"Cheap Hostel in Town" Cabinas El Pueblo Tip by ZeekLTK
Cabinas El Pueblo, Santa Elena: 353 reviews and 1 photos
We only had one day to stay in Monteverde so we wanted to find a cheap place to stay right in the middle of town. We found that at Cabinas El Pueblo.
This place had a number of private rooms for only $25 a night, and although the rooms were a bit small (the door wouldn't even open all the way because it hit the bed), it was sufficient for a one night's stay. We stayed in the lower half of the building and there were 2 bathrooms to be shared by a handful of rooms. We never had a problem "sharing" with any of the other guests - they were never both occupied when we needed to use them. There was also an upstairs, but I'm not sure how the bathroom situation was up there.
There is also a kitchen area to both cook your own food (there is a supermarket only a block away) and for breakfast. They have a board to sign up for breakfast and give you two options. The options for the night we were there were an omelet or "granola and milk". We didn't get to try either because the earliest that breakfast was served was 6:10 AM and that wasn't enough time for us since we had to catch the 6:30 AM bus to San Jose.
There is also a "backyard" type area with several hammocks and a picnic table to hang out. After getting back from ziplining we were pretty tired, so we just picked up some Imperial from the supermarket and played Chinese Checkers on the picnic table (there are a handful of boardgames in a type of "living room" area) while two other guests hung out in the hammocks, interrupted only by some commotion out front about a sloth being in the tree across the street.
There was a guy named "Freddy" who was in the office that day. He helped us get checked in, gave us a map of the town which included information, such as times and prices, about numerous events we could do there (ziplining, rappelling, various animal "gardens", cheese factory, etc.) and offered to help schedule any of that for us. He actually set up the ziplining that we did, but I had requested that via email far before we had arrived.
Overall, we had a nice stay here. It is right in the heart of the town, with numerous restaurants, shops, bars, and whatnot within walking distance. The bus stop is also only about two blocks away as well. For the price, I'd say it would be a good choice to stay at when you go to Monteverde.
Address: 100 mtrs del bar amigos, 100 mrs suroeste del supermercado supercoompro, Santa Elena, Costa Rica
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Phone: (+506) 2645-6192
Price: less than US$20
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