Vinicio and his wife were very attentive during our stay. Both the town and the hostel quite nice with all the comforts. In the morning they already had breakfast for us. The hospitality was without a doubt the best, friendly all the time. Super recommended. THANKS A LOT!!!
We stayed in Casa Tranquilo for two nights and had the best time ever! Marco and his wife are so friendly and helpful, rooms are fine and cozy and breakfast is included. I can only say we felt very welcome and would love to come back to Santa Elena one day! Can definitely recommend it. Thank you, Marco + esposa for everything <3 Louisa & Mara
This is a really nice hostel with a great atmosphere and relaxed vibe. I had a private room and bathroom and it was basic but very clean. Marko and his family are lovely and go out of their way to help you with whatever you need. Breakfast is great and served with a smile. The reason I only gave a 4, is this is very “hostely”. Which may be what you want but for me it under delivered in that respect, despite all the great things I had read. The main issue was my room, which was on the ground floor and right by the road which made it very noisy, with a lot of light coming through the flimsy curtains. The kitchen is small and seemingly everyone there cooks, so always packed. There wasn’t much room to just chill and not a tonne of comfy chairs to relax in. As a result I hardly spent any time there so I didn’t get to meet many people and spent a lot of time alone. I probably wouldn’t go back for the above reasons, but I think if you are looking for a very backpacker vibe this is a good bet and I can’t say enough about how great the staff are.…
Unbeatable price (even includes a basic breakfast!). Good Internet, comfortable beds, clean room, central location close to supermarkets and restaurants. The staff is helpful. Hot water, which is a big plus.
Disappointed in the cleanliness of the room, dim and dark space, to add the staff was disrespectful. Don’t stay here unless you aren’t interested in sleeping in a clean space and don’t care to be disrespected.
I stayed in a single room here for three night. Accommodations are basic and what you’d expect for the price. A good, hot breakfast is included every morning from 6:30-7:30 - pancakes one day, eggs and pinto de Gallo another, and hot coffee. Most notable are the brothers that have owned the hostel for 9 months now. I did a private solo birdwatching tour with Hector, owner but also certified guide. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the forest and the birds. He even helped me get great photos through his birding scope! We saw an owl, a quetzal, a toucan, and countless other birds. It became clear to me that Hector was better than other guides at working to get me a clear view of the birds. His price was very reasonable given it was just me and included transport to my next location in town. Generally they were great at helping figure out how I wanted to spend my time as there are more options than a person can realistically do in a few days. They arranged everything. The only con was that the WiFi barely reached my room and I had to go into common areas to get a good signal. Great place for a solo budget traveler. Oh, as as a female solo traveler I felt safe and close enough to the main town that I never felt worried walking alone. …
We can't say enough good things about our experience at Casa Tranquilo. Casa Tranquilo is a family-owned hostel (it feels more like an incredibly friendly budget hotel) run by bend-over-backwards helpful and extremely knowledgeable brothers. We found the common room a perfect place to hang out and have great conversations with fellow travelers. Brother Hector was our guide through the Cloud Forest. His passion for the plants and animals in the Cloud Forest was infectious. He was an amazingly skillful spotter (honestly, always hire a good guide in Costa Rica --- you'll see so much more). The Night Tour recommended and arranged by the gregarious Michael at Casa Tranquilo was spectacular. My wife is frail; our Night Tour guide Christian took great care with her. When we return to the Santa Elena/Monteverde region we will not hesitate to book a room at Casa Tranquilo. Here's a Costa Rica travel tip: instead of taking long bus rides everywhere, arrange a private driver through your hotel. It's remarkably inexpensive, much more comfortable and much, much faster in getting you to your destination. Plus, the drivers are great and have excellent insight to enjoying Costa Rica if you're willing to listen.…
Amazing place. They are super friendly and helpful at casa tranquilo. We had an amazing stay. Rooms are spotless and the atmosphere around the shared spaces is great. They gave us many great experiences. Thanks.
We enjoyed our three nights at Casa Tranquilo. The staff helped us plan our trips and gave very useful advice. The breakfast was delicious and they have hot water for shower. We really enjoy our time there. Pura vida!
Nice backpacker atmosphere where you always find someone interesting to chat with. As expected by the low room price the facilities are very basic. The staff are enthusiastic and very helpful with advice and tour bookings, etc.