What a wonderful place - both the area and the hotel! This was our third stop in Costa Rica and we really didn't know what to expect. We knew we wanted to try the canopy tour here, but weren't sure what else we were going to do.
We booked the "Big House" for our family of 5 and it was awesome! We had two large bedrooms, a full kitchen with living area and a spectacular bathroom with rain shower. The front deck overlooked a barn with a three horses; we had the pleasure of watching then being trained one day and they actually dance! The $140/night was easily offset with the fact that we ate breakfast and 2 dinners at the house rather than at a restaurant. The location can't be beat - you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but it's only a 2 minute walk into the center of Santa Elena (which has a very comprehensive supermarket, by the way).
Monteverde is a beautiful mountainous region know for its coffee plantations and dairy farms. Don't miss the tour of La Lecheria - the largest cheese factory in Costa Rica. It was fascinating and a lot of fun, even for our kids. One of the best restaurants we ate in was also in Santa Elena - try Sofias for a very special night out. There are plenty of tours and activities available, but it is also a great place to just hang out and relax. I look forward to going back some day and will definitely plan to stay at the Arco Iris!
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- Arco Iris Hotel Santa Elena
- Arco Iris Lodge Santa Elena, Monteverde, Costa Rica