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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Quetzal Inn

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Quetzal Inn
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Great Location & Staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

This hotel had the greatest staff. The manager, Rick, was always there, very helpful & friendly throughout our 5 day stay. The breakfasts were freshly prepared, good, and very filling. The location is perfect, in the trees, a block from the noise of Santa Elena's streets. It was easy access into town & the bus while providing a space to get away & look for birds or watch monkeys hop around in the trees. The lobby was clean and attractive plus had reliable free WiFi. Our shower was amazingly hot with great pressure.
The only criticism is that the room could use a little of an update, but was clean & everything is good repair. For the price, it was a fantastic deal!

Room Tip: We stayed in the one with a balcony. One of our big windows completely overlooked a forest area &...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

We originally had booked the Monteverde Hostel Lodge (please see my review of it for more of a complete review), but because of a mixup with their email and booking via Orbitz, they did not have space for us. Instead, they moved us to the Quetzal Inn (hence the "accidentally stayed" part of the title).

The location of this hotel is actually great--right near the center of the town, so within a couple of minutes, you can walk to most everything. However, the first room (of our two-night stay) they put us in was pretty bad. The walls were extremely thin so we could hear the conversation in the next room as well as later in the night, the gentleman's very loud snoring. Granted, the situation for the hotel staff wasn't ideal given that it was late in the evening before we were "transferred" from Monteverde Hostel Lodge, so we tried to be good natured about it and just get to sleep.

It was unfortunate in the morning that the hot water in the shower didn't work and the sliding glass door on the shower was not on the rails--it was just kind of leaning up against the other door and the toilet did not flush. We called the maintenance in but they couldn't get it working. The helpful woman behind the front desk then moved us immediately to another room, closer to the front desk/entrance, which ended up being just fine. A comfortable bed and a nice warm shower.

If circumstances were different and we had booked the hotel on purpose, with a more reasonable check-in time and being booked into the second of our two rooms, my review would probably be much more positive. Just like the Monteverde Hostel Lodge, I believe the staff tried to do their best to make the situation better, it was just unfortunate that we had to spend so much time getting settled into rooms we could stay in rather than enjoying all the great things Monteverde has to offer.

Room Tip: Don't stay in the smaller rooms up the hill from the entrance, if you can help it--very noisy an...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

Excellent stay overall. The lone staff member Rick was awesome, kind and chilled out. Place had good decor, with new wood furnishing and walls. Great locks on the door, and great water pressure in the shower. Amazing location in the center of Saint Elena, so close to grocery stores, the bus station and cafes. Huge communal kitchen and TV area. Lots of choices of tours and brochures as well. A few complaints would be that the water in the shower never got very warm, the rooms were very drafty with thin blankets so it got very cold at night, and the sheets on the bed were too small to fit the bed so they kept coming off and I was eventually sleeping on the mattress. Also the free breakfast was served starting at 7am but every tour group or bus departing Monteverde (including ours) left at 6:30am. Other than that, good value and great location.

Room Tip: Balcony rooms are quiet and away from the common area
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

Used the hotel as our base for Monteverde. Hotel is nice and clean. Location is great (right in the heard of town but now on the main roads). And, you can't beat the value. Rick was very helpful with local information and also helped us sort out issues with our next reservation. The staff was also great and fed us early breakfast to help us with our early-morning activities. Feeding and watching white-face capuchins on the hotel roof was very exciting!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Quetzal Inn. The hotel is located in a quite and peaceful part of town, near the rainforest. The rooms were cosy and beautiful. Sergio gave us a private night time jungle tour. We highly recommend to take this tour. Sergio, as a biologist, was the best tour guide we've ever had. He taught us very much about Costa Rican nature and wildlife.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

Our stay was excellent. The lodge style hotel was conveniently located in the heart of Monteverde. It is literally a block away from the Main Street, yet it's tucked away on a small private road which is great because you will get a good night's sleep. The noise can get very loud around the area, especially with all the tour bus shuttles passing by.

Rick the owner is very nice, he made sure we were well accommodated. He gives a lot of free tips to his guests, and can point you out to the best restaurants. He also can book tours for you, right in the lobby. The hotel is a great place to unwind, there are even Koi Fish swimming around in the pool. And for all the cooks out there, the community kitchen is a great place to cook if you choose to go that route. It's very clean and well maintained.

**Added bonus**
If you want to see monkeys, this is the place to be. Every morning they are climbing atop the roof. I actually had the chance to feed one with an orange I had in my bag.

  • Stayed December 2013
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2013

Ive heard this place has had some rocky management in the past, but at this point it cannot be beat. Rick really helped make our stay special in Monteverde. It felt like we were meeting up with an old friend when we got there. The Quetzal in over accommodating and will make sure you get the most out of your stay. By far the best hostel I stayed in while in Costa Rica!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Quetzal Inn

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 #27 of 34 Speciality Lodging in Santa Elena
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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