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“Fabulous hotel in beautiful surroundings.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Nature Lodge Finca los Caballos

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Nature Lodge Finca los Caballos
Main Rd. | 3 km before Montezuma on the road from Cobano, Montezuma, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #9 of 19 hotels in Montezuma
London, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fabulous hotel in beautiful surroundings.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2011

My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of staying two nights in the Finca los Caballos as part of a driving tour of Costa Rica. We arrived quite late due to a bit of a nightmarish drive in the dark from Playa Potrero - fortunately reception was still staffed and we were directed to a simple yet smart cabin close to the main reception and pool area. The room featuted two queen sized beds with a large en suite and wet shower room. Staff were very helpful and were able to assist us with getting taxis into town as the hotel is situated a reasonable distance from Montezuma itself (note - you should try to pre-book travel back as we had to rely on lifts back from the locals as there were no taxis to be found after a late night at Chicos bar - lovely people). Rooms were functional and the pool area is intimate and smart, we had an enjoyable couple of sundowners while taking in the beautiful surroundings which was great. The hotel was part of Costa Rica Tours flexi drive package (excellent, see separate comments) so I can't really comment on value for money. All in all I would definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2011

Most expensive yet disappointing hotel on our trip, and it's a shame because it's all because of the manager's bad manners and terrible welcome. As we arrived at the hotel around noon, the manager, Usch, was sitting at the desk and looking at us without even saying a simple "hello". We told her that we have a reservation for one night and she coldly answered "no"... okay... we said that we already paid for one night (the hotel asks for credit card number for down payment), and again she just bluntly looked at us and said "no". That's it. Still, we asked her nicely to look in her books again and wow, amazing, turns out we do have reservations...

This horrible horrible welcome continued as our friends asked for a room with an outdoor shower but were given the wrong one at first and eventually asked to downgrade to a simple room because this place wasn't worth the price of 165 dollars. The hotel is also supposed to be a horse farm but we were never told about any possible activities and had to find out by ourselves that if you want to eat at the hotel restaurant, reservations must be made in advance.

But wait that not all! Breakfast was great and everything but we were so angry to find the manger SMOKING around the buffet and dining area. It's a NATURE LODGE!! We understand that Costa Rica has no smoking rules, but really? The manager smoking in the breakfast area??

Check out was 12 and we asked a nice lady at reception (thank god there was one nice lady there...) if we can check out at 12:30 because we wanted to go down to the beach and have a shower before we leave. She said sure, no one stayed in our rooms for that night to come, and just before we were about to leave she came back and guess what? The lovely manager, again in a wonderful hospitable gesture, decided that we can't stay. We spend sooo much money at the hotel with the expensive dinner and wine and all and Usch couldn't give us 30 extra minutes, in a empty hotel, after they already said yes.

And even after we packed and ready to have some fun, we couldn't even use the hotel safe because only Usch had the combination and she left the hotel, so we had to take our passports and money down to the beach. Do you think you can relax after this experience?

Bottom line, this was by far the most expensive yet so disappointing hotel we stayed in during our trip. Again, the place is lovely and the pool charming and dinner was great but when you don't even get a welcome or hello and feel like you are a burden - it's just impossible to relax. And that's why we came to Costa Rica in the first place. So do yourself a favor, either come prepared to get the worst welcome ever and just ignore it, or pick another place that will be worth your money.

You know what forget it - just pick a different place.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2011

Went did a round trip in Costa Rica in january for three weeks. When we arrived to Montezuma, we just find the lodge on the road. We are a familly of 5 so its difficult sometimes to find a frendly place that will take care or us. So, we find in the Nature Lodge a really clean place, with nice decorated rooms in the middle of the jungle. If you get there in couple, its agreat place to be, very romantic. Also we speacialy liked the atmosphere on the terrasse so nice and the food was good. For lunch everything is home made. A great place to spent few days. Infortunatly, we had to quit after two night because we didn't reserved. So without any doudt I will recommand this lovely hotel. A special mention to the nice woman from Los Angels who work there, she was really kind and "serviable" we say in french.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2011

We were worried at first because in the Fodor's travel guid, Finca Los Caballos did get an ok review, but the location is supposed to be bad. Which is not true!! It's in the middle of nature, away from busy Motezuma! It was very relaxing and everything is made/ designed with a lot of detail and thought. We heard Howler monkeys every day, visited the horses, enjoyed the great view at breakfast and had fun in the pool. Dinner was amazing. All in all we had a great time. It didn't bother us that there was no AC in rooms, but they do have big fans which work just as good.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2010

This little gem is a beautiful place with excellent staff and service. We had a great stay, relaxing and felt well cared for by the attentive staff. Thanks!

