Lodging in Santa Elena vs. Monteverder

Old Feb 3rd, 2010, 05:28 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,008
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Lodging in Santa Elena vs. Monteverder

I'm still working on an trip itinerary for May so...

I'm hoping to spend 2 nights in the Santa Elena / Monteverde area either before or after visiting Arenal. Which location do you prefer and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the 2 options?
Deb15July is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 05:44 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 16,908
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
There are a couple of places (Trapp Family lodge) nearer the Reserve, but the lodging, restaurants, groceries, etc. are mostly in Santa Elena (a few miles) down the road. We stayed here:
http://www.lospinos.net/
and really liked it (and great reviews on tripadvisor).
This is 5 minutes outside the noise and traffic of Santa E., but near everything (right on the road to the preserve). The owners do a great job, the grounds are just beautiful (they encourage you to raid their greenhouse), and the cabins (complete with kitchens) are set so that you feel pretty private; they are clean with nice views. Can't beat it, esp. for the price!
sylvia3 is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 05:46 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 16,908
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
BTW, I believe that the common loop (esp. if you are coming from SJ), is Arenal, Monteverde, beach, back to the airport. But I don't think you can wrong either way.
sylvia3 is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 09:20 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 201
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Santa Elena is closer to the Santa Elena Reserve, while the Monteverde area is closer to the Monteverde Reserve. It depends on where you plan on going as to where is better. They're very close to each other, though. Only about a 5 minute drive.

We stayed at the Rustic Lodge in Santa Elena. Very cute B&B with great owners.
shutterbug85 is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 09:25 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,438
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We really liked Fonda Vela - one of the closest hotels to the Monteverde Reserve. They have nice grounds, a good restaurant on site, and our room had a tub and small frig. We saw toucans on the property. Things are pretty close together there; our most expensive cab ride was only 8 bucks.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 11:42 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 142
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I would like to recommend Bosque de Paz as an alternative to Monteverde. See http://www.bosquedepaz.com/ . It is also a cloud forest, similar to Monteverde, and you can see birds an animals from your well-appointed room located inside of the reserve. The staff are very nice, there are on-site guides and it is a family run operation. What is especially nice is it is not too long of a drive from San Jose and there are NO PEOPLE THERE! We went for a day visit per the recommendation of our hotel and wished we had stayed there for a few nights. It was only us and another couple, with 2 guides. It was a really beautiful place. I hope to return the next time I go to CR.

JoniC
JoniC is offline  
Old Feb 4th, 2010, 02:09 PM
  #7  
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 16,908
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I believe that Santa Elean is the closest town to the Monteverde reserve?
sylvia3 is offline  
Old Feb 5th, 2010, 09:38 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 95
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
On Volcanogirl's recommendation we stayed at Fonda Vela, which is located outside of Santa Elena toward the Reserve,last month and really enjoyed the location. It is peaceful, whereas Santa Elena is more active and a bit crowded.
Hoyas is offline  
Old Feb 5th, 2010, 04:05 PM
  #9  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,008
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I'm currently looking at 3 places in this area, but by no means have I made any decisions. Does anyone have experience with the following:

Rainbow Valley Lodge
Monteverde Villa Lodge
Monteverde Rustic Lodge
Deb15July is offline  
Old Feb 6th, 2010, 01:47 AM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 24,438
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
That's awesome, Hoyas - I'm glad you guys enjoyed it. Peaceful is a great way to describe the property.
volcanogirl is offline  
Old Feb 12th, 2010, 05:20 AM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,008
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Still not settled on a place to stay in this area. Have none of you stayed at Rainbow Valley or Rustic Lodge?
Deb15July is offline  
Old Feb 12th, 2010, 06:08 AM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12,269
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
www.fondavela.com also my fav

www.monteverdeinfo.com

location best most central
qwovadis is offline  
Old Feb 12th, 2010, 06:12 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12,269
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Have stayed at Rainbow Valley nice but in the styx not central

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...dge-Monteverde

your others are not ideal check TA reviews
qwovadis is offline  
Old Feb 12th, 2010, 06:15 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12,269
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
also have stayed at

www.hotelbelmar.net/index.html

pretty central very nice for price
qwovadis is offline  
Old Feb 12th, 2010, 01:50 PM
  #15  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 1,008
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
qwovadis,
It looked like Rainbow Valley might be in the sticks and we hope not to need a rental car.

But I'm confused by the your comment about the others not being ideal since I did rely on TA reviews, along with this board to come up with options. What am I missing?

Monteverde Villa Lodge-#1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Elena
Monteverde Rustic Lodge-#1 of 13 Specialty lodging in Santa Elena
Deb15July is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
raschutter
Mexico & Central America
8
Aug 1st, 2011 02:48 PM
ramblin_renee
Mexico & Central America
9
Jun 16th, 2011 10:33 AM
penguino
Mexico & Central America
5
Feb 25th, 2011 12:52 PM
Deb15July
Mexico & Central America
28
Jun 5th, 2010 05:47 PM
doryyoung
Mexico & Central America
13
Apr 10th, 2010 02:20 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:31 PM.