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Manakin Lodge Monteverde
Ranked #15 of 40 Monteverde B&B and Inns
Montreal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awful in every way!!!”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

I'm a low maintenance world traveller who has never once complained about a hostel/hotel online. Until now.

My stay here was simply awful! The owners were unfriendly, the screaming wind kept shattering up against my room's cheaply constructed window frame so loud that I could barely sleep. It may have been just one night with bad winds, but when I changed dwellings by going to the vastly superior Historias Lodge, the problem went away.

The place is also located next to a bunch of family homes and three neighbouring dogs bark for a good minute at each car or person that came into the hotel entrance. This barking symphony started at 5 a.m.! When I walked into the parking lot after dinner at 8 p.m., these same dogs that were so friendly and loud during the day started growling ferociously at me to the point where I really thought one would attack. An awful experience for a dog lover like myself! What's more, the owners started using an electric saw right beneath my window at 8 a.m. I was so bad, that I began to laugh!

Oh yeah, the room is small and uncozy, but it does have hot water.

Do yourself a favor and spend a bit more and go to the nearby Historias Lodge!

Room Tip: My Tip is to avoid this unfriendly place alltogether!!!
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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English first
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Reviewed 31 December 2011

Ausser den wirklich lauten blätterrauschen in der nacht hatten wir eine gemütliche zeit. Preis leistung ist super. Die familie ist sehr nett und hilft super bei ausflug buchungen.

  • Stayed December 2011
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melbourne
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

.This hostel is a great place to stay, just a short walk to the edge of town you might get one of the spacious rooms that meet the trees outside,besides the shade from the heat of the day, the monkeys come down to your balcony for a look in This is probably the closest you can get the to the trees. A good breakfast is included and served in a wonderful room. There are good meals nearby if you want
We got this place by a tour operator in San Jose that seemed to know everyone, happy we did, we did not have enough time for the volcano and Monteverde so we chose Monteverde (Glad we did)
For a bonus, TipTours arranged it all, The owners of the Manekin have these 4 wheeled thingies and they took us down to the highway on a 3 hour trip to the "Tica" bus stop and we continued our way onto Nicaragua. You must stay where you are set down or the Bus will not pick you up. Top value and good fun
This is a great place to stay, beautiful family atmosphere. They made a great difference to our trip.

Room Tip: Get a balcony and in the shade
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 November 2011

This review is long overdue. I traveled to Costa Rica with friends in August 2011 and stayed here for a few days. The entire family is friendly and ever so helpful. They scheduled our zip lining tours, made arrangements for us to get back to San Jose, and even let me use their office computer for e-mails back home when the guest computer was down. They gave us tips on the best places to eat, provided an inexpensive laundry service, etc. I can't say enough good things about this place! If you're looking for simple, friendly, cost effective place to spend time, this is it. (It's also not far from the Cloud Forest...my friends and I walked the 3 or 4 miles.)

Room Tip: All the rooms are great...we looked at 2 and chose the smaller one. There were 3 of us.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2011

Manakin Lodge is perfect for anyone who wishes to shun the big corporate, anonymous hotels and wishes to experience their trip from the perspective of the locals. The Tico family will provide you with all the information you could possibly need to make your vacation a truly personal experience and point you in the direction of the very best tours that Monteverde and the surrounding area has to offer. The rooms are simple but clean and comfortable with their own bathrooms and showers, while the breakfasts are delicious and will keep you sustained throughout your day's adventures.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Austin, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 10 July 2011

My father and I stayed here for four nights and had wonderful breakfasts and exceptional service. They scheduled our tours and provided suggestions for activities, investing a lot of time in making our trip the one we wanted. Rooms were pretty cheap and had their own bathrooms and showers. Speaking Spanish here really helps though isn't necessary. Mercedes and her husband, the owners, did a great job of making us feel like family and we'll definitely go back!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2011

Manakin it's a inn runned by a very friendly Tico family, with spatious and clean rooms. The owner was very friendly and providing a lot of information about what to see/ do in Monteverde and they were very helpfull with everything we needed. Our room had huge windows with beautiful view of the canopy.

Room Tip: Ask for room nr 10
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Manakin Lodge Monteverde

Property: Manakin Lodge Monteverde
Address: 1 Street, Central Avenue, 60109, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
in Monteverde de Costa Ricayour hosting lodge solution at Manakin Lodge Monteverde - Puntarenas - Costa Rica hostel, hotel, lodge, backpackers, B&B. Your solution in Costa Rica for your tours to rain forest or bosque lluvioso, bird watching, tropical nature, adventures.....Bed & BreakfastExplore the trees and all the animals living there.Some relaxing moments Our flowers.The living room where to relax during the day ... more   less 
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