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Rainbow Valley Lodge
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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best Deal in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2008

I was really looking forward to our stay at Rainbow Valley Lodge and must say that it was everything I had hoped for.

We are a family of four and booked both rooms. We really only used the lower room for sleeping and spent most our time in the upper room.

The view from the kitchen area was as nice as everyone has described.

We were fortunate enough to have a visit from the coatimundis just as we arrived.

I can't say enough about how well we were treated by Rolf. He is a truly nice guy and went out of his way for us many times. He arranged our transfers before and after our stay. He booked our guide for the reserve. He arranged for our Zip Line outing with Aventura. He also made good recommendations for places to eat.

What was appreciated the most though was that he drove my wife into town to help her sort things out at the bank after the bank machine ate her card the day before.

This reminds me - avoid using the bank machine at Bank of Costa Rica in Monteverde. When the bank employee retrieved the card she had a quite a collection of cards that had been eaten.

The kids spent an afternoon making artwork from plant material they found outside the rooms. Because Rolf was so nice to them, they gave him the picture of hummingbirds that they made.

Rolf was busy working on building some additional rooms. It looks like they will be nice when done. He again went out of his way to try and make sure that we weren't disturbed by the construction.

The Rainbow Valley Lodge was the best deal of any hotel we stayed at in Costa Rica.

  • Liked — Rolf
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank freezinguphere
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2008

We have stayed 3 nights at Rainbow Valley Lodge. Perched above deep valley, short walk to Santa Elena and with fabulous views, this lodge offers fantastic value for money.

From the upper apartment the views are really unique. You can watch animals roaming the trees for food, upclose and personal. The owner, Rolf Hanson, is as friendly as any Tico and he is always around to help with good advice, and with a smile.

Two persons have all the room they need, yet our daughter had no complaints using the additional bed.

Our advice: get out of bed early, as just waiting for the sun to shine over Monteverde, with a cup of hot coffee on the balcony, is well worth traveling the bumpy road to Monteverde.

  • Liked — The location and views, friendly owner
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank xelas
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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2008

We stayed at this lodge because we read so many wonderful reviews on Trip Advisor and it was our favorite place of the entire trip!
Rolf, the owner, was so welcoming and warm and helped us out with our every need. He really went the extra mile to make sure we had a great stay with him and set up all our day trips with the local tour companies. I recommend staying on the 2nd floor of his lodge as you get views of the entire cloud forest which is breathtaking to say the least.

There isn't any food at this lodge, but the upper room does have a small fridge, microwave, sink and dishes and there is a grocery store in town. Also, it is about a mil (or $2.00 US) to taxi into the town which is really cheap compared to other areas of Costa Rica. There is a lot to do in Monteverde and the town is has some nice shops.

We def. recommend this place to stay, you will have a great experience rain or shine and Rolf is a great host!

  • Liked — the vew and the hospitality
  • Disliked — nothing!
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank saralyn1201
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2008

Rainbow Valley Lodge was, by far, our most enjoyable accommodations during our trip 4-stop, 12 day tour of Costa Rica. The rooms are new, very clean, and have a stunning view of the Cloud Forest valley that is absolutely "to die for". The bonus was a swing-through by white-faced monkeys that were literally within reach of our rooms. On top of the location, Rolf, the owner of Rainbow Valley Lodge was, again by far, the most helpful person we encountered in Costa Rica before our trip. Rolf helped us arrange transportation ahead of time from the airport in San Jose as well as to/from other areas outside of Monteverde, recommending local sites, and in general was a fabulous host! Our family of five stayed in both of Rainbow's rooms and would recommend this site as outstanding! In fact, we intend to return to Rainbow Valley Lodge on a return trip to Costa Rica. Check this place out. You will not regret it!!

  • Liked — Location, view, host, everything!
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sawdog5
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East Lansing, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2008

Great place, but not for everyone. The American gent who built and runs this small lodge is extraordinarily knowledgeable and well versed on all aspects of visiting Monteverde and its culturally distint environs. He is good natured and gave us lots of helpful info that made a real difference in our experience,. The rooms are literally right at the edge of the cloud forest. At 6:00 a.m., the sun pours in, the birds go nuts and you feel so thoroughly awake, yet so unburdened by the early hour. The rooms are comfortalbe. A taxi trip ($2) get syou to restaurants/shops. Room rates are low.

One caution. I am 60. Getting from the lodge to the road, the officel, and partking area entails traversing a somewhat steep incline. For most people, it is 45 seconds of strenuous walking. For those over 62, or otherwise challenged, getting to and from the lodge would be challenging. I loved this place. Rolf, the owner, is the kind of savvy, practical person one does well to enounter in unfamiliar surroudings.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Zeitgeist42
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Paris, France
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2008

My boy-friend and I stayed twno nights in Rainbow Valley Lodge in Monteverde a week ago and enjoyed it very much.

The Lodge is situated at walking distance from Monteverde/Santa Elena centre (15 minutes walking) which was very convenient for us since we did not have any car. And since it is not in the centre, we were not bothered by the hustle and bustle of the night life. The lodge is perfectly peaceful and you can sleep soundely.

We took the upper room and the views were breathtaking. The kitchenette/sitting room has panoramic open windows, which allow to really enjoy the views over Monteverde and Santa Elena rainforests. One morning at dawn I even saw a coati trotting along the path but I did not have my camera with me!!!

The room and bathroom are simply decorated and sparkling, well ventilated with two windows. The kitchenette has a fridge, sink, microwave and coffeemaker, perfect to have a snack or breakfast.

But the best is Rolf, the owner, who is extremely friendly and helpful. While we were staying at his place, Rolf organized for us a trip to the hanging bridges in Santa Elena, a visit of the Monteverde park with a truely excellent guide who could find us loads of wildlife including two quetzales. He also organized for us our trip back to San José and negociated the price of the room in the hotel we had selected, obtaining a huge bargain we would never have gotten ourselves.

In a nutshell, this is an excellent mid-range option and the quality / price rate is the best we had during our trip in Costa Rica.

  • Liked — The views, the very helpful and friendly owner, the neatness of the place
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Celinemarine
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San Diego, California
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2008

As all of the other reviewers stated, this place is the BEST! We booked both rooms in February and were greeted by Rolf who was surrounded by a band of coatimundis. The rooms are extremely clean and comfortable and the location is so beautiful and secluded. You have a beautiful view of the cloud forest from the rooms, especially upstairs. And the upstairs unit has a closed in porch with a microwave and fridge. Rolf is very nice and helpful and will book tours for you at no additional expense. I am hesitant to spread the word on this beautiful place because I want to go back and not have it booked! :=)

  • Liked — The Location
  • Disliked — Loved Everything
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank maureencol
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Additional Information about Rainbow Valley Lodge

Property: 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 34 Speciality Lodging in Santa Elena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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