This review is for the rental house and not for the lodge in town.
The owner began to rent out the home when she decided to move into a smaller place. The house is located about 2km north of town. Taxis are readily available but I found having my own car easier to deal with. The hotel staff is just a phone call away to take care of any of your needs, and there is a caretaker on the grounds who seems to be constantly working. There is an excellent local bakery an easy walk up the road.
The house is very beautiful and functional; including a fully furnished kitchen, washer and dryer, a small library in English and German, some toys in the children's room, and games & cards. We made use of everything as, it being October, our afternoons were "washouts". Our group of 4 adults and 2 kids spent 5 days there and were very comfortable. It is a 3 bedroom 2 bath residence with a great room and kitchen. 2 rooms can sleep 3, and one can sleep 4, making this a great landing place for a larger group. One bath and bedroom can be isolated, which was ideal for my in-laws.
If you are sensitive to light or noise when you sleep, bring a mask and earplugs. Every room has skylights and dawn comes early. There are turkeys and a pair of roosters on the grounds. Did I mention dawn comes early (crowing at 4:30AM)? We found ourselves keeping "farmers hours" to bed at dark (a late night was 9pm), and up with the sun (everyone out of bed by 6:30 or 7 am) - which actually worked quite well as the best weather was in the morning.
Even during the strongest storm the wi-fi was solid and fast enough (don't stream video).
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- Also Known As:
- Arco Iris Hotel Santa Elena
- Arco Iris Lodge Santa Elena, Monteverde, Costa Rica