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TreeTop House
Ranked #28 of 42 Monteverde B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 26, 2012

We had a great stay in a great place. The spot is perfect, quiet and tranquil. We stayed with another couple and shared the top apartment. The house was spacious and we had plenty of room not to get in each others way. Sabine was a great host and runs a nice operation. The house is set back far enough off the road to feel private but, close enough to feel like your still close to town. I would recommend this for anyone looking for more privacy then a hotel, good value for the money.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

I like quirky places and this is one of them. It is an artist's studio home turned into a hotel/B&B (without the breakfast). Secluded location yet close to everything from the cute town to nature/cloud forest.

The hostess was great and very accomodating. We stayed in the jungle floor room complete with 2 beds and a kitchenette. We didn't use the small portable counter-top stove but we appreciated having a working mini-fridge.

Because there were no guests upstairs we had a very quiet stay. But I am told that footsteps can be heard easily if there were others around. We had access to the upstairs porch which was very unique with comfortable and quirky furniture. It was too windy for us to take advantage of this and no monkeys running around (too windy I bet).

The bathroom had a water-fall like spout and handheld shower head. Warm water was not always consistent. The waterfall showerhead, while really neat, splashed the toilet and toilet paper, making showers a bit messy.

No A/C or heat but it's okay due to the temperate weather. The bed would be too short fo 6 footers+. Although it's a thin mattress on a ledge, it was suprisingly comfortable. Just wish the sheets were a little softer and the comforter had a stain on it.

Overall I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to others who like B&B's and don't want the generic hotel feel. I peered into the upper level room and it looked very cool! If I returned, I would request the higher level rooms just to see what it was like.

Room Tip: HIgher level rooms for better view and access to the large porch.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Tree Top House is very affordable so we weren't expecting great things and were actually pleasantly surpirised.
Sabine, the owner, met us at the house. She supplies quite a useful information book with places/telephone numbers etc. She does not live on the same property but we had her telephone number for emergencies.
As mentioned by previous reviewers, the house is quirky. It's basically a log cabin from the outside. Inside it is split (we had the top floor studio and were the only guests in the whole house at the time) there is enough space for two couples in the studio- if you know one another well! We were travelling with our daughter and her husband. They took the small bedroom with the curtain across the door opening and we slept in the more open bedroom area which also has a TV in it.
For sitting together there is a wooden table and 'high' bar-style chairs.
The kitchen is basic but workable though not as clean as we would have liked - judging by other reviewers maybe we were just unlucky and it had been rushed for some reason.
The location is very good. We had been to Monteverde before so knew that we would be in a good spot. The house is within easy walking distance of :-
Tramonti restaurant - great place.
Cabure is good for sitting with a cool drink and if you are interested in bats - the bat jungle is there also.
Small shops for basic supplies.
Also in walking distance to the Childrens Eternal Rainforest.
Either driving or by taxi you can get up the mountain (to the cloud forest) or down to (Cerro Plano and Santa Elena) with ease.
On balance this was good experience at the price.

Room Tip: The top floor is fine but probably not for small children
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

My boyfriend just got back from our trip a couple of days ago. We did so much research on hotels in Monteverde and were lucky enough to come across this beauty. We were looking for something lush and amongst the trees, and boy did we get it. We stayed in the Tree Top Studio. It had the scent of beautiful wood when we walked in. Sabine was wonderful. She answered my endless email questions with utmost attention and patience before we arrived, and when we got there, she took the time to go through all the details.

We had our own kitchenette, complete with fridge, toaster oven, small fridge, all the pots and pans you could need, which was awesome. We took advantage of all of this by purchasing all our food just a block up the street at the local co-op supermarket. It was very affordable. The location of the Tree Top House was great, 'cause it was sort of off the beaten path but also easily accessible to town by cab and SUPER close to a couple of great restaurants, including Tramonti, the Italian restaurant with a beautiful view of the rainforest and Stella's bakery.

We were lucky enough to experience an awesome lightning storm from the Tree Top Studio and take some great photos! It was just so cozy, and with the extra blankets, staying warm and comfortable at night was not a problem.

Please be aware that you're staying very close to vegetation, hence the random appearance of insets (big and small) inside the room is not uncommon! We actually loved the little surprises! Nothing serious... moths, grasshoppers, a couple of small spiders... We are animal lovers and gently escorted them back outside. So not for the squeamish... In fact, Costa Rica shouldn't be for the squeamish! Even the more modern hotels receive frequent insect guests. Costa Rica is home to over 300,000 species of insects, so expect it!

