contiguo hotel sapo dorado , Monteverde, 00000 Costa Rica (Show map)


El Viandante is a short walk away from Santa Elena town just off the main road to Monteverde Reserve. The hotel sits facing a four star hotel – Hotel Sapo Dorado across the road, while friendly local residences surround the other sides. Less then 5 minutes walk to grocery store and a variety of restaurants. 7 minutes walk to Santa Elena town center. 10 minutes walk to the CPI Language School & other attractions. 15 minutes drive to Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve or other Canopy sites.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Perfect accommodation

4.4 on April 02, 2012

We stayed 2 nights at El Viandante B&B.and it was great. The rooms are clean and S.Elena village is at walking distance. Lorenzo, the owner is an amazing host. He was very friendly and he gave us very good recommendations both regarding activities to do in the area (e.g. night tour in the rain forest, canopy tour, etc) and about restaurants / caffe in town. I strongly advise you to stay here if you plan to visit the Monteverde area.

Clean but very very basic

2.6 on March 29, 2011

Don't expect too much from this B&B. The room is extremely basic and if you do not have a 4x4 vehicle you probably will not make it up the short but very steep hill. Owners are very nice and if you just want a place to crash for the night then it will suffice.


5 on March 13, 2011

We stayed at Hotel El Viandante February 16 thru the 20, 2011 and had the most wonderful time. Grace and Renzo go out of their way to make sure you have a great time. They are so full of knowledge and two of the nicest people we have met in a long time. The breakfast was always yummy and more than enough and always home cooked. The rooms are clean and pleasant. Unfortunately we had to cut our stay short by a day and still had so many things to see in the Santa Elena area. We think it is a must to spend more than just a day or 2 in this area. Yes we would and hope to go back some day soon. We have put this B and B on the top of our list and recommend it often. Larry and Brenda, Denver, Colorado

good choice

4.8 on November 19, 2010

We really enjoyed our stay here. The owners are very friendly and helpfull and their younds 2 kids are very very beautiful. We stayed 3 nights , the room was pretty new, very big and the bathroom was clean and big. The breakfast was good and the breakfast/common room had an amazing view of nicoya´s gulf. We did zipline, horseback riding tour, trapiche tour and hiking at the s.elena preserve. We want to go back again next year....

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3.4 on September 18, 2010

Owner was great. Breakfast was made to order and very fresh. Close by to most major attractions. Would stay here in a heartbeat if going back to montverde.

We didn't want to leave!

4.0 on September 15, 2010

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights. The rooms were great and very clean. The breakfast was fantastic! The owner of the hotel was very attentive and SUPER nice! If you are staying in the Monte Verde/Santa Elena area, STAY AT HOTEL EL VIANDANTE!!!

Global Volunteers in Costa Rica

5 on January 28, 2010

We stayed at the El Viandante as a small group from the Global Volunteers. Both Grace and Renzo were perfect hosts. We were asked what we wanted for breakfast, the rooms were super clean, and the location was convenient for both our work and tourist stuff. Each room had its own on demand hot water heater so we were never out of hot water. Grace and Renzo treated us like family. D2M

the best accommodations,location and friendly owners.

5 on November 15, 2009

We spend the best 4 days of our vacation in this newly (2009) remodeled Hotel in early November- rooms are big, showers are unusually spacious, sparkling clean.( Even towels were like fresh-air dried) Owners are very helpful - just ask to book your the rest of vacation - Grace and Sturmo got hand-full suggestions for a different adventures. We did and loved our activities in Santa Elena(Zip-line, and El Trapiche coffee and sugar cane plantation, where owner's son gave us a grand tour!), Also, owners planned the rest of the tour for us with fantastic stay in "Baldi" hot springs resort near volcano Arenal and Water rafting for a day. We had a great time( specially for our age - 46 and 57). So, be adventurous !Good luck! We would strongly recommend that comfy and friendly place. Natalia and Joseph, Miami.(11/09)

fantastic place

4.8 on October 29, 2009

We stayed for 2 nights at el viandante b&b. Our room was confortable, beautiful and big, the perfect place to relax after a day of walking or ziplining.The view from the b'fast room it's amazing. The owners are very helpfull and they gave us a lot of advise . breakfast was delicious. would stay here again !!!


4.2 on September 11, 2009

The staff (the owners) is friendly and helpful. Nice accomodations, but be aware that it doesn't have the same services as a hotel. There is no pool. The owners are glad to help you arrange tours to the various attractions in the area (there are several). Good value for the money.

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Rooms & Rates

room for 2 people

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

$45 - $58

room for 3 people

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

$51 - $66

room for 4 people

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen

$58 - $73

room for 1 person

  • Maximum Capacity: 1
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Twin

$30 - $44

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Location Type

Mountains, Small town


San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.) 90 miles

Directions to property:

From downtown S.elena follow the sign to hotel sapo dorado and hostal casa celeste, we are in between .

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Extreme sports, National/State parks, Nature area, canopy tours, hanging bridges, horse back riding, monteverde reserve, trapiche tour, night walk, Tours

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Fax Machine, Secretarial services, Telephone, Washer/dryer

Room amenities

Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, canopy, canyoning, atv

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  • Check In:: 13.00pm
  • Check Out:: 10.00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: To guarantee the reservation, we will need your valid credit card information. Group reservation (5 rooms or more) please pay the full balance 15 days prior to arrival
  • Cancellations: Low Season Cancellation made 7 days prior on the arrival date - no charge. Cancellation made with in 2 days prior on the arrival date - the amount of your first night stay will be charged. Cancellation made the last day or no show - the full amount of your reservation will be charged. Peak / High Season Cancellation made 15 days prior on the arrival date - no charge. Cancellation made with in 7-14 days prior on the arrival date - the amount of your first night stay will be charged. Cancellation made with in the last 7 days or no show - the full amount of your reservation will be charged



Sturmo Renzo

Languages spoken

chinese, English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Birdwatcher , enjoy with my family

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  • Time Served: 7.00am to 9.00am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast Room

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