Having consulted Trip Advisor, we decided that this was the place to stay in Montezuma.
We had two beds in the cabin, that is apparently not quite finished yet. I realize that profits are everything but it would have been better to finish construction before packing it with bunks. The windows were without bars or screens so they could not be opened unless you wanted the room even more full of mosquitos and all of your stuff stolen. This wasn't so bad in itself, but the lack of a fan was inexcusable. When it's 30*C out and humid and the bunks are so close together that you can't sit on the edge of one without your knees touching the adjacent one, sleeping is difficult. To make things worse, the neighbours have two dogs, one large and one small that bark all night without so much as a rest. Earplugs do nothing for barking. I realize that this has nothing to do with the actual hostel but it is something that you should consider.
There were only two keys for the 8 bed cabin. I'm no math expert but I believe that 6 more are actually necessary. This means that you must track down a staff member or the security guard every time you want in. Or, just leave the cabin open to theft as was often the case.
The free breakfast is a small pile of beans and rice (you will be very tired of this by now if you've been in Costa Rica for more than a week), a single slice of toast and a banana. Bananas are about seven cents American each while a slice of toast works out to be about ten cents. The price of the rice and beans works out to be negligible when the quantity purchased is large -- maybe five cents a piece? So, for your $3-5 extra, you get a twenty-five cent breakfast. After staying at a number of hostels that include breakfast, we expected the standard "tea/coffee with unlimited toast and fruit," which is also a healthy breakfast.
One of the nice features of the cabin is that it has running water, as was shown to us when we checked in. It even has a bathroom outside the door. Unfortunantly the water is turned off every night, so once whatever is in the lines is gone, that's it. There's nothing as nice as starting your day with half a shower and then having to wait for a different shower to rinse off the soap, before you have some dry, flavourless rice and beans for breakfast. It wouldn't be so bad if you'd been able to sleep through the stifling heat in the dead calm with two dogs barking close-by the night before.
We changed hostels to one that offered a private double with private bath for less than the cost of the dorm. The room was even cleaned daily.
Luz en el Cielo does have potential. If the cabin were modified to have some type of airflow, whether it be windows that can be opened or even a fan, it would be a lot better. As for the dogs, maybe an arrangement can be reached with their owners or something. All of Central America has barking dogs at night, but none matched the consistency and volume of these two that actually sounded like they were coming from a nearby accomodation. More breakfast should be available, perhaps even a bit of variety. Bananas may be the cheapest fruit but there are others that aren't far off. If the water must be turned off nightly, at least inform people. Mosquito nets are necessary when staying in the cabin (a staff member suggested we wear repellent to bed AND get a net). It feels like a rip-off to have to pay extra for them.
The staff are friendly and helpful, even if they are high all the time. The kitchen is nice, open and clean, as is the common area. There are monkeys in the trees that you don't see if you stay in town. I can't speak for the main accomodation area, as it may not share the problems that plague the cabin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wake up to the sounds of the jungle. Luz en el Cielo B&B/Hostel is located just out of Montezuma's town center. Montezuma is a small beach town with a huge heart and a lot of charm. This newly renovated, classy hostel is great for budget travels, families and couples. We currently have three dorm rooms in the main lodge, one dorm cabina with it's own balcony and bathroom, each equipped with new mattress, sheets and furnishings. We also have newly built private cabinas as of January 2012. Enjoy using our wireless internet, communal kitchen and lounge. Breakfast is included with every stay, as well as coffee all day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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