We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Great Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Heliconia Hotel

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Heliconia Hotel
Ranked #21 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
Milton Keynes, England
Level Contributor
76 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great Views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2006

The Heliconia Hotel is well situated in Monterverde. When we checked in the receptionist was helpful and went through the range of tours available, with good knowledge of what was on hand and what to avoid. She said it was best to discuss this first as our room was 'at the top'.
We thought this meant the room was on the top floor of the hotel - it was actually at the top of the hill behind the main reception building. The view from here was stunning and I believe on good days the sunsets are magnificent - unfortuanatley it was raining on both evenings we were there.
The rooms are hugh, - we had two king size beds with enough room to throw in a couple of singles if required. They are a bit basic(No TV/Hairdryer/Coffee Machine or Mini Bar) and lots of wood abound.The shower was huge and everything was very clean. Its a bit of an uphill hike, but if you have mobility problems then speak to reception and they will organise the hotel mini-bus to take you to your room.
As mentioned in other reviews, the reception/restraunt areas are dark, mainly becuase of all the wood they use, combined with poor lightining.
If you feel like splashing out, then treat yourself to your own personal chef to make dinner. Eduardo created for us a Ceasar salad with handmade dressing followed by Sea Bass with fresh water jumbo shrimps, cooked in a white wine sauce. All beautifully prepared at out table.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Retromobile
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

371 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    31
    95
    143
    63
    39
See reviews for
80
173
10
2
Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (54)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2006

It's a nice hotel but I wasn't crazy about the location personally. We were only in Monterverde for 2 days/1 night, it poured in the evening so it was a bit too inconvenient to head into the central part of town. We did have dinner at a nice Italian restaurant directly across the street from the hotel which was lovely. Beware, Monteverde is a definite tourist trap so everything costs more than what you'd expect for this part of the world.

Rooms were large and nicely appointed but, as previously mentioned, no A/C or TV although I'm fairly certain this is among the nicer hotels in Monteverde. Front desk staff was very helpful with excursions.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Keith B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
florida
Level Contributor
51 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2006

Just back from 1 night....thankfully. Found the reception area, restaurant dark and poorly furnished/decorated. Neat little cottage type rooms but the varnish smell kept me awake with a headache. No TV, in room safe not bolted to anything so anyone could have just made off with it. Huge bath tub w/o jets in the bedroom.......just an odd place. For one night it was OK. On a brighter note, went to the cloud forest and actually saw 4 Quetzals and got some amazing photos...made it worth the price of admission.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank fillymo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers are raving about these Monteverde hotels

2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2006

Stayed 2 nights at the Heliconia in a junior suite. The room was huge with a upstairs bedroom and large sunroom. Large shared veranda. The employees were very friendly and helpful. A decent breakfast buffet was included but since the restaurant is open to the outdoor flies on the food made it not as appealing. You do have to walk a far distance uphill to get to your room which can be a problem for anyone with walking difficulties. Enjoyed the Don Juan coffee tour and elevated bridges at Selvatura.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank terrijulia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2006

If you're a fan of Costa Rican hardwood, you'll love the family suite. Panelled entirely in knotty wood, the massive two-story suite is roomy enough for a very large family and has that woody smell that is distinctly Costa Rican. The balcony stretches the length of the building overlooking the mountains and town and is a great place to regroup after a long day of hiking. As much as we loved the very beautiful room, it was far too big for just my husband and I for two nights but when we booked online we were (mis)informed it was the only room available. Once we arrived and saw all the vacancies we decided the U$20 price difference between junior and family suites was no big deal. If you're planning a stay of three days or more, base yourself in the family suite and spread out!

The sunny stone floor sitting area enlosed with louvered windows had containers of beautiful red geraniums and very comfortable porch furniture.

Although the breakfast buffet was delicious and staff delightful, the dinner menu prices are outrageous. U$25 for a shrimp cocktail? Walk down the hill into town and eat there for a fraction of the cost or buy snacks at the well-stocked supermarket. Spring for a taxi to get home because the hill is very steep!

Words of advice:
1. It's surprisingly chilly there in February and a hat and gloves would've been wonderful not only at night but in the cloud forest in the morning.

2. The February winds whip right through all that panelling and making for very noisy sleepy. It truly sounded like we were in a Nor'easter! It also made
showering is a chilling experience since there's no weatherproofing on the many windows.

2. The roads up to the hotel become horrendous just about 2 hours from San Jose. I recently read in Frommer's guide a warning to pregnant women and those with bad backs to think twice about taking the trip. I took the trip in a minivan last year when 25 weeks pregnant and can now attest to the warning!

In all, Heliconia is lovely and I'd definitely return!

  • Stayed February 2005
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Montreal, Canada
Level Contributor
27 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2006

Our trip to Monteverde started not so great. After getting a flat tire on our way up the mountain, we searched for a nice hotel for 5 persons (2 parents and their 3 grown-up kids). We went to the Monteverde Lodge, but found the rooms too small, so, long story short, we ended up at the Heliconia.

