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.
"We didn't feel that this place had much to offer us - the accommodation was quite basic, as was the food (albeit the portions were plentiful), the staff were ok but not as welcoming as at the other places we stayed. "