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“Rare Find Literally Hanging Over Edge Of Cloud Forest!”

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Rainbow Valley Lodge
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“Rare Find Literally Hanging Over Edge Of Cloud Forest!”
Reviewed August 10, 2007

My wife and I have extensive international travel experience and decided to tour various parts of Costa Rica during the summer of 2007. We decided to include the Monteverde region in our itinerary because of its cloud forests, nature walks, suspended bridges, rip lines, rafting and other outdoor activities. The area has many choices of accommodations. We decided to stay in a wonderful place called The Rainbow Valley Lodge set back off the main road to town from San Jose. It is a new 2 apartment arrangement literally hanging over a high edge of the Santa Elena cloud forest. We booked the spectacular upper room which has one very large room with super comfortable queen size bed, folding table and two chairs, a closet and dry sink and several small tables. There are lots of lights and AC outlets. The bathroom is new and clean with hot water and excellent pressure and NO suicide shower. The best part of the house, however, is the adjoining enclosed porch with huge sliding windows on all four sides (one wall faces the large inner room). Here, in addition to a cushioned four seat bench and matching chair and table, there is a small kitchenette with sink, microwave, refrigerator, etc. From the first day of our stay we literally came face to face with a number of indigenous animals including white faced monkeys who climb the berry trees just outside the window. The number and types of butterflies and birds are equally special. The pictures that we have from this vantage point are incredible. Adjacent to the apartment is a lovely covered look out area with equally great views. Another benefit of this apartment is the closeness to downtown St. Elena, about a 15 minute walk. Here we found a number of passable restaurants, tour companies, a great bookstore, ATM, 2 supermarkets and a terrific bakery with arguably the best coffee in town. Rolf, a Minnesotan and the owner of the property, went way beyond the call of duty in so many ways. He guided us to the best nature tour guides, restaurants and hidden gems of the area and provided items (umbrellas, flashlights, etc.) to insure even a better time. He drove us in his pickup to town and made calls to connect us to many locals or to get us discounts on trips, accommodation and transportation (to the Arenal area), etc. Any bus from San Jose will let you off at the property just before the bus terminal (last stop) in Santa Elena. The price was incredibly low with a substantial discount for longer stays. Photos can be seen at the helpful website: [--]. It is without reservation that I recommend this rare find to anyone visiting the Monteverde cloud forest area looking for a comfortable, well-maintained apartment in a stunning location with great personalized attention from the owner.

  • Liked — View, location, great owner......
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2007

It is always a difficult decision - booking a hotel before even visiting a country. You read the reviews, you study the travel books, you do all you can do to make the right decision. We took a gamble on this one - there was nothing to read about it except a simple website promising a tranquil stay. Boy did we make the right decision!

The Rainbow Valley Lodge was built by an American from Minnesota, Rolf, a few years ago. It is two units, one upper and one lower, built on the side of a vast, green valley, overwhich the sun rises. The view is simply spectacular.

We stayed in the upper unit, which is the better of the two because of the view. Rolf built the unit with a sunroom/kitchen on the front of the main room. The sunroom has windows wall to wall, over four feet high. They slide open and you can lay on the bed and be completely at one with skyline.

The place is located an easy 10 minute walk from town. You can take a cab to and from town easily (and Rolf actually offered to drive us one night), but the walk is so nice and easy that we chose to walk everytime.

So you could go to Monteverde and stay at one of the huge mountain resorts and pay through the you-know-what - or you can go to Monteverde and stay at the very private, super serene, Rainbow Valley Lodge for under $40/night.

Seems like a pretty easy decision to me.

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  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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 #2 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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 Hotel Santa Elena
Rainbow Valley Lodge Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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