We ended our two week tour of Costa Rica with a stay at Amor de Mar. Our only regret is that we had planned for more time there. Originally, we had booked a two night stay at Amor de Mar but, after seeing our room and the grounds, we ended up canceling our last night's accommodations in San Jose and extended our stay in Montezuma for a total of three nights.
The owners and staff obviously take great pride in caring for the place. We stayed in room 8, situated on the first floor, and had a beautiful view looking out onto the lawn and over to the stream. The room was well appointed and newly refinished with clean bedding, A/C, fan, and even tasteful tapestries on the wall. The bathroom was also very nicely and newly refurbished. Our room led out to the main patio and also had a sitting area from where we could read and lounge in the afternoon heat. The only slightly pesky part was that there were some people staying in the room above us, one of which was a particularly flat-footed walker who liked to pace his room into the fee hours of the morning. A few taps on the ceiling the first night took care of the issue and we had no problems after that. If you are easily disturbed by noises, I'd recommend a second story room but this is no reason to avoid this place.
The main patio leads out to an expansive and well-maintained lawn with about ten hammocks and an assortment of lawn chairs. It is definitely set for relaxation. The lawn then leads out to the rocky beach. There is a small area of the beach that is sandy and was great for playing and building sandcastles with my young daughter. We also took advantage of the stream and pools that run along the side of the property.
The hotel is about a five minute walk to the main part of town and a great assortment of restaurants. But, we made good use of Amor de Mar's facilities by eating breakfast there each day. They have wonderful crepes and homemade bread and jam as well as fresh squeezed juices.
I would recommend this place in a heartbeat. The staff were super helpful in arranging transportation needs for us, recommending restaurants, and even helping us find some out-of-the-way activities to explore.