For the first night of our honeymoon we had rented a private house near Montezuma but couldn't find it. In desperation, we turned to Los Mangos because we had already checked it out online.
If you know what to expect and decide Los Mangos is for you, you should be quite satisfied. Read the reviews here and read between the lines. If it's important to you to have air conditioning, not see any bugs (or huge lazy iguanas or troops of howler monkeys), and have somebody bring you mixed drinks by a pool, then you probably want somewhere else. (In fact, I wonder why you're considering Costa Rica? Wouldn't you be happier in Manhattan?)
If, on the other hand, your in Costa Rica looking for a little adventure, and are ok getting a little sweaty, a little dusty, and a little close to nature--but still getting a nice shower, clean sheets, and a charming little room of your own with a porch and rocking chair--then this is probably a good fit for your trip.
Important: there's a big difference between the main hotel building and the bungalows. The building rooms are *very* bare-bones, some with shared bath. They're also a *very* good price, so if you're on a hostel-type trip or a shoestring budget, go for it. The bungalows get you more privacy, and are a lot more aesthetically pleasing. They're fairly small, about a 10-ft-diameter circle, with a bathroom attached. There was a safe, and *possibly* a fridge, though I don't remember. I think there was a ceiling fan, but definitely not AC.
Aside from the price, the grounds and wildlife of the hotel are a big plus. The mango trees for which it is named cover the grounds and drop ripe mangoes everywhere. This means, by the way, that the smell of rotting mangoes can be powerful in some spots--but it's a sticky/sweet smell, not really unpleasant. It also means that a lot of big iguanas, like 1-2 ft. long, and troops of monkeys can be counted on to show up daily. The iguanas are lazy and will just sit on the path as you walk around them; the monkeys were pretty bold too, roosting in a tree about 50 ft from us and grooming each other. If these ideas creep you out, then cancel your trip to CR and instead book yourself a nice, airtight hotel in a major city in a developed Western country and see your monkeys in the zoo and mangoes in the produce section.
- Also Known As:
- Los Mangos Hotel
- Los Mangos Montezuma
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a beautiful quiet mango orchard across from the beach and 5 minutes walking distance from town and the famous waterfalls. We offer 10 rooms and 9 private bungalows, swimming pool and Montezuma yoga studio with regular classes. We are located across from the beach and the famous Mediterranean restaurant Playa Los Artistas. We offer wi-fi connection at the reception. ... more less