I stayed in one of the poshest resorts at Arenal (my one splurge on my vacation) a few days before I arrived in Monteverde, and found the difference in 'concierge' service and vacation planning help to be quite shocking. Grace and Renzo, the lovely owners of the rustic, charming and modest El Viandante, were leaps and bounds ahead of that posh, quite expensive resort. Grace helped me plan my entire stay, right down to a last minute "I know someone...I'll make a quick call" horse ride timed just for me so that I could still make my shuttle out of town. She gave me a detailed overview of various establishments, restaurants and guide services throughout the town, with great suggestions and ideas, including off-the-beaten path breathtaking waterfalls.
On top of that, breakfast was simple, tasty and hearty... and accompanied by great conversation, if desired, with the lovely hosts who speak multiple languages and have lived in the US, Asia and Europe. The rooms, while simple, are homey and comfortable, offering a view of the Gulf of Nicoya on a clear day. It is a quick but STEEP walk into downtown...cabs are easily called from the inn or from restaurants if needed. If you're looking for a quaint, warm and friendly place to stay on a budget, you'll be happy if you stay here!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel El Viandante , 13 new rooms all with private bathroom , hot water(no electric showers), cable tv, wireless , free internet. New breakfast and dining room with amazing view of Nicoya's gulf and the forest. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel El Viandante Costa Rica/Monteverde