We travelled all around Costa Rica and stayed in many cabin style lodging because they are usually friendlier, intimate and we like the rustic feel. We rented the smaller cabin at Montezuma Heights over Christmas and we stayed 3 nights. I write this review with mixed feelings.
The location really is out of the way if you don't have a car. I am active / fit and would never dare to walk to Montezuma or the beach. It is at the top of a hill so long curvy roads all the way. Downhill going down, uphill going back. Also the roads are not the best but that is to be expected. What I especially didn't like was the owner's directions. As the location is not on GPS, they have a hand drawn map. While this sounds ok, the map is badly drawn and inaccurate. I am from the country side and can always find what I am looking for but this took me over 2 hours to find. I even had to call the owner to tell him I was lost and while he tried to help verbally we really were on our own to find it. Very, very frustrating and I warn you now, unless he tweaks his map, you will not find this place. What made it up for this? The view - it was stunning! The cabin is perched on top of the cliffs and the view of the ocean is absolutely incredible. There is a view of the beach which we loved and went every day - very private as it is just outside Montezuma.
The kitchen is rather small and does not have a convection oven like most cabins do. Just a hot plate and a mini fridge so if you plan on cooking, plan accordingly. With regards to groceries I would suggest a trip to the Pali in Cobano as prices are cheaper then in the town of Montezuma.
The bed is ok and there is an insect net which we used every night. There is an outdoor shower which was really nice. In the back yard, there is a table and two chairs to eat. There is no table or chairs inside (I am not sure why as there is space for a small one in the veranda). It would of been nice to sit inside and play cards at night. There is also a lawn chair which should be replaced and a hammock which you couldn't use because the way the hooks are set up, when you try and get in the hammock, the wood handles swing and hit the glass window on the cabin. In fear of breaking the window, we decided it was best to avoid the hammock which is a shame. There was no house keeping, which is fine as we aren't messy. Overall the overall experience just felt flat.
One last point, I wish they would of at least put up a string of lights or something like that to make his guests feel like it was Christmas. It would of been a nice touch and would of perhaps made the stay special.
Would I stay again? I don't think so. A tip to the owner - just put a little bit more love and care into the cabin, property and the overall business. It really does have so much potential.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Really private and save pacific overviewing House and cottages made with lot's of love and detail. In the middle of nature up on a cliff, for the once who love the wild a must. House (sleeps 7) regular price 250U$/night, green season 190U$/night(1.Sept.-15.Nov), peak season 350U$/night (15.Dec-10.Jan.) Cabins (sleeps 2-3) regular price 95U$/night 600U$/week, green season 70U$/night 490U$/week ... more less