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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

3.5 out of 5.0

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Stayed here for two days whilst touring around Costa Rica. Rooms are of a good standard and we had a small balcony over looking the forest. Hair dryer and room safe provided. The restaurant and bar area was lovely and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Loved the open fire pit. There are some lovely walks around the gardens and the lodge - good walking shoes required as uneven paths as expected. Plenty of humming birds on the feeders. Managed to come across an Agouti on one of my strolls so I was delighted as I hadn't seen one of these creatures before. The butterfly room is a nice addition. Highly recommend this lodge

We stayed here for 2 nights on our visit to Monteverde. We loved the lodge! It is well located not far from the NP and has beautiful gardens and cloud forest trails. The rooms have a glass alcove that protrudes into the garden and cloud forest. We found this feature a very nice touch as we sat in the evenings with a glass of wine looking for wildlife. The food at the restaurant is very good and there is a pleasant wood fire in the evenings that adds to the atmosphere. Definitely recommend this hotel for a stay in Monteverde. We hope to be back soon!

The positives: the location, the gardens and grounds, the accommodating staff, it's restaurant, pool, the fireplace and the bar. The butterfly room is a very nice spot to see up close Costa Rica's Morpha butterfly. We saw Toucans on the property. The room we occupied had two double beds with a small outside balcony overlooking the forest. The screen doors do a pretty good job keeping the mosquitoes out. The balcony was a nice place to sit quietly or meditate. Linens were fine. Be aware of the sugar ants though. We found them crawling in one of the beds. Staff offered to change the linens after telling us they were harmless. The rooms were fine however you'll not find a radio, a television, bathrobes, slippers or an iron available for your use. While a tv and radio are not a necessity for us, not having the option seemed a bit off.

If you want to feel like home when you travel stop by this place. It's a wonder little lodge with big lodge appeal. You can sleep listening to the river flow. Wake and have coffee with the monkeys. A great place with fabulous food and wonderful people

We stayed 3 nights at Monteverde Lodge in early August with our two girls (11 and 13). The lodge is charming with thoughtful touches. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing and give you the feel of staying in the cloud forest. Sometimes the sky would be blue and other times the mist (or rain) would drift in. There are some family-friendly hiking trails around the property. There are lots of butterflies flitting around (both outside and in the nice butterfly garden in the lobby). We had a great balcony view of the forest. We saw coatis and agoutis in the gardens. One day a troop of white faced capuchin monkeys came through and provided lots of viewing and picture opportunities. The pool is warm and tucked into the gardens - we didn't want to get out. The staff is amazingly friendly and helpful. It's very easy to book excursions through the front desk. The food in the restaurant is very good (a bit on the fancy side for the kids but the kitchen is very accommodating and even made simple pasta for them even though it wasn't on the menu). There are some interesting vegetarian options and the breakfast is fantastic. One night it rained (a lot) and the staff let us play cards in the bar area during throughout the night (including dinner hours). The lodge is a quick 5-10 minute walk to other dining options and entertainment as well as a full grocery store. A little further on (another 5-10 minutes) is downtown Santa Elena with lots of shopping and restaurant options. Overall you can't go wrong with this property. It's not super luxurious or stuffy but it has a great atmosphere, nice amenities and helpful staff.

We stayed 2 nights at the hotel and enjoyed every minute. The staff at the front desk were extremely helpful and friendly. We also enjoyed a very professional and polished service in the restaurant. We only had breakfast, which was very tasty. The hotel is conveniently located to many shops and restaurants in Santa Elena - within a walking distance.

