We stayed three nights and would go back again, mostly because of the tremendously warm welcome and good service we recieved from the staff. The owner, Eulogio, and his indefatigable mother Hermida, who does the cooking, will go out of their way to make your stay as pleasant as possible. The food was excellent -- simple Costa Rican fare but very well cooked. The rooms aren't luxurious but they're spacious and at this place you're paying for the views and seclusion rather than the amenities. Don't expect cable TV and jacuzzis. If you're NOT going to Arenal then this is the best way to see the volcano without making the trip. We had a spectacular view of it without even getting out of bed! Yes, it's a bit a long way out of Santa Elena, but the advantage of that (apart from the seclusion) is that you're closer to the Santa Elena reserve and to other attractions like Selvatura (which I would thoroughly recommend for zip-lining, treetop walks etc). We walked from the lodge to both Selvatura and to the reserve. If you want bars and nightlife, DON'T stay here. If you want tranquility, great views and a very personal welcome from the owners, DO.
- Also Known As:
- Vista Verde Hotel
- Vista Verde Hotel Monteverde
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All our rooms have stunning views of the lake and Arenal Volcano, something that if we make clear is that we are located in a cloud forest that means not always clear, we trail to a waterfall and others because the hotel has 100 acres primary forest. ... more less
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