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“The perfect last stop on our trip through Central America!” 5 of 5 stars
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Berlin, Germany
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“The perfect last stop on our trip through Central America!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Peter's cabin on the cliffs above Montezuma was the last stop on our trip through Central America. Without a doubt, this was the loveliest place we stayed in during the entire holiday - really clean, best room, best bed, best shower and best view! Seeing the sun rise above the ocean every single morning was just breathtaking. The kitchen was fully equipped and offered all things necessary for us to prepare big breakfasts and cook some great dinners.
Also, there were zero (!) moskitos at the time of our visit, we didn't even need to use the moskito net that was provided.
The infinity poole next to the main house was free to use for us, definitely a big plus and an amazing afternoon refreshment!

We were looking for a rather remote spot, trying to avoid the New Year's buzz of the village, Montezuma Heights was a perfect choice for this. To be more flexible and not need to rely on taxis we rented a Quad (at Cocozuma Travel, right in town) to get home and around. It was great fun exploring the area and mastering the hilly dirt roads.

The host family is really great, including the two amazing dogs that guarded the property. Peter, Rocio and Natalie have always been helpful when we had questions, gave us great tips to explore the surrounding area and were great company. Thanks for a perfect ending to our holiday! We're hoping to come back one day!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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873PeterK873, Owner at Montezuma Heights, responded to this review, January 14, 2014
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Vielen Dank das Ihr bei uns wart, wir hoffen das es nicht das letzte mal war und wuerden us freuen wenn Ihr wieder vorbeischauen wuerdet, liebe Grusse nach Berlin.
Peter, Rocio und Natalie
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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Halifax, Canada
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28 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Have a car!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Mountain View, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is a million dollar property for small change. When you walk through the gates for the first time - and each time thereafter, you are transported to private lush jungle enclave. The cabin (Colirbi) is perched on the edge of the bluff so you get the sense that you are on a ship's bow. It is built entirely out of re-purposed reclaimed materials. I figured correctly that the century old breezeway doors were the seeds for the design of Colibri. The mosaic tiles, paint, window treatments, fixtures et al give depth beauty and texture to your home away from home. The size was perfect for 2 adults, but could easily accommodate one more person. The outdoor living areas double the footprint.

As others have mentioned, upon arrival, Peter gave us a little time to peek around and then came over to explain some details of the cabin, answer questions and then offered to give us a ride back to town. This was a very meaningful gesture that allowed us to acclimate to his space and the village.

We rented a 2x4 quad for the duration of our stay. We never wished for vehicle. We brought a soft sided cooler from home that was our day-bag. Others here have been alarmed by the road to the Heights. We did not find it challenging at all.

Our trip took place over the first week of September. It rained each day or night. And the rain was always perfect and generally brief. After one particularly long overnight rain, the waterfalls became too muddy to enjoy and subsequently the ocean became too murky for good snorkeling. Our to-do list was never completed because there is SO MUCH to do in this area. Our plans would change with the wind. Lots of magic happened each day.

We both had the sense that we had found THE perfect spot in Montezuma area to call home away from home. We would be lucky to return and still find this place available to us. Very Very expensive homes have been built in this area and this little piece of unique and personal paradise seems fleeting.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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873PeterK873, Owner at Montezuma Heights, responded to this review, September 15, 2013
Thanks a lot for the beautiful review, we really appreciate it, hope to see you again here. You guy's brought a nice energy into our cabin. Big hugs to the mountains of Arkansas

Peter and family
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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stayed in Mariposa cabin for three nights. We were bummed that Colibri was booked, but LOVED Mariposa (and actually prefer it for the patio)! You are well equipped with everything you could possibly need, kitchen and otherwise. The views alone make it worth the stay: waking up and sitting on the patio looking down at the white waves crashing over the rocks under gorgeous foliage. It was so quiet and peaceful.
Peter has a gate to come in and out of as you please. We walked to town the first day, which wasn't too bad and was very scenic. However, the Heights are off the beaten path so trips to town are kind of a pain if you plan on traveling to town and around a lot. I would recommend renting a vehicle if so (we rented an ATV from a nice gentleman in town for $160 for two days). Peter is never more than a few paces away and speaks English, which is helpful if you're staying in an area where you don't speak the language and aren't familiar with the area (another reason I'd recommend staying here if that is the case). Adorable and playful Luna the lab is another reason :)
Other bonuses:
- Close to Montezuma Falls and Mariposa Gardens
- About ten minutes from town
- Very hot shower (I was worried about this, as I like it scalding. It was perfect!)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We spent a week at the Colibri cabin, and did not want to leave. The reviews say it all - amazing views, wonderful cool breezes, perfect sunrises, very peaceful! The cabin is comfortable, and the kitchen area is very well equipped. Loved the outdoor shower, with its incredible views down to the sea. Peter and his family were very friendly and helpful. The location is close to many beaches and activities in the area, however, a vehicle, preferably 4WD is a must in order to appreciate the area. Would go back again any time!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We had an amazing stay at the Colibri cabin. Peter was a great host from the get-go. We arrived by shuttle and had plans to acquire a rental car the next day. Since we had no wheels, Peter offered to drive us down the hill to town (it is the most serious hill I've ever seen...no joke). We took him up on this and went down, had some delicious food at Cafe Organico, went for a swim, got groceries, and then took at taxi back up to the cabin.