We visited a suite in a lodge up in the mountains and found it really lovely. The view was breathtaking and we had a big room with two king-size beds downstairs and one double-size bed upstairs. My parents took one king-size bed, my sister and brother took the other and I had the double-size bed to myself.

We went to have a meal at the hotel restaurant and found it quite expensive, considering we had eaten in marvelous restaurants for very cheap up until then. We just had a soup because the waiter told us the evening buffet wasn't going to be very good.

The bath had a black moldy substance all around it which made it kind of unappealing. Though, they left us nice soaps and called to bring more bath towels, which was appreciated.

We also booked a guide for a visit at Monteverde the next day and asked for a wake-up call at 6:00 am. Well, we didn't need the wake-up call because the whole family was up ALL NIGHT! It got very very windy at night and, considering we were at the top of the mountain, you wouldn't believe how noisy it was. Sleeping (or trying to) at the second story, I was expecting the roof to come off at any minute. My sister got so scared that she came to sleep in my bed, crying, until she realized my place was noisier than downstairs. There were pieces of wood in the wall that kept squeaking and one door of the next door suite had been left open (which we only realized the next morning) and kept banging all night. There was also a painting in the room that looked very creepy after a staying up for a whole night. We refer to the place as "Voodoo Hotel" now, because it was very scary and I was glad not to be alone in there!

We never got the wake-up call and we guessed they figured out we weren't going to need it.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank naivete
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cypress, CA
Level Contributor
31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2006

Very nice, seemingly new hotel. We stayed there for 2 nights at the Jr. Suite. It's right at a split road to go to Monteverde. The rooms are up a little hill, which they have vans to shuttle you and your luggage up there. We stayed on the 2nd floor and it has a beautiful view of the sunset. The only concern I had is that the balcony is made of varnished wood and can be quiet slippery. With constant rain and mist at the Monteverde area, the floor can get wet and slippery, so hold on to the handrails. The room consists of 2 king size bed, with carpeted flooring. The bed is pretty firm, but the pillow is too soft for me. There is no air conditioning or heater, but the cover will keep you warm. The bathroom is huge with tile flooring, a big shower w/tub.

The staff is very friendly - so friendly that I'm not use to it and wondered why they were so friendly. They asked us for our names, shook our hands, and introduced themselves. We got a welcome cocktail, and they carried our luggage to our room for us.

Negatives: no alarm clock, no TV, no hairdryer. It can get pretty boring at night with nothing to do.

The restaurant at the hotel was okay. We ate their just the 1st night. The food was okay, but definitely over priced. You are better off going to the nearby restaurants, which there are plenty within walking distance. We went to Sophia’s, Johnny's Pizza place - delicious. You HAVE TO go there.

I liked the hotel but really disliked the Monteverde area. The weather was horrible, really windy and misty/raining the entire time. It's actually really cold up there. The ATM didn't work and we were really low on money and couldn't even take the taxi. The roads are not paved and torturous to travel up/down there. I ended up throwing up after I left Monteverde due to the bumpy, winding road. My husband went on a walking tour at the reserve and didn't see anything.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • Value
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank travelbug821
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Monteverde hotels
0.1 mi away
Hotel Montana Monteverde
Hotel Montana Monteverde
#4 of 6 in Santa Elena
3.5 of 5 bubbles 268 reviews
0.4 mi away
Monteverde Inn
Monteverde Inn
#6 of 21 in Monteverde
4.5 of 5 bubbles 220 reviews
0.5 mi away
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
#3 of 21 in Monteverde
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,054 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.6 mi away
Hotel El Bosque
Hotel El Bosque
#8 of 21 in Monteverde
4.5 of 5 bubbles 223 reviews
0.2 mi away
Los Pinos - Cabanas y Jardines
1.2 mi away
Hotel Fonda Vela
Hotel Fonda Vela
#12 of 21 in Monteverde
4.0 of 5 bubbles 673 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Heliconia Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Heliconia Hotel

Property: Heliconia Hotel
Address: Cerro Plano | Frente a la Escuela Rafael Arguedas, 10921-1000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Heliconia Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Heliconia is located on a stunning 6 acre property and is surrounded by lush, beautiful and tropical rain forest, where you can see and find hundreds of exotic birds and animals. The lodge offers a one of a kind panoramic view of Monteverde and the surrounding area. Hotel Heliconia has been decorated with a fine wood finish, all contributing to the home like ambiance. Here you will find a finely decorated restaurant and bar featuring an international menu, amazing walking trails and numerous jacuzzis found around the property that can fit 2 to 5 people- great for a romantic night for two, or a few drinks with friends. All rooms come with all the amenities like flat screen tv with cable, beautiful spacious bathrooms, fresh towels, coffee maker and balconies with sitting area. All contributing to make your stay at Hotel Holiconia a very comfortable and memorable one. Whether you are looking to relax or be active, Hotel Heliconia has something for everyone. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotwire, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Cheap Tickets, Priceline, Travelocity, TripOnline SA, Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Heliconia Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Heliconia Hotel Monteverde
Heliconia Hotel Costa Rica/Monteverde

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing