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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel has beautiful grounds. The garden outside is absolutely gorgeous and you can hear all the sounds of nature. The pool is nice and warm. We had a downstair forest room with the glass balcony which made you feel like part of the forest. We got to see a whole family of capuchin monkeys on our last day which was the highlight of our trip. There were more than 10 monkeys just jumping all over the trees outside. Also the butterfly garden is so peaceful and you get to admire the Morpho butterfly in detail. The hotel is around 10mins walking distance from the center of Santa Elena which has really good restaurants and big souvenir shops. The resturant in the hotel is also good with reasonable prices. The breakfast is delicious no matter what you choose and they have different options. Staff is friendly and helpful. Always smiling and greeting you. Also the hotel activities are good. We did the horseback riding which was so peaceful and is a must do. We also did the nature reserve walk where we got to see a Margay Cat and a lot of unique birds. Only two cons: 1- The walls were thin in the hotel which ruined the whole nature sound atmosphere in our room. We had really chatty neighbors, so we could hear them all night talking and laughing through the walls. There is no TV to wash out the sound so I had to wear the ear plugs the hotel provide you with in the bathroom hence missing out on the whole nature sound sleep. Also if you are in the downstairs room you can hear your neighbors flushing the toilets and showering. 2-We found a scorpion on the bathroom sink one night which made me jump and freak out all night. I was terrified there would be others. Just dust your clothes before you were anything. I think this applies at any place in Costa Rica. In general, the hotel is a good hotel and we recommend it. You will definitely have a good time here.

This is the perfect hotel for visiting the rain forest. The staff is wonderfully friendly and efficient, the dining room and bar are beautiful, the rooms and grounds are superb. The butterfly room was lovely.

The grounds are lovely. Monkeys are often present. Lots of flowers, butterflies, birds, coati. Rooms are simple but clean and well appointed. Could use some very basic improvements: weighted shower curtain so it doesn't blow in and stick to your legs, foot stool so little kids can reach the bathroom sink on their own. Had a family cooking lesson with the executive chef at the restaurant- great experience. The staff is wonderful. Really friendly and helpful.

We cannot say enough about the staff at this property. From the front desk, to housekeeeping (that came to our room a few times as we had a little sugar ants pay us a few visits), to the waitstaff and everyone we encountered were so polite and so friendly! The food was also extremely good especially the breakfasts which were delicious. It has an intimate. lodge feel and is within easy walking distance to town.

Absolutely loved our stay here. The lodge is beautiful and very comfortable but the thing that really makes it stand out is the staff. I have never encountered a nicer more accommodating hotel staff. Here are a few examples of how they go above and beyond. First, when we arrived we were greeted with 2 glasses of freshly squeezed juice. The woman who checked us was happy to converse with me in Spanish so I could practice instead of reverting to English. My daughter and I are both vegans and since there wasn't much for us on the breakfast menu they offered to make us vegan pancakes. They were delicious. Every evening they would knock on our door and bring us little night caps (drinks), cookies and ice. Finally, on the morning we were checking out there was a group of monkeys in the garden outside the hotel. The staff called everyone so we wouldn't miss this wonderful opportunity. If you go to Monteverde I highly recommend you stay here.

Beautiful grounds, gracious staff and well located in good proximity to town and restaurants. Butterfly garden is peaceful lots of animals and birds on grounds. Pool area nice but small. Gratuitous tea coffee and snacks a nice touch. Glad to have a balcony above the trees especially in the rain. Excellent service at breakfast and good options. Similar to sister lodge in Tortuguero. Laundry service good fast but pricey.

We stayed in the Monteverde Lodge & Gardens for three nights as part of our tour of Costa Rica (Arenal & Manuel Antonio) and it was our favourite stop. The Hotel has a wonderful location with the cloud forest on its door step and rooms with stunning forest views! Wildlife is all around the Hotel which has its own trails. It also operates excellent tours to the nearby rainforest with in-house guide, Donald, proving an excellent wildlife guide. We recommend you ask for him if he is available as he has an amazing eye for wildlife and endless knowledge! The Hotel itself is excellent with a wonderful outdoor pool within its rainforest surroundings seamlessly blending into its environment that you still feel you are in the forest, taking a dip after a morning trek is a must ! The Hotel amenities are good and the restaurant is excellent with quality food and gourmet dinning. Hotel staff were very welcoming and always on hand to help and answer questions. In summary, if you want a hotel (ok it's called a lodge) to immerse yourself in natural surroundings with wildlife at the door and exceptional dinning then look no further, this is the answer.

