Starting at $145 per night

Overview

Hotel Poco a Poco is a budget-friendly, modern, and comfortable three-star hotel located in Santa Elena, Monteverde. This is an area of colorful contrasts, ever-changing weather, and lush cloud forests. Located on a side road between Santa Elena and Monteverde, the Poco a Poco Hotel offers guests easy access to the town's central shopping plaza on one side, and sweeping views of the countryside and cloud forest from the back. Hotel amenities include a heated swimming pool with swim up bar, a kids pool, a restaurant and bar, coffee shop, computer station, gym, spa, tropical gardens, and WiFi in some public areas.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is undoubtedly the top attraction in the region. At over 4,000 feet in elevation, and surrounded by much higher jungle-covered mountains, the weather can be cool, damp, and rainy at times. While this may not be the most comfortable climate, it is ideal for the numerous species of flora and fauna found here. Many species of rare and exotic birds thrive in the Reserve including Quetzals, Bellbirds, Hummingbirds, Trogons, and Emerald Toucanettes. Birdwatchers come from all around the world to see these and other species found in Monteverde.

Visitors to Monteverde can also choose from a wide range of other tours and activities. The canopy ziplines in this region are among the best courses in the world, with some of the longest and highest you will see. The hanging bridges tour allows you to walk through the canopy of the cloud forest, where most of the life is found. Other popular tours include visiting a local coffee plantation, ATV riding on the backroads, or horseback riding through the countryside.

While at the hotel, guests of Hotel Poco a Poco can enjoy the tropical gardens or the covered swimming pool. The pool is heated and has a swim-up bar and lounge area. There is also a small pool and free Children's Club for the kids.

The hotel's Naroa Spa offers a variety of massages and treatments. The professional therapists will help you select the appropriate beauty or spa treatment, using locally harvested, organic goods when possible.

Rooms are modest but clean and comfortable at the Poco a Poco Hotel. Standard room amenities include a telephone, coffee maker, hair dryer, cable TV, and in-room safe. Bedding options include two double beds, or one king bed, or one double bed and two single beds. The Bromelia Rooms are on the ground level and do not have a view. Quetzal Rooms are similar but are located on the second floor or higher, providing views to the town, countryside, or forest. Garden Deluxe Family Rooms are more spacious than the other rooms and are insulated for sound. The Garden Superior Rooms offer a private Jacuzzi and a private terrace. Please refer to the Amenity Section for a comprehensive list of what is included in each room category.

In summary, Hotel Poco a Poco is a reasonably priced hotel in an area that is known for overpriced accommodations. It provides a good value with nice rooms and hotel amenities complimented by excellent customer service and sustainable tourism practices.

Hotel Tags

  • Midrange
  • Family
  • Hilltop
  • Town Center
  • Sustainable

Hotel Amenities

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Gardens
  • Handicap
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Wifi Free
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable Tv

Room Amenities

Standard Quetzal

  • Cable Tv
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Phone
  • Coffee Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron
  • Jungle View

Standard Bromelia

  • Cable Tv
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Phone
  • Coffee Service
  • Internet
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron
  • Jungle View

Garden Deluxe with Jacuzzi

  • AC
  • Cable Tv
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Phone
  • Coffee Service
  • Internet
  • Radio
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hot Tub
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron
  • Terrace

Garden Deluxe Family

  • AC
  • Cable Tv
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Phone
  • Coffee Service
  • Internet
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron

Handicap Accessibility

  • Accessible Bathroom
  • In-room Accessibility

Location

Latitude: N 10°18'55.15". Longitude: W 85°10'36.13"

Reviews

  • Overall 83.7% (158 Guest Ratings)
  • Cleanliness: 85.8%
  • Comfort: 81.2%
  • Meeting Expectations: 79.4%
  • Staff: 89.6%
  • Value: 82.2%

07/27/2017

Very nice hotel amenities. The room felt dated and definitely cramped for our group

07/13/2017

Old hotel

07/05/2017

Think we were spoiled at Arenal

06/20/2017

Very noisy, breakfast was limited

06/06/2017

Not good at all. The furnishings and linen in the room was old and bad.

05/28/2017

Beautiful grounds and view, nice restaurant with an ample menu. The pool was too cool to use, since it is under cover and gets no sun to warm it, but we did enjoy the hot tub. It would have been nice to have some storage space in the room for clothes -- couldn't unpack.

