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Hotel La Puesta del Sol
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Reviewed 23 May 2015

The hamlet of Monteverde is conveniently located to go hiking in the Cordillera de Tilarán from where one can overlook the Arenal Volcano and lake, and/or, to participate in nearby adrenaline pumping activities such as crossing hanging bridges at tree canopy level or even more sensational: zooming through the cloud forest, attached to zip-lines. Moreover, Monteverde is a quiet place, only a ten minutes' walk away from the more vibrant Santa Elena, a small sympathetic town that offers all the usual facilities including a major bank, large supermarket and bookstore, but, also features a very interesting herpetarium where one can observe and learn more about Costa Rican snakes, frogs, turtles, and, tarantulas.

On the other hand, if you are a bird lover, there is probably no better place to stay than at the Hotel La Puesta Del Sol, owned by Freddy Mejias, a notorious local bird spotter thanks to whom we discovered a Quetzal, a couple of toucans and several other small beautiful birds whose names I do not recall anymore. Unfortunately, Freddy's natural warm tenderness is not reflected in his hotel (which in fact is a B&B) because in my opinion his place is far too pragmatically designed. The building itself is unattractive and pretty naked, even brought the word prefab to my mind when heavy winds rattled the roof to really upsetting volumes which made it hard to fall asleep. Aside from a few plants in pots, nature is pretty absent on the premises and even the entrance is bare soil. The very spic and span rooms are of decent size (our room contained 3 double beds) but are almost bare shells lacking every bit of cosiness. The beds (the only furniture aside from a bedside table) are large and comfortable (with clean smelling sheets!), and, the shower produced hot water be it with some difficulty, probably not just in our room since the next day I spotted Freddy bringing in 2 new boilers. Finally, the only shared space where guests can socialize and have breakfast is unfortunately set in the garage... And, there is also an in-house laundry service, which seems to be of good quality since a couple of our fellow travellers had some garments washed and were happy with the result.

In short, if you are looking for a spic and span place just to spend the night, the Puesta Del Sol is OK, but you will have a very hard time finding the building's soul. On the Puesta Del Sol's website one can read: "New and thrifty hotel. With homely environment. Owned and managed by a local family committed to bring you truly Costa Rican experience so you can feel and taste the real local culture". Maybe it is high time for Freddy and his charming wife to live up to that statement and to spice their B&B with some real Costa Rican ingredients and flavours, not at least to pump a great part of their natural warmness into the bricks and mortar.

Room Tip: First floor.
  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled with friends
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19  Thank BobVandenLangenbergh
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Reviewed 8 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed here for 6 nights over Easter.

Pros: the view of the sunsets from the top floor is amazing every night. Short walk into town but away from the noise of the main road. Most comfortable bed we've had through South and Central America so far. Daily servicing of your room. Very clean. Juanita cooks a great breakfast (and it was different every morning). There are two gas hobs and some cutlery and crockery you can use in their laundry to prepare food (no fridge though). Good WiFi.

Cons: overall, we felt like a bit of an inconvenience. I think guests would feel more comfortable at a table in a common area for breakfast instead of at the kitchen counter in the family home. Hot water goes cold every time there's a gust of wind (which is 24/7) so you have to turn off the hot tap and turn it back on every time this happens. This breaks any regular shower into about 5 parts. Freddy was very quick with two repairs we needed in the shower (although this didn't impact the hot water situation).

To follow others comments, yes Freddy does prefer cash payment, however after telling him our card didn't work into 2 atms in town he let us pay by card. Juanita would not accept card for a tour we wanted to pay for so we paid the tour place directly (on card when we arrived).

Stayed: April 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Kirsty B
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Reviewed 7 January 2015 via mobile

We loved our stay at Puesta del Sol mostly because of Freddy, the owner. He will give you good information about the tours that matches your interest. Also he is a birdwatching-guide himself. We've had a great trip with him showing us a lot of different birds.
Also, the beds are perfect for a good night rest and it's very clean and a bunch of loveble pets.

Stayed: January 2015, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Stan030
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We chose the place after checking appx. 15 other options in Santa Elena and nearby. We looked for something calm, clean with open view but for price max to 30$. However, that was a mission impossible and after 2hrs we got to La Puesta del Sol and took it for slightly higher price - big, bright and clean private room in upper floor view OK view from shared terrace and private bathroom. The room itself is very simple, but if you are backpacker and used to discomfort, you will find it very good. Wifi works, not water in waves - but again, take it as a bonus and do not expect lodge for 60$.

This hotel is option for those who want to enjoy the calm neighborhood out of the town center and crowds, do not need TV and nice furniture and can effort to pay few dollars more. The price is still a bit higher then cheap hostels, but the standard is much higher.

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Zdekal
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

1. After arrival I' was about to pay by card and Freddy (probably owner) told me that they receive only cash, so i went in a down town to withdraw cash and after my return some other guest was paying by card. So just because is comfortable for him to get a cash, i was forced to went 15 min to the ATM.
2. In their advertisement was written that all rooms are with balcony, there is not even one with balcony, same thing is the mountain view. Written from all rooms, but rooms on ground level are having a view to stairs or reception and rooms on the 1st level are having a view on the roof of their house. After I showed to Freddy the ad with the text written, he told that the view it is not from all rooms.
3. Wifi- slowest and of course wasn everywhere as was written.
It was possibility to sit in public area to reach a better signal, but public area was a garage with ona parked van and two tables with 3 chaires
4. Equipment of the room is really bad, no wardrobe, just pipe instead a shower, light was just a bulb, garden was more junkyard.
We heard every noise of their cat fighting their dog at 4am, other quest chatting and this hotel don't have any entrance, there is just dusty road and than starting rooms, so we didn't feel even safety.
HOT WATTER was coming in waves of hot and cold( mountains weather is different than weather at the beach, windy and about 16 celsius) so we asked to fix it and it was fixed after 2 hours and it worked just until next day. Than it was the same.
Breakfast was 14$ for two people incl: barely 4eggs, 4 slices of bread, coffe no milk, 60grams of papaya. And it was served in their house kitchen on the bar. Uncomfortable at all
My worst stay ever!!! Their advertisement are just lies and thay don't care at all.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Jiří V
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