When in Costa Rica traveling with a group of twenty-something friends, we came across a review in Lonely Planet for Hostel Lys. The review was good, the price ok ($20 a night for a double, with the bathroom down the hall) and the location (literally step out on to the beach) was awesome. We were traveling backpack style so this place seemed up our alley. However, once we got there we quickly realized what a mistake we had made. Nothing was clean. The rooms were dark, dank and full of spider webs, bugs, and sand that hadn't been swept out with the previous tenant. I actually sat down on the bed only to see a spider crawl out of a hole in my mattress. The bathrooms down the hall were so small (I'm 5'9 and could barely fit my legs to sit on the toilet) and dirty. The shower I was in drained into the shower next to me and the swarm of mosquitoes showering with me were not endearing. Bring your own hand soap here, none was provided.
To be fair, the beach outside of Hostel Lys was beautiful and right out your door, and the guy working there was very nice and helpful, but the night of sleeping on a bed where I could count each wooden slat holding me up and was worried spiders would crawl into my mouth was not worth it.
Only if you like staying in a shack would Hostel Lys be right for you. We have taken to calling it "Hostel Lice" and ran far away after 1 night there. I cannot stress enough that for people who are used to roughing it, this was over the edge for us.
- 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