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Rainbow Valley Lodge
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

My stay at Rainbow Valley Lodge was stupendous! The second floor room was more homey than anywhere I had stayed in Costa Rica. The view from the sunroom and kitchenette over the valley below with the moutainous backdrop was breathtaking. I watched the morning clouds roll over the continental divide, across the valley below, while hawks lofted overhead. I could hardly tear myself away from the vista. Rolf, the very attentive manager, not only recommended, but also furnished, superb Costa Rican coffee. The friendly and cute Coati was a begger that greeted me each morning from the treetops directly outside the panoramic windows and was fond of bananas. Even more exciting were the white faced monkeys who chattered for their food. Rolf had to distract the adult monkeys so I could feed the younger ones. Rolf was more than accomodating and recommended excellent day and night excursions. Each trip different and memorable, the tour guides were knowledgeable and they infused a reverence for the rainforest and cloud forest habitat. My favorites were Santamaria's night tour, Trappicha's coffee tour, fresh ice cream at the cheese factory, Curi-Cancha dawn hike, CASEM artist camp, Selvatura hanging bridges and ziplines. The weather was great. I can't wait to return!

Room Tip: Second floor unit is great for one or two, lovely sunroom with beautiful vista and well equipped kit...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

Rainbow Valley Lodge is the perfect place to stay in Monteverde. Rolf was a wonderful host and extremely helpful. We spent 2 nights in the second floor cabin which had an incredible view over the forest. The room was spotless and cozy, and the bed was very comfortable. One of our best & most memorable nights in Costa Rica was spent sitting on the patio, drinking wine, and listening to the wind blow through the trees. We would love to return tomorrow and stay for a month!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

We had a fabulous time at the Rainbow Valley Lodge. Our cabin was wonderful and had everything we needed. The setting was sublime! We stayed for two nights in March and can't wait to return. Rolf Hansen truely made you feel welcome and gave tremendous advice on where to eat and what to see. We highly recommend this Lodge to anyone looking for a true Cloud Forest experience!
Jim and Marcia, Marshall, Michigan

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

A cozy little cabin right outside of Monteverde/Santa Elena. His cabins were located right outside of town (Santa Elena) and were clean and comfortable, had 2 bathrooms and even it's own kitchen, complete with everything you need to cook up any meal. Rolf Hansen was a terrific host (super helpful) and his recommendations on restaurants and specific things to do while staying in the Monteverde area were spot on. He arranged a semi-private tour of the Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde with a seasoned guide (Adrian Mendez) that turned out to be terrific Quetzal-viewing experience (well worth the price). As an added treat.. our new coati friend (el pizote) came each morning to our patio for his breakfast banana. Rolf is knowledgeable, accommodating and went of his way to make us feel like we had known him for years. If you are looking for a quiet and convenient location in a Cloud Forest setting you can't go wrong staying at Rainbow Valley Lodge.

Room Tip: It worked well for us, since we had our own rental 4x4. You need to either cook your own breakfast...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

This place is paradise. My mom, sister, and I rented the top an bottom of the house there! It was great! Not only was it clean and spacious, we cooked breakfast on the enclosed porch every morning to an amazing view of the cloud forest. You are secluded and in nature!

Ralph, the owner, was so incredibly helpful. He arranged everything we did for us since he has good relationships with people there often at a discount.

After being there and seeing other places, I still think this is the best place in Monteverde to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed 2 April 2012

As you can see from all of the previous reviews, this place is amazing, and pretty much speaks for itself. My husband and I stayed here for a couple of nights during our Honeymoon trip to Costa Rica, and the accommodations, as well as our host Rolf, were nothing short of spectacular.
One thing I feel the need to point out, is how clean Rolf keeps this place. My husband and I both come from a hotel & hospitality background, so we have a trained eye to see things that a lot of people would simply overlook. Pretty much anywhere we stay (No matter how low or high end the place may be), we can always find things that haven't been cleaned or properly maintained. Not the case during our stay here. Over and over again, we kept commenting to each other on how impressed we were by how clean and well kept Rainbow Valley was. You can tell that Rolf has high standards, and takes true pride in his property and what he does. For those of you who cleanliness is on the top of your priority list, this is definitely the place for you!
I could go on forever about Rainbow Valley, but there's really no need. We stayed in the cabin for an overly reasonable $60 a night. Great view and patio area, fully equipped kitchen, and plenty of space. We also enjoyed several encounters with Diablo the Coati, for which Rolf supplied plenty of bananas. It's located within walking distance of town, but still makes you feel like you're right in the middle of nature with it's location on the edge of the forest.

Stay here. You will not find better accommodations or a better host, during your trip to Monteverde!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

This was our second visit to Rainbow Valley Lodge--stayed with Rolf last year in March and again this year. This is one of my favorite places in Costa Rica. The views are beautiful--and the rainbows in the valley were awesome!! Stayed in the family cabin with our two girls. The cabin is very clean, comfortably furnished with a wonderful view. This trip the wind blew and there was quite a bit of moisture in the air...however it is the cloud forest...and life goes on...the animals were as active as last year, the people just as friendly. Went to a new wildlife preserve this year with guide recommended by Rolf (Rafa)--lots of birds/animals and few people...We saw one other couple the entire day. We also toured the cheese factory and did a El Trapiche tour, which Rolf helped book for us. Can't say enough nice things about Monteverde and staying here...

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Rainbow Valley Lodge

Address: 200 meters south of A y A, Santa Elena 5240, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 33 Speciality Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range: £50 - £88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rainbow Valley Lodge Monteverde is close to the town of Santa Elena, about 15 minutes walking or 3 minutes in a vehicle. With only eight rooms and no neighbors close by you can enjoy peace and quiet in a forest setting. We have Wi-Fi signal in all rooms. Clean rooms with hot water, possible chance to see animals right outside the rooms and owner help with guides and activities. All rooms have coffeemaker and Monteverde coffee plus small refrigerator. Parking near the rooms. Prices compare very favorably to other accommodations in Monteverde. We are not 5 star so please do not expect total luxury! We hope to see you here! ... more   less 
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