May 2017 4 nights in a Garden room. Beautiful, modern accommodations. Nice little patio overlooking the gardens. The room is below the restaurant, but the noise did not bother me. The staff is well-trained, excellent service by front desk, housekeeping, and restaurant. They knew me by name and most spoke English. You must go out and walk on the grounds and along the trails. Stand still and take in the gorgeous flowers, lovely bird calls, sights of wildlife. I went into the butterfly house every day because it has so many surprises and it is very peaceful. Library has many books on Costa Rica, plants, birds, wildlife. There is a pretty swimming pool with a bar. Within walking distance to restaurants & shopping, but it is a hike up and down steep hills. A very welcoming, comfortable place.

The two most outstanding features of this hotel are the spectacular views of the forest canopy from the room balconies, and the equally spectacular quality of service from the staff. They are truly dedicated to the comfort and enjoyment of guests, and we were so grateful for their courtesy and professionalism. The cuisine is outstanding. The hotel is close to the Reserve, and also offers its own attractions--some pleasant trails, a butterfly garden, private reading areas, etc. Our two grandkids enjoyed watching wildlife from their balcony, swimming in the pool and visiting the butterfly garden.

We stayed for three nights at the MLG while we toured the area’s reserves. Unfortunately, we hit at exactly the wrong time as an unusual big and powerful tropical depression blanketed the entire country and particularly plagued the Santa Elena area with strong T-storms and heavy rain for the entire time of our stay (clearing out beautifully with blue skies and sun the day we had to leave!!). We arrived from Fortuna/Arenal via a boat across Lake Arena, which was a lovely experience with a fun docking onto a set of steps moved in place over the boggy lake shoreline. From the “dock,” you transfer to a bumpy road into Santa Elena (truth is, that road is FAR superior to the main road leaving town headed into Liberia or Puntarenas, which is truly bone-jarring!). Passing through town that afternoon was rather shocking since it seemed so busy and choked with tourists. Cars and buses everywhere could only be an inkling of what it would be like during peak season (we were there in low season). Seeing those crowds in such a little town, combined with the weather and the even not-far distance into town, we decided to eat our meals at the hotel. Reception at MLG was very friendly and helpful, but there is often a line of folks checking into the hotel. Staff are equally friendly, always with a smile on their faces, and didn’t seem to only have a tip in mind (not always the case at other properties in C.R.). We had an upstairs balcony room with a forest view, which was located up a set of steps and down a hallway in the main building. The room was quite basic and spare, but certainly adequate. The first night was nice and quiet, which we appreciated, particularly since we later learned that the walls are exceedingly thin and you could hear all your neighbors’ conversations. On entry to the room, we found the bath with a double vanity and minimal amenities, the toilet, and rain-head tile shower. The bathroom got very damp and stayed damp due to no real ventilation to get rid of the steam. In the bedroom, there was a “closet” area with safe, hanging clothes rack, extra blanket and pillows, a few shelves, and shoe shelf. We had two queen beds, three small nightstands, and limited lighting, which we discovered was a good thing since lights were potent bug attractants. There was a table and chair with coffee makings, and a luggage rack. A ceiling fan and the sliding glass doors provided the cooling, fresh cool air, and humidity. We had a small semi-private balcony with two chairs and a small table. It was a must to keep the screen doors closed at all times to keep the bugs out and to turn off lights when not in use so as not to attract them. The glass doors needed to be locked when not in the room to keep monkeys out of the rooms. Although we were religious about keeping the screen doors closed, there were gaps that the bugs made their way through without much problem, based on the population in our room one evening (including a roach and worse, a scorpion – watch where you step and shake out your clothes/shoes before donning). We discovered our phone was totally dead, and reception looked into it, but determined they had no way to fix it. They volunteered the room next door (since they weren’t busy that night), but we had already unpacked and figured we could do without the phone (although it did prove to be rather inconvenient at times). We really enjoyed our balcony and its view to the trees and garden/forest area. Despite the rain, mist, and cool air, we thoroughly enjoyed just sitting out there and taking it all in. As other have said, it really is like you are in a tree house in the top of the cloud forest. We had just arrived in our room and went out on the balcony to see a good-size coati making his rounds along the exposed branches of one tree and devouring all the fruits. We also saw parrots in this tree, but the rain was not conducive to watching them during their visits. MLG has a butterfly garden next to reception. You got through exclusion doors and into a garden with running water and lots of butterflies. There were elevated plates with ripe fruits to feed the butterflies and they