I've stayed with Carlos on two occasions for a total of 11 peaceful nights in the past two years at the Montezuma Pacific Hotel. My husband and I first met Carlos, the owner, on the ferry to Paquera. We struck up a friendly conversation and after learning that we were headed to Montezuma, he invited us to check out his hotel.
The hotel is simple, very clean and secure. The location cannot be beat. It's right in town behind the church, far enough removed from the main strip to avoid the noise, but easy access to everything. Rooms have strong ac, safes, and hot showers. My favorite is room 5 with its charming private balcony. We saw gorgeous magpie bluejays, iguanas, and even white faced capuchin monkies there. If you're not able to snag room 5, don't fret! There is a large common balcony open to all.
The hotel is a great value for the area but it's greatest appeal for me is Carlos! He is a wonderfully gracious gentleman that shares great conversation over delicious costa rican coffee. Does it get any better? Not that I've found!