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 Wi-Fi. 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 cloudforest lovingly tended by the head gardener and his team. There are many ferns and flowers including orchids. Birds such as wrens, hummingbirds and toucanets, 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.
Costa Rica's highlights in a perfectly designed package, wildlife, scenery, adventure and beach time all in 2 wonderful weeks.
"Cold and wet but the lodge was perfect. They lit a log fire and had a constant supply of tea and yummy cakes in reception. The staff were amazing and nothing was too much trouble. The food was to die for and the drinks were pretty good too! I really enjoyed visiting the Serpentarium, just down the road, so many different species of snake and so well cared for. Loved their butterfly house."