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Pension Santa Elena
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Centerville, Ohio
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10 reviews
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“Great people make this place even better”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

My daughter and I would rather find the company of interesting and friendly people in a casual atmosphere than pay the money for a fancy hotel with room service. Pension Santa Elena was just the comfort level we were looking for. We were greeted with a thorough rundown of what was around Monteverde, including the attractions and where to eat. The room was simple, but just what we needed. You have to ask for towels or service, but everything we needed was provided right away with a smile. The common room was full of people happy to either chat or to give you space. The kitchen was easy to use, and books and coffee were at hand. Of course there was a cat that knew whether you needed a pet to love while you were traveling, too. It's a very easy place to call home during your travels.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Granada, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Pension Santa Elena is a simple place with great prices. Do not expect to get anything fancy here, but PSE does have everything you need. There are private rooms as well as dorms. There is a communal kitchen for preparing meals, as the restaurants in Santa Elena/Monteverde can get fairly expensive. The hotel does provide a breakfast from the kiosk next door. There's a beer fridge where you can get local beers/water, and you can consume them from a nice outdoor deck with a hammock that overlooks one of the main roads in Santa Elena. The staff can help you set up any of your day/night trips.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vero Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

Accepts credit cards. I paid $24 a night for an ensuite room with hot water. No A/C or fan in the room, but the area is chilly at night. Wonderful staff--English-speaking and completely helpful with all questions and setting up tours. Owners are American. Free internet. Breakfast included. Main fridge where you can store drinks. Right in the thick of things in Santa Elena...close to banks, restaurants, buses, etc. Bit of a youngish, hippieish, dreadlocked, Bob Marley vibe...but not overpoweringly so. Just make sure you get a quiet room...

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Medford, Oregon
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Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

My family and I--wife and 9 and 13 y/o daughters have just spent three nights at this very relaxing and friendly pension. The people that work here are very friendly and helpful. Always happy to help with every aspect of your trip. The location is right in town and easy to get to multiple tasty restaurants. We stayed in room h2 which has 2 bunks, a loft and a queen bed with private bath. It was clean and cozy. We will be back!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

An good, clean and cheap place to stay close to the cloud forest and right in the heart of Santa Elana. We arrived in the evening and they really helped us sort activities for the next day. Nice little breakfast included and there is car parking

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

My wife and I spent 6 nights there with our 3 kids, and it was great. There's a kitchen where we cooked some of our dinners, a supermarket being just a 200 meters from there. The included breakfast was too small though, we had to have another breakfast later. Friendly and helpful staff too, right in the middle of town.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

This hostel has a great atmosphere. The free breakfast from Taco Taco is delicious. The employees are very knowledgeable about the tours and trails in Monteverde and surrounding areas. They helped us connect with a fantastic tour guide that provided the best tour we had on our vacation.

Make sure your reservations are confirmed via email. Use your first and last name in the reservation (otherwise common names will be confused with other guests and you might lose your room). The hostel's reservation system is not very well organized.

The rooms and the shared bathrooms are fine. The great atmosphere comes from the lounge area where a lot of friendly guests relax in the evenings. The internet service is poor.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pension Santa Elena
Address: Al Sureste Banco Nacional en El Corazon de Santa Elena 250 m, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 35 Speciality Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pension Santa Elena 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our mission is to "exceed our guests' expectations of a Travelers Hotel by providing outstanding services and dependable information. We commit resources and time to preserving the values and traditions of our communities." Pure Life...Pure Hospitality. ... more   less 
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