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Monteverde Backpackers
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37 reviews
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“very nice considering the price”
Reviewed 18 December 2011

we had a private room with private bath, it was fine, no frills just a bed. The hosts are very knowledgeable and friendly, and really keep an eye on the place. We felt very safe. The included breakfast was great, bread, fruits, cookies. I would recommend cooking a few meals in their kitchen as the restaurants in town are overpriced and nothing to write home about. There is a nice secluded parking area right behind the building.

As a side note, don't waste your time and money at the official Cloud Preserve, it's just walking paths where u dont see anything except maybe some birds. The suspension bridge is weak, as in lame. the water fall is tiny. Go with one of the other outfitters that does ziplines and stuff.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 10 May 2011

I read up and knew that Monteverde Backpackers was going to be 'modest.' All the same, our room for only 2 did have it's own bathroom and was comfortable. Carlos was GREAT he recommended Extremo zip line canopy tour as well as a night walk tour and both were a blast, especially Extremo! Carlos was very friendly and just so on top of making sure the guests were all booked up for our excursions and comfortable at the hostel. The stay also included a nice fruit/coffee breakfast each day. We stayed 2 nights in April 2011 and were very happy with Monteverde Backpackers! :) Carlos needs a raise, he 'made' our visit to Monteverde!!!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2011

We booked this place as it is a sister hostel of Arenal Backpackers in La Fortuna. Sadly it is nowhere near the same standard and not similar at all in style/atmosphere.

We only stayed here for one night and didn't spend much in our room as we were out and about doing trips. It's a good location but that's about it really. Our room was like a wooden cupboard in the loft and was SOOO noisy we could hear every word of conversation from the room below and next door and the traffic from the road (mainly very noisy motorcross bikes).

The guy on the desk was helpful enough with booking tours etc. but we were a bit disappointed as it said the breakfast they lay on starts at 6am but we booked a transfer that left at 6.30am and went away hungry as he didn't turn up until just as we left.

We definitely wouldn't recommend this place. There must be better places to stay in Monteverde and we certainly stayed in much better hostels for a similar price in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Buenas Aires
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Reviewed 16 March 2011

This is a small hostel that is clean, connected and convenient. The hostel itself is about 2 min walk away from a supermarket and 1 more to the main street of Santa Elena. The manager Juan Carlos provides a great deal of information on activities around Monteverde, as well as connections to other areas. He goes out of his way to make your stay in Monteverde as pleasurable as possible. Its is a beautiful area.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled solo
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San Diego, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2011

Pros: staff, room, showers, location, value
Cons: a bit noisy at night

I read the other reviews and can say I had no problems with bugs. I stayed there in October during the rainy season and it was coming down hard when I arrived at night. It was one of the first hostels I came to and was content with what I found. The location is great if you are in town for a short time. The rooms are on the smaller side but I am a small guy so that was no problem. The bathroom had blasting hot water which was well needed. The sitting area was not the best as it was taken up by the staff/owner watching sports the entire time I was there.

Coffee was available in the morning.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

Place is infested with bed bugs. We had to move out 2 hours after going to bed. Woke up and there were 10+ bedbugs on each of our beds. Must have been hundreds in the room. The guy gave us a refund in the morning, too little too late.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Alonso C, Gerente at Monteverde Backpackers, responded to this review, 5 August 2013
Dear Custumer,

We are thankful for the comment that you gave us, and we are not going to say, there were not bed bugs, back in the years, since May 2011, we changed administration and that was one of our biggest point to work on, since then you do not see even one review about bed bugs and all our reviews are good now, the place was careless at the time a little bit, we had change everything alot and make it look alot nicer, if you ever come back to Monteverde we recomment you to stop by and look at the places, also you can see pictures of our hostel in FB as Hostel Monteverde Backpackers.

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Alonso.C
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

Dorm bunk rooms that are clean with hot showers. My room was $10 / night and there was always coffee and fruit in the AM. The manager is very helpful with scheduling tours or telling you what's going on in the town. When there was unseasonably cold and rain it was also a nice place to hang out and meet the other people that were also stuck in the rain.

Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Monteverde Backpackers

Property: Monteverde Backpackers
Address: 75 Meters From Supercompro | 75 meters Southwest of the main supermarket, Santa Elena 1000, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Monteverde Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monteverde Backpacker's is a very nice hostel, right new to down town, only 1 block away of the restaurants, bars and banks, will be a prefect places to enjoy of the cloud forest and all the activites in the area. We have dorms for $11 per person and Private rooms for $35 per night, all the rooms include internet and breakfast, all the rooms with private bathroom and also Kitchen, we also have a front desk, where you can also book all your tours for the diferent activites in the area and transportation to get out of Monteverde. Parking area, security guard all night and relaxing hammack area as well, and with some very nice and relax grill night, for sure the best choice to stay in Monteverde. ... more   less 
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