This is in Monteverde, a few kilometers from the Monteverde reserve itself and thus a good spot. A few kilometers in the other direction are some fine restaurants (in Santa Elena, primarily). But the hotel itself was disappointment--basic rooms with no toiltries and a weak shower. (Beds were fine.) The breakfast (provided) was not up to what places in this price range usually provide although the coffee and toast were fine.
From the hype we had expected more of a natural setting, and the rooms were up a hill from the reception and restaurant--but there was nothing special about the hill. It mght as well have been a corridor.
Internet, available only in reception,was weak and/or intermittent. Computers were provided at least half weren't working. The hotel offered tours of the Monteverde Reserve, and to other nature sites, but we had a rental car and did much better driving there and getting our own guide. If we hadn't had a car it would have been nice to have the hotel transport, albeit pricey.
To summarize, there was nothing particularly wrong with the place but also nothing that would compel us to come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Heliconia is located on a stunning 6 acre property and is surrounded by lush, beautiful and tropical rain forest, where you can see and find hundreds of exotic birds and animals. The lodge offers a one of a kind panoramic view of Monteverde and the surrounding area. Hotel Heliconia has been decorated with a fine wood finish, all contributing to the home like ambiance. Here you will find a finely decorated restaurant and bar featuring an international menu, amazing walking trails and numerous jacuzzis found around the property that can fit 2 to 5 people- great for a romantic night for two, or a few drinks with friends. All rooms come with all the amenities like flat screen tv with cable, beautiful spacious bathrooms, fresh towels, coffee maker and balconies with sitting area. All contributing to make your stay at Hotel Holiconia a very comfortable and memorable one. Whether you are looking to relax or be active, Hotel Heliconia has something for everyone. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heliconia Hotel Monteverde