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“Needs improvements. At this moment NOT recommendable.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel

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50 metros antes del centro de Montezuma, Montezuma, Costa Rica   |  
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“Needs improvements. At this moment NOT recommendable.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2011

After reading a lot of bad reviews about hostels in montezuma we decided to go to one that did not have any on tripadvisor. Although the hostel is "mwha - ok" it could certainly use some improvements. 

The location is not very good. It is next to the main road which gives some noise during the night and there is not, as to many other hostels at the beach, a nice view. Although there are sometimes monkeys climbing and jumping from the trees.  One thing about these trees is that it gets really warm because it prevents the ocean breeze from flowing through it. 

Also, the larger dorm for eight persons has no fan or whatsoever. Here again, because there is no breeze it can get really hot. 

There are Mosquitos here... And the hostel owner let's you rent a mosquito net for two dollars a night. 

The breakfast is the cheapest breakfast we ever got in costa rica. Just some rice, beans, one banana and one toast. A 0,20$ breakfast. Most of the hostels in town which don't provide breakfast charge 10 - 12 dollars a night. This breakfast is not worth the 3 - 5 dollars extra.

The community room is far to small. Was probably big enough when the new dorm cabin wasn't there. But now this hostel with 20 beds instead of 12 is to small.

Now the staff is helpful and friendly but some of them are constantly smoking weed... 

So in the end this hostel needs some improvements to become a good value hostel. It could become a really great hostel but at this moment I cannot recommend it. 

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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LiveLaughLove000, Owner at Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel, responded to this review, February 5, 2011
I am sorry that you didn't enjoy your time here at Luz en el Cielo. It is disheartening to hear that you had such a disappointing experience. Thank you for your criticism, we will take everything that you said into consideration while continuing to improve our strong reputation in Montezuma..

Just to clarify, bug nets are rented for $2, one time charge for as long as you stay. We pride ourselves on making a typical/healthy Costa Rican breakfast, which most guests feel is worth the extra couple bucks.

Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2011

I stayed at Abby's hostel for a couples of nights. and then i decided to crash longer of this town. after that i spent and entiry months chill with the staffs.

the atmosphere of the hostel is pretty lay back. the best staff i have seen in CR so far.
if you pass by there and you're looking for a nice hostel. you would make a great choice by picking this one!!!!!!
Pura vida

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2010

Located a short walk to the town center but also nestled slightly into the jungle hillside, this cozy two-story cabin was perfect for meeting a small group of travelers, enjoying a great community meal, and having a great time. Wildlife is heard, not the town noise.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Windsor, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

First and foremost, the people!! It was a Luz more than any other part of Costa Rica that I have met, made and will keep some awesome friends. Plus location is awesome, tons and tons of monkeys and other wildlife, very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, I cant wait to get back there.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

Wonderful hostel, especially due to the very familiar feel and touch to it, guests interact a lot, there a family dinners, joined activities in very relaxed Montezuma. Clean and cheap, great terrace, hammocks, monkeys as morning guests, Don't miss the waterfall close by, exciting to jump down into the water!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2010

This was the best place I stayed throughout my Central American travels. Abbey and Justin really know how to entertain and their family dinners were always so much fun. I visited many other highly rated hostels but none of them could match the same laid back, chilled out vibe that this place offers. The large upstairs balcony was a great place to chill, monkeys galore. We were there for about 5 days but I would've been happier staying longer.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2010

Staying at Luz en el Cielo was a great experience. My friend and I stayed there for four nights, and had an amazing time. Abbie, Chavo, Hisayo, and everyone connected to the hostel are amazing and make you feel right at home. Breakfast is included in the price, and we cooked a few times -- delicious family style dinners. The location is excellent: right near the beach, in the forest, with monkeys coming and going regularly. Hammocks only add to the bliss. I recommend this hostel to anyone travelling to Montezuma. The hostel, town, and surrounding area (waterfalls! beach! hikes!) are ideal.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel

Address: 50 metros antes del centro de Montezuma, Montezuma, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wake up to the sounds of the jungle. Luz en el Cielo B&B/Hostel is located just out of Montezuma's town center. Montezuma is a small beach town with a huge heart and a lot of charm. This newly renovated, classy hostel is great for budget travels, families and couples. We currently have three dorm rooms in the main lodge, one dorm cabina with it's own balcony and bathroom, each equipped with new mattress, sheets and furnishings. We also have newly built private cabinas as of January 2012. Enjoy using our wireless internet, communal kitchen and lounge. Breakfast is included with every stay, as well as coffee all day. ... more   less 
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Luz En El Cielo Eco-b&b/ Hotel Montezuma
Luz En El Cielo Eco-Bed And Breakfast/Hostel

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