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Hotel Belmar
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

Being a mint on the pillow couple, I took away a star because of the very huge bug near the door of our room the first night . We were tired from the long,long trip from NY. I didn't want to deal with this part of the cloud forest's nature..... Keep reading..... Our third floor room was large, beautiful and very clean. It was also appointed like a five star hotel. We felt like we were above the cloud forest. The view was amazing! The included breakfast was very good with great coffee. The dinners were delicious and fairly priced. Staff were all friendly and helpful....we would highly recommend this hotel.... ok, maybe a mint on the pillow would be nice.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 February 2014 via mobile

This is a great hotel. Our room had fabulous views of the Monteverde rainforest. We could even see the Pacific in the morning in the evenings from our balcony. The breakfast is really great. The food at the restaurant at night was also great. The hotel staff demonstrate impeccable professionalism and service. We were thoroughly satisfied with our experience here. The rooms are nice, with a Swiss chalet feel. I would definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 21 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed in peninsula superior due to website pics. Room and views even better than website. Front desk easily arranged tours we wanted with transportation for cost or less than if we arranged ourselves. Recommend highly trapiche tour, selvatura hanging bridges with guide and curi canchi.
Hot breakfast with to order omelets. Restaurant good with fabulous views but not many sandwiches but note that room service menu does so if you like ask for food off room service menu. We did not use the jaccusi or go for the walk on the grounds. I watched the npmaid clean the room and she cleaned every speck of the room and came twice day!!
I recommend as a not to miss.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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New Ulm, Minnesota
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We stayed two nights here and were very pleased. The staff is precise and excellent. We ordered coffee to our room one morning at 6am and it showed up right on time. The next morning we called for coffee and it came in less than 5 minutes. The restaurant is excellent at a reasonable price. You can sit out on the balcony or inside. Internet was very good. The whole place was very clean, especially our room. We stayed in the standard rooms. There are well kept grounds to tour and there is a easy trail to hike that follows a small stream. It's a great preview to the Monteverde parks! Definitely take this hike! Our beds were firm but not too hard. The hotel is located at the edge of down town. It's quiet, but if you want to be in the middle of the shops etc, it's only a couple minutes drive. We took a tour to Selvatura and it was about a 25 minute drive from the hotel. Oh, and the hot tub was nice too.

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Glennallen, Alaska
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

We spent 2 nights here and it was everything we expected and more. I believe we picked the best in Monteverde The view from our deck (Peninsula rooms) was awesome. The breakfast was included in our room price and it was a wonderful buffet with made to order omelettes. Dinners were very good also. The staff provided excellent service. They recommended the Curi-Cancha reserve guided hike and it was well worth it. Our guide Jorje was so knowledgeable and pleasant. We also did the Sky Monteverde zip and tram and weather was perfect. Awesome views of all the volcanos and Arenal lake. Would highly recommend this beautiful hotel.

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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Reviewed 19 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel has the warmest atmosphere, the nicest staff and the most delicious restaurant. It feels like a Swiss chalet atop a rainforest. The rooms are clean and spacious, and they have amazing views of the mountains and gulf from your private terrace as well as the restaurant. We arrived about twenty minutes before a tour we wanted was leaving and the front desk not only got us on, they stored our luggage quickly and the bar tender had sandwiches made to go for us. Accommodating on another level.

The rooms are very comfortable; there are not a lot of extras, no tv, robes, etc. But there is wifi in the hotel that is reliable so if you're dying for an entertainment fix you can use your tablet or phone.

The dinner quality was outstanding, with flavor combinations and presentations that compete with some of the best restaurants I've been to anywhere in the world. My husband and I had two cocktails and three courses each and it was only a little over $100. For the same quality we certainly would have payed double that home in NJ or NY. Service at dinner was attentive and formal but flexible; we took our after dinner cocktails to the veranda and they happily brought the bill to us there later at our request.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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ebelmar, Public Relations Manager at Hotel Belmar, responded to this review, 21 February 2014
Dear GypsyMDC,

Thank you so much for the amazing review! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

You are right. We do not have televisions in our rooms. It has been part of the philosophy of the Hotel since the start to try to offer an experience of peace and tranquility to go with the natural surrounding of Monteverde. However, as you mentioned, we do offer WiFi throughout the premises, so that if guests need to 'connect', they can. We also offer iPads for guest use, in case they forget to bring their own.
Thank you as well for the splendid words about Restaurante Celajes. We recently hired a new chef, changed our menu, added new cocktails to our list and built a greenhouse to offer a better farm to table experience to our patrons, so it is great to hear your appreciative words. We will be sure to share them with our restaurant staff.

If you would like, we also have a Restaurante Celajes trip advisor, and we always appreciate it when guests share their experience there as well.
We hope to have you at Hotel Belmar again soon!

Kind Regards,
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Bodden Town, Grand Cayman
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel is a true hospitality gem in the middle of nowhere. We went to Monteverde to visit the cloud forest but on the drive in, based on the roads etc, I was a little worried about the state of the hotel. The hotel was clean and high tech but still had old school, cozy charm. The food is also some of the best I've had in Costa Rica.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Belmar
Address: 300 Meters East of the Gas Station,, 5655, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Belmar 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Costa Rica's lush cloud forest, nestled in the mountaintops of the Monteverde Reserve, the venerable, world-renowned Hotel Belmar offers its guests truly unique experiences full of natural wonder, elegance, and warm friendly service - all within an unprecedented sensitivity to the preservation of the environment. With the coveted award for 5 levels of sustainability, Hotel Belmar's commitment to the environment as well as the local community has been unyielding for over 30 years. With recent upgrades aimed at presenting an even better Hotel Belmar, guests can expect a variety of exciting room styles, features, and amenities designed for exclusive, unforgettable comfort, quality, and experiences. ... more   less 
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