My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in early September 2009. It was really great. Sabine was very nice and very accommodating. We drove in late-morning from San Jose (really outside of SJ). The trip took about 2.5 hours, but we've heard it can be up to 3.5. We drove early on a Sunday morning in the "off" season and there was no traffic. We arrived at about 11 am, parked in the "downtown" area, ate some lunch, and then called Sabine from the payphone outside of the visitor's center, as instructed. Within about 10 minutes Sabine drove up and we followed her down the road another 1.5 miles or so to the house.
The house sits back from the road, up a shared driveway. The neighbors are very nice and waved whenever we happened to cross paths. The house is situated almost exactly halfway between the Monteverde Reserve and the town, ideal for those with a vehicle. (4x4, generally recommended for C.R. travel). I should note that when we did the zipline w/ Selvatura (we'd recommend it), they happily picked us up for free, which I would suggest because the road to the Selvatura Park was far worse than the one up to Monteverde.
We did a day tour and then a night tour at the MV Reserve on the Sunday we arrived. It was really good to see the Reserve during the day and then at night. The Reserve was a 5 minute drive from Treetop House, so we didn't pay for the transportation (extra $2 each).
In any event, back to the house. It is a quirky place by US standards, but very clean and unique. We had the top floor 2 bedroom unit, which, if we were traveling with non-family may have been slightly awkward because one bedroom is significantly more private than the other. For the two of us, it was actually too big. We didn't even use the "private" bedroom because the other one had a nice big picture window overlooking the trees. There is a galley-style kitchen that we didn't use much, just the fridge, which was nice to have for snacks, water, and left-overs. There is a nice little cafe about a 5 minute walk toward the Reserve, which was great for breakfast - it was a woman's name, but I can't remember - only thing, the sign says they open at 6, but really it was 7...so we were waiting a while to get coffee and food the first morning.
We really enjoyed our stay here. I don't know how else to put it. The town is nice, has a good variety of restaurants, and a lot of stuff to do. The house is a private little nook in the trees - how can you beat that? There is picnic area outside and a private porch on the lower level (reserved for the lower unit, unless vacant). We used both in the evenings.
The quirky things you should know: there is a little road noise, but nothing that kept us awake or woke us up in the morning; the doors are split vertically and hinged, which was unique, but kind of cool; the doors also seem a bit rickety because they are just planks of wood, but they are secure, and we put a towel across the gap underneath to avoid bugs, but it was probably unnecessary because it really wasn't that "buggy;" the roof is corrugated tin, which was pretty loud when it rained at night; but by the second night we were used to it; the house is rustic and there is only cold water in the bathroom sink, but the shower was fine; finally, the name "TreeTop House" was easily confused with Tree House, which is a restaurant and hotel in town, so be explicitly clear when you make reservations to be picked up and dropped off - Selvatura tried to drop us off downtown, but were very nice when we realized the confusion. Everyone knows Sabine (from her horse stable business) so if you think they don't understand where you are staying, tell them to call Sabine at Smiling Horses and she will clear it up. We did this with a tour guide and he knew exactly who we meant.
By the way, we also did a sunset horseback tour with Sabine's Smiling Horses stables and had a fantastic time. My wife rode horses growing up and knows a lot about it - she said they were well cared for and well trained. Only thing I would say about this is go zip-lining first because if you don't ride horses regularly your rear will be sore and you will not want to strap into the zip-lining harness. We did zip-line then horseback ride and it was great...the other way around, I suspect, would not be as enjoyable.
We live in a condo in downtown Chicago, so this place couldn't have been more different than our usual surroundings (except the bit of road noise), but we couldn't have been more at home. Great place - will definitely stay here again when we come back...hopefully soon.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Treetop House Hotel Monteverde
- TreeTop House Costa Rica/Monteverde