celebrated her birthday during our stay and Rolf went above and beyond to make it a truly special stay. He helped me arrange to have flowers and chocolate in the rooom when we arrived. I simply told Rolf what I wanted and he took care of EVERYTHING! What a nice surprise it was for my wife when we walked into the family cabin to find a beautiful tropical flower arrangement and specialty chocolates made right there in Monteverde. He even included a balloon!

The new family cabin was great. It was very clean and spacious with exposed beams using local trees. The full kitchen was nice to prepare breakfast, and included locally grown coffee. The "forest view" is nice and you can expect daily visits from the coatis.

As other reviewers mentioned, it is about a 15-minute walk to town, but we found that not to be a problem...especially with Rolf's taxi service! As he says, "it's the best in town... and cheapest (free)!" He was kind enough to drive us to town every evening. We usually took a taxi back, rather than walk. It was only about $4.

The coupons Rolf arranged with the local businesses was a great touch, and saved us a few bucks. Rolf's local knowledge was extremely helpful and he does everything possible to make your stay a special one.

If you are considering a stay in Monteverde and would like a memorable one, this is the place!

Thanks, Rolf!

  • Stayed: March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2009

We followed other tripadvisor reviews and booked the upper room at the Rainbow Valley Lodge during April. We really enjoyed the accommodations -- the room was VERY clean and had everything we needed. We liked having the little kitchen so we could make our own breakfast and lunch to save some money. I enjoyed the view from the upper room, it was very relaxing just to sit and stare out the window. The bed was also very comfortable, which was appreciated after a few nights on a hard bed! The location was close enough to town to walk, but far enough away so that it was very quiet.

Rolf was very helpful over email before we arrived, and went out of his way to provide us with advice when we arrived. He booked our guide in Monteverde (Juan Carlos who was amazing), and our zip line tour. The coupons were a nice touch.

I cannot really think of any cons. It is a small place with basic amenities, so if you are looking for a hotel experience, this is not right for you. But we loved it and would certainly stay here again!

  • Stayed: April 2009, 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 33 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range: $66 - $117 (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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Rainbow Valley Lodge Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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