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In addition to being our second-favorite destination in Costa Rica, Monteverde is a place we visit often. We’ve done so quite regularly since 2007 when we first lived in La Fortuna—a mere 3-hour drive from Monteverde. As a result, we know a lot about Monteverde, including Monteverde hotels. If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica and are asking yourself, “Where should I stay in Monteverde?“, look no further than our Monteverde hotel guide below. It explores the Monteverde hotels we choose to stay at and, unlike other Monteverde hotel guides that simply summarize information that’s widely available online and in print, it’s based on local knowledge and firsthand experience.
An overview of Monteverde hotels
Compared to a destination like La Fortuna, which offers a plethora of diverse accommodation options, Monteverde offers little variety in terms of lodging. Most hostels and hotels in Monteverde provide either a one- or two-story building or a small collection of cabins or villas. Natural wood outshines modern finishes and can be seen in accommodation decor and construction across the use of solid wood doors, wood-paneled walls, and handcrafted wood furniture. Because of the destination’s cooler temperatures, hotel features that come standard elsewhere in Costa Rica, like air conditioning and an on-site pool, are harder to come by in Monteverde. The trade-off to Monteverde’s modest hotels is affordable pricing. A bed in a hostel dorm can be obtained for $10/night. A clean, comfortable, and safe room averages $50-100/night. Several hotels in Monteverde recognize Costa Rica’s high and low seasons and change their prices accordingly. Click here for more information about Costa Rica’s high and low seasons, including when is the least expensive time to visit (trips to Monteverde included).
Monteverde accommodations also differ by location. Though most hostels cluster around the downtown core, the quality of accommodations tends to improve as you move out of town. Most hotels worth staying at are found in clusters in the environs, either immediately southwest of Santa Elena’s triangle, immediately north of Santa Elena’s triangle, or along or just off of Road 620. Though these accommodations can sit anywhere from a 1-minute drive to a 10-minute drive outside of downtown Monteverde, most are still considered “Monteverde hotels” by tour operators. This means that the Monteverde tour operators and adventure parks that automatically include complimentary transportation to/from Monteverde hotels with their tours will include a pick-up and drop-off service at these hotels for free. For more information about this topic, please see our related blog post: Costa Rica Tour Transportation: Hotel Pick-Ups And Drop-Offs.
Our guide to Monteverde hotels
Though development in the Monteverde region lags behind development in La Fortuna / Arenal, every few years a noteworthy new hotel comes on the scene. Meanwhile, other hotels get renovated, undergo a change in ownership, rebrand under a new name, or close their doors permanently. If you want to learn more about the hotels we choose to stay at in the Monteverde vicinity, don’t miss our always-evolving guide to Monteverde hotels below. Hotels are arranged alphabetically.
Camino Verde Bed & Breakfast
The Camino Verde Bed & Breakfast sits southwest of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), on a side road (Calle Paraiso) that juts off from Road 606.
Approximate drive time from downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center) to the Camino Verde Bed & Breakfast: 1 minute
Of all the Monteverde hotels covered in this guide, the Camino Verde Bed & Breakfast is the closest to downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center). This small, charming bed and breakfast hides a few surprises, including a unique layout, funky architectural elements (like walls crafted out of concrete and colored glass), a filling, made-to-order complimentary breakfast, and a few comfy lounge areas with patio furniture and rocking chairs. Best of all, it is within walking distance of several restaurants, including budget-friendly sodas (Costa Rican family-style restaurants). Parking is limited; if you arrive in a rental car, reception staff may direct you to park in a lot down a side street a minute’s walk away.
What we love best: This hotel has a prime view of some of Monteverde’s rolling hills.
Tip: Ask for a room with a view at the back of the hotel.
Choose the Camino Verde Bed & Breakfast if you want to stay within walking distance of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), ideally if you don’t have a rental car.
Hotel Poco a Poco
Hotel Poco a Poco sits south of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), on a side road (Calle El Sol) that juts off from Road 606.
Approximate drive time from downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center) to Hotel Poco a Poco: 2 minutes
Of all the Monteverde hotels covered in this guide, the 30-room Hotel Poco a Poco is the most modern and the most appropriate option if you want to stay at a superior-quality accommodation. Bonus amenities and features that don’t come standard at the majority of hotels in Monteverde—like air conditioning, bathrobes, vessel sinks, and a swimming pool—are available for your enjoyment. There’s also a spa and an elegant but casual restaurant on-site. Though this hotel is one of the nicer options in Monteverde and fittingly attracts couples, it’s family-friendly. A hearty, complimentary breakfast is served.
What we love best: This hotel provides a touch of class while maintaining Monteverde’s signature rustic feel.
Tip: Choose the garden superior room and you’ll be able to take dips in your own personal Jacuzzi set on a private terrace surrounded by gardens.