would fly and flit all about you. The most maddening were the Morpho’s, those electric blue butterflies that have a brown mottled underside. The second that they land, they close up, making it almost impossible to catch them with the electric blue in open view, but we tried! There were also a number of other butterflies, including the monarch, red postman, tiger longwing, and owl butterfly. It was a nice little interlude from the terrible weather outside. One day a squirrel had chewed his way into the garden through a mesh fencing, but we tattled on him to reception and they moved quickly to mend the tear. The grounds and gardens around MLV were beautiful. There is a natural looking pool with a little waterfall and an adjacent bar that must attract a crowd during good weather. There is also a pond and little waterfall, all surrounded by beautiful orchids and other plantings. The trail winds down to a hammock area and further down to a clearing for yoga/meditation. There are a number of trails, one of which winds down to the river and back. There are plenty of opportunities for bird and wildlife encounters, the most frequent being the busy agoutis and coatis that patrol the area (we saw them on numerous occasions). Around the gardens and from our balcony, we observed the blue-crowned mot-mot, white-eared ground-sparrow, band-tailed pigeon, keel-billed toucan, blue-gray tanager, squirrel cuckoo, golden-olive woodpecker, black-mandibled toucan, white-crowned parrots, some black and white swifts, clay-colored thrush, several raptors, and plenty of others that we haven’t identified. We also saw a troop of 10-15 white-faced capuchin monkeys passing through the gardens, eating all the blossoms off several of the trees and providing quite the entertainment for the restaurant lunch crowd. At reception, we inquired whether they were familiar with our guide, Samuel Aguedas of Monteverde Nature Guided Tours, who we had booked for a night tour that first night and birding tours the following two days. They were indeed familiar with him and had even tried to book him for tours for some of their guests, but he was already booked (by us!). The desk graciously offered to call him to inform him of our arrival, and we talked to him to tell him we were planning to still go on the night tour (this tour was later cancelled both that first and second night due to the strong T-storms and heavy rain). Despite the rain, we were able to tour both the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Curi-Cancha reserves with Samuel. Please see our separate reviews of these reserves and of Samuel’s services, all of which we highly recommend. The restaurant (El Jardin) required reservations (even when there was basically nobody in the hotel), but they explained that other people in the area came to the restaurant and they wanted to give their hotel guests first priority – fair enough. Please see our separate review of the restaurant. Even though the restaurant didn’t open until 7am, they were nice enough to provide an early risers breakfast at 5:45am for those going on a birdwatching tour. Served in the restaurant, the serving was quite substantial with a large bowl of yogurt and granola topped with a mound of fresh fruit (watermelon, strawberries, mango, pineapple – all very good). The restaurant also offered a private dining experience in the butterfly garden for two at the little table in the enclosure. We did not take advantage of this offer, leaving it to the honeymooners but it was a nice gesture and we understand that it was much in demand. Just so people understand, you don’t see the butterflies at night since they have all gone to bed, it is simply the opportunity for some private dining time. We also often got ice in the evening, and a staff lady would appear at our door with a refill just about when it had all melted – magic with a smile! Overall, and particularly for the Santa Elena area, a rating of 5 might be more appropriate and I wish a 4.5 was an option, but the room had to drive the rating down some. I regret having to give that score since the grounds and garden were beautiful, the staff excellent, and restaurant was quite good. We would recommend MLG, and it might well be the best in the area.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free cooked-to-order breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens places you 4.3 mi (7 km) from Selvatura Adventure Park. This 3.5-star hotel has 24 guestrooms and offers an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. I.N.V.U Park is 18.2 mi (29.3 km) from the hotel, which is in the mountains.


Free cooked-to-order breakfast is served each morning from 6 AM to 8:30 AM. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Monteverde Lodge & Gardens's 24 rooms provide coffee makers, ceiling fans, and laptop-compatible safes. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds sport down comforters and bathrooms offer hair dryers. Phones and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

Monteverde Lodge & Gardens features an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and spa treatment rooms. There's free parking and an area shuttle for a fee. Front-desk staff can assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Additional amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, a computer station, and a terrace.

Room options

Forest View Balcony Room

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

90% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1083 reviews