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Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Hotels

Hotel El Sapo Dorado

Pros

  • Rustic luxury
  • Attentive service
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Trails between cabins get muddy in rainy season
  • No screens on some windows
  • Steep walk if on foot

Updated 04/14/2014

Fodor's Review

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.

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Hotel Information

Address:

6 km/4 mi northwest of Monteverde Reserve entrance, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Phone:

/2645–5010; 800-407–3903-in North America; /2645-5180

Hotel Details:

  • 30 rooms
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/14/2014

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By olga

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Jan 24, 2003

just OK

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.

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