This is a new hotel, so they are still working on new suites and things like landscaping.
PROS: Our suite was very spacious and quite cozy, and we woke up to the sound of birds and rays of sunshine, it was quite nice.
It's nicely situated and is about a 5-10 minute walk to the little town of Santa Elena, and a Sabor Tico restaurant right across the street. Taxis are expensive in Costa Rica, and this area is very "hilly", so this is a serious pro.
The staff is nice and accommodating, and the service is good as well. Breakfast is included, and it's good. One day it was served and the next day it was a buffet.
CONS: The walls are paper thin. Our last night, a group of students celebrated a birthday and we heard every conversation and every song. The hotel was quick to respond and even accommodated us with a new room. We changed rooms because even if they had kept it down, the wall are so thin that we would have still heard them talk.
The internet does not work well. You will have as much luck trying to connect and use the internet at the Ficus Hotel as you would walking down a street and trying to steal someone's signal. It works just a little better in the restaurant than the suites.
The hotel was overall very clean, but our floors could have been a bit cleaner. They were streaky.
We would also like to add that the hotel DOES have hot water. They use an environmentally friendly water heating and treatment system, so sometimes it's a little temperamental and takes more time, but it does work. We recommend that only one person at a time uses the water.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ficus Lodge is a hotel located in the heart of Monteverde, near the center of Santa Elena.Beautiful gardens, large trees, trails throughout the property, a garden that provides us with most vegetables we use in our kitchen, a natural environment, are the perfect complement for the enjoyment of the whole family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ficus Sunset Suites Hotel Costa Rica/Monteverde