All in all, we would stay at the Tree Top House again! FIVE BIG STARS!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

My family and I had the pleasure of staying to nights in this cool house. The layout is great ..enough room for a large family. The house has a rustic cabin kind a feel with all of the necessities needed for a comfortable stay...It felt like home.
We were able to prepare a few of our meals in the well equipped kitchen. The surrounding and landscaping are beautiful..trees, flowers , animals and the sound of out the stream outback made for a very relaxing location. Sabine was extremely friendly and offered many suggestions..We decided to take a horseback tour with "Smiling Horses" It was awesome ...the waterfall was magnificent. The town of St. Elena is short drive away..great town...loved the culture, the history, and just the vibe of the town.
Many Thanks to Sabine and her staff...Pura Vida...Todd , Doris and family

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Family of 5 traveled in April 2010. We got the suite, but rain fell on one of the beds so it wasn't usable. The rooms are clean. Short walk to town. An enchanting place.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 12, 2011

We were two famlies, each with one child under 2, staying at the Tree Top House for a week. It was a wonderful location and an amazing house. Location-wise, it was perfect for visiting Monteverde. We did have a car to take into town and to the reserves. However, we could also easily walk to the Bat Jungle, Cafe Cabure, Tramonti and Stella's Bakery, as well as the CASEM Coop and a mini-mart selling fresh foods. It was easy to find, just off the main road, next to an art gallery with amazing art. Sabine has a very helpful guide to the area in each apartment, and was great for welcoming us into town.

Overall, the kitchen isn't a full kitchen. There is a stovetop, a fridge, and a toaster oven. Do not imagine that you're going to be able to make gourmet meals. You may be able to self-cater most days, but this area has great restaurants, so why would you want to? However, do know that you will have to bring your own hand soap, paper towels if you plan to clean up spills and if you are going to cook, you will need to bring your own spices from the market. We left some of the things we bought for the next person, but I don't know if they will get to stay there or if they get cleaned up. It would be a nice touch if the apartment came stocked with coffee, paper towels, hand soap. Then again, then it would probably cost more. Overall, it would be nice if the house description on the web described exactly what is there, and what isn't - to better prepare people for what they need to bring or buy.
The showers usually had plenty of hot water - sometimes going to warm - you just had to know how to work it.

Each floor of the maze-like house had a different style. My personal favorite was the bottom floor with its Asian feel. It is quite large, with a bar, two double beds and a sitting area. It also has floor to ceiling windows looking out into the jungle. This room was the most romantic. It also had a stylish bathroom inside, and there was another toilet-only bathroom on the deck. The middle floor has two rooms, one large one with a double bed and a single bed, and a sitting area. The other one is just a bed. This is a nice quiet area with its own small deck. Neither of these rooms has its own bathroom, but you could use the outdoor shower and the bathroom with the door on the deck. I assume that everyone shares the outdoor space when the house is rented to different people. The top floor has the kitchenette, and two double beds. One is in a somewhat private area with a curtain, the other is in more of a living room, with a TV. This place is very big and would be great for a big group of friends to share. You could accommodate 12-13 people easily if some people shared beds and rooms.

Note that the karaoke club down the hill is now closed! So it was very peaceful.

The caveats are:
1.) It is not really good for small children because there are many unsafe areas. For example, the deck has areas where there are big openings and a child could fall off. The spiral staircase - the only way to go from the front deck to the upstairs unless you go all the way around the outside of the house to the exterior door - is completely unsafe for toddlers to climb. The downstairs room has floor to ceiling windows over the beds that would be easily opened and a child could tumble out. We ended up staying in the upstairs area simply because it was easier to childproof. This place would be better for adults and older children. Also, it may be a struggle for elderly people and it is not accessible to wheelchairs (but very little is out in Monteverde). Just something to be aware of!
2.) the upstairs apartment is really loud with wind and rain. I ended up seeing it as a kind of "sound machine" but it was disturbing the first night. The door banged a lot and we ended up stuffing it with paper towels to keep it from doing so as the wind blew. Keep it in mind when you are renting - the owners told me that people generally like to stay on the lower floors and use the top floor as a common area.
3.) Bugs. There are a lot. The downstairs and middle rooms seemed well-protected from the outside, but the top floor had a lot of bugs, from a family of scorpions (we killed 10 - these were non-poisonous) to spiders. I noticed a number of cracks in the doors that probably allowed them in. If you leave on the outside lights and open the doors, bugs that have been attracted to the lights all swarm in. It only happened on some nights that we had tons of bugs - moths and beetles mostly. We quickly learned to turn off all inside lights and exterior lights before opening a door, and using flashlights to move from area to area. It's the jungle after all. I suspect all accommodations in this area will have bugs. Definitely do not leave out food and take out the garbage frequently.

Room Tip: bottom floor is most stylish and comfortable
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Additional Information about TreeTop House

Address: 200 m beyond CPI | entrance left - last house, 5655, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 42 B&Bs / Inns in Monteverde
Price Range: $105 - $210 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your opportunity to live your vacation in the TreeTops in Monteverde. This artistic charming house is located off the main road to the rain forest of Monteverde between the reserve of Monteverde and the village of Sta. Elena of Monteverde sitting in the Canopies. All levels have separate entrances and are inner-connected with the canopy stairs. Big parking area, garden area, trail in the forest, look over canopy and waterfall, recreation areas. Hot showers. ... more   less 
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TreeTop House Costa Rica/Monteverde

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