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Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 14 Santa Elena B&B and Inns
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Convenient, safe, and friendly!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

This place is located at the bottom of a hill, but a short walk to town and very close to the grocery store (which, FYI, closes kind of early). The staff was very welcoming answering all our questions and helping us book activities for the next day and even that night. (Not related to the hostel, but we went on a coffee tour, night hike, zip lining and bird watching while in Monteverde. Definitely do the night hike!) I was traveling with a friend and we stayed in a room with a bunk bed. It was nice having our own bathroom with hot water after previously staying in a place in Arenal with no hot water. The room was small but was clean had everything we needed and its not like we were hanging out in the room much anyway. Downstairs is the kitchen, more rooms, and a common area with a TV. There is also an outdoor area with hammock chairs. There were other people staying at the hostel, including a nice older couple who joined us on the morning bird watching tour. We also went to the soda up the street that was recommended and the food was delicious! There was a jewelry shop somewhere between the soda and hostel that we stopped in and bought some handmade gifts. It does get cold outside at night so bring a jacket, but we were always comfortable in the room. Overall a good experience & I would stay here again if I ever find myself in Monteverde again!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

We stayed here for 6 nights in September 2011. A nice clean and spacious room with a clean ensuite bathroom. Our Spanish is very poor but we managed to book numberous excursions through Freddie who was always cheerful and willing to help. All trips we booked through Cabinas El Pueblo ran smoothly. Decent sized kitchen downstairs for preparing your own meals and tasty, varied breakfasts included in the price.
Great views of the thunderstorms from the upstairs balcony. Kept us entertained in the wet evenings.

Room Tip: Ask for a room upstairs. They seemed more spacious and bright. The rooms downstairs are cheaper thou...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Monteverde Host... C, Gerente at Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 26 January 2012
Thank you very much for your comment every day work to be better
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

During my travels through Costa Rica with my friend for about two weeks and staying in 'party' style hostels I wanted to give us a break from the bustle and hustle and chill out for a couple of nights. Cabinas El Pueblo was the perfect place to relax after a long day of hiking and everyone seemed to have the same chill attitude. Freddy -- the owner-- was really nice and did his very best to make sure we had a pleasant experience by helping us book tours and relaying some other important information. Even though I don't speak much spanish & Freddy spoke very little english, I felt that we could communicate fairly easily.

We stayed in a private room this time and it was clean, quiet, and cozy. Exactly what I was hoping for.

I reccomend this place for anyone looking to get a good nights sleep & looking for a safe and relaxing atmosphere.

-- The free breakfast was also a plus!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Monteverde Host... C, Propietario at Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 26 January 2012
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

Yes, you read right!

We are a canadian family of four that has travelled extensively around the world. We had reserved one family room for two nights for a total amount of USD120 at Cabinas El Pueblo. We arrived on a cold and rainy afternoon.

After checking the chilly and very drafty room, thanks to a 2" crack underneath the room door , I decided to have a shower to warm up, only to find out that this shower could only provide cold water. At this point we informed the young man at the desk that we would only be staying for one night. He then called the manager, who upon arrival requested immediate cash payment for both nights, whether we stayed one night or two, because of her reservation policy. We reminded her that hot water had been promised. She then stormed to our room and stood about 10 minutes in front of the shower, desperately trying to get hot water from it. Turning back to us, she declared this was hot water by Costa Rican standards...
I then tried to reason with her to no avail, and finally offering to pay one full night, plus half the second one as a compensation, which would have come to USD 90. She first agreed, but then added that she would no take in account the amount already paid as a deposit for the room and would keep that amount. If we didn't pay, she threatened to take the money from my credit card and then left.
After her departure, her sister took over and informed us that we had 10 minutes to leave or she would call the police if we didn't go. Again, I tried to reason with her, but she would only cover her ears with her hands and refused to look or speak to me.
As she had promised, three armed Costa Rican police officers arrived...Speaking only Spanish, she then proceded to give them an animated report , which we could not understand, as our Spanish is very limited. The young man at the reception was then asked by the police officers to inform us that because of a Costa Rican law that allows hostel/hotel operators to accept or refuse customers, they could not intervene and politely asked us to leave. Our deposit was then promptly returned.
The owner's sister then watched us with a grin on her face quickly pack our belongings while shouting over to phone to the young man at the desk to cut the Internet in the cabinas,

This is how, escorted by three police officers, four peaceful canadians were rudely expulsed of Cabinas El Pueblo on a dark, rainy night in Monteverde.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Monteverde Host... C, Gerente at Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 26 January 2012
I can not believe that tourists like you make comments like these where you have never stayed at my hostel is unfortunate. I can not believe
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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Cabinas El Pueblo in early December and experienced constant friendliness and genuine care from Marleny, Freddy, and Diego. We initially wanted to save money and booked a double room dowstairs with shared bathroom. The double accomodation downstairs comparable to most hostels I have stayed in over the years: clean and basic. On the second night, we chose to move upstairs, since it was our honeymoon and the room was only 15$ more for a warm private shower and a very spacious room. The hostel is in a quiet area, yet a 2 minute walk to town and supermarket. It has internet access-a must for us since we did not travel with a computer. We were also able to use the phone to make in country phone calls.
Each day, Diego took time to talk to us and advise us on where to go. He suggested a beautiful local spot and even asked Freddy if he could show us a coffee plantation. This was our most memorable moment of our entire 2 week vacation. Our afternoon with Freddy inspired us to be more like him: selfless, friendly, and humble.
Soda La Amistad next door has the best Casado in all Costa Rica and they give you free desert. Breakfast at the hostel is a great value with fresh fruit daily and choice of granola or something else (pancakes, eggs, omlets)
We will remember out time there for a very long time and are very grateful for the honest travel advice in a town that can be a tourist trap. If you are over 30 and are questionning if you should stay in a hostel, it is worth it. The upstairs rooms are quiet and private.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Monteverde Host... C, Propietario at Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, 26 January 2012
Thank you very much for coming to Cabinas El Pueblo, and share with us, and thank you very much for your comment we are happy to help.
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Property: Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast
Address: 100 mtrs del bar amigos, Santa Elena 805655, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde > Santa Elena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Elena
Price range (per night): $42 - $70
Hotel Class:2 star — Cabinas El Pueblo Bed & Breakfast 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabinas El Pueblo,It is the ideal place to rest as it is very close to the center but away from the noise, we offer our customers a ingnolvidable stay.The rooms are very clean the bathrooms have hot water, no internet service, wi-fi and breakfast plus we have included the best pancakes in the world. The coffee you take here is organic coffee from our plantation here you can take all the coffee you want.We offer the best prices for all tours in the Monteverde area. Remember if you are a student do not forget to bring your student card and you will have very good discounts. ... more   less 
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