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Reviewed 24 October 2011

We stayed here in the rainy season (October) and it did rain every day for most of the day. Our cabin at Arco Iris was a welcome refuge with truly hot water in the bathroom and nice warm blankets. The staff was very helpful from arranging tours to doing our laundry in a few hours. The hotel is in a very convenient location to walk to most things in town.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Susan C
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

This property has basic but wonderfully kept cabinas with lots of special and unique touches showing the special care the owners (Germans who apparently came to visit 15 years back and ended up staying) put into the lodgings and the land around it. My fiance said its the place she slept the best in 2 months in Costa Rica, due to the nice ambience and the great mattresses. We loved the breakfast which includes lots of produce from the sustainably run farm belonging to the lodging.
The only downside to our stay here was that we got like many others onto an early schedule while in CR, going to bed by 10pm and getting up by 6am, and that a nearby hostel had on both nights very loud disco type music playing way past 10pm and I could hear it (quieter) till past midnight.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank AndRecht
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

Great location right in town, but tcked in off the road enough to be still surrounded by nature. This hotel is very clean and well managed. The breakfast buffet is an incredible spread of delicious breads, pastries, jams, cheeses, and exotic fruits. Made to order eggs were cooked exactly to my specifications.
The rooms are all very different, with apartments and houses and even budget cabins located over the property. All of the rooms have just the right details plus they are clean, comfortable and functional. There are beautiful gardens and sculptures and walkways throughout the property to enjoy while you await your next adventure in the fabulous nearby parks.
Let the friendly staff help plan your tours, as they are all local and know the best way to set you up for a vacation you will never forget. I especially enjoyed the 100% Adventura Canopy Tour and the Hummingbird Garden outside of the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Preserve. Also, try to find time to eat out at Trio. The food is outstanding, and the Arco Iris owner recommends it, as well!

Room Tip: Prefer to be closer to the street scene? Get an apt. Llike horses, and pasture? Request the little finca. Budget rooms even have great views
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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Thank smileatsusan
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

This place has it all-location, quiet, great breakfast, comfortable rooms, hot water, cleanliness, proximity to town, and a beautiful setting. One feature that sets Arco Iris apart is that, though it's in town, you walk up their long driveway and you feel like you're in a park. There are plants growing everywhere, it's quiet, and you don't feel like you're in the middle of a town. Very relaxing! We also were impressed with the great service we got from Ro. He was so helpful with hotel information and tour information. He was very knowledgeable and arranged all of our trips in the area. This is definitely the place to stay!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank trish1953
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Reviewed 29 August 2011

We loved this hotel. Our cabin was clean and cozy. We spent a lot of time here due the rain, but we didn´t mind it at all. When we needed help with tours, Ro at the front desk spent about an hour with us and laid out ALL of our options. The $7 all-you-can eat breakfast was all organic and fresh, and was by far the best breakfast we had at any hotel in costa rica. Located right in the heart of the small town of Santa Elena, everything we needed was no farther than a 5 minute walk away. We highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Amanda1204
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