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Hotel El Viandante
Ranked #7 of 41 Monteverde B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Nashville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Economy Price/High End Service”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

This was the perfect place to stay for our adventures in Monteverede. The owners were so friendly and helpful. Both speak English which was great for us since we don't speak Spanish. I believe in addition to English and Spanish, they speak Italian as he is from Italy. The room was average in size and appearance. The bathrooms are a bit small, but modern and very clean. It was perfect for this trip since most of our times was spent outside. We stayed two nights. The breakfasts were cooked fresh each morning and featured different items. The breakfast/eating area has a wonderful view for miles. At night, they gave us plenty of recommendations for restaurants which are very close to the hotel (some are even within walking distance if you don't mind a bit of a hill). It can be a little windy at night and the hill up to the hotel is pretty steep. The owners are very knowledgeable about the various activities (zip lines, ATVs, night walks, etc.) in the area and the companies that provide services. I appreciated the fact that they didn't try to push any particular company, but instead provided costs of activities and brochures so we could make an informed decision. Once we decided on an activity and company, we were free to go have fun. They took care of the rest, making the reservations for us. We had fun on the night walk and saw quite a few animals that we didn't see during the day (viper, tarantula, fox, sleeping birds, etc.) Be sure to ask about the strangler fig up the hill from the hotel. We had an hour to blow one day so she told us how to get to the tree. It was amazing and completely free. Don't miss it!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Hello ChrisandTiffanyG

thank you so much for your review. Happy that you had great time in Monteverde.

Hope to see you in the future
Renzo
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We were a party of nine and were thankful that someone recommended this place to us. We occupied most of the top (second) floor. Rooms are very comfortable and wide. The view out of the main room is spectacular! Renzo and his wife are very nice. Renzo recommended we have dinner at Tramonti at that was fantastic (check out my review of Tramonti). Next time I'm in the area, I will definitely stay there again. Oh, and nice breakfast too.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
Dear Dan L

thank yo so much for your great review. Hope to see you again.

Renzo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

For only $55 a night I was very skeptical! However, what a pleasant surprise! This place was in a perfect location just a 10 minute walk in to the center of town, you don't need a car if you're staying at this place. My partner and I had a horrific experience with our rental car and Renzo couldn't have been more helpful. I don't know what we would have done without him. I love Monteverde and El Viandante was exactly what I was looking for. It's a great value with wonderful owners, very clean and very comfortable. I am definitely booking this place again on my next visit.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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elviandante, Propietario at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Hello Toddhenk

thank you so much for your review. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip

Renzo
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Albuquerque, New mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2013

This hotel was truly memorable. The hotel is conveniently located, especially if you have a car. It is a short distance from the city center, and if you don't have a car, then it is still okay, as mentioned it is a 10-15 minute walk, and getting a cab is easy in Monteverde. The hotel had all the conveniences and the rooms were airy & big. The best part of the hotel are the owners, when we went we did not meet Grace as she was out of town, but Renzo was a perfect host, and went out of his way to make our stay amazing. We did go on a hike with him and it was truly a highlight of our stay in Monteverde. The breakfasts were great, and our family had all four rooms above the lobby, which also had a little sit out outside the rooms, so it felt like we had our own private area. There is no view from the rooms, but there are great views from the breakfast area. Would highly recommend and definitely stay there again if we visit Monteverde again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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elviandante, Propietario at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Hello traveltraps

i'm not tired to say that it's easy to give our best when we have great guests

Hope to see you next time.

Renzo
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
1 review
Reviewed June 13, 2013

Hotel El Viandante was one of our top favorite and truly memorable stops during our 30-day auto trek through Panama and Costa Rica. Following a long, bumpy ride to Monteverde, being greeted by a warm, smiling, charming, supremely accommodating host and hostess (Renzo and Grace) in their crisply clean mountain-top hotel was a delightful reward. The fresh knotty-pine paneling and attractive natural stone floors were lovely reminders of our Northwest roots. The more-than-ample breakfasts were healthy, tasty and varied during our three-day stay, and we were quite happy with the plentiful cups of rich, dark local Costa Rican coffee! We highly recommend this 4++ star retreat to anyone seeking comfort, engaging company, excellent service, very good food, and a great Tico home-away-from home experience! An amazing bargain for the price!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Janet_M_13113
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elviandante, Propietario at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Hello Janet m 13113

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay here with us. Hope to see you son.

Renzo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Location: First off, the hotel is located about a 10 to 15 minute uphill walk out of the main town. It requires a bit of effort, but takes you away from the noise and gives a gorgeous view. The road is lit and paved almost 95% of the way. I do NOT think this location is a cause for concern because most sights around Monteverde will require someone to pick you up and drive you there. If you don't want to walk, you can grab a taxi for a couple dollars. If you have a car rental, there looks to be ample parking. If you are a hiker, there are lots of paths in the area for exploring!

Rooms: The hotel is essentially a massive house, so each room is a little different. We had two rooms (2 queens and 1 queen) in the basement, both with windows covered by dark curtains (blocks the light out but a bit dowdy). Rooms were VERY spacious. Featured retro decor with wood panelling with a summer camp feel - I felt like I was in a cabin. It was certainly not hotel standard (nor did I expect it to be), but was entirely comfortable and clean. I think a little change in the decor would make the hotel feel a little less worn. The bathrooms we had were small, with a tiny sink and stand up shower (hot showers, no issues with water pressure). Because we were located right under the breakfast area, there was some stomping and clatter from above whenever 7am rolled around.

Service: I think El Viandante hits all the big points on service. Any deficiencies in the rooms are more than made up for. Grace is a wonderful friendly owner who really cares about your comfort and enjoyment. I never met Renzo, but I understand he will do personal tours and hikes with guests. Wifi and computers are both available, as is a mish mash of boardgames at the front desk. Breakfast is a highlight. There is a typical continental spread and a fruit plate, but Grace will cook up something different each day. One day we had fresh corn bread, sausages and cheese; next day was scrambled eggs and ham with toast. I really appreciated her effort; made for a great start to each day!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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elviandante, Propietario at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Hello Hykwok

thank you for you review. Hope to se eyou next time

Renzo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed there or two nights and had a wonderful time. Breakfast is freshly made and very tasty. The rooms are big and clean. But the best: owner Renzo and his wife will help with all your requests. They booked several tours for us on short notice. Everything just worked out perfectly!! A wonderful time, you get more than you money's worth!

  • Stayed April 2013
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elviandante, Owner at Hotel El Viandante, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hello Jro81

thank you to spent time to write a review for our hotel. Happy that you enjoyed your stay with us

Pura vida

renzo
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Property: Hotel El Viandante
Address: Frente Hotel Sapo Dorado, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 41 B&Bs / Inns in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel El Viandante 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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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