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Trapp Family Lodge

Northern Costa Rica

Rating: Mid-range    

Trapp Family Lodge overview

The Trapp Family Lodge is the closest lodge to the popular Monteverde Reserve, with its pristine cloud forest, varied wildlife, walking trails and canopy walkways. You can be assured of a warm welcome from the Trapp family and staff are happy to advise on favourite activities in the area. The lodge is set in pretty gardens adjoining lush rainforest and is just a 15 minute walk from Monteverde forest trails. 
Guest accommodation is in comfy wooden chalets, all with 2 queen size beds, telephone, TV, an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water and hairdryer, and views of either the gardens or the forest, perfect for a good nights rest.
The restaurant has large picture windows looking out over the grounds and forest. Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast, and in the evening you'll enjoy a candle-lit dinner with a choice of local and international dishes. There's a lounge bar where you can share time with other guests while enjoying a refreshing drink, and you can use Wi-Fi in the communal areas to keep in touch with family and friends back at home. 

The lodge’s private reserve cloud forest is like a mini Monteverde, with plentiful bird and mammal life. With the main reserve less than 2kms away, you can soon be enjoying encounters with some of the 400 species of birds, which will hopefully include the resplendent quetzal, capuchin and howler monkeys, sloths, tapir and cats. This is also a haven for reptiles and amphibians so be on the lookout for those too. There’s a special garden dedicated to hummingbirds a short walk from the lodge, it's a wonderful place to spend some time.


Open:  The family friendly Trapp Family Lodge all year round.  

Location:  This is the closest hotel to the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve.

Rooms:  There are 20 rooms, and 8 suites. All are spacious, have 2 queen size beds, a telephone, hairdryer, safe, and an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water. They are decorated with local artworks giving them a homely vibe. Each of the rooms has a floor to ceiling window overlooking the gardens, while the suites have balconies with views of the mountain and forest, plus additional facilities including a TV and fridge.

Activities: You can enjoy self-guided trails in the gardens, nature tours in the Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve, visit the hummingbird garden, take nighttime walks and also venture into Santa Elena itself, a short drive away where there are various attractions that you can enjoy. 

Facilities:  The lodge has a restaurant and lounge/bar.  There is also an outdoor dining terrace overlooking the established and beautiful gardens.  The private forest reserve has marked walking trails that you can explore at your leisure.

Dining:  Dining is at individual tables.

Health: Costa Rica has a low risk of malaria.

Communication:  WiFi is available in all the communal areas.

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client reviews

Mr Ian Barthorpe (28/03/2018)

"The perfect location for access to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Only a ten minute walk from the entrance - and its amazing hummingbird gallery. Huge room with its own garden room enclosed balcony. Very helpful staff when we decided to book additional activities. Multi-tiered gardens full of wildlife and with excellent views."

Mr. Gary Lewis (22/03/2018)
"Comfortable rooms, hot shower and brilliant Lemon grass body lotion which also an insect repellent - very close to the entrance to the national park. Not surprisingly the Cloud Forest is very wet and quite chilly, the hotel provided us with a portable heater. We used this as a base, leaving early in the morning and getting back in the evening. "
Tony (08/03/2018)
"Very good accommodation. Excellent location for exploring the Cloud forest reserve. 2 Km from the town so a taxi or bus to get there for evening entertainment ie bars and restaurants."
Senior couple from Emsworth, UK (06/03/2018)
"Disappointing. This hotel was suggested by Tribes, but only on our request for a cheaper hotel than the one they originally suggested so perhaps it was our own fault! The hotel looked lovely in the pictures - and had a great location, half a mile from the entrance to the cloud forest park - but the room was dark and had a very limited view, and the food was very average. The room was cold (though admittedly the outside temp was only 15-20C at the time) and we had to ask for a space heater in the room! We got wet and cold outdoors and could not dry anything in the room. The towels also stayed wet. So that probably coloured our opinion."
Stephen (22/02/2018)
"The hotel was very dark, very cold and soulless."

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