This lodge has a relaxed atmosphere, smiling staff, and gardens full of exotic flowers, birds and monkeys, with a network of trails for you to explore. It's just 15 minutes from the entrance to Monteverde Cloudforest, which offers walking trails and canopy tours.
Most of the guest rooms have views of the forest, with others overlooking the gardens. All provide comfort and privacy, have en-suite bathrooms, safe, coffee maker, ceiling fan and free WiFi. Forest view rooms have easy chairs and a coffee table, and those on the first floor have balconies. The 3 garden rooms are slightly smaller and have doors leading directly to the gardens.
The restaurant specialises in meals based on traditional Costa Rican recipes, served indoors and out on the covered terrace. There's a bar with inviting armchairs and sofas, and a wide range of drinks, a good place to socialise with other guests. Outdoors there's a small swimming pool surrounded by lush foliage.
The gardens are a delight - a mini cloud-forest lovingly tended by the head gardener and his team. There are many ferns and flowers including orchids. Birds such as wrens, hummingbirds and toucans, and mammals including Capuchin monkeys and two-toed sloth are often seen. The lodge has terraces where you can sit and admire the views. The enclosed, glass-walled butterfly garden is a lovely place to relax and is often the setting for private meals.
Open: Monteverde Lodge and Gardens is open all year round.
Location: The hotel is just 15 minutes from the entrance to Monteverde Cloudforest, which offers walking trails and canopy tours..
Rooms: There are 27 rooms made up of 12 ground floor forest view rooms, 12 first floor forest view rooms and 3 garden view rooms. All are en-suite with hot and cold running water, and have free Wi-Fi and attractive decor. The lodge has made a decision not to include TV or air conditioning as these can detract from the cloud forest experience.
Activities: There is plenty to do both on the private reserve and the surrounding cloudforest. Enjoy a natural history & birdwatching tour or a guided night hike. Thrill-seekers can enjoy an extreme canopy tour, canyonging and horse riding. Those seeking a more sedate experience can explore the gardens, visit the orchid and butterfly gardens of Monteverde.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant and lounge bar. There is a spa,and a solar-heated swimming pool.
Dining: Dining is at individual tables.
Health: Costa Rica has a low risk of malaria.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Up to 2 children aged 10 years or younger stay free when sharing a room with 2 adults. There is a children’s menu. Minimum age limits vary for different activities.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi in all rooms and social areas. There are computers free for guests to use situated in the reception area.
"This was a bit of a favorite - even though it was not as luxurious as Nayara it had a lovely feel to it. The grounds were pretty and spread out into nice walks. The pool was exceptionally lovely and you could relax in little areas that the hotel had set up in the garden with hammocks and reading sites etc. The rooms were comfortable and the housekeeping staff would leave iced water in the rooms at night with little chocolates etc. They would also make sure you had closed the windows or risk the monkeys coming in and making off with your things. The food was also very good - again one of our top places."