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“A bit out of town” 3 of 5 stars
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2.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   1.8 km north of Playa Montezuma, Montezuma 5361, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #8 of 14 Montezuma B&B and Inns
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“A bit out of town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The place was very peaceful and my husband enjoyed listening to the howlers and the birds in the area. The place is set up on a hill that is a bit out of town and not an easy walk especially back to the place since it is all up hill from the center of the village. If you are going to stay here a car really comes in hand or you might end up taking taxis that will add up. It will cost you about $6 one way to or back from town.

We stayed there for two nights on our recent stay to the area. We were also there at a very busy time over the holidays and there were really no places with vacancies. Upon arriving we were told that we were expected the day before and they did not have a room for us. The owner was upset that we had not shown up and she had given away our room. After she went back to check her email and confirmed the nights we were actually there on the correct day for our reservation but the room we reserved was no longer available. After some calls that there were no other places available in the area she moved her intern and made up a room for us for the couple of nights that we were there. This was very stressful and we were not sure what we were to do at that point. The room worked but the futon bed was not super comfortable that we were provided with and we had to walk to a shared bathroom.

It was cooler there at night due to the location and it all worked out but it did not start out great when we were accused of showing up the wrong day.

Room Tip: Consider having a car if you book this place.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Me and my girlfriend spent two weeks in Costa Rica in the summer of 2012 (the two last weeks of July). We started in Santa Elena coming in from Liberia airport and rented a truck to be able to move from one region to another on our own schedule. After spending 3 great days around the Cloud forest, zip lines and frog pound we left for Arenal and stayed at the lodge for 3 nights. We were lucky enough to have a glimpse of the entire volcano on our second afternoon coming back from the best hike of our trip, the cerro chato dead volcano.

We then took a five hour drive from Arenal to the national highway and then the ferry towards Montezuma. We were supposed to stay at Hotel Horizontes one night but once we got there we fell in love with the place! Also, in fact, we had planned to drive on the coast up to Playa Del Coco, where we stayed for our second week, but because of the rain in the mountains, it would have been too dangerous. It was destiny? We ended up staying three nights at Horizontes as the third one was free because of low season. We were actually the only guests in the hotel for our entire stay. This was extraordinary. The hotel is 5 minutes away from the village and the beach, the road is great and the location (romantic forest) is spectacular. We would hear howling monkeys during the night and in the late afternoons. He had a corner room with a huge balcony where we would read with a glass of south American wine (quite cheap in stores) before and after the beach. Talking of the beach, we just loved walking out there and spending time in the water. It is a perfect place to learn how to surf, something we did not do thow, just not enough time. By the way, put sun screen BEFORE leaving the room, I burned like crazy just walking on the beach towards our spot (there is a nice beach maybe 20 minutes away from the actual village). Funny thinking about it now... ! The restaurants were just spectacular ! The three you must try are: Lost cocolores, Playa de los Artistas (!!! Wow) and I think TIERRA Y FUEGO which was the furthest on top of the mountain (15 minute drive). These were the best places we ate this year, period ! We ate breakfast at the hotel (eggs, fruits, banana shakes) and everything was perfect.

Another cool place around Montezuma is Cabo Blanco the first natural reserve in Costa Rica. It is the place where we saw the most monkeys in our entire trip. Simply beautiful.

The tricky part was actually leaving this heaven. We followed quite ambitiously our GPS through an old national road that is now abandoned. We understood why as with the rains and all we hit some major bumps are cracks and finally got stuck… It took us about an hour and a half to get our wheel out of there and we were very lucky because it was blazing hot and we had barely enough water. We turned our truck around and took the safe way back, with the ferry and the national highway. We arrived massively late at the rental car place but we were safe! So there you have it. Keep it simple and enjoy !

I must thank Brigit for our stay !!! Your hotel was our highlight of our tripp. If you read this Brigit, I am sorry I took so long before writing this review but I think you will appreciate the fact that we did not forget you and I hope this review will bring many smiles and travellers to your hotel Horizontes, a place of dreams.

Mille mercis et au grand plaisir !

Jean-Philippe Gagnon

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Ardrishaig, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

A place of peace and tranquility just away from the hustle of the main resort.Very high standard and very clean.The slightly elevated location meant a little cooler and much more comfortable.The owner was exceptionally helpful.We were pleased we stayed here rather than the very dusty and sometimes noisy resort front.Lovely open air breakfast area with wonderful views.

Room Tip: All were wonderful with balcony and hammock.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Ardrishaig, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Hotel of exceptional high standards.Away from the noise and heat of the centre of the resort.A place to relax either on your personal balcony or by the pool.Much cooler on this hilltop,making the stay much more comfortable.There is a temptation to book a hotel near the beach but please accept our personal experience of staying here that you will enjoy a stay to remember for a very long time.The owner was the most helpful and caring person,it usually takes both sides to have a warm relationship,and we certainly found it to be so.Open air breakfast was wonderful.

Room Tip: All are wonderful with balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Smithfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Great place to stay outside Montezuma on a hilltop. We stayed on the 2nd floor with a corner balcony and nice view of the surrounding area in January. The inner atrium with a large skylight makes the entire place bright and cheery. Birgit and Miriam were always attentive and Miriam provided great advice on things to do in the area, places to see, and restaurant recommendations. The morning breakfast is a la carte with the fresh fruit and yogurt our personal favorite. A fridge is provided in the sitting/breakfast area for all to use while you’re there. Pool area is large with comfortable lawn chairs surrounding the pool. If you drive there which we’d recommend since it’s a bit far to walk to town, you’ll need a 4WD to make it up the steep driveway to the hotel.

  • Stayed January 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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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Thanks to Birgit and Mirjam we had a great time. Birgit needs two minutes to get to know you after that she is very friendly and answers all your questions! You can keep your own food / drinks in a central fridge. Have your own breakfast and drinks and / or enjoy the breakfast with the ladies! The rooms are very comfortable, nice and clean, good balcony with hammock and chair. Wifi everywhere, all was good. Only thing is the road that your can hear every now and than. Otherwise 5 stars!

Room Tip: When making reservation ask for a room on the other side than the road side!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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East Dorset, Vermont
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

When we first arrived we did not feel welcomed at all. The owner was smoking cigarettes as she was checking us in. We would not have stayed if it wasn't so late at night. It seemed like she just didn't care, and did not like people. Breakfast was not included which was strange. We have traveled all over the world and breakfast is usually included at Bed and Breakfasts. She also told us that she did not accept credit cards. The play was very overpriced for what you get.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1.8 km north of Playa Montezuma, Montezuma 5361, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel Horizontes de Montezuma 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful and quiet uphill retreat hotel with 7 comfortable rooms with private bath and private balcony from where you can watch the incredible wildlife in the private jungle and botanical gardens or just relax in the hammock. Swimming pool with a great chill-out area around it. High-quality breakfast with homemade German-style wholewheat bread, homemade jams, organic fruit juices and much more. Best personal attention by the owner and her staff. ... more   less 

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