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“Great value in an amazing environment” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Luz de Mono
Behind the Church, Montezuma 000123, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great value in an amazing environment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

The amazing lush forest garden surrounding this hotel is full of interesting wildlife - no need to go to Manuel Antonio! Perfectly located at the end of the commercial area but still very near the beach, Luz de Mono offers a tranquil paradise with friendly and helpful hosts.

We had an upper storey room, and particularly enjoyed the huge screened windows which afforded a great view of the local capuchin monkeys , and a cooling ocean breeze in the mornings.

The grassed pool area with ocean view was much appreciated, as the ocean can be rough here.

Breakfast was generous, with some selection possible. Entertainment was provided by the magpie jays.....

Some aspects are on the basic side (e.g. Bedding, lounge chairs), but overall this is excellent value for a tropical experience.

Their website doesn't really do justice to this property.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I cannot say enough great things about this place. The hotel is beautiful, the owners and the staff are the friendliest people in Montezuma, and the free breakfast is delicious! The wildlife that surrounds this place is quite amazing too. We saw howler monkeys every day, either right outside our window, or just walking out of our room! The property is a two minute walk to the beach. The rooms are clean and spacious. I would suggest getting the second floor room. (Better breeze, more privacy)

The hotel also does an outdoor dinner Thursday-Saturday. It's a little pricey, but totally worth it. Ernesto is the server and is charming, funny, and fast. The food is fantastic. We got a GIGANTIC Lobster (literally the biggest lobster I've ever seen) and a whole fish cooked in banana leaves. Both were cooked to perfection and delicious. Along with 4 drinks and an appetizer, we spent about $84 USD (Including partial tip), so overall very reasonable, especially for the quality.

I feel like any negative reviews about this place could only possibly come from complete divas who don't like nature and who never stayed outside of an "all inclusive" or a chain hotel. We will definitely be back!!

Room Tip: Room 10. Upper rooms get more breeze/privacy. Fell asleep to ocean waves every night, woke up to How...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

Not a 5 star but the friendly staff, free breaky, awesome assortment of birds, monkeys lizards and clean pool, more than make up for it. Rooms basic but clean and beds are pretty good. Fall asleep every night to the crashing surf and awaken to birds howler monkeys and crickets. Will definitely return. Ample parking and walking distance to all.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

More of a hostel feel instead of b&b. great view from the pool and the gardens and paths are beauitful! Came very close to a lot of monkeys! Which was great. But I did see a huge spider and lizard on the ceiling as I was sleeping and it terrified me! Gross! That was the only downside!!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We had a fabulous three night stay here. Room was spacious and clean. Pool area is lovely. Monkeys, squirrels, geckos and loads of birdlife in the grounds. We had been concerned about the lack of air conditioning but this was no problem at all as the rooms were breezy and the ceiling fans very effective. Staff were really friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Only a two minute walk into the centre of the town. A big thank you to Lora who runs the hotel for making us so welcome. Oona & David.

  • 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We felt very welcome here, there staff were very kind & friendly . Thank you Rosio & Laura you made our stay special. The hotel is right by the beach the sound of the waves Lulls you to sleep at night and the birds & oceaan wake you in the morning. Right in town but the thick jungle gardens full of monkeys & birds keep the noise out. Lovely jungle graden full of Howler monkeys and white facet cappuchins. Lots of birds and plants. Monkeys Greet you at breakfast and Laura gives you Bananas to feed them. We had a delux room which was great for the price plenty of room , good sized bathroom with powerful shower and plenty of hot water. good breakfast choice so something different everyday. We had really good and One really bad experiences with hotels in Costa Rica but we would certainly recommend Luz de Mono to everyone who wants a pleasant comfortabel stay in Montezuma for a good price.

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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

In Montezuma you want to be close to the beach and the small town (actually, about one block) where the restaurants, shops and street crafts vendors are. Luz de Mono is right next to all that, but its surrounding thick jungle garden isolates it from the noise and the hassle. All you hear from your room are the birds and the waves (plus the occasional motorcycle, of course). No restaurant service is offered now, except for breakfast, when white-faced monkeys and magpies actually stop by the tables. The place needs some maintenance, but everything basically works.

Room Tip: Ask for a second floor room. They have high ceilings, better ventilation and view,
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Luz de Mono

Address: Behind the Church, Montezuma 000123, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
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