When choosing a place to stay in Monteverde, be sure to check whether the rates include a meal plan. In the past, almost all the lodges included three meals a day in their prices, but this practice is waning. Check before you assume anything.
In addition to the hotels listed here, El Sol ★ ((tel) 2645-5838; www.elsolnuestro.com) is a unique little boutique option, on the road to the Interamerican Highway, about 10 minutes south of Santa Elena. Also check out Monteverde Country Lodge ((tel) 888/936-5696 in U.S and Canada, or 2645-7600 in Costa Rica; www.monteverdecountrylodge.com), a homey, simple hotel run by the folks at Hotel Poco a Poco.
Quite a few pensións and backpacker specials are in Santa Elena and spread along the road to the reserve. The best is the Pensión Santa Elena ((tel) 2645-5051; www.pensionsantaelena.com).
Finally, it’s possible to stay in a room right at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ((tel) 2645-5122; www.cct.or.cr). A bunk bed, shared bathroom, and three meals per day here run $62 per person. For an extra $11, you can get a room with a private bathroom. Admission to the reserve is included in the price.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.