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Hotel Cipreses Monteverde Costa Rica
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
136 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
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Reviewed 13 February 2012

This hotel is simple yet clean. I had room #38 and it was 2 double beds, with a balcony. The TV didn't work, and neither did some of the lights, this didn't help when coming home after sunset and the light outside the door doesn't work. There is only 1 key per room, so if you and your roomie have different schedules, this could be problematic. There is free wifi, and laundry here is cheap (by weight, one bag was about $6 USD) with ~ 12h turnaround time. There is no safety deposit box in the room, and thus you had to put everything in an envelope to go in the office, but their security is lax. My roomie went and said her name, but corrected it to my name and still got the envelope handed to her. Also, my laundry was switched with another girl in my group. If I did not know anyone else in the hotel, chances are that they would've just let me pick from the bags of laundry they had. There is very little counter space in the bathroom, so a hook is handy to have on your toiletry bag. There are windows to vent out the humidity though. It's about a 5-10 min walk to town, but partially along sparsely lit gravel alley.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

My parents and sisters ended up at Hotel Cipreses based on a recommendation from the staff at the Monteverde Welcome Center. Upon arriving, the front desk clerk Jose Arturo was SUPER helpful, kind and accommodating! He even asked the breakfast staff to get up early (6:40am!) and cook us breakfast, which again, was DELICIOUS (eggs, plantains, beans and rice, pancakes)! Our room was very spacious and clean. The price of the room was VERY reasonable. The wi-fi was strong--great for Facetimeing and Skype! I would recommend this place to any traveler.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

We stayed here for 2 night a part of a tour. The Room was spacious and clean. Unfortunately there was a tile missing from the window in the bathroom and one in the room so it was quite cold and the fact that it was very windy outside didn't help. The staff was very nice and helpful. Nice breakfast for 7$.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, QC
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

We stayed 2 nights as part of a G Adventures Tour. Large room. Quiet other than howling of wind at night. A bit of a walk to town (uphill coming back). Breakfast were not cheap ($7), didn't include any meat, and they charged our tour guide for 3 breakfasts we apparently didn't eat. (Overcharging and bad exchange rates seem to be common in Costa Rica.) Nice scenery..

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Coaldale, Canada
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

The Hotel Cypress was a somewhat disappointing stop on our tour of Costa Rica. The rooms were small and had a rustic charm about them, which was nice. They also had a television, computers in a common area, breakfast, and set up towels into animals for you each morning. The hotel will only provide you with one key, but if you leave it in your room, will quickly get the master key to unlock your door. The hotel was located near the main road, which happens to be rather steep.

The walls are thin, so noise caries through quite easily. The television is in a rather high spot, so you may not be able to reach it. Also, our room had a hole in the wall. Ants were coming through the hole.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

This was my least favorite hotel of all the hotels I stayed at during my stay in Costa Rica. The room was on the smaller side. The comforters on the beds were dusty and looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a long time. The fitted bedsheet didn't quite fit the bed we slept on, and came off easily if we even moved slightly. We could see the blue mattresss underneath -- the bedsheet only fit the top two inches, if at all. The bathroom was awkwardly designed -- there wasn't enough room in the shower area. Didn't get hot water for more than a couple of minutes, so if two people had to shower, the second person had only lukewarm water at best. The bath towels were very thin and small as well. The room felt very damp and smelled the same way too. We didn't really enjoy spending time in the room, and were glad to be out most of the time. However, the people at the counter were very helpful and friendly. Also, the breakfast was great. The best gallo pinto I've had in Costa Rica. They also served scrambled eggs, pancakes, toast and fruits. Location-wise, it's probably a 5-10min walk into Santa Elena downtown. It's easy when you're walking there coz it's all downhill, but tough on the way back. A taxi back from town is about $2, which we thought was money well spent. The uphill walk after dinner is too much of a punishment.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2011

Of the four hotels I stayed at in Costa Rica, this was my least favorite. A small room felt even smaller with wood paneling and a very low, wood ceiling. The bathroom was tiny. After a steamy shower one night, there was still condensation on the bathroom mirror in the morning. I did keep the windows closed to keep the bugs out, but an array of bugs did find their way inside. The whole place felt damp at all times. There's no heat or air conditioning. Not even a fan. The comforter on the bed looked like it hadn't been changed in years. It's not exactly close to town. It's a long walk up a steep hill after dinner.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Cipreses Monteverde Costa Rica
Address: Calle no 6, from national route 606 to Tilaran | 100 mts Este. 100 Sur, Santa Elena 5556, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Cipreses Monteverde Costa Rica 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Cipreses is a mountain & garden hotel, located just 5 minutes walk from the commercial center of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the hotel provides various services such as: Breakfast, free Internet access, WiFi, hot water, local information, the hotel began as small businesses and increased by the increase of tourism in the area. In addition, the hotel is included in the list of ECO hotels, which is why we have different policies for reducing natural resources, solar panels, waste recycling, alternative lighting systems and water reusable for other purposes, far to be a mountain resort, we just try to be a total quality hotel environment friendly. ... more   less 
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