Choose Hotel Poco a Poco if you want to stay at a place with more amenities and nicer facilities than what you’ll find at most other hotels in Monteverde.
Monteverde Country Lodge
The Monteverde Country Lodge sits southeast of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), just off a side road (Calle Los Arguedas) that juts off Road 620,.
Approximate drive time from downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center) to the Monteverde Country Lodge: 4 minutes
Sister to (and a five-minute drive from) Hotel Poco a Poco is the Monteverde Country Lodge, a family-friendly lodge tucked away down a quiet side street. The chalet-style hotel is a quaint retreat that you’ll love relaxing at after a long day spent hiking or bird-watching around Monteverde. Balconies and terraces equipped with seating make that possible, as do the few benches you’ll find scattered around the property’s beautiful gardens. Ideal for families, some rooms sleep five guests.
What we love best: Thanks to its location, this hotel feels lightyears away from Monteverde’s downtown core despite remaining within close proximity of it.
Tip: As a guest of the Monteverde Country Lodge, you can access the pool at Hotel Poco a Poco for free.
Choose the Monteverde Country Lodge if you want to stay at a quiet place where you can relax on a terrace or balcony and admire pretty gardens.
Monteverde Rustic Lodge
The Monteverde Rustic Lodge sits north of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), on a side road (Calle 6) that juts off Road 606.
Approximate drive time from downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center) to the Monteverde Rustic Lodge: 2 minutes
If you’re traveling on a tight budget but want to stay at a hotel, not a hostel, a decent option is the Monteverde Rustic Lodge. This no-frills, rustic hotel provides simple rooms outfitted with beds and a bathroom—all you really need if you plan on spending most of your time exploring the Monteverde area away from your room. Most stunning are the natural wood furnishings; the tables, chairs, beds, light shades, and other items were handcrafted by Costa Ricans, one being the hotel’s former owner. A light, complimentary breakfast is served, and there are enough parking spaces for a few cars. Located down a side road on the north side of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), this hotel is within walking distance of town.
What we love best: The affordable price, especially considering the rooms and bathrooms are private, and the breakfast is included.
Tip: This hotel is one street over from the town’s futbol field, so keep an eye out for informal, pickup soccer matches you can watch.
Choose the Monteverde Rustic Lodge if you don’t plan to spend much time at your hotel and you want to be within walking distance of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center).
Monteverde Villa Lodge
The Monteverde Villa Lodge sits southwest of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), along a side road (Calle Villa Sol) that juts off Road 606/Calle Paraiso.
Approximate drive time from downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center) to the Monteverde Villa Lodge: 2 minutes
The hotel we stay at most often in Monteverde is the small, rustic, family-friendly Monteverde Villa Lodge, which sits at the end of a quiet side street. This homey hotel has rooms and cabins that are beautifully decorated with floor-to-ceiling murals that depict Monteverde’s scenery and wildlife in bright, eye-catching colors. Warm and inviting are the hotel’s owners, who live on-site and take pride in the hotel they’ve built over many years. A delicious, made-to-order breakfast is included with your overnight stay, and, to the delight of several families, some rooms/cabins sleep five guests.
What we love best: The kind, client-focused service and the feeling of staying with a local Costa Rican family.
Tip: Rooms/cabins come with kitchenettes (equipped with a microwave, a minifridge, and a sink), so if you want to save money on the cost of dining out, purchase a few groceries in Monteverde and prepare light meals/snacks at the hotel.
Choose the Monteverde Villa Lodge if you want to stay at a small, homey, family-run hotel.
Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel
The Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel sits southeast of downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center), just off a side road (Calle Los Arguedas) that juts off Road 620.
Approximate drive time from downtown Monteverde (Santa Elena center) to the Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel: 5 minutes
What makes the family-friendly Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel (formerly the Monteverde Inn) stand out from all other Monteverde hotels is its commitment to sustainability. This hotel, which is adjacent to the lush Valle Escondido Nature Reserve, also functions as a permaculture farm where tours and lectures in permaculture take place. Here, you can see sustainability in practice and feel good about staying at a hotel that is working to reduce your carbon footprint. Room options vary from standard rooms to cabins with kitchens to house rentals. On-site is a full-service restaurant that whips up the most delicious wood-fired pizzas.
What we love best: This hotel is a model of sustainabile hospitality; your stay helps fund important environmental work.
Tip: As a guest of the Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel you’ll receive access to the trails at the Valle Escondido Nature Reserve for free.
Choose the Valle Escondido Nature Reserve Hotel if you want to support and learn about eco-friendly efforts or have next-door access to the Valle Escondido Nature Reserve.
Map of Monteverde hotels
The map below shows where all of the Monteverde hotels discussed above are located.
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