Monteverde hosts two world-renowned cloud forest reserves (plus a handful of private and public forests), the top zip lines in the country, coffee plantations, and an ultra-local, ultra-tasty cheese factory. Bird watchers and animal lovers will enjoy trips along the reserves’ hiking trails, while adrenalin junkies will get a kick out of the high-flying canopy tours. Museums of all sort abound – including ones for insects, bats, frogs, butterflies and more – as do cafes, restaurants and bars.
The El Bosque Lodge’s location – halfway up a lush mountain that lies along the fringe of Santa Elena – is ideal for travelers looking for a quiet lodging option. The hotel’s property is thick with tropical foliage and hosts several trails that run through the adjoining cloud forest. It is, however, certainly not stuck in the middle of nowhere—there are a number of convenient services located only a few blocks away.
CASEM, a local women’s artisans co-op, is nearby, providing guests with easy access to the area’s best handicrafts, jewelry, woodwork and more. Tramonti’s, a wonderful Italian restaurant, is next door and the ever-fresh bakery, breakfast/lunch spot called Stella’s is just a bit further down the road.
The hotel itself consists of a horseshoe-shaped series of rooms that are both clean and comfortable. They are basic but come equipped with a private bathroom, hot water shower, and fan. A mini-fridge conveniently allows guests to stock up on food at the nearby supermarket (making it easy to make breakfast or lunch in the room), while a coffee maker helps many guests start their day off right. The accommodations are spaced at a fair distance from the road, ensuring that the rooms remain silent and peaceful.
The friendly staff offers night hikes through the surrounding cloud forest. Such hikes allow guests to see creatures that would otherwise be missed during the day – including spiders, tree frogs, porcupines and more.
›To find the location of this hotel, please see the map of Monteverde.
EL Bosque Lodge Facilities
Private parking, internet access, laundry service, hiking trails, gardens
Private bathroom, hot water, telephone, mini-fridge, coffee maker, fan, terrace, private parking, internet access, laundry service, hiking trails, gardens
El Bosque Lodge’s rooms have either a double or single bed, as well as a private bathroom, hot water, refrigerator, telephone, coffee maker and fan. Additionally, there are larger rooms that come equipped with two double beds and one single bed.