Taxi rides up the hill are $10. We realized after we settled in, that it would be a huge pain to pick up our rental in Malpais. So, we made the decision to nix the rental and only take cabs. This decision, while requiring that you are organized and don't mind bringing stuff 'down' with you to town, saved us a bunch of money, as rental cars are crazy expensive in CR. We stayed for 3 nights and ended up taking 4 cabs (we walked down the hill once - it's tough, but a good adventure). So! It's totally possible, you just have to be flexible. The taxi drivers have cards that they'll give you, so you can call them when you need to be picked up.

As far as getting to the cabins, the map Peter provides is pretty cryptic. I showed it to our shuttle driver and he said, "I don't know", and that was that. My boyfriend then proceeded to explain the map to the driver and we did eventually make it. I recommend having Peter write out directions to you so that you can verbally explain to drivers where you're going.

The kitchen was fully equipped and we made ourselves a few good meals during our stay. There are a lot of little black ants everywhere, so don't leave ANY food out. The ants got in the bed and bit us at night, so that was not ideal, but not the end of the world. There was this demon-looking 3 legged bug that came out a couple times...but other than him, the ants, and the little lizards, it was not too 'rustic'. The shower is cold - so try to bathe when it's hot out! The bed/pillows aren't the most comfortable, but the views from the sleeping loft make up for it. I've never seen the stars look so bright as I did sleeping up there! One night I saw lightning far away out to sea, it was amazing.

This place is truly a gem. Peter built the two cabins and his home - he is truly a skilled craftsman. The sunrises, view, remoteness, quietness, and beautiful cabins and grounds make this place one of a kind. The doggies were a plus - at the time of our visit, Luna was 2.5 months old - so sweet!

Thanks to Peter for all of his help and for providing such a wonderful place to stay!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Linden, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The walk down the handcrafted tile path to the Colibri cabin is something I will always remember. As the ocean's horizon comes into view, it is just magical. We made great use of the kitchen, Peter has almost anything you could need from what looked like a coffee/nut grinder to a crock pot. The refrigerator was a perfect size for our week-long stay. On the balcony, we couldn't get enough of just watching the small beach below (Playa Las Manchas), looking out for our iguana friend on the big tree and watching the various birds soar the sky from above. Like clockwork, you can count on the howler monkeys to echo across the trees around 6 am.

It certainly has it's rustic aspects as I'm pretty sure the cabin is hand built and therefore has some areas where it is open. This allows some things to get into the space. We had a slight problem with ants, but when we became more careful, they more or less went away. Leave all food in the refrigerator and sweep out your crumbs. Luckily, there are mosquito nets above both beds.

Something that took me by surprise is how no one wrote about how wild the road is to get here. In my opinion, a 4x4 is absolutely essential. When we first came up, I forgot to put the truck into 4 wheel drive and we gave ourselves a nice scare as my wheels slipped and slid to tryand haul us up the mountain. Of course, after a few trips it becomes a lot more reasonable and you get used to it. I even made the trip up in the dark. Once I got it into 4-low, I was no longer afraid.

The one thing I absolutely loved was the outdoor shower! I still miss being able to rinse off in the middle of nature with spectacular views. It is just so peaceful. I used the washer to do my clothes a few times and that was really convenient to have! The hammock is a nice touch and I spent some time just lying in it watching the stars at night. This is a great place to just get away from it all, which is exactly what we were looking to do. I loved how Peter came by a few times to make sure everything was swell, but was never intrusive. We had a great time, thanks!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: calle Horizontes, Montezuma, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Montezuma
Number of rooms: 3
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