The "Golden Toad" has grown through the years to become a very pleasant hotel with a terrific restaurant and lots of on-site nature activities. Owner Geovanny Arguedas's family arrived here to farm 10 years before the Quakers did, and he and his wife, Hannah Lowther, have built secluded hillside cabins with polished paneling, tables, fireplaces, and rocking chairs. The restaurant ($$) is well known for its pastas, pizza, vegetarian dishes, and sailfish from Puntarenas.
6 km/4 mi northwest of Monteverde Reserve entrance, Monteverde, Costa Rica
/2645–5010; 800-407–3903-in North America; /2645-5180
Jan 24, 2003
Rooms are big and clean, service is good. However, they have 2 suites in one cabin and it's not a good idea because you hear your neighbors as if they are in your room. Also, they have no insect screens, so you can't open your windows at night and enjoy that fresh Monteverde air. In addition, we had a worst meal in their restaurant (it was a luch), tasteless and overpriced. Overall, you can get a better place for the price.