We were lured into this hostel by the name (I am a HUGE sloth fan), and although the namesake of the hostel didn't make an appearance for us, it was well worth the stay. The owner/workers in the hostel are amazing, friendly, down-to-earth people, and it is clear that they work very hard to maintain their business. They obviously enjoy what they do, and they make it clear by their interaction with the guests; one of the owners' friends took my boyfriend and me to see (and climb!) a hollow tree in the forest. It went down as one of THE best experiences I've had in Costa Rica, and because it was located in the middle of the forest, where only natives or lucky explorers might find it, I know we would never have seen it if not for the kindness of the people at the hostel.
The hostel itself is very clean and comfortable, with lots of information on what to do in Monteverde. As someone who lived in Costa Rica for a year and stayed at my fair share of hostels there and in Panama and Nicaragua, I have seen bad and good hostels, and Sloth Backpackers was one of the good ones. It is pretty small compared to some of the other hostels, but if you're looking to just make it a place to sleep and relax in the middle of your adventures (no pool or anything like that, but you're in Monteverde; go explore nature!), it's the place to be.
Another perk of the hostel is that it's a bit "off the beaten path"; we never would have found it if we hadn't come across the owner at the bus stop when we arrived in Monteverde. Some taxi drivers will say that the area is dangerous, and it might appear so because of the lack of lighting and natural surroundings, but it's really, really not. Actually, we found it to be very peaceful (which is just what we needed after so many months at a time in San Jose). The taxi drivers apparently get commission from other hostels for bringing guests, so they try to steer them away from SBP. It's just a short walk from town, maybe five minutes, but it's set back far enough that you don't get any of the noise from party-goers late at night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Sloth Backpackers B & B is one the most famous hotels in thegateway to all touristic venues in Santa Elena of Monteverde. Personalattention by Owner YORLEWe are the number one option for backpackers and travelers in Costa Rica.In the Town, without Noise.The Hotel Sloth Backpackers B&B is in the perfect place to stay andrelax after a busy day of activities.Offers clean, Dorms and comfortable rooms, and each room has a private bathroomwith hot water 24 hours & Dorms with Bathrooms, towells, FreeInternet or Wi-fi, kitchen Fully Equipped Free, Free Coffee & Tea all Day.Free breakfast includes:Coffee, tea, pancakes, bread, butter, jam, eggs and fresh fruits.Also, Hotel Sloth Backpackers B & B, offers: laundry services, Office information with the best prices in activities, special for Groups and Students.2 Minutes from the only public bus station,Downtown, only 2 minutes to the bus stations, banks, restaurants, night life, souvenir stores, and supermarkets.If you need me (Yorle) pick you up at the bus station, send an email. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Sloth Backpackers Bed & Breakfast Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena