Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Travel Blogs from Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
... except for the bungie jump…) All in all an epic morning, so much fun sharing it with Macushla and Matt. That evening we spent the night drinking rum and playing scrabble, back to our more civilised selves.
The following morning we went to the renowned ‘Cloud Forest’ which sits at over 4,500ft . We enjoyed the morning cruising around the wondrous, lush reserve, it was buzzing with jungle vibes. Conversations ...
... or lead the way into the rain forest. On our way back down, we had to reward him with some banana. And when we passed his house, he walked up and sat on the porch. It was like we had our own furry personal tour guide. Hahaha! I wore a bright blue shirt today, which I think may have attracted the huge, bright blue and silver butterflies that are common here. They kept flying really closely to me.
It was pouring rain when we got back, we even had to stop by a ...
... in sight. As if horse riding through rivers and rainforest's wasn't enough like lord of the rings, but also the fact that the only civilisation (or a loo for that matter!) having started this journey was not to be seen for another 6 hours. Luckily I made it, maybe without dignity but thankfully I'm lying in a bed none the less. I feel me and horse riding will not be meeting again for a long ...
... fuel that helped us get all the way from NYC to Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Along the way we met countless wonderful people who helped us on our journey. The Hilton shuttle driver, Jorge, who graciously drove us to the hotel for free and gave us a tour even though we weren't staying there, just waiting 3 hours for our ride. He also let us practice our rusty Spanish and gave us lots of encouragement to ...
Today's highlight was undoubtedly visiting an elementary school in the rural Arenal region. After a brief greeting from the maestra and a tour of the quaint building and grounds, we were free to spend time conversing and interacting with the children. Dressed in their navy blue and white uniforms and as cute as they could be, we found the students to be quite shy at first. But after a few simple ...
How has this lodge rated in the past?
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- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
We felt the accomodations were overpriced for the rustic and basic nature of the rooms and had it not been for the overaccomodating and well trained staff we would have given this place a much lower review. It may have been just a fluke but the patrons that stay the lodge when we were there were much older and retired which adds to the slower pace of the entire resort. I only make mention of it because it just happened to impact our stay.
It was an incredible mountain lodge
The hotel staff went "above and beyond"......My husband became very ill (respiratory infection) and they found us a Dr and took care of everything. The were constantly checking on him. The grounds are natural and not pristinely manicured, which may be why some people did not enjoy it. I felt it was a peace of heaven and the rooms were very basic (hello, it is a mountain lodge) but they were very well maintained and clean. The service here was better than any Ritz I have been to. However, the town itself seemed a little hostile and run down.
It was OK
The hotel was nice. The rooms were basic. The view was borderline bad. Food was too expensive and not that great. We had much better meals elsewhere in town. Staff was friendly but I thought the overall package was just OK.
We spent three nights at the Monteverde Lodge in February 2006. The hotel is very nice & the grounds are gorgeous. The staff is super friendly. We ate at the restaurant several times & enjoyed all of our meals there. We saw a blue crowned motmot from the window in our room!
We just returned from a week in costa rica (2 days ago) and 2 nights at the monteverde lodge. We totally enjoyed this resort. The rooms were spotless, with a nice rustic feel, no tv, or radio, just the sounds of the wind and the birds from the rainforest outside our window. Pure relaxation and stress free. The front desk was extremely friendly and helpful. We did not eat at the hotel, we walked the 25 minutes to Stellas Bakery for breakfast both mornings, fresh baked goods, eggs, coffee, anything you want for about $8.00 per couple. We had lunch once at Johnnys Pizzeria, delicious but regular american prices ($30.00 per couple) and one night took a taxi downtown ($2.00) to a local restaurant (Mirabella?) for real costa rican food, for about $10.00 per couple) we loved the gardens around the hotel, we loved all the area, the canopy tours cost $55.00 per person, but included hanging bridges and about 16 zip lines, beatiful day.
Definitely stay but don't eat.
All in all a very nice place to stay after tons of hiking. Comfortable beds although they truly need more King size. Stay in the upper building's second floor; it has great views. It's close to Santa Elena without being "in" town and the Cloud Forest isn't far the other way. The only problem at all with the whole place is the restaurant. For some pretty pricey apps and entrees for this part of the world the food is remarkably poor. Although Costa Rica is definitely not the place to go if your looking for haute cuisine, this restaurant was a huge disappointment. If you want a much better meal and about the same price, go down the road to Sophia's. In retrospect, there might have the best food in the whole country.
I stayed at this hotel for two nights in August. Our room was very basic, yet comfortable - felt rustic and very lodge-like, which was nice, but also a bit institutional with fluorescent overhead lighting. The hotel is well-located in Monteverde - easy access to many activities as well as area restaurants. The staff was relatively friendly, but not particularly careful with either security (they collect your room key when you leave the hotel, but they would frequently leave the key sitting on the counter where it could easily be taken by a stranger) or billing for incidentals (when we checked out, several charges which were not ours appeared on the bill). I would recommend this hotel, but note that the food in the restaurant was rather pricey and not at all good, so suggest that guests at the Monteverde seek out other places for all meals - particularly breakfast (which is not included anyway) - as there are a number of lovely options nearby.
Wonderful Lodge, and good location
Great lodge -- wonderful rooms, restaurant, and location.
We had a nice room with a balcony overlooking the small forest. Great place to relax and watch birds. We were able to walk into the village. The rainforest is about 5km from the hotel so you cant really walk to it, but the bus will take you there.
The restaurant has a nice bar with a fireplace and board games that creates a nice area to socialize with other guests.
The lodge arranged a horsebacking trip for us too. It was great since we were able to go up into the hills and see the Pacific ocean.
A great hotel
First, I can't believe I'm the first person to write a review of this hotel. If you can survive the drive to Monteverde (no small feat), this is the best and most scenic of all the hotels to stay at. Having gone through all of the website photos for the different places to stay in the region, we settled on this one based largely on the Frommer's review. The rooms were nice with excellent views, the grounds are quite large and beautifully maintained, and the staff quite accomodating. My sole complaint was that we had requested a queen bed and only 2 doubles were available. Otherwise, a perfect stay. Additionally, I think we saw more wildlife in the parking lot of the hotel than we did in either of the Cloud Forest reserves we hiked through.