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Montana Linda Hostel
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Reviewed February 26, 2009

I stayed here for 6 nights with my husband and our 2 sons (aged 9 and 6). We had a family room at the guesthouse and my sons and I took Spanish classes for 5 days.

The accommodation was basic with no hot water (just tepid) and some bugs (what do you expect?). The top bunk bed was unusable really as it had no side bars and I daren't let either son sleep up there. We're not wimps at all so I guess the average family would be in agreement. they shared the bottom bunk so we used the top one to store our clothes - which was handy as there really was nowhere else to put things.

Orosi was great and defiinitely a "real" experience. Quite noisy (dogs, cars, cockerels) in the night / morning.

The Montana Linda school was great, with one-to-one tuition. Margoth, my teacher, was wonderful and very flexible and knowledgeable.

It was fantastic to walk around the town and find that EVERYONE wished you a "Buenos Dias" and there was generally a very friendly feel to the place.

I can see the benefits of this accommodation for budget purposes. I must admit, though, that if I return to Orosi (a definite possibility!) I will probably opt for the more plush hotel on the hill and come to the OTIAC just for the lessons.

But I have overall very good memories of the place.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank JennyDHuddersfield
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Reviewed October 9, 2008

We stayed at the Montana Linda guesthouse. Looking back, we would probably stay in the hostel if we returned, despite the lack of private bathrooms there. The guesthouse was very nice, with use of the shared kitchen included. The room upstairs for two of us had a double bed and a set of bunkbeds. We had a slight ant problem in the bathroom and on the bunkbeds, but the ML staff was quick to help us solve that. The bathroom was cleaned daily. Every morning we had a breakfast at the school's restaurant. It was delicious and included a casado, the typical Costa Rican meal. The hostel had some group activities for all Montana Linda visitors, so we met people staying there and people doing homestays. They opened up the hostel hot tub, which was very fun to jump in. The hostel and school staff were fabulous. They could recommend movie theaters, bus routes, food, hiking paths, anything you wanted. I hope to return to ML sometime soon!

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled with family
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3  Thank porkchop1496
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Reviewed March 2, 2008

We wanted to preview the language school for our eventual move to Costa Rica. They arranged pickup at the airport for us by the excellent Luis, a local driver. The Montana Linda is located in the ridiculously lovely Orosi Valley. The town of Orosi is the "real" Costa Rica with very few expat citizens. We stayed at the Guest House and had a very nice simple room with an ample bathroom and (Costa Rican style) hot water. This was an absolutely outstanding value at $25.00 per night and included the use of a communal living area and kitchen. The language school is an amazing value. One-on-one instruction is in small classrooms that open onto a lovely tropical courtyard. Three hours of private instruction daily begins at $85.00/week. Great instructors can work at any level you need. The Otiac offers reasonable breakfast, lunch and snacks. We walked to the hot springs next to the river one day (about four km.) and the very old church in the town center is quite lovely. There is also a hostel in a different structure with daily rates beginning at $6.50. This is just an exceptional value.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank Original Big Red
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Reviewed April 21, 2007

We chose the Montana Linda Language School for its location (central valley, easy access, and safe) and its value for the money.

My 12 year old son and I each had private tutors for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week. During the Semana Santa they made efforts to give us extra classes for the days the school was closed (Thursday and Good Friday).

On the first day you are given a workbook and you show your teacher about what level you are at in the book. The instruction is then tailored to your needs. The teachers are flexible. My 12 year old son had a teacher who worked with him on flashcards and played with building blocks.

There are three shifts 8-11 am, 12-3, and 3-6. We were assigned to 3-6 pm which worked wells so we had most of the day to explore and take day trips. It was possible to meet other students during the overlap times, but I would have enjoyed more time to interact with other students.

The front desk staff were extremely helpful with local information, arranging tours, helping when problems arose (I had trouble with my ATM card at the bank). I would have liked it if my e-mails were answered a little faster when I was trying to arrange the trip.

There is a cafe-style restaurant at the school, which was convenient, especially at first when you don't know where or what you want to eat.

The school does not offer internet access, but there is an internet cafe about 2 blocks away which is inexpensive and convenient.

We chose the family homestay. We were placed with a family that had several boys, which was very helpful with my son. I am almost hesitant to say that our accommodations were a little less than expected-- We still had a great time, but the beds were uncomfortable and scratchy. I kept having bites on my legs in the morning. I kept thinking it would be nice to have lawn chairs to sit out in front of the house like everyone else does--to study or to read--but there seemed to be no extra chairs. The family was very welcoming and very accommodating to our diets and needs. But it was a little overwhelming to be included in the greater family festivities on Good Friday and Easter because of our limited Spanish and uncertain palates. On the other hand, I suppose it would have been rude NOT to invite us, so we all did our best.

We all shared a bath; there was really no conflict because most of the family members got up and left for school or work before dawn. The shower was "heated" by one of those external electric heaters, but you could not run much water through it. The open wiring in the shower scared me.

Our routine became having breakfast around 7 am (rice, beans, fruit, scrambled eggs, cornflakes for my son); leave house to study at the school, or pack some bread and cheese and take a day trip somewhere, then return to school for class at 3 pm. After class, dinner at 6:30 (rice, beans, vegetable, chicken or soup), and then usually study and sleep. Usually we were exhausted. Later in the trip, when we were more rested and comfortable, we stayed up a little later and visited with our family and their relatives.

Overall, I would go to this school again and I would recommend it for someone who really wants to blend in with the locals and feel part of a community. It is easy to feel like you really live there. Relatives kept coming up to me on the street and reminding me that I had met them last Tuesday. It was great to relax into the easy daily rhythm of life in Orosi.

10  Thank Heather M
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Stayed: April 2018, traveled with family
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