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“Appreciate the Ecofriendliness” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   | Santa Elena Centro, Frente Al Centro Comercial Plaza Monteverde, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Monteverde
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Appreciate the Ecofriendliness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Stayed with my girlfriend for 2 nights at Hotel Poco a Poco, a nice eco-friendly resort in Santa Elena, outside Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. We both appreciated the climate change awareness that this hotel offered, and the green touches pleased us both. Busy with activities, we didn't spend too much time at the resort, but enjoyed our stay. The enormous library of movies was a nice touch (we rented one but never got around to watching it), and the front desk was extremely helpful in organizing tours.

We ate dinner one night in the on-site restaurant, and had an ok experience. I ordered a steak, but was brought the wrong one (at the time I was too hungry to wait on the right steak, so just ate it, and it was fine).

Our only major complaint was that the 'pool bar' was really not staffed. We tried to get a drink and relax in the hot tub one evening, but no service seemed to be available.

The room was clean, the bed comfy, etc. Walls are a little thin, so we could sometimes hear our neighbors, and work being done outside.

The location is great - walking distance to amenities in Santa Elena, and only a 3k drive to the Cloud Forest reserve.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank Brett J
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GuidoMontero, Director General at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, March 30, 2015
Dear Trip Advisor member: Thank you very much for your comments and review.
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Poco a Poco, the best value hotel in Monteverde.
Our location, added values, facilities, details, and specially the service are all up the best standars.
Thank you and we wish you had the best time during your vacation in Costa Rica.
Happy travels.
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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights. I was in room 27. It is near the road but there is so much wind noise (Monteverde/St Elena is seriously windy - like a hurricane at times) it made no difference at all.

I found the room to be large with a decent bathroom. King size bed, LCD tv and very clean. It felt boutique

The front staff are efficient and helped with booking events for me. One cloud forest tour operator screwed up and didn't pick me up - the hotel paid half of the taxi to get me to the cloud forest regardless. (reservations falling through has been a VERY common experience for me in Costa Rica).

Best of all is the restaurant - really great food, great live music and well priced.

I needed to recharge at this place and I did just that. The hotel is walking distance to 'town' if you want a drink or to eat at a local restaurant - there's a bit of a hill to negotiate but it's not too bad unless you are ancient.

Breakfast is good and served in the restaurant.

I would recommend it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Onesimusmaximus
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GuidoMontero, Director General at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, March 30, 2015
Dear Trip Advisor member: Thank you very much for your comments and review.
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Poco a Poco, the best value hotel in Monteverde.
Our location, added values, facilities, details, and specially the service are all up the best standars.
Thank you and we wish you had the best time during your vacation in Costa Rica.
Happy travels.
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Toronto, Canada
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

5 of us shared a room with 3 beds (that was great thanks) and although the hotel is nothing fancy, it was clean, well maintained and sufficient for our needs. The location is excellent and you can walk into town. The pool was clean and the hot tub was nice after a long day doing tourist things. We would book here again if back in the area.

Jonathan??? the waiter was exceptional. Very attentive even at the pool.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank egaquaman
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GuidoMontero, Director General at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, March 30, 2015
Dear Trip Advisor member: Thank you very much for your comments and review.
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Poco a Poco, the best value hotel in Monteverde.
Our location, added values, facilities, details, and specially the service are all up the best standars.
Thank you and we wish you had the best time during your vacation in Costa Rica.
Happy travels.
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ann arbor
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18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I was disappointed with this hotel. The pictures are much nicer than the actual rooms and property. The rooms are VERY small and the walls are paper thin.You hear everything, including the howling wind, so sleeping wasn't great as well.The breakfast is very mediocre. This is the only place where I found the coffee to be subpar. The best thing about this hotel was the staff --who were very kind.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank rita b
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GuidoMontero, Director General at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, March 30, 2015
Dear trip advisor user: thank you for giving us this opportunity to improve our quality and services, We try really hard to provide the best service possible, sometimes, things just do not turn out the way we´d wish, Your patience and understanding are both highly appreciated,
I know how important is to provide our guests with the quality and service they expect, and sadly, there are not second chances for a first impression.
Please be sure we are doing everything on our behalf to deliver the best service possible,
Each negative feedback, creates a new opportunity to make things better next time.
Thank you.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We had 4 in our room and my only complaint was that the room was very small. We barely fit the luggage with all 4 of us. We loved the location we could walk into town and the views are great. The staff was very friendly and the rooms were clean. The breakfast was mediocre but the staff there is great.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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GuidoMontero, Director General at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, March 30, 2015
Dear Trip Advisor member: Thank you very much for your comments and review.
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Poco a Poco, the best value hotel in Monteverde.
Our location, added values, facilities, details, and specially the service are all up the best standars.
Thank you and we wish you had the best time during your vacation in Costa Rica.
Happy travels.
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Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Only spent one night here. The hotel was nice enough... clean room, typical CR buffet breakfast which was fine by me, 5 minute walk to next town, Santa Elena which had more amenities and stores. The staff were pleasant and helpful. As someone else mentioned, the cloud forest was a bit of a disappointment but I am glad that I went. No need to go back, though. I can easily recommend the Poco A Poco for a place to stay.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank ramorristoo
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GuidoMontero, Director General at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, March 30, 2015
Dear Trip Advisor member: Thank you very much for your comments and review.
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Poco a Poco, the best value hotel in Monteverde.
Our location, added values, facilities, details, and specially the service are all up the best standars.
Thank you and we wish you had the best time during your vacation in Costa Rica.
Happy travels.
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Paris, France
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43 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

Monteverde in general was a disappointment, but this is the place to visit in order to visit the magnificent cloud forest and go on canopy tours.

Room was average. Bed was good, but no fridge to keep fresh food and drinks.
The bathroom was second-rated and dirty and not worthy a "4-star hotel".

What the hotel calls spa is in fact an average-sized jacuzzi and a tiny children's pool. You can get overpriced cocktails from the bar if you can find the bartender.
The included breakfast is excellent. A typical Tico buffet with delicious fresh fruit.
The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful and arranged both tours and transport for us.
When checking out, I discoverex that they had added 13% to the bill which was never mentioned before. The rates were already ridiculously overpriced for an average standard hotel set in the middle of nowhere.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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2 Thank pcberlin1
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GuidoMontero, Director General at Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco, responded to this review, March 30, 2015
Dear Trip Advisor member: Thank you very much for your comments and review.
We are very glad you enjoyed your stay at Poco a Poco, the best value hotel in Monteverde.
Our location, added values, facilities, details, and specially the service are all up the best standars.
Thank you and we wish you had the best time during your vacation in Costa Rica.
Happy travels.
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Address: | Santa Elena Centro, Frente Al Centro Comercial Plaza Monteverde, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #12 of 22 Hotels in Monteverde
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel & Spa Poco a Poco 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As its name stands for, Poco a Poco is a hotel that has grown little by little, from five rooms in 2000; our restaurant and 6 more rooms in 02, 18 more rooms at the end of 2005, our heated pool and the last 3 rooms on 2006 and finally for march 2009, our new front desk building, with a new standard in architecture and construction materials: modern, versatile and clean.The hotel's analogy and emblem: The Turtle, relates to its mythological attributes of wisdom, spirituality and perseverance; values that are part of our business philosophy. ... more   less 
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