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Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

The hotel was basic but the grounds were very nice with several walking trails. The restaurant was very nice. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The only thing we did not realize that without our own transportation you had to use taxi and the cost was $ 8 US each way which made it too expensive to go to town just to eat at a different restaurant.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2011

if the owner would invest some money into updating EVERYTHING! We loved the location, and saw quite a few other properties, we felt this had the best location , for us..
yes away from the activity..but lovely grounds, view and serenity...if that is what makes you happy.....there are not many first rate properties here, we didn't see any that we wished we were in...it is really a shame, with just some basic changes this place would be an outstanding stay. Rooms very basic, pretty bad actually, baths are ok, newly tiled, but all towells and bedding needs to be removed and replaced, mattresses were the worst on the trip, had to take sleeping pills to get comfortable. No place to sit, bench outside the room is hard and useless, they need comfortable benches and nice lounge chairs around the property to enjoy the view. Lighting is terrible, and inside no place to sit if weather is inclement. The Lodge reminds you of National Park lodges but not as nice...they have a lovely enclosed terrace with beautiful sunset views...but here again, furniture is so lousy you can't enjoy sitting there...with lovely couches, chairs and table...am sure the place would be overflowing with folks all day long...they could also do a brisk bar business with an updated inviting terrace. Food was ok, waitresses were the best thing about the place as far as stafff, very friendly, helpful and willing to make your stay enjoyable. We loved the area, enjoyed everything we did, took a night forest tour, was great, hanging bridges just so so...this property is making such a mistake not to update.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 January 2011

The Cloud Forest Lodge delivered on my expecations. The room was clean and well kept, basic but nicely furnished. The loation is great, a bit of a walk from town but that is not necessarily a bad thing. You have a terrific view of the surrounding country side and the trails around the property are terrific. The staff was helpful and the food quality was good thought a tad on the expensive side for what you received. You can do a canopy tour right on site and it is an easy location to get to from Arenal and if you do it horseriding even better. Overall a good place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2010
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West Warwick, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

I'm not sure where to start. My new husband and I spent 3 nights here. We were on our honeymoon and fully expected this to be rustic and with less frills than the other places on our itinerary. However, the room was a glorified tent with walls. They are all separate little "duplex" cabins. We could hear every word our neighbors spoke... not very romantic. We had lizards crawling into our bathroom at night. There was no AC and no TV (TV wasn't really a big deal to us). It was hard to fall asleep because you're in the Cloud Forrest with the windows open (no AC, though it got cold at night sometimes) and you cna hear every animal in the forest. There was also no alarm clock but the front desk would send someone to wake you up if you requested it. There is no pool on site.

There were hiking trails on site and those were ok but we walked them all in a few hours one day. We went there to zip line, which we did than thoroughly enjoyed (we did not do the zip lining on site, we went through a 3rd party company). Most of our time at the lodge was spent in the small restaurant, out on the large deck overlooking the forest. It was a pretty view and they had a lot of hummingbird feaders so you could see many types of hummingbirds within a close vicinity.

The small town was a bit far away. We spent a couple of hours there one day and walked through the entire place. We got bored with nothing else to do so we went on a coffee tour and actually loved it.

I think this would be a fun place to stay on a backpacking tip with friends but I wouldn't stay more than a night or two. If you're looking for romance or luxury this is NOT it.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 23 December 2010

The only thing the Cloud Forest Lodge had going for it was it's location. It is quite out of the way, but it sits in an absolutely beautiful location. There are trails around the grounds, which are quite nice.

The rooms were poorly constructed. There was a wood block used to hold the shower head in place in the bathroom, the metal drain cover was bent halfway up and the sink barely rested on the cabinet on which it sat. The trim in the room looked awful, and was a sure sign of poor craftsmanship.

The front desk staff was very friendly, but the restaurant staff was cold and unfriendly, seemingly annoyed to be dealing with a solo traveler.

Spartan rooms; basically a bed, shower, and desk. Nothing else.
There was plenty to do outside of the hotel, though. Great wildlife viewing!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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Canada
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

The place is cute - but located far from the little town. You would have to take a taxi into the small town if you wanted to. Rooms were large and clean and comfortable. We ate at the hotel for dinner and it was NOT good -- i recommend eating elsewhere. Breakfast in the morning was good tho and included in our stay. FYI - Staff wasn't overly friendly but we only stayed one night so we didn't care.

  • Stayed September 2010
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2010

This lodge was quite a way from Santa Elena up a big hill. We went (as always) with a tour group who drove us down to Santa Elena the first night for the frog pond and dinner so we didnt need to walk or book a taxi.
We had meal the second night at the lodge which was really nice, good value and huge portions. The breakfast was not buffet style (as most of the hotels were on our trip) but it was very nice and set us up for the day visiting the cloud forest.
Watching the hummingbirds on the feeders were amazing.
Only negative thing was when it rained (which it did a lot - rainforest clue in the name!) the roof of the lodge was metal and omg it sounded soooooooo loud! but that added to the fun of where we were!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge
Address: PO Box 531-1000 | northern Tilaran Mountain Range, Monteverde, Santa Elena 232-5150, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your one-stop location at Monteverde Cloud Forest Lodge offers 72 acres of primary and secondary forest, canopy tour, over 3 miles of private trails and more than 180 species of birds in a quiet and wonderful place. Our beautiful gardens and bungalow-style bedrooms make a great place to relax, rest and enjoy nature. ... more   less 
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