04/20/2017

This was the smallest of our rooms but the hotel was quiet. There was not a lot of choices for breakfast but everything was tasty. The hotels location near the center of town made up for the smaller rooms without closets. Housekeeping was great. We loved the hot tub too.

04/17/2017

This is tricky to review. The hotel was older and didn't have the amenities that we would have liked but it was the only hotel in Santa Elena that had a pool and where we could walk to the town. We very much enjoyed being able to walk around town to the various (and delicious) restaurants and also to the grocery store across the street. The grounds of the hotel were lovely with lots of mature and beautiful plants. I think it is a good choice for the area. We wish that we had only stayed two nights here instead of three. It was an overall good experience.

03/28/2017

Could have used a fridge in the room

03/26/2017

We enjoyed staying in this hotel.

03/13/2017

Loved proximity to town. While they weren't 5 star they didn't set a 5 star expectation so we were happy.

03/10/2017

We LOVED Poco a Poco! The pool was fantastic and the tours we scheduled from there were first rate!

02/18/2017

Really, my only complaint was the road noise. Trucks and motorcycles were very loud all night long.

02/17/2017

The first room was not great and did not meet our expectations. We enjoyed ourselves more when we moved, but wish we didn't have to move.

02/15/2017

Very nice hotel. Loved the breakfast each morning. The pool was very cold and the hot tub warm. The grounds though small are beautiful.

02/07/2017

Breakfast was AMAZING every day. Not much interaction with staff other than checking in.

01/16/2017

this was probably the worst part of the trip.

01/13/2017

We had high-velocity winds the whole time we were in this location. One huge disappointment was the tepid temperature of the hot tub. It was only 93 degrees F. Hardly warm. I love going to hot tubs, but one trip to this barely warm tub left me disappointed.

12/28/2016

Nice hotel and elegant restaurant on premises. The pool is covered and beautiful but too cold to swim in. The weather was very windy, which I guess is typical for this area. The hotel met our expectations. Not resort-like, but a nice hotel.

12/14/2016

Bathrooms could be a little nicer. But overall, a nice and interesting hotel. Staff was very helpful.

11/22/2016

Great staff. Great location in town. Close to everything. We could have spent more time there.

06/30/2016

I think our slight disappointment with this place was partially due to off season. There was very little staff, none at the pool, but always someone at the front desk for questions which was good. The big jacuzzi was what we complained about, but even after they upgraded us, the jacuzzi in the honeymoon sweet was toilet bowl cleaner blue. I assume that because it is so remote of a location, the same level of luxury/service that the Arenal resort offered is not possible there. There was nothing else wrong with the hotel, it was clean and comfortable otherwise. Two days was plenty here.

05/22/2016

Very nice, friendly, and helpful people. Great atmosphere, food, location. Overall absolutely nothing negative to say. Would highly recommend.

04/14/2016

Guests need to request a lower floor if they have any physical challenges.

04/07/2016

It was disappointing that we didn't have a fridge in our room considering that we had a grocery store across the street. We did have a little issue with ants getting in the (very tiny balcony) door. Quite expensive for what we had....bathroom desperately needs a update.

03/27/2016

The room was so small there was no where to even put our bags to get things out. It was fine for 2 nights but would not stay for longer than that. Staff was very nice.

03/07/2016

After Finca Luna Nueva Lodge we felt like in a cage. Small room. Hotel itself would be more less OK but having quite cold weather in the evening and strong wind there were no where to go. Hotel premises are quite small. Happy that stayed there only nights.

03/05/2016

Hotel was lovely but rooms were small. The restaurant at this hotel was the best restaurant for food quality and value during our entire vacation!! Amazing food and staff.

02/28/2016

Very nice hotel, beautiful setting

02/25/2016

Lovely hotel, under renovation repair, which has to be done. Front staff attentive, kind and helpful. Room a delight.

02/18/2016

This is a wonderful hotel and the staff was very helpful. We had scheduled to do a zipline while in this area but it was a very windy day so we were not comfortable doing that so we decided to leave this hotel early and head to our stop. The hotel staff was so very gracious in helping us make that change. And I must add that PTW staff was also very helpful in making this change. We are very grateful to have had so many people to assist us with this last minute change.The only reason I'm rating the cleanliness at an 8 instead of a 10 is that there was an open terrium in the bathroom which had lots of bugs, mostly ants. And while the room was clean when we got there within a very short time the ants from the terrium made their way all over the bathroom.

