Casa de Helena is a private guest house which welcomes people from around the world. The closest airport is Liberia International 1 1/2 hour drive on good paved road.
Beautiful and very peaceful. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it.
My wife and I had a great stay at Helena's guest house. It was very comfortable and has a very well equipped kitchen. But I have to confess we didn't use the kitchen that much as we dined at nearly all the very good nearby restaurants Helena suggested.
We really enjoyed hearing the nearby monkeys every morning. Each day it was difficult to pull ourselves away from the private back deck where we had a wonderful jungle view and enjoyed seeing so many different and beautiful birds.
The neighborhood was very quiet and pleasant with beautiful views in every direction. There is a wonderful nearby country trail with amazing pastoral views.
Helena is a great host and pleasure to get to know.
If you are looking for a simple, clean and comfortable stay surrounded by natural beauty we definitely recommend Helena's guest house.
We had a wonderful time at Casa Helena. It is a beautiful spot, easy to locate and close to many tourist attractions (but remote enough to enjoy a genuine experience!). Helena was communicative prior to arrival and very helpful in providing us with site seeing recommendations. The room had everything we needed to enjoy our 6 day/7night stay, and the shared kitchen was fully equip.
We loved the Lake Arenal area, and when we come back we definitely would stay at Casa Helena!
Thanks providing us with a home-base during this fantastic experience!!
Emily and Matt
PS - If you decide to stay here, make sure you go to Equus - its a really cool BBQ, amazing food and a really cool set-up!
I stayed at La Casa de Helena last week and everything far exceeded my expectations. If you're looking an off the beaten path trip and trying to stay away from touristy Arenal, this is the place for you. Helena was so, so kind and helpful and picked up the phone anytime I called for directions to places in the area or for anything at all. Right outside your doorstep is a beautiful rainforest-like garden and an outdoor (covered) kitchen/sitting area with hammocks. You will see and hear birds, monkey, and nonstop wind (wind surfer heaven). Eat at Ekoos and try to go to the Fiesta de La Luna Llena if you can (an awesome dance party that happens only 4 times a year, tucked behind Ekoos in a multi-tiered, outdoor, stone structure in the middle of the woods. Go to Rio Celeste using Helena's shortcut (don't go the boring highway route) - it is the most beautiful drive I've ever been on with tons of ultra rural mountain and lake views. I would definitely recommend renting a pickup truck - we wouldn't have made it on some of the roads near Rio Celeste without one. I wish I could have stayed another week! I can't recommend Helena and her place enough.
We had a great stay Helena place. Slept very sound and waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys each morning was very cool.
She gave us very good Ideas on things to see and do in the aera.
just wished we had more time.
Casa De Helena was a great place to stay. There were four adults that fit very comfortably into the house, that has an open kitchen/dining/lounge and great outdoor area with beautiful gardens. Helena was a great host, she had lots of information about the local activities and sent us on a beautiful walk right around the corner that had an amazing view of the lake and several volcanoes. Helena was also very easily contacted when we needed her.
The location of her house was great, many restaurants and a brew pub close by and the drive to both Monteverde and La Fortuna were made easier with being in the middle.
My group and I would definitely recommend staying at Casa De Helena!
The host was accurate, responsive and courteous. The neighborhood was mellow, clean, green, and a little remote. Howler monkeys and chickens were in the near surroundings for natural wake up calls. There is helpful information both on Helena's site and in paper form on the property. Cleanliness and recycling etiquette is important, although I found myself wondering how to dispose of some problematic items. A car seemed to be important to our goals for this area.
Elena is such a sweetheart!
the house is great and it has everything u need! Super clean and great comfy bed!
Although a little far from everything, (if u dont have a car), the views are spectacular. Theres a little corner store with a little bit of everything and 2 restaurants down the hill!! If ur a kite-surfing or wind-surfing avid, this is the spot for you with Tico wind surf just down the hill!! Overall i would recommend this lovely place to anyone. Loved my stay at Casa de Elena! :)
We had a great stay at Casa de Helena! They bed was comfortable. The room and bathroom was exceptional clean. The kitchen was well stocked (and included oils/seasonings) and the patio area was great to unwind in. The place is in a really nice location near to the lake and surrounded by nature (be prepared for the howler monkeys wake up call). Helena was wonderful, she was very accommodating and responsive to queries (and had a great folder of things to do in the surrounding area).
We had a very good experience at Helena's house, She was very well informed and helpful about finding activities and restaurants in the area. Her home is lovely, and the area is very peaceful and beautiful.