Three friends and I stayed here for three nights at the end of a week long trip through Costa Rica and largely enjoyed our stay. I actually stayed in three different rooms all three nights, although this was due to personal choice and weird logistics rather than hotel errors. On the negative side, all the rooms, were small, basic, and on the hot side, although the hotel-provided oscillating fan did help matters. Two of the rooms had private bathrooms, and while they were cramped and didn't provide much separation between themselves and the bedroom, they were clean and worked fine. The whole time we were there I only ever saw one employee, who was a local woman working at the front desk. She was very nice, but spoke barely any English, so it took a while to communicate, but we eventually managed. Also, because I really needed to keep the windows open to get a breeze and cool the room down, the rooms I had right along the porch got a bit noisy at time from people checking in and out (one room had it's window right in front of the front desk) or hanging out on the patio. Overall though the place was pretty quiet, so it wasn't much of an issue. The curtains also don't provide much in the way of sunlight blocking, so I was awoken at sunrise, but even though I'm not a morning person, this was actually a welcome wakeup as it provided some beautiful scenery and good pictures.
On the positive side, the hotel has an Internet cafe with reasonable prices and is only a short walk along the beach or the road to town, or to the trailhead for the Montezuma Falls, which are really a must see (and a must jump) for anyone visiting the town. The real draw to the place though is the beachfront porch, which is probably only about 10 yards from the ocean at high tide, and maybe about 100 yards during low tide. While it's not a good area for swimming, it's very beautiful and peaceful and the many hammocks on both the top and bottom porches provide a great reading/sleeping/relaxation spot.
While I enjoyed my stay here, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone looking for a lot of creature comforts or privacy. But it is certainly clean and comfortable enough, so if you are looking for a cheap, relaxing place, in a good location, Hotel Lucy is probably for you. The one caveat I would include is that for whatever reason, the three days we were there it didn't seem to draw a particularly friendly or sociable crowd, so if you are a solo backpacker looking to meet others there may be better places. But this may have just been an anomaly or due to the fact that we were a group of four without a real need to meet anyone else.
- Also Known As:
- Lucy Hotel Montezuma