Going to Monteverde and getting away from everything is so refreshing. Even if you’re really active while in Costa Rica, it’s refreshing to spend time focusing in nature and your surroundings other than the daily grind of life.
These hotels in Monteverde are like a home away from home and allows you to connect with the beauty of nature.
While in staying at your hotel in Monteverde their is a whole universe of exciting stuff to explore, and there’s no better place to do it than in Rainforest in Costa Rica.
1. Belmar Hotel
I first stayed at the Belmar hotel way back in 1989 when there wasn’t much more the this hotel. Even after all this time I still recommend this place. The Hotel Belmar is an amazing boutique hotel on the mountain-side and on the edge of the Cloud Forest and is just a short walk down the hill to town of Santa Elena.
They have a pond at the bottom of the hotel that attracts birds and animals and is great place to practice your photography.
The hotel also gives fresh fruits and vegetables from the owner’s ranch and garden at all the meals. They also have a juice bar where you can get juices and milkshakes during the day.
The rooms are very nice and bigger then you would think. If you stay on the top floor of the main building you can op floor of the Main Building you get views over the rainforest out to the Pacific Ocean and the Nicoya Peninsula. Even if you don’t the views from the dining room deck are amazing
Plus: Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the day.
2. Monteverde Lodge
Before I say anything else about the Montevderde lodge, If you are looking for a place that has nightlife and more hectic pace than this place is NOT for you! I just wanted to get that out of the way.
Now, about the Monteverde lodge: Its located in the Tilaran Mountain Range at 4,600 ft. above sea level on the edge of the world’s best-known mid-elevation cloud forest.
The Lodge is quiet (apart from some of the wildlife) and due to this, you get the true feel of being in a rainforest. The ambiance at the lodge is quiet ( have I mentioned this yet?), laid back and has a open fireplace, which adds to the atmosphere they have created.
The reason for the intended solitude is due to the whole ethos of the hotel being aimed at ecology, nature and sustainability.
The lodge itself is set well away from the road and has beautiful grounds. On the grounds are a pool, koi pond, hammock and reading station or walking trails.
There is also a butterfly sanctuary just off the lobby. When you stay here, you should look into hiking or bird watching with a naturalist guide as you will see ALOT more then if you go by yourself and its well worth your time and money.You can also do horseback riding, and zip-lining or hiking through the canopy if thats what you prefer.
The rooms at the Lodge were designed to put you “in the forest” while protecting you from the mist and strong wind so characteristic of the area, and I have to say that they accomplished what they sent out to do! All the rooms are spacious with solar heated hot water and private baths.
Plus: It also has some really nice touches such as the complimentary coffee and snacks all day.
3. Los Pinos
For the price of at Los Pinos, its a hard deal to beat. The location has great views and is within walking distance of many restaurants and supermarkets inside and just outside of the center of Santa Elena.
This is a Family owned & Run Hotel/Cabinas, which I like and prefer, and are very nice & helpful. There is a place to park your car by the cabin and they have Golf carts to take you and your luggage if you get there by bus instead of a car.
There are only 17 cabins and this lets them be spaced out enough between each so you are not on top of other guests. The rooms themselves are clean and roomy and most of the cabins have a kitchen so you can make your own breakfast or dinner if you want.
The gardens at the hotel are really nice and there are lots of birds to see and photograph. You may also want to pick up a birding book from Amazon before coming or use an app so you can identify the ones you see.
This place has its own nature trail, which can be hiked quite a ways, some people walk all the way to the hyperponic gardens, which, let me tell you, is not close.
All trails are well maintained, with a nice platform overlooking the cloud forest at the top. Try to do some of these trails while you are there.
Pro Tip 1: Be sure to get there during the daylight hours, sunset is around 5:30, as driving here at night is a challenge.
Pro Tip 2: The panaderia across the street has amazing food.
Any vacation to Costa Rica should include a stop at Monteverde. Staying at anyone of these 3 hotels will make that experience even more memorable for you and your family.