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This longstanding hotel is one of the closest you’ll find to the Monteverde reserve, just a 15-minute or so walk away, and it’s recommendable also for its unique and pretty look. Owner Paul Smith’s paintings, stained-glass works, and large sculptures are scattered throughout the hotel and grounds. Rooms, in several separate buildings, have views over the forests all the way to the Gulf of Nicoya. Locally milled wood planking is used for walls, floors, ceilings, and wainscoting. The junior suites are especially spacious. A short walk from the restaurant and rooms is a pool, a couple of Jacuzzis, pool and Ping-Pong tables, board games, and a casual bar, all housed under a high, curving atrium roof.