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Hotel Forest Dreams Manakin

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

At check-in the service was great with lots of local information. Unfortunately, it went down hill from there. The room smelled strongly of mold/mildew. There were too many beds in the small room. Our room didn't have a refrigerator because "previous guest" broke it. I asked for a hair-dryer, but was told no hair-dryers because "previous guest" broke it. Tiny bathroom with no amenities, no soap, shampoo, no hand towel, no washcloth, did have the smallest, tiniest bath towels ever. Too many bugs, got bit by one and the wound festered for a week. Our feet turned black from walking barefoot on floor. Night shift gave terrible (non-existent) service. Stayed 1 night and moved on.

We booked to stay elsewhere and went for a walk. Ended up asking the receptionist at Forest Dreams Hotel who gave us warm, genuine tips and even told us to mention we stayed at their place so we could get a discount at one of the best local restaurants.

My family of six took two rooms for two nights; Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The place was a little difficult to find but once we told them it used to be called Manakin Lodge everyone knew were it was. The staff were so very helpful and friendly! Their recommendations for places to eat were spot on. We even saw the owners and their family eating at one of the local places we went to. The hotel breakfast was great. Tea and coffee and water available all the time. Beers available too. There is an animal viewing area where Toucans, butterflies and squirrels and such came to have their breakfast too. The rooms were clean and everything worked. Sure the pillows were hard and bedding is old, but it was clean and fit for purpose. The free Wi-Fi was good. On Christmas Eve the owners thru a BBQ in the parking lot including free meat, tortillas and all sorts of drinks. Fireworks too! We would stay here again in heart beat!

We went to Forest Dreams, a small walk outside the centre. The little walk is worth it. We had good en comfortable rooms and beds, a good bathroom and a good breakfast. Comparing to the price, this was more than we were used to in Costa Rica. The service was also very relaxing and easy. Just go to Chris or Edgar (the two we met), they are very friendly and helpfull! Conclusion: I would recommend Forest Dreams, we had a great time there!

I feel the need to temper the reviews here a bit. First, let me focus on the positives. The guys that work in reception are super nice and helpful. I would also say that the rooms were perfectly clean and the hotel is a good value. However, I think it’s important that any prospective traveler consider the following: 1. The hotel is very rustic. 2. The reception is only open from about 8am to 7pm. After that, there is no one there to handle any needs, although I suspect there would be a way to reach the managers by phone in an emergency. 3. The rooms vary greatly in size and quality. Those pictured on TripAdvisor are the better ones. We had two rooms for our family. The room my wife and I shared was a rustic bedroom marginally larger than the bed and a bathroom that while clean, could have used a renovation. Our kids’ room, on the second floor, had no windows other than in their bathroom, and the beds were much more firm than the kids were used to. Other rooms at the hotel are more spacious. 4. The roof of the hotel is metal, which means when it rained, it sounded like we were inside a popcorn maker. I have to admit that the place grew on me after a day or so. One thing that was very cool was that the hotel was off the main road and situated among a series of family homes. The setting allowed us to get a glimpse of how the locals live, including watching a handful of young kids playing soccer in the dirt street outside the hotel. All in all, if you are looking for a clean, albeit rustic, very inexpensive hotel in Monteverde, this hotel is a fine choice. But bring shampoo—they don’t provide it.

If you are visiting Monteverde to hike in the numerous reserves this is a great place to stay. If you want a luxury hotel with an inhouse restaurant, bar, swimming pool and exercise equipment you should go elsewhere. I terms of negatives, the walls between rooms are not soundproof. Whoever built this hotel (not current owners) must have used substandard materials for the walls since you can hear every word that is said in the adjoining rooms. This is only a problem if your neighbours get up at the COD and are noisy. The rooms are nicely decorated, bathrooms are fine. Breakfast is typico or continental, and there is a good chance you will see monkeys at least one morning in three in the forest behind the hotel. The owners are very very helpfull about making suggestions for good places to visit and local restaurants.

The room was simple, but very clean. The staff was excellent. They let us use their washing machine for free. They arranged all our tours (which I'm sure they got some kickback for) and answered all our questions, no mater how many times we asked the same ones. They make coffee or tea for us in the afternoon upon request. One night my friend and I walked to a local restaurant and it started to rain and Edgar from the hotel came and brought us an umbrella. Breakfast was good, not gourmet by any means. One draw back there really isn't a view from the motel, but a good bakery and ATM are around the corner. I highly recomend this establishment.

We stayed at this hotel 2 nights and had a great experience. The young men who run the place went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. They provided lots of helpful information about the area and places to visit. The rooms are very large and comfortable. A good value. The hotel backs up to a dense fores,t monkeys and birds that stop by are a plus!

This was really a nice surprise. Excellent service. The breakfast was good in a restaurant where you felt you were in the middle of the forrest. Several restaurants in walking distance. Close to Skytrek and other adventure tours and many different tracks to follow to experience the forrest.

If you want the most authentic Costa Rican experience when you travel to Monteverde, this is the place for you. You are literally on the edge of the cloud forest. You will be awakened in the morning by the hum of the forest. It could be birds one day or monkeys the next or just the wind and the sun. When the Costa Ricans say "Pura Vida", this is it! My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel during our trip to Monteverde. The owners of the hotel went out of their way to make sure we not only had a pleasant stay, but also had a great time during the day engaging in the many activities around Monteverde. The owners speak great english, so there are not any communication issues for American or other english-speaking travelers. Make sure you try the "typical" breakfast - it's breakfast the way Costa Ricans eat it - and it's fresh and tasty. The rooms are clean, comfortable and newly remodeled. Ours had a fridge and a TV (not that we turned it on once, come on you're in Monteverde!). You are just slightly off the main road, which means the prices are more reasonable, but you are a three minute drive away from whatever you want. The owners were on the property everyday, so if you need anything at all, you are in good hands. There is also wireless internet on site. If you are looking for a hotel where the main attractions are annoying bellhops, over-priced margaritas, and $200 massages, go somewhere else. But, if you really want to experience Monteverde the way it should be experienced - go to the Forest Dreams Hotel.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Hotel Forest Dreams Manakin is a short stroll from El Jardín de las Mariposas and Monteverde Butterfly Garden. This 3-star hotel has 13 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Bat Jungle and Serpentario are a short walk away.


For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is available for a fee. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or explore the hotel and get a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant or coffee shop/café.


The 13 rooms feature kitchens and balconies or patios. LCD TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Rooms also include minibars.

Property features

Hotel Forest Dreams Manakin features free WiFi in public areas, a meeting room, and a computer station. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available on request) for CRC 65 per person roundtrip. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a library, a garden, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Twin Bed

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Queen 1 | King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

86% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 28 reviews