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The Howler Monkey Hotel

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El Yugo, Cabuya, Montezuma, Costa Rica
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Ranked #1 of 1 Cabuya B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The other "excellent" reviews are spot on. At Howler Monkey Hotel you've got a wonderful combination of wildlife galore, beautiful jungle-ocean setting, super homey accommodations, and a generous host. Probably my favourite stay in Costa Rica. Even after 10 days, I was reluctant to have to move on. Thanks for all the laughs Jim.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This could be a great property but it's in need of alot of maintenance, repair and attention. The owner is very laid back and unfortunately that attitude show in the facility. It is shabby without the chic. Kitchens are supplied with cracked/chipped dishes, some left-behind plastic utensils and cooking pots with bits of someone else's dinner. Electrical plug-ins are loose... More 

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Howlermonkeyhotel, Owner at The Howler Monkey Hotel, responded to this review

These are not Hollywood monkeys,these are real howler monkeys that poo just like you and me,was your car red they for some reason like to poo on red cars,if you dont like monkey poo go to a zoo.Sometimes i see the monkeys comming and i take in the washing,sometimes i dont see them comming and i might have to wash... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Do not stay here if you want fluffy white towels and complementary toiletries. The cabanas are spacious but a little rough around the edges. However, this is more than made up for by the warm welcome, the glorious position, the cooling pool and, above all, the wildlife which shares the hotel with you. We were enchanted by the howler and... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The Howler Monkey Hotel was the rustic cabina in the middle of the jungle, in rural Costa Rica, waking to howler monkeys, parrots, other wildlife and the sound and view of the ocean I was dreaming of. The charming a-frame cabinas were clean and comfortable, with a well equipped kitchen (even a Costa Rica coffee maker) and bathroom on the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Spent a few great days here in 2014 while in CR for dental work. Back again this year and the location was even more beautiful than I recalled. Jim, the warm and helpful host, and Federico his assistant made me feel totally at home (again!). Sitting on a comfortable chair hearing Howler Monkeys and daydreaming to the sound of the... More 

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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We stayed four nights at the "Monkey". It was great. Arrived late on a Saturday night after most were in bed but Jim had his assistant Fredrico there to greet us and show us to our cabina. We awoke early to the sounds Howler monkeys, Parrots and Foo (the rooster). Spent a lazy day around the hotel talking with Jim,... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I came to the Howler Monkey Hotel by accident with no reservation, hoping to stay for two days. Jim so graciously gave me a room and made me feel right at home. I ended up staying at the Howler Monkey for six amazing days. Every morning you will wake up to the soothing sound of the waves crashing against the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We didn't actually stay here, so I can't speak for the rooms (except to say everyone we met was quite happy with them), but we spent a wonderful day and evening at the Howler Monkey and will definitely go back and stay if we are ever lucky enough to return to Costa Rica. We popped in one day as we... More 

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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We fell in love with this place. Jim - the owner is very knowledgeable about the area and highly entertaining! He went out of his way to take good care of us and made us feel at home. Highlights: seeing monkeys everyday, the beach hikes to cemetery island and beyond, the town of Cabuya and the quaint little restaurants, Cabo... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia - Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The Howler Monkey Hotel, and its owner, ex-pat Jim O’Callaghan, are a little gem nestled in Cabuya, a small fishing village on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, a few kilometers from Montezuma. It is a place to relax, and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the jungle along the ocean – yes, the cabinas are in the... More 

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