Ratings based on 82 Verified Reviews

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4.7 out of 5
96% of guests recommend
4.8 Room cleanliness
4.9 Service & staff
4.5 Room comfort
4.5 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
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5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Sonoma County, California

Wonderful hosts! Nice big rooms!

Posted Feb 6, 2015
Pros: The owners were extremely helpful and fun to chat with. The rooms were large with big windows and seating area. The location was great too.
Cons: Pretty wonderful as is!
Location: Butterfly Garden had a wonderful tour guide who did a very fun presentation on all types of insects. Saw tarantulas, sloth, birds + on the Night Walk.
The owners of this hotel took such good care of us and were so very friendly. Our first night there we were exhausted from traveling so Grace served us yummy guacamole and chips with cold beers, and also ordered Italian food delivered for our hungry teenagers.They arranged a Night Walk tour one evening and our Monte Verde Cloud Forest guide with transportation. They also booked a private shuttle to pick us up at the Liberia Airport and bring us to the hotel. Breakfasts were wonderful in a dining room with a beautiful view where we also watched the sunsets. The rooms and bathrooms were spacious. A $2 taxi takes you into town and there's an ATM just down the street. We walked to the Butterfly Gardens and there were many lunch options on the walk back to the hotel. We stayed three nights so we didn't feel like we had to cram too much into one day. We would highly recommend staying in this hotel.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from California

nice hotel, close to the cloud forest reserve

Posted Feb 2, 2015
This hotel is just outside Santa Elena towards Monteverde. It is on the bus route to and from Monteverde. Our room was spacious and comfortable. The hostess was very helpful in providing information and recommendations on local activities and restaurant. Would stay there again when we go back.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted Jan 26, 2015
Nice, clean hotel. Staff were very friendly and helpful.
5 out of 5
by Guillermo from Spain

Quiet lovely place near the centre

Posted Sep 1, 2014 on Hotels
Quiet hotel near the centre of Monteverde, close to the forest, it actually has a hike trail nearby. The hotel is beautiful, the guy at the desk was very helpful with good advice (something valuable in a place with many offers like Monteverde), rooms are big and comfortable, breakfast generous and with great views!
4 out of 5
by Sarah from Schweiz

Empfehlenswerte Unterkunft

Posted Aug 29, 2014 on Hotels
Uns hat der Aufenhalt gut gefallen. Der Service war super. Sehr freundliche und hilfsbereit. Der Waschservice war sehr schnell und preiswert.
5 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Princeton, NJ

Great Value - Enjoyable Stay

Posted Aug 28, 2014
My family and I spent two nights at El Viandante as part of a multi-stop vacation through Costa Rica in August. We enjoyed our stay here very much. - Our rooms, while not luxurious, were spacious, comfortable, and very clean, - Breakfast was terrific, especially the locally grown coffee, and - The location was perfect, very close to the Monteverde attractions, and just outside of the busy and noisy Monteverde "strip". What made the stay most enjoyable was the hospitality of the owner/operators, Renzo and Grace. They truly went above and beyond to meet all of our needs, and offered great advise on how to make the most of our two days in Monteverde. We will surely recommend El Viandante to our friends traveling to Monteverde.
4 out of 5
by A verified traveler from San Jose, CA

Good base for activities

Posted Aug 12, 2014
Location: Esteban - Daily guided tours in Monteverde Selvatura ziplining
El Viandante Lodge is a good base for activities in Monteverde and Santa Elena. The place is run by an Italian man and his American wife. They do a fine job. The breakfast is delicious – home made by the man of the house. The breakfast room is beautiful! The tables and chairs are rough honed from local woods and very rustic. The windows are big looking out to the sky. There are not that many rooms and they are perfectly adequate with wooden walls and ceilings. The hot water is good (not obvious in Costa Rica). We paid $75 per night including breakfast and taxes. I’d say it’s a good deal. Please note that it is best to have a car when staying here or to go with a tourist bus. It seems like a lot of the places here are a walk to the main little town of Santa Elena. There is a great Italian / pizza place right down the hill. We had our tour guide Esteban (he's great) drop us off here and we took the short walk up the steep hill afterwards. Check out Esteban - Daily Guided Tours in Monteverde. He's excellent and grew up locally.
5 out of 5
by Jill Katz from Massachusetts


Posted May 1, 2014 on Hotels
This was our first trip to Monteverde, and we were a bit skeptical upon our arrival to this hotel by its outward appearance. As the saying goes, "Don't judge a book by its cover! The rooms were lovely and spacious, bathrooms also very large. The owners were outstanding in their service and their friendliness. They accommodated our hours of activities to their breakfast time, and even packed us delicious cornbread for our travels when we had to leave very early in the morning with no time to eat! They were both a great resource for suggestions of activities we might wish to do, and helped us plan our stay, very patiently, I might add:) We also got some great exercise "hiking" back and forth to town center, although it's a minimal charge for a taxi if needed:) Also recommended is the Choco Cafe' down the street. The owner/operators are wonderful and the coffee is superb!!
5 out of 5
by Chris from Los Angeles, CA

The staff is amazingly nice

Posted Apr 11, 2014
Location: Quite windy on some nights so maybe bring a jacket. We really enjoyed the Restaurante Don Luis just down the road.
Grace was a superb host and we enjoyed chatting with her for what seemed like hours. She offered many ideas on how to experience monteverde in the short time we were there and really came through when we had mis-scheduled a tour for the wrong day. The area is secluded but close to some great restaurants and the dining recommendations were spot-on. We had a lot of fun at El Viandante Hotel and would recommend to any traveler to Monteverde.
5 out of 5
by Rick from CT, USA


Posted Apr 7, 2014 on Hotels
Renzo and Grace were very helpful. Location is very good.