02/15/2016

The Wifi connection was not good. Enjoyed the proximity to town and shopping.

02/04/2016

Best part of the hotel was the central location. Otherwise, ordinary . I had a good-sized corner room so was pleased with that.

01/28/2016

Very nice!

01/22/2016

probably one of the best locations for this area, loved the hottub

12/27/2015

They told us they had over booked but gave us a nice room and food vouchers. Very nice staff.

12/25/2015

Very nice hotel.

12/20/2015

Desk staff were excellent and very knowledgeable about the area.

12/17/2015

Hotel was nice, food wwas excellent in the restaurant. you could walk to the small downtown and to catch buses to the hiking areas. Hotel was undergoing renjovation of the spa located by the pool and hot tub so it was not ideal but updates must happen. Views from the pool are were wonderful.

08/19/2015

This hotel was a bit lower quality than what we expected/hoped to have. The room needed some maintenance and was small.

07/26/2015

Beautiful grounds and views! We liked how close we were to town so we could walk there easily.

07/17/2015

It was a nice hotel for the area. More noisy than others but the garden rooms were nicer. Staff was friendly and helpful. Beds were quite hard.

06/17/2015

Really good people, but not a place I would want to stay very long, I would say the Hotel was a low grade, the staff especially Alexander was amazing and made it a better experience

06/08/2015

We knew we were not at the resort anymore. 4th floor with no elevators was not my favorite, but we got used to it. Hot tub and pool areas seemed abandoned and "basic." Good in the sense that we could relax there on our own, but I never saw a staff person in that area and only 2 other guests sitting on a balcony overlooking the area... just felt "dead" around there most of the time. Better than crowded and loud though.

05/03/2015

thought it was air conditioned but it wasn't - room was basic but clean and comfortable. staff was fantastic. had a birthday gift and card waiting in my room for me and the next day they sang happy birthday to me in the restaurant.

04/04/2015

A lovely spot, good food, very easy to get around from this hotel.

03/31/2015

Jacuzzi is barely 75 degrees. Front desk was responsive

03/28/2015

Like everything except the noise.

03/25/2015

well it was no arenal springs... but it was nice. it felt more like just a place to sleep than a destination.

03/19/2015

Wonderful! Wish the hot tub would have been working. Great breakfast each morning!

03/11/2015

We lucked out on our room which was protected from the wind!

03/05/2015

We were in the room from hell the first night (room 45). The wind kept slamming some part of the roof or awning on to the side of our room, which was a corner room. We got NO sleep, and for the first time in history did we ask to get another room. To the hotel's credit they found us another room, and we finished the stay happy and content. The restaurant was one of the top restaurants I have visited, and that says a lot. The food was exquisite, and we chose to eat there every night, despite the fact that we always try to spread out our dining experiences. The cost was fair, and the staff great. The hotel desk also recommended a tour to Don Juan Coffee (?), and it was well worth the money and time. Nice.

02/25/2015

Very nice for a boutique hotel. Great location. Rooms were very dated.

02/19/2015

I thought that staff was lacking at time ( no one at the pool or pool bar). Bed was stiff. Hot tub was not very hot on both nights. Spa was nice. Staff was friendly. We loved the town of Santa Elena

02/04/2015

This was a comfortable hotel. We enjoyed the pool. The staff was helpful.

01/26/2015

Again we were greeted with a wonderful fruit drink and an excellent staff member. The reason I marked the overall experience only a 9 was weather related - the wind blew constantly and it was noisy - like we were in a major storm. The view out our window in the morning was wonderful - a rainbow every morning!

12/27/2014

staff was very friendly. they went out of their way to make us feel at home

12/20/2014

It was a nice hotel for a short stay. Restaurant was good for breakfast only, but it was near some nice restaurants in the city. Location was perfect, would not have wanted to stay up the hill in Monteverde. Also, poor wi-fi, only available early in the morning and late at night.

12/09/2014

It was very windy and we were on the top floor with a window that couldn't seal shut, so it was a little drafty and noisy, but beautiful view and rainbows every day. Short walk to town which was nice

12/01/2014

We were on the top floor.....lots of stairs. Ok for us but perhaps not for some. Staff and food were very good. We also had live entertainment one night.