When traveling the country-side on a three-city tour for my 30th birthday, me and my 3 fellow female travelers stayed at this B&B for 3 nights as our second stop out of three. First the pros-the staff was very friendly and spoke great English. The grounds are surrounded by a beautifully kept garden. The breakfast was typical Tico breakfast, but included pancakes with a homemade fruit spread made with cinnamon and mango that is to die for. The super syrupy syrup for the pancakes is also awesome. Don't forget to tip the cook! She works hard and then has to clean all those dishes by hand!!! The hotel is only a short walk to town for shopping and dining. The hotel owns Johnny's Pizzeria and guests who dine there received one free alcoholic beverage (made with lemon cello and a liquor made by the owner) and 10% off of your entire bill. Cabs are cheap and speedy to get to you and get you back. The rooms are very spacious and most of the rooms have insect nets on them. The wood work in this hotel is AMAZING! Especially in the bathrooms. We had cottages 15 &16 in the back portion of the newer building. Now the cons-The rooms were not ready when we arrived and we had to wait 45 minutes to get inside after a very long and bumpy ride to the hotel given there are very few paved roads in Monteverde. The washcloths are the size of small dish rag and they had nothing smaller so it was like taking a shower with a whole towel at times. The water works backwards as far as what is labeled hot and cold, etc. and often we did not have much hot water. There is NO TV, NO phone, NO cable, NO internet and NO pool at this location!!!! This made passing the time rather boring if you were not out and about in the town or on an excursion in the cloud forest or reading a book. There were tons of bugs crawling around in the bathroom and bedroom areas, nothing drastic, but when you're traveling with someone who hates bugs it could get dramatic. It was extremely windy. The wind was quite violent actually and often sounded like it was going to rip the roofs off the building. I found it calming and could sleep right through it, but it kept some of the other members of our party up at night. When I asked why the weather was this way the locals explained that given the height of the region and the transition from wet to dry season the winds are a combo of winds from the Caribbean and the Pacific making them violent when they collide. It was pretty consistently cold here!! Having packed primarily for warm weather we found ourselves sleeping in the one jacket we brought along. I even slept in socks, leggings, a long sleeve sweater and scarf! No heater either so you have to be prepared or deal with it. This unfortunately, was our least favorite of our hotel destinations. Not because it was horrible by any means, but without the amenities I mentioned it was pretty boring making us all feel like we could’ve skipped it. There's a soda shop right at the bottom of the hill from the hotel where we ordered casados for dinner if we weren’t @ Johnny's. Also down the street in the direction towards town (on the right hand side) a small jewelry shop where the man makes beaded and string braclets/necklaces and wooden earrings by hand! Most of the selections ran from $1-$3 US dollars!! Making this the best souvenir shop we hit up!
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