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Quetzal Inn
Toronto, Canada
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98 reviews
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“Bugs, bugs and more bugs.”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

If you like nature in your room, stay here. Otherwise, I suggest finding a cleaner hotel.

Yes, it's Costa Rica and bugs are part of nature, but I do not want them on my bed! Every night we had to do a sweep for bugs in our bed because there would be something different in our room every night.

The washrooms were kept dark and dim, so it was hard to see if they were clean. So I cannot review that. Rooms were more like little cabins.

The restaurant was ok, but food was very simple and in small portions.

This hotel is hidden in an alleyway but it is a minute walk to the main street.

There is a possibility waking up in the early morning due to monkeys running around on the roof. Pretty nice to hear but a little surreal.

Overall, there are plenty of other hostels and hotels you can stay out. You don't need to stay at this one.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Austin, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

First of all we love that this hotel is set back off the main street and up a hill overlooking part of Santa Elena. It made it feel like a special private oasis when returning exhausted from activities. The rooms are all wood, made out of cedar and were very clean and comfortable. We even had a private balcony. We did not eat breakfast here as we opted to go out early that morning so we can't say anything about breakfast.
On our last day there we had zip lining planned at noon, the manager had actually helped us plan which park to use and called the shuttle of the park we chose to set up the night before. Unlike everywhere/everyone else she did not push us towards any specific park but rather gave us all the information on each park so we could decide which one we wanted to go to. Being in sales I really liked that she was not trying to sell us to the one that gives her more commission. We in fact got Selvatura Tickets at a better price than their listed price and better than what the other street ticket people were offering. You'll notice in Santa Elena that everyone, every restaurant, etc sells tickets to everything. Its outright annoying and overwhelming at times. Every place you go to is pushing a different zip line park, a different coffee tour, simply because of the commission they are receiving selling those tickets, not because they are the best.
Also you would think that buying direct at the park or from the website would be the best route. Its not. Its cheaper to buy indirect, which makes no sense.
As far as this hotel for a stay? We would definitely stay here again. There were 4 of us in a standard room with 2 queen beds and that was more than enough space for us.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

Too bad we did not first look on TripAdvisor otherwise we did not go there.
The rooms are old and not maintained. Locks are broken, shower door will not move, if you want new towels you have to get them yourself, it's not clean, Breakfast is minimal.
The manager begins to groan when she has to do something.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Glenview
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2012

We stayed here in 2011 and enjoyed the Capuchin monkeys. The rooms were spartan but clean and the breakfast was typical. Carlos the manager was very good. Stayed there again this year (February 2012). My wife and I were the only people in the place. Place was uncomfortable, not real clean and the manager unresponsive except to repeated requests. Definitely would not stay here again..

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Candiac, Canada
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

The rooms here are very basic, but if you can handle that it's great!

It was comfy, the balcony view on the vegetation was really nice and we go to see a ton of birds, monkeys and butterflies. Just a note of "caution" do not close the balcony door when you are outside because the locking system if quite basic and if you shut the door fully you will lock yourself out. It happened to our neighbour :-)

The only slight downside is that there is a bar that features live bands not far away (sound carries) and we could pretty much figure out the songs. On the plus side, the band was quite good.

The staff was super friendly and helped up book our zip linning tour and our forest night walk.

As I said though, our room was very basic but we had a great time! But anyway, who goes to Costa Rica to stay in their room?

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2011

This hotel is centrally located in the small town of Santa Elena. The hotel is down an ally way, off the main road, which makes it quieter than some of the other hotels. Our room was nice; it was high-up in the back of the hotel with a private balcony, two huge windows and a TV. We felt like we were in the tress and had great views of birds and butterflies. The male staff member at the hotel was very friendly and helpful to us. There were some negatives about this hotel, there was no soap in the room and we were told we had to go to the pharmacy to buy some. The internet did not work in our rooms (it did work in the lobby). My husband ate breakfast there but was it was not enough food for him. The hot water in our room was not working and they were unable to fix it. Because I wanted to shower we had to switch rooms the second day we were there. Apparently there were no rooms in that hotel so we were put in a room at a hotel across the street (not sure if they owned both hotels). That room was not as nice at all and it was very loud being right on a busy street and near a loud bar that was open late. I had to take a sleeping pill to get to sleep that night. I was very disappointed with this, as we had paid for the nicer room for two nights. Although we were generally pleased with this hotel, I stayed at a nicer hotel for less money the last time I was in Santa Elena, and I will not be returning to this hotel again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2011

we stayed only one night in St. Elena and chose this hotel for our stay here. The staff (1 person) was VERY friendly and helpful. Took our clothes to wash them overnight, booked the next hotel in Manuel Antonio for us an organised a tour in St. Elena. The room was simple, but quiet and clean. The bed was to soft for us, but for that one night it was a very pleasant stay! The brekfast the next morning was very good and we also saw the monkeys in the trees over the hotel!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Quetzal Inn
Address: Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel Quetzal Inn is located in Monte Verde amidst a rainforest and surrounded by wildlife. Free Wi-Fi access is available.Some rooms at the hotel have a balcony and the breakfast is included with the rate. Private bathrooms also come with a shower.At Hostel Quetzal Inn you will find a shared kitchen that is fully equipped. Guests can also explore a variety of restaurants nearby like La Maravilla, Monteverde Reserve Restaurant, Bar Amigos or Café Colibrí, all which are about 100 metres away.Other facilities offered include shared lounge, a tour desk and a laundry. The front desk offers safety boxes a common use lounge and a computer all guests can use.Juan Santamaría International Airport is 77 km away. The property offers free parking an is 100 metres from Santa Elena's town center. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Quetzal Hotel Santa Elena
Quetzal Inn Monteverde, Costa Rica - Santa Elena

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