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“In my opinion the nicest hostel location in Montezuma” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel

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Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel
Ranked #1 of 17 Montezuma B&B and Inns
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“In my opinion the nicest hostel location in Montezuma”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Finding this place was like hitting a jackpot. As a nature lover I was impressed by the location of the hostel. It's in the middle of the forrest but still very close to the town of Montezuma (maybe 100m). Abbie the owner and her boyfriend Yonni were really friendly and helpful so was the rest of the staff. I slept in a 4 bed dorm which was a bit small but since I only used it to sleep I didn't really care about it. From the balcony on the 1st floor you can relax, read a book from hostel's library or just observe the wildlife. There are groups of white faced monkeys, howler monkey families, curious white-throated magpie-jay birds, iguanas etc.. Every morning we got a really good breakfast which is prepared with love by two friendly ladies. At the reception they sell two kinds of local beer (brewed in Montezuma) which every beer lover HAS TO try. The property also offers a luxury dorm and cabins. At night there is a security guard watching the property and you can also get a free locker (deposit 20$ which you get back when you return your key) so the security is very well taken care of. I have promised the staff to come back :).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

Great value for money especially with breakfast included, all the staff were very welcoming and enjoyed speaking with backpackers. Nice hostel with a good location. Small rooms and cold shower and a lot of bugs, and even saw a rat in my room one night which was horrible!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I stayed here in January with my boyfriend for 5 nights and it was the highlight of our trip! We woke up the first morning to howler monkeys banging on the roofs and climbing in the trees just outside of the balcony... While the dorms were small, we experienced just about all Costa Rica has to offer staying here... Friendly and interesting people, great food and the place was just a 3 minute walk away from the town and the beach while being secluded in the jungle... We got the best of both worlds! We were woken up in the morning to people talking on the balcony, but that was just part of the experience. We thought we wanted to stay somewhere on the beach but we ended up absolutely loving being able to escape to this little home in the jungle after long days at the beach and in town. The breakfast was wonderful and the coffee was delicious, and we met some great people too! This experience was the epitome of what I was hoping for when I planned my three week backpacking trip through Costa Rica, and Montezuma was my favorite stop of the whole trip!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I stayed here earlier this month with three friends and had