Best Hostels in Monteverde and Santa Elena for Solo Travellers and Groups

Best Hostels in Monteverde and Santa Elena for Solo Travellers and Groups
Monteverde, with the nearby town of Santa Elena, is one of the premier destinations in Costa Rica. The cloud forest attracts so many people every year that the town has become a hotspot of backpacker and tourist activity.

The hostels in this area have become competitive, and they are always offering more services and amenities to make themselves stand out from the rest. This works to the advantage of travelers, as the town now has a plethora of accommodation options for every type of traveler. With most hostels offering free breakfast and hot water, make sure you do your research first. Some places are party-oriented, while some are very quiet and relaxing. Either way, don't settle for sub-standard amenities in this great town!
How much do hostels in Santa Elena cost?
Average Dorm Price $11 ($7 to $16)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $25 ($12 to $47)

A social and fun hostel, great for backpackers

Dorm Bed: $1.00
Private Room: $12.00
Overall Rating: 91%
Costarica Monteverde Santaelena next to the supermarket , Monteverde Costa Rica
Right in the middle of town, this extremely popular hostel with dorm beds and private rooms offers a lot of great amenities. Guests state that the staff is extremely helpful with providing information and setting up activities.

With a free breakfast and evening common areas that help everyone socialize, this hostel receives high marks for being a fun place for younger backpackers to meet up with others, while maintaining a relaxed atmosphere.

They also offer standard hostel amenities such as Wi-Fi, hot showers (for real, say the guests), lockers, towels, BBQ, communal kitchen, on site restaurant, and more.

They offer dorms that sleep four or six, and with and without ensuite bathrooms. Private rooms are also available.

A quiet hostel, also great for couples and families

Dorm Bed: $10.00
Private Room: $15.00
Overall Rating: 88%
200 metres north east from the bus station , Monteverde Costa Rica
This smaller and quieter hostel offers free breakfast and tons of helpful information for planning your stay in Monteverde. Located right in the middle of town, the location can't be beat. With dorms and private rooms that are kept clean, the facilities are in good condition and make for a comfortable stay. The owners of this local establishment take pride in their business, and go out of their way to help their guests with activities, transportation, and more.

Dorms sleep 8 people and have an ensuite bathroom. Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms are also available and come in a variety of sizes.

Other amenities include Wi-Fi, free breakfast, kitchen, parking, tours, hot showers, and more.

A quiet hostel for budget-minded travelers

Dorm Bed: $9.00
Private Room: $10.00
Overall Rating: 82%
100 meters north from the bus stop or 100 meters east from the Super Compro , Monteverde Costa Rica
Guests rave about the great free breakfast in this family-run hostel in the middle of town. With multiple floors of dorms and private rooms, they offer inexpensive rooms for every type of traveler. The ambience is described as quiet and chill.

As with other hostels in the area, the owners offer tours and activities to the surrounding sights, and transportation to other destinations in Costa Rica.

Free Wi-Fi, ensuite bathrooms, lockers, laundry, TV, communal kitchen, hot showers, and more are available to guests.

A party hostel for backpackers

Overall Rating: 87%
50 meters south and 70 meters east of Banco Nacio Santa Elena, Monteverde , Monteverde Costa Rica
Another in the "hostel resort" chain of hostels, guests familiar with the company should know what to expect. These hostels tend to cater towards a younger crowd looking for more social interaction on a lower budget, so you may wish to avoid this spot if you're looking for a quieter place.

They offer a lot of great amenities along with dorms and private rooms. Located just a minute from the main part of town in a lush atmospheric spot with good views, the rooms are built around some outdoor courtyard areas. Lockers, laundry, Wi-Fi, a kitchen, and other standard features are available. They offer a restaurant, but breakfast is not included unlike several nearby competitors. Also, guests have stated that hot water is inconsistent.

A quiet hostel, also good for couples and families

Private Room: $19.00
Overall Rating: 83%
300 meters southeast of the supermercado la espera , Monteverde Costa Rica
Wow! The views are spectacular from the porch, the common areas, and even some of the rooms. Since this hostel is overlooking the surrounding mountains, guests can eat their free breakfast or sip afternoon tea while watching the mist roll through.

And it's only three minutes on foot from the middle of town, where you can find restaurants, shops, and more.

Other amenities include Wi-Fi, a kitchen, TV, laundry, tour bookings, and more.

Dorm beds are available, as are a variety of private rooms. The private rooms come in various sizes and options, sleeping from 1 person to 4 people, and optional ensuites, and with or without an amazing view. Prices for private rooms tend to be slightly higher than some of the other hostels around town, but the price is justified as the rooms feel more like actual hotel rooms instead of hostel rooms. Bathrooms are modern and clean for both private rooms and the dorm.

Although it has social common areas, the staff sets a quiet time starting at 10 p.m. If you're looking for a party, head elsewhere.

A quiet, budget friendly hotel

Private Room: $21.67
Overall Rating: 100%
Santa Elena Monteverde Puntarenas , Monteverde Costa Rica
This quiet, budget-friendly hotel (which is connected to a nearby hostel) is located on a coffee plantation. How cool is that? With a very nice and relaxed atmosphere, many of the rooms are bunk style even though they are not dorms. But there is ample communal space for socializing, and with great views, too.

A free breakfast and friendly staff will start your day of activities off the right way here. Located just a few minutes from the middle of town, this locally owned establishment also books tours, offer Wi-Fi, laundry, communal kitchen, and other typical hostel-like amenities for guests.

Recently renovated, guests state that it is clean and quiet.
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