  • Stayed December 2010, 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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Naples, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2010

I did a lot of research on Trip Advisor looking for a hotel near Montezuma for 3 nights of our honeymoon in late Nov., early Dec. 2010. We had settled on another one (Casitas Sollevante), but they wanted a wire transfer to keep a reservation and I had trouble doing it, so we decided on Nature Lodge instead.

The night we arrived we weren't sure of the place. The road is unpaved and remote, the light on the walkway to our room wasn't working and when we saw our room it was beautiful, but very stuffy from being closed up without the fan. We opened all the windows, turned on the fan and headed to Montezuma for dinner. When we got back, the room was much more aired out and comfortable. Not having AC turned out not to be a problem because it cooled down significantly at night, one night we even used the blanket. There were a few times in the afternoon when we probably would have turned it on if it had been available, though.

The room, a superior pacific room, was very beautiful and tastefully decorated. The king sized bed was comfortable, the floors made from unique stones and the furniture made from beautiful wood. The view of the ocean wasn't great, as it's pretty far away, but that didn't bother us as we spent our days close to the ocean.

The main building has an open porch area with a small swimming pool and outside tables. Breakfast is included, and was a small buffet and a special of the day each day that the lady cooking will offer you. The specials were delicious -- one day it was crepes, another scrambled eggs with cheese. That's where you can access the internet.

Our favorite thing about the hotel was its peace and quiet and the animals we saw around it. We saw both howler and cara blanca monkeys and iguanas. It also has beautiful landscaping. It was nice to visit Montezuma, but we were glad we stayed outside of the town.

The hotel is in close proximity to the town by car, but I don't think you'd want to walk if you don't have a rental car. It's an unlit country road.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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München, Deutschland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2010

...after being on the Hawaiian Islands for 6 weeks (got very spoiled there) a bunch of friends got together in Costa Rica for 2 weeks of just relaxing and a very good time!

The location of the hotel is just minutes away from Montezuma (very cute little town, perfect for dinners and little activities, bars, convenient to take boat trips) yet the hotel is away from every huzzle, quietly located in a tropical forest. (you will hear and see the monkeys)
2 or 3 room units, kinda like little villas, wonderfully designed and furnished made it just so pleasant. ( I'm not much of a morning person, but I always got up very early in the morning, just to see the sunrise, to see and hear the awakening day from our terrace! of course with a cup of delicious coffee - made from the coffeemaker provided in the room) also loved the additional shower outside!
Breakfast: the staff is very-very friendly, they will fix you everything possible extra to the rich breakfast buffet!
Again, surrounded by the lush tropic ambiance, feeling how the sun gets stronger, sitting at the common terrace for breakfast, what a perfect start for every day!

my friends were very pleased with the spa treatments, the pool, I much rather enjoyed horse back riding a lot!!!
even for unexperienced people, it's easy to handle the horses, a professional guide (he made us always feel safe, very friendly, a real pro with the horses!) will be with you to show you the trails to a hidden waterfall (with a natural pool for swimming) or riding along the beach..... very romantic!
Dinner: very tasteful local cuisine, the chef is an expert (and a good singer!) they also will fulfill special requests, you have to let them know in the morning and they will do their best to provide your wishes! A nice selection of wines completes the dinner.

overall: a very friendly, helpful staff, everybody there is really trying to make your stay as enjoyable as possible!

I really liked the tasteful design of the whole complex, nothing is overdone, just right!
I recommend this hotel for a relaxing vacation, with some activities if you decide, perfect for couples or a bunch of friends!
Helmut M. Hamberger, Munich, Germany

  • Stayed February 2010, 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 Nature Lodge Finca los Caballos

Address: Main Rd. | 3 km before Montezuma on the road from Cobano, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 19 hotels in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finca los Caballos - Hotel, Horseback Riding & Wellness - is a delightful nature lodge with only 12 rooms to offer personal service, privacy and tranquility. Inspired by our vibrant natural setting the finca is designed and built with beautiful local woods, stone using local artists and furniture makers to create a relaxed, romantic and barefoot elegant atmosphere. Reception desk staffed around the clock. ... more   less 
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Nature Lodge Finca Los Caballos Hotel Montezuma

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