My girlfriend and I arrived at Hotel El Tajalin and were excited by the location...it is on a small hill about a block from the center of town in Montezuma...secluded enough and yet near the action.
Our excitement turned to dismay when we checked in- the desk clerk tried to bill us the cost for a 6 night stay when in fact we were only staying for 4 nights...with the Colones conversion this wasn't the easiest thing to figure out. Once we figured it out, he informed us that if we wanted to use a credit card, there would be a 7% extra charge above our negotiated room rate. This wouldn't be a problem if we knew beforehand (we would have brought more cash) or if the only ATM in town actually worked. For the credit card, they also used a Colones conversion rate that favored them by over 5%.
The advertised "hot water" sort of worked. It got warm for a minute or two and then we had to reset the circut breaker (by the second day I knew where the circut breaker was and would just go out of my room in a towel to reset it). It is also pretty hot and humid outside so you don't necessarily need hot water.
Overall, the hotel was in a great location within the town of Montezuma and if you bring cash (colones) and don't need hot water, it is a good lower cost option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A friendly hotel just a few steps from the beach with a/c, WiFi, wood floors, free coffee and a big common area with Tv/Dvd. All major cards accepted. A good choice if you want to stay amid the hustle and bustle of Montezuma. ... more less
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