In 2002 it was cheap, maybe $12 per night. The owners were friendly - the husband showed me how to swim under waves, and their two sons showed us around Montezuma - the oldest taking us to the waterfall. They were visible, and socialized with us - it was a homey feeling. We brought in some "fresh meat" off the bus from San Jose, and they gave us beer for bringing in some revenue. It was a full house when I was there, and everyone bonded. We hung out on the patio every night together, went to the waterfall, restaurants, etc. I had one of the front rooms with 2 windows, so there was a nice breeze during the night. It was very clean when I stayed. There were some questionable places on my month long trip, but Hotel Lys was not one of them. A local woman was there every day cleaning - all day. The bathrooms and showers were spotless. Not sure what has happened since. Maybe new ownership? I have great memories of Hotel Lys, and I thought I should offer a positive take on the place. The beach is on the doorstep. As a backpacker in Costa Rica for a month, I enjoyed Hotel Lys. I even went back at the end of my trip because it's where I wanted to end my travels. Again, this was 2002. It's very possible that things have changed. It's just a shame they did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on Montezuma beach, with only a 25 meter walk to the water. Here you have the chance to walk out the door and watch the sunrise right over the ocean. You can play pool with your toes in the sand while getting to know unique individuals from all over the world and enjoying the natural beauty of this community. It is only a 50 meter walk from the only bus stop in the city, and only a 2 minute (100 m) walk to downtown, the famous waterfalls and Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve a short hike away. It has private rooms, a mixed dormitory and camping spaces. The environment is relaxed and friendly and our staff speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian. We also offer free Wi-Fi, kitchen, free parking and a lots of help with figuring out close excursions and taxis. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hostel Lys Hotel Montezuma