Hotel El Sapo Dorado
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We had a much-needed lie-in the morning as we weren't being picked up until 8.00. After a short trip to Lake Arenal, we boarded a boat and Tony was really pleased to see that the skipper was the same one he had yesterday. He was very friendly and asked me if I was feeling better, which was nice. The lake was vast (man-made), …
The trip started off swimmingly. The bus ride was tolerable minus the incredibly bumpy roads we were on for 20 minutes. We arrived at our hotel which is absolutely beautiful. From our porch we have a great view of the mountains and there is gorgeous vegitation everywhere. We went on a hike through the reserve that the hotel owns. The guide was very …
Visit Klenske, Ink. Well we´re back on schedule. After a free night at no costs in San Jose, we actually saved money. That never happens, at least to us! The lodge scheduled us a private bus from san jose to monteverde and we arrived at our hotel around 1pm. THe drive through the country side was beautiful. Monteverde is located up in the mountains …
After our rental car based trials and tribulations in La Fortuna we arrived in two parties. An early starr was required for Dad, Shona, Sarah and Karl but I was afforded the opportunity for a slightly more laid back morning as I was getting a bus 6 hours later so I could collect our bags from the back of the rental car they had been locked in. The 815 bus arrived at 800 to collect the rest of the gang, causing mild panic! And they were off on the 5 and a half ...
... are always wanting you to feel welcome. Whether it be pouring LOTS of food on your plate, giving you a hug, or addressing you by saying, "Que necessita mi amor" it is so heartwarming to feel so welcome!
Anyway, I have loved all of this despite my complaining from time to time about sneezing and lack of vocabulary when and conversing abilities.
Love to all,
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We were rather disappointed by this hotel, although we had been told it was the best in the area. Cabins scattered up a very, very steep slope , very clean and wonderful views. But the cabin was absolutely freezing - gaps in the windows and no heating, and rather inadequate bedding under the circumstances. Even Tony was frozen, and he doesn't normally feel the cold. The restaurant was very good with excellent food, but leaving there to return to the cabin was an ordeal. I would not stay there again.
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Good location and setting
We spent 3 nights in our Fountain Suite. The cottages are clean, comfortable, and attractively set back on the hillside. My wife and son enjoyed spending the mornings on the deck watching the birds. The location of the hotel provides good access for Santa Elena and Monteverde.
The restaurant was attractive but the food was a little disappointing after some of the reviews we had read and the service was poor. We only ate their once and enjoyed several other restaurants in the area including Moon Shivas, Charlies Pizza, and Stella's Bakery.
We stayed 3 nights at the El sapo Dorado in the Sunset Suites. The Rooms were nice and clean, but I do have to agree with earlier reviews about the bugs. I realize that spending a night in the forest warrants a lot of bugs, but we had an ant infestation in the back of one of our chairs...luckily we found it on our first night and put the chair out on the Balcony (we left a note for the cleaning staff and they left the chair out for the remainder of our stay). After that we only saw a couple bugs a day.
We stayed in the Sunset Suites at El Sapo Durado. These suites have great views of the Gulfo of Nicoya and you have your own private balcony. The Suites are fairly removed so it very quiet, restful and private. There 's also a great hiking path in the forest behind the hotel. Make sure to ask the front desk for a hiking map before going. They didn't have any maps on hand when we went and we got quite lost.
This was our second stop on our trip. We were very disappointed when we got ther to find no AC in the rooms (we had a Sunset Suite) as we had just hiked up the side of the mountain to get to our rooms it seemed and then when we stepped inside our rooms there was nothing there to cool us off, not even a ceiling fan. Later on that evening we realized why the rooms don't have AC, because if you leave the doors open you will get a wonderfully cool breeze. The only bad part is that you have to keep the lights really dim otherwise you will attract the bugs into your room because there are no screens on any of the windows. The rooms however were very spacious and clean. And I loved sitting out on our porch.
I know I am the only dissenting voice in here, but we found the hotel El Sapo Dorado to be overrated. The steep hike to our room was pretty bad, very muddy and the trails were not maintained. My husband fell pretty badly, and he was wearing hiking shoes. The people at the reception told us we had to make a reservation for every meal (including breakfast). We refused to live our vacation this way, so needless to say we only ate there once. We called to make a reservation for lunch, and were treated like we were out of our mind for making a reservation. I understood why they laughed once we got to the restaurant, it was empty. Nonetheless the service took too long, and the pizza for my child came burnt. On top of that, the waitresses were to busy talking to each other to be distracted attending us. The only nice thing is that the rooms are clean and spacious, and have nice views.
We really enjoyed Sapo Dorado. The rooms were nice, quiet, clean, and comfortable. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was very good. A good central location between Selvatura and Monteverde. It is about 1 mile to town, so a good walk during the day, quick taxi ride at night. For activities, we highly recommend Sky Trek, walking the Selvatura reserve, and beers at Bar Amigo. We'd definitely stay at Sapo Dorado again. We also heard good things about Fonda Vela hotel.
El Sapo Dorado Delivers
We stayed at a cabin at Hotel El Sapo Dorado. The two rooms were spacious and safe, the beds comfortable, and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. There is free high speed internet access. The restaurant was one of the best we ate at in the country. Highly recommended.
beautiful setting, wonderful restaurant, great staff. we truly enjoyed our stay here. we stayed in a sunset suite which was wonderfully rustic. the views were amazing and there was a peaceful feeling to the place. sitting out on your private deck watching the sunset , it was surreal and unique.
the hotel is close to the forest entry and to most other things to see and do in Monteverde. I highly recommened spending more than just a few days here since there is so much to see and do.
We spent two peaceful nights in El Sapo Dorado, staying in their Fountain Suites - which are actually duplex cabins. I recommend cabin 23/24, which is on top of their mountain and offers a beautiful view. However, be prepared for a little walk to get up there (luckily their staff carried our luggage for us!). The best views are in the Sunset Terrace Suites, which were unfortunately full when we were there. The staff spoke English well, and were able to book all our adventures for us. The hotel is relatively close to the major attractions in Monteverde and the Cloud Forest reserve.
Relaxing Mountain Retreat
The Sapo Dorado is a neat little hotel. Our cabins where super clean, large, well appointed and had awesome views of the Golfo de Nicoya some 40 miles away. The place is so green it glows. Our breakfasts were bland so we didn't eat any other meals at the hotel - instead opting for some of the recommended places in town - which were great. Don't go to Monteverde if you like nightlife, but if you go for the jungle and wildlife this is a great place to stay - it is comfortable and relaxing. I would go here again and would not hesitate to recommend to my friends.