This hotel was absolutely amazing. We stayed her for three nights during a three week trip around Costa Rica. Monteverde Lodge just surpassed all expectations and if you are off to stay here soon - you are so lucky!! The hotel is beautiful, the rooms are spacious and clean and all have views of the gardens, the location is perfect for all Monteverde has to offer. The pool and gardens are just wonderful and there is plenty of grounds to just walk round and enjoy. The pool is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is very natural. You can just sit in the pool and watch the wildlife. There is a lovely butterfly garden inside the hotel where you can actually have your evening meal (tip for the romantics out there!). There is a koi pond, hummingbird area and rainforest views and walks all around There is plenty of wildlife and birds to see if you are patient and watch. As you walk into the reception / restaurant area there is a lovely homely fire burning and there is space to sit an play games. There is always coffee and cake to help yourself too during the day. Between 5 and 6 there are snacks at the bar and early evening we had complimentary drinks and nibbles just brought to our room. The staff were all absolutely amazing - they obviously really pride themselves on customer service and couldn't do enough for us. Even the gardener came to the pool to alert us to a huge troop of white faced capuchin monkeys were coming through the grounds. We watched them for over fifteen minutes, several mums with babies and about 30 monkeys in total. The food in the restaurant was sensibly priced and absolutely delicious. Our friend said his steak was the best he had ever had. The vegetarian food was imaginative and just wonderful. The children had quite a basic menu but when i asked for a salad or veg as an accompaniment, my son was given the most amazing green salad with avocado which we weren't even charged for. Breakfast was superb; no buffet table here - there was an A La Carte menu with a really great range of options from eggs benedict, pancakes, full english to a huge glass of fruit, granola and yogurt. Coffee, toast and delicious fresh fruit was served in addition. The location is perfect as you can walk into town in 5 minutes. If you do a trip such as sky trek (hanging bridges and zip wires) they will collect you from the hotel. We were just in love with this hotel. Yes it was pricey compared to some but worth every penny. Although the nightly rate was expensive the food and drinks were not. Loved, it, loved it, loved it - really hope we get a chance to go back some day. Don't hesitate - best hotel we have ever stayed at for location, service, food and the whole package! Monteverde is definitely a tourist hotspot and we wondered if that would put us off but it definitely is a must see place. The town is great, the nature is awesome and there are so many brilliant things to do.

This hotel was recommended by our travel agent, and it exceeded our expectations! We had a forest view room with balcony and really loved it! We could really feel the sight, smell and sounds of the forest from our balcony on the second floor. The room was spacious and had all expected amenities. The on-premise El jardin restaurant, the butterfly garden, the beautiful grounds, meditation/yoga area and its trails were all added bonuses. Several other very nice restaurants were within walking distance (although some steep grades involved!). The staff was very friendly and helpful, and Wifi worked fine (very important these days!).

The Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is quite lovely and lush with filtered water throughout the hotel, a close walk to town, and very pleasant staff. They have their own butterfly garden onsite, capuchin monkeys in the hummingbird garden out back, a little hike down to a flowing creek, a beautifully serene pool, yoga deck, etc. The grounds are stunning. Staff was absolutely wonderful - we particularly like that they spoke Spanish and English to us to help us learn the language better. Randall was frequently our waiter for breakfast and dinner and he was so kind - always giving us great info about the area, food, and little tips and whatnot. Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is what I now think of when I think "pura vida"!

This was a very nice hotel, possibly the nicest one in Monteverde. We stayed for two nights with our family of five (three teenage boys: 13, 15, and 19). We saw a number of animals from the property - a large troupe of monkeys came through one day, and we saw a family of armadillos when we pulled up to check in. And of course there are lots of butterflies - both in the enclosed butterfly garden room as well as in the outdoor gardens. The pool is nice, though a bit small. There is waiter service from the hotel which was nice for a lunch one afternoon. There are a few hiking trails on the property, though not very long. The restaurant is nice, though some of the dishes seemed overly elaborate for what we were looking for. For ex, one of the desserts was a chocolate lava cake. Oh, and it had pineapple baked into it. And also an egg nog coulis around the plate. And also a berry coulis around the plate. We ate there one night and walked into town for the other night. Breakfast is waiter service rather than buffet though it was included in our room rate. Overall, Monteverde is a bit difficult to get to. The wildlife is amazing and seeing it all was a highlight of our trip, but dealing with an hour of an unpaved rutted road to get up there was a bit tedious. Deep potholes in the gravel road will appear without much warning. If I had to do it again I would still go, but be prepared for a difficult drive to go there. Certainly try to avoid arriving to the town at night or, if you can avoid it, in a driving rainstorm, as it could be quite treacherous. We stayed in two rooms - a Forest View upstairs balcony room. This was a small room (not too small, just cozy) with a small private balcony, though the view was of the forest which started feet from the balcony. The other room was a ground floor superior garden room - this was very nice for our three boys (who god forbid can't sleep in the same bed as each other) as it had a king-sized bed, a fold-out sofa bed, and they brought in a rollaway as well. The room was a nice sized to hold all these beds, and also had a patio with a hammock.

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Forest View Balcony Room

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90% of guests recommend this hotel

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