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“Friendly, informal + howler monkeys” 5 of 5 stars
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Mariposario Montezuma Gardens
Upper Montezuma waterfall trail, Montezuma 2642-1317, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #5 of 15 Montezuma B&B and Inns
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Garden Bay, Canada
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5 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Friendly, informal + howler monkeys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I just spent six nights in Montezuma and were so glad we chose the Mariposario. The staff were cheerful and accommodating, and the breakfasts varied throughout the week, always served with fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juice. We had the Caligo room, which looked out onto the jungle where howler monkeys prowled through almost every day -- we loved hearing the bellowing howls and watching the mums carrying their babies on their backs. One day a tribe of capuchins passed through, too, which was fun. All of these photos here were taken from the balcony. We generally walked down to the town and took a taxi back up the hill; we did the walk once, in the heat of the day and carrying groceries, and decided once was enough! The staff even invited us to join them in karaoke on Friday evening -- all good!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Edmond
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Saw monkeys on the way up the hill to this place. Better have a car- the hike up and down the hill would be brutal if it was your only way to town. Outside the hustle and bustle of town so very quiet. Had private trail to waterfalls and a butterfly garden.

Over all OK for $45. Room was clean, but basic. Bathroom could have been better. AC was a MUST have in Montezuma and the wall unit worked to cool things off quickly. Staff seemed like a younger college crowd that liked to party, although noise was never a problem during our stay. Decent place for the price overall. Simple breakfast consisting of rice/beans/eggs/slice of cheese/fruit.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fredericton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This was the last stop on our two week trip around Costa Rica and we were excited due to the great reviews. In all honesty it just felt about average and was not one of our favorite stops even though it was one of the most expensive places we stayed. It is quite a piece from the "main drag" and beach area, easy enough to walk down (though still a crazy hill) but not really what I would call walking distance on your way back up. I read this before but thought since I am an active person we would have no problem walking it and would even welcome the exercise since we were on vacation from the gym. Truth is, in that heat with a few bags of groceries/souvenirs/beach stuff we didn't even try once. So we were left searching for a cab to take us up every day (sometimes a few times a day) which wasn't overly expensive but it is important to note that we were told there were only a few cabs for the whole area, so they're not always available. The room itself (Morpho) was really tiny, and the balcony wasn't really the right size to be able to sit out on. We kind of felt like we were intruding on a group of friends as there were always staff hanging around. This was by no means a bad experience, I just think if we were to stay in Montezuma again we would look for somewhere in town (which also seemed to be quite a bit cheaper). We would have enjoyed being closer to the beaches.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Round Rock, Texas
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My son and I stayed one night. The price was reasonable and the accommodations simple, but comfortable. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Took the hike to the waterfall. Meant to go to the upper (which might have been easier), but instead accidentally went to the lower one. That one was a pretty tough hike (very steep). I wouldn't recommend that one for everyone. I wish someone would mark the trails. Wifi was good and the breakfast delicious.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Mariposario was a beautiful place to stay. Located about 15 minutes walk up the hill from central Montezuma, one side is surrounded by trees and is very quiet. The breakfast was fantastic, as was the service. We had laundry done and it was returned promptly and beautifully. The room was also clean and the fittings and furniture were great. The only thing about the location is that the walk up the hill is quite steep - doing it with all our luggage was exhausting! But as others have said I believe it is relatively cheap to take a taxi. Overall, staying there was a fantastic experience!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

This B&B is set up the hill outside Montezuma and a good choice if you want somewhere more quiet. This was the first place we stayed on the Nicoya Peninsula and it didn't take long to get into the rhythm of Tico time. Breakfasts were brilliant, set on the veranda surrounded by the howler monkey chorus and plentiful hot coffee. Rooms are a good size, with hot shower. Ryan the owner is lovely and the staff friendly and efficient.

It is in a good location, with nice gardens to explore (watch out for tarantulas!) and a trail to scramble down to the waterfalls. Warning - the road down into Montezuma is STEEP and if you decide to walk it is a challenge to the knees on the way down and the lungs on the way up!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Brampton, Canada
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25 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Montezuma Gardens is located in a quiet area just outside of town. It is about a 15 min walk to the upper waterfall and you don't have to hike up the hill to go there since the trail starts at the Mariposario. I walked up and down the hill every day and never ended up taking a taxi. I hiked 10 km in Cabo Blanco one day and then back up the hill. The staff ordered delivery pizza for me that night! They are very good to book tours if you want. The rooms are all very nice and air conditioned with ensuite. The showers have North American style taps which was nice. The breakfast was very good every day and there was a good variety of food served. Ryan and the staff were very friendly and I felt at home there.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Upper Montezuma waterfall trail, Montezuma 2642-1317, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #5 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Montezuma
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Number of rooms: 4
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Welcome to Mariposario Montezuma Gardens, your Costa Rican bed and breakfast. Come visit our jungle-butterfly-garden by the sea. Once you arrive, your concept of time will vanish! ... more   less 
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