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Monteverde Places to Stay

Monteverde features an eclectic mix of hotels, eco-lodges, hostels, B&B's and cabins. Budget travelers will find the best deals in the hostels in and around downtown Santa Elena. For luxury, views, spacious rooms and family-oriented hotels, look for hotels in Cerro Plano – located halfway between the Monteverde Cloud Reserve and downtown Santa Elena.  For closer contact with nature, get out of Santa Elena and stay near to either the Monteverde or Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserves where a variety of eco-lodges and ranches feature comfortable lodging with an emphasis on natural beauty.

Santa Elena

Santa Elena's downtown is the central hub at the heart of Monteverde located a few miles west of the actual Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Downtown forms a triangle where most of the area's restaurants, bars, stores and services can be found. Many of the area's hostels are also located in and around downtown; only a five-minute walk from the bus station and the most convenient location for visitors without cars.

  • For about $10, you can find private rooms with either private or shared bathrooms, kitchen facilities, common rooms, Wi-Fi and hot water.

  • For about $40, you'll find simple and clean private rooms that include breakfast, Wi-Fi, private bathrooms and hot water.

  • For about $100, you can find private cottages with patios and rainforest views, Wi-Fi and breakfast.

Cerro Plano

Cerro Plano gets its name from the landscape; a plateau raised between downtown Santa Elena and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. A collection of mid- to luxury resorts and hotels line the main street that runs through the center of Cerro Plano as well as a handful of restaurants and shops. Cerro Plano is ideal for travelers who want to be outside of town, but still close to restaurants and exhibits.

  • For about $90, you can find hotels with private rooms, TVs, and gardens in the dirt side roads of Cerro Plano.

  • For about $ 200, you'll find spacious luxury rooms with flat-screen TVs, coffee makers, king-size beds and views of either downtown Santa Elena or the Nicoya Gulf. Often, these hotels have gardens, pools, fitness centers and Jacuzzis.


Hotels and lodges of all prices and sizes from boutiques to resorts hide in the outlying areas around Monteverde, covered by forest or surrounded by pastures. These locations feature the kind of seclusion that lets you see all the stars in the sky when you look up at night. While there are fewer restaurants and no nightlife, visitors are rewarded with lush, scenic panoramas and more frequent wildlife sightings.

  • For about $60, you can stay in rustic , cabins with private rooms and hot showers on the ranches around Monteverde.

  • For about $100, you can find private rooms close to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve with private baths, cable and coffee makers.

  • For about $300, you can stay in a luxury boutique hotel rooms with forest views, mini fridges, coffee bars and king size beds.

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