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Hotel Claro de Luna
Ranked #14 of 43 Monteverde B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 April 2012

This was the second time we stayed at this hotel. The last time was three years ago and was just two us. This year was with a teenager. The hotel has not changed at all since were last there. The grounds are very nice and hotel is located on a hill above the town. Unfortunately, there is not much view of the surrounding area. Staff were very much just working and not particularly friendly.
The rooms are located in a separate building from the office/kitchen, with the exception of a couple of rooms. They have small fenced in patios at the entrance and high ceilings. The rooms a very large and nicely furnished with large rustic (log/wooden) furniture. There is a skylight in the middle of the ceiling. Netting is available on the beds if you are concerned about mosquitoes at night. The beds are average in terms of comfort. There is no air conditioning, but you won’t need it, it is very cool at night. If you go out early, remember to take a sweater with you. The bathroom is very large and has a whirlpool tub and shower. The downside is that the walls are very thin and I think the sound may travel through the ceiling because every time one of you neighbors flushes, showers or worse, uses the whirlpool, it sounds like it is in your room. There is no radio or television and it gets dark fairly early, thus the comment about not such a great idea for kids. There is little to do to entertain your self. We opted to have dinner later and walked into the centre of town. After dinner we wandered through the various small stores in the area. That killed some of the evening for us.
Parking is free and is available right inside the yard, which is nice. There is not an internet computer but Wi-Fi is available and we has not problem connecting as long as we were near the front desk.
Breakfast is included and consisted of a breakfast bar with fresh fruit, rice and beans (the best I have had in all of Costa Rica), scrambled eggs, pancakes and toast and juice or coffee/tea. It was very good.
There is a grocery store, shopping, and dining, all within walking distance. I apologize for know having the names of the restaurants we ate at, we took photos of them, but our camera was stolen in Manuel Antonio. But we had great pizza and pasta (very large portions) at the pizza place near the end of the main strip. You can’t miss it as you have to walk down stairs to enter the restaurant. The food was fantastic and not too expensive. There is also a great burger restaurant just off the main strip on a side road. It is a one way heading towards the main street. On the main road, near the tree house restaurant there is a small smoothie stand. Fantastic smoothies made with fresh fruit as well as milk shakes.

All in all, if you are less interest in peace and serenity and would appreciate things such as TV and a pool. There are many hotels in the area, which from the outside, appear to be very nice and cost about the same.

Room Tip: I would choose the last room, facing the parking the lot for the best view from your patio and great...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

We arrived at Claro de Luna and the front desk quickly checked us in and gave us a beautiful room behind the main house that had our own porch to sit out on and spacious room. They helped us set up a night walk through the rain forest that first evening and everything went smoothly from start to finish. The breakfast in the morning is delicious and the bathrooms are clean and comfortable. I would recommend this to anyone going to Monteverde and I hope to return in the future!

Room Tip: We enjoyed a room facing the garden
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

When traveling the country-side on a three-city tour for my 30th birthday, me and my 3 fellow female travelers stayed at this B&B for 3 nights as our second stop out of three. First the pros-the staff was very friendly and spoke great English. The grounds are surrounded by a beautifully kept garden. The breakfast was typical Tico breakfast, but included pancakes with a homemade fruit spread made with cinnamon and mango that is to die for. The super syrupy syrup for the pancakes is also awesome. Don't forget to tip the cook! She works hard and then has to clean all those dishes by hand!!! The hotel is only a short walk to town for shopping and dining. The hotel owns Johnny's Pizzeria and guests who dine there received one free alcoholic beverage (made with lemon cello and a liquor made by the owner) and 10% off of your entire bill. Cabs are cheap and speedy to get to you and get you back. The rooms are very spacious and most of the rooms have insect nets on them. The wood work in this hotel is AMAZING! Especially in the bathrooms. We had cottages 15 &16 in the back portion of the newer building. Now the cons-The rooms were not ready when we arrived and we had to wait 45 minutes to get inside after a very long and bumpy ride to the hotel given there are very few paved roads in Monteverde. The washcloths are the size of small dish rag and they had nothing smaller so it was like taking a shower with a whole towel at times. The water works backwards as far as what is labeled hot and cold, etc. and often we did not have much hot water. There is NO TV, NO phone, NO cable, NO internet and NO pool at this location!!!! This made passing the time rather boring if you were not out and about in the town or on an excursion in the cloud forest or reading a book. There were tons of bugs crawling around in the bathroom and bedroom areas, nothing drastic, but when you're traveling with someone who hates bugs it could get dramatic. It was extremely windy. The wind was quite violent actually and often sounded like it was going to rip the roofs off the building. I found it calming and could sleep right through it, but it kept some of the other members of our party up at night. When I asked why the weather was this way the locals explained that given the height of the region and the transition from wet to dry season the winds are a combo of winds from the Caribbean and the Pacific making them violent when they collide. It was pretty consistently cold here!! Having packed primarily for warm weather we found ourselves sleeping in the one jacket we brought along. I even slept in socks, leggings, a long sleeve sweater and scarf! No heater either so you have to be prepared or deal with it. This unfortunately, was our least favorite of our hotel destinations. Not because it was horrible by any means, but without the amenities I mentioned it was pretty boring making us all feel like we could’ve skipped it. There's a soda shop right at the bottom of the hill from the hotel where we ordered casados for dinner if we weren’t @ Johnny's. Also down the street in the direction towards town (on the right hand side) a small jewelry shop where the man makes beaded and string braclets/necklaces and wooden earrings by hand! Most of the selections ran from $1-$3 US dollars!! Making this the best souvenir shop we hit up!

Room Tip: We couldn't choose what rooms we had, but everywhere was pretty peaceful given there's not m...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

The other reviews for this hotel are mixed. I suspect it is because people are looking for a three or four star hotel. This is rated as a one star, but is much much better. The help is very friendly, and the place a little oasis in town. ten minutes to downtown and it is quiet with beautiful gardens. I stayed in the main house, which has smaller rooms, and I found them more than adequate. I did not see bugs, (but it is not the rainy season), and the bed was comfortable. There was plenty of hot water and the bathroom very large. The breakfasts were tasty and typical CR but even with pancakes. There is at first a damp aroma to the room which is quickly dispersed with open windows. The humidity here is almost 100% so you can expect to feel a bit damp at times. Indeed, clothes that usually dry overnight take almost two days to get fully dry. The place is very charming, bbut would not be for people looking for luxury. As for the sheets and towels, they were fine. There was no noise. I would stay here again.

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1  Thank laficabella
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

Small hotel, friendly staff, very cozy and charming. We stayed in some new rooms built outside the main cabina. The rooms were awesome. The hotel is a bit far from the main Monteverde forest, but we had a car and so it was OK. The price we got for the 2 nights was a great deal.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

We spent a few nights at this B&B in early February. The Superior rooms were spacious and comfortable. The gardens are lovely, and the location is easily accessible by foot from the downtown shops and restaurants. Breakfast was pretty average with a limited selection of scrambled eggs, toast, rice, pancakes, and a small portion of cut-up fresh fruit. The dining room is not equipped to handle a full house of guests.

Room Tip: Book a room away from the main lodge.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

The hotel is ok, but nothing special. Spacious room but not very confortable beds. Helpfull staff and a good starting point for excursions to the rain forest. The shower was ok and they have a babychair in the diningroom (breakfastroom)..

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 3 blocks south from Catholic Church in Santa Elena, 5655, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Monteverde
Price Range: £36 - £79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Claro de Luna 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer a beautiful location on a hill overlooking town, lush gardens with a path connecting the buildings housing the reception, rooms and restaurant. Excellent ambiance, comfortable rooms, private bathroom with hot water and breakfast included. 5 minute walk to downtown, easy access to shops, restaurants, banks and supermarkets. ... more   less 
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