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“PERFECT! You have to stay here” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Amor de Mar
Apartado 24 Cobano, Montezuma, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
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“PERFECT! You have to stay here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

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.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

After visiting several of the hotels available in Montezuma, my posse and I settled into Amor de Mar. Since there were no regular rooms available at the hotel, we ended up staying in the tree house, which was completely spontaneous and an excellent surprise. Most of my review is based on Amor de Mar exceeding my expectations on several occasions.

The Good:
The customer service was incredible. Upon arrival, the front desk was quick to do everything they could to get us to stay – not with a sales pitch, but with making every effort to accommodate the weary travelers that we were. Once guests, they always were quick and enthusiastic to help.

The tree house was spacious and close to the beach. The house had two levels holding a total of four beds, a kitchen and a shower that was open up at the roof line. The second level could also be opened up completely to the shoreline and offered great views of the ocean. It was great just hanging around up there.

24 hour security. I would describe Montezuma as somewhat of a gypsy town. Inside the town there were quite a few people that I would call wanderers. In any case, it was nice to have security walking around all night, just in case. Also, the house dog didn’t take b.s. from any one. He was tough as hell - missing an eye and ate nails for breakfast. It was very nice to have him our side.

The Bad:
You have to pay for breakfast. I typically just like to have a few things to pick up for free as I run out the door, but you don’t get that here. You have to sit down and pay for a meal. Its average price but good and there is the same view of the ocean. And free refills on coffee.

There are only a few parking spots out front for your car. We didn’t have a problem getting one every night, but I noticed a few people had to park on the dimly lit street.

Overall, this place was fantastic and I would not hesitate to book them again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

My friends and I rented out the casa de sol house and it was gorgeous. Definitely the priciest place we stayed in costa rica but the house and grounds were amazing. You are situated about ten mins walk from town which is perfect. When your done in town you are glad to be walking away from the loud music and not having it blaring in your ear in the middle of the night. The hotel is right across from one of the great waterfalls of montezuma. Just a fifteen or twenty minute hike and you are there. The staff was really great and answered all questions. The hammocks strung around the property make you never want to leave the grounds!! Was just a great spot and hotel! THe photos are of the house we stayed. There is no AC but they have fans strategically placed around the room! Would for sure stay here again!

Fyi the beach you want to go to is right past town about ten minute walk away. The beach in front of the hotel is kind of rocky but gorgeous.

Room Tip: casa del sol is a great choice but no ac. Fans placed everywhere!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We spent 16 delightful days here in January, 2013, mostly in room #5, which deserves all the accolades it receives. The room has a great view from the porch and a wonderful cross draft during the day. Rooms #4 and #7 have been renovated since our visit in 2011 and are good for those who need more space.

We enjoyed walking to town along the road and/or the beach; we enjoyed the wonderful convenience of the nearby waterfall and cascades for picnics. For $2, the guy across the road will machete open a coconut for you to drink, then carve out the meat.

Crashing waves on rocks, blue sky, a mild breeze, and a warm sun often led us out onto the grounds to sit, or lie in a hammock, after the day's outing. Next to the property a stream meanders into the ocean, creating a fresh water pool with a short connection to the beach for a quick salt/fresh water double dip.

While not in the midst of Montezuma, Amor Del Mar is certainly nearby -- you don't need a flashlight to get back from town at night -- without the long walk or ride that Ylang requires. Along the way are some of the restaurants most worth trying as well as an inter-town bus stop.

Ammi, the hostess, bubbles charm and laid back efficiency. The maids warm the day by taking pleasure in their tasks. The hotel -- actually somewhere between a bed and breakfast and a hotel in size and operation -- is full of delightful little surprises, such as the blue jay (officially, a "white-throated magpie jay") that hopped from rafter to chair to floor to reap the peanut I'd dropped, the resplendent, wandering rooster with only a vague sense of when to crow, the quiet but potent AC, the at-cost bottled water refills, the buttery crepes, the bench by the rocks perfectly positioned to look at stars while listening to the oncoming waves, and the waitress who knows local real estate.

If you want something to complain about, I'm sure the dust along the road and noisy ATVs will do.Not a problem for us. Nothing was.

Room Tip: #5 is ideal for a single or couple -- view, porch and draft , #7 is shady, #4 has a good view
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  • Stayed January 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

One of the nicest hotels I have ever seen! The staff was really friendly and helpful and the atmosphere was asolutely perfect. The rooms were nice and clean, the hotel garden wonderful (I loved their hammocks!).

The hotel don't have a swimming pool, but a really nice tide pool instead.

Also the breakfast was really good.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The grounds for this hotel are truly beautiful, and the bungalow we stayed in (Casa Luna) had a quirky charm. But staying over Xmas, we were charged nearly $400 for a place that had several major flaws. Chief among them were the mosquitoes. I passed the worst night of my trip eaten alive because the mosquito nets above the beds did not have clips to seal the area (bitten on the eyes, lips, and every other part of my body). You will need nets. After complaining, they gave us the nets and a 70$ reduction (but it turned out at the end, only for the first night). Moreover, the bungalow is not as large as they make out: it has three super-tiny rooms with a/c, but upstairs, the master bedroom is also a living room, and has no functioning windows. This means that mosquitoes, bats, and other creatures can come in freely. It also means that there is no security against theft from adjoining bungalows. Somebody could simply walk from his or her roof to yours unimpeded. They left a mattress tipped on one side, which we had to ask them to remove. Yes the staff is nice, but this place is charging rates for a place that does not deserve such prices. If you are fussy (like some members of my family), stay away!

Room Tip: Apparently the rooms (not the bungalows) have screens on the window (so they told me).
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AmorDeMar, Owner at Hotel Amor de Mar, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thank you for your response. We are really sorry that you had such a difficult night with mosquitos at our Hotel. We did definitely take responsibility for the fact that there were not enough clips to close the net properly. That oversight got taken care of immediately and according to your own response you were fine the rest of the time. For that reason we gave you a discount of $70 for the first night plus a free breakfast for 4 people the next morning.
Regarding the security of the upstairs room, we'd like to point out that the windows have wooden shutters and can be closed up. However we have never found it necessary to guard against theft from our own guests. This is an intimate and trusting environment.

Kind regards,
Ori Braun
owner of Amor de Mar
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Miami, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I have been visiting Montezuma, Costa Rica every year for more than a decade, and I have always enjoyed staying at Amor de Mar. The grounds and view are magnificent, the hotel is charming and comfortable, and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Recently, Ori (the owner) has made some major improvements, and rooms now have air conditioning and new bathrooms. They've even added a new mascot: Solin, the One-Eyed Wonder Dog.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Hotel Amor de Mar

Address: Apartado 24 Cobano, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Amor de Mar is located on the Pacific Ocean next to the river in Montezuma. Planted in a natural paradise, a few miles from the Cabo Blanco National Park. Our hotel offers 9 cozy and individually styled rooms and two beach villas, Casa Luna and Casa Sol, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. All the rooms have A/C, private bathroom with hot water and a some rooms have a mini fridge. The beach villas are fully equipped but NOT A/C. All the rooms and beach villas have a safe deposit box and WiFi is available in the hotel property. The hotel is within a five minute walk from the picturesque beach town of Montezuma at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, Central America. ... more   less 
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