Two friends and I (all in our early 20's) stayed here for a few nights while we were traveling in Costa Rica and overall we were pretty disappointed with our experience. We stayed in a private villa at the top of the hill which was absolutely beautiful: we had a full bathroom, kitchen, living room, patio with lounge chairs and a hammock, an upstairs with a double and single bed, and all of the windows (and walls basically) opened up to make it an open air villa, BUT, the negatives far outweighed the positives for us. Unfortunately, the front desk wasn't as enthusiastic and helpful as we'd hoped, especially compared to most of the other hotels / hostels we stayed at in Costa Rica which made it hard to organize surfing and get recommendations on where to eat, etc. You're also not allowed to bring guests up to your room or to the pool area, which I kind of understand, but it just hurts the hotel because it makes it strictly a place to hang out by yourself and with the people you're traveling with and not anybody you meet, which is one of the best parts of traveling. One other negatives is that we woke up after the first night with rows of bites all over ourselves despite using mosquito nets. Yup, bed bugs.
Ultimately this place is really nice and if I was traveling with a girlfriend I'd probably stay here (as long as there were no bed bugs) but if you're traveling with friends and like a social scene where you can meet people and party a bit, this isn't the place for you. It's very quiet and exclusive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel El Jardin is located in the center of Montezumaless than 100 meters from the beach.Its constructions are dispersed in various independent buildings, immersed in a exhuberating tropical garden,which is located on a hill, dominating the centre of Montezuma,with a breathless view of the ocean ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- El Jardin Hotel
- El Jardin Montezuma