We traveled to El Valle and needed a place to stay and found the Hostel Orchid in our Lonely Planet book. It's a great hostel that is quiet and very comfortable. They have wi-fi, hot showers, and you can even visit the Orchid Garden for free when you stay there. It's about a 5-10 minute walk from downtown El Valle with restaurants, shops, and markets. We visited the Nispero Zoo to see the golden frog and took a hike to find the square trunk trees during our stay here. The people at the hostal were friendly, but not very informative when it came to asking questions about the town. One girl there had only been working there for a week. If you go out to dinner, make sure you leave early. Most places to eat close up around 6pm so there is not many choices for dinner options. We only spent one night in El Valle because we couldn't find enough things to do. If you like hiking and nature, this spot is for you and I would recommend staying at the Hostel Orchid.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Opened in September 2011, Hostel Orchid is the first genuine backpacker's hostel in El Valle de Anton! Conveniently located at the heart of town, Hostel Orchid offers 3 bunk beds with comfortable mattresses, hot shower, free use of Wi-Fi, a free visit of the orchid conservation center APROVACA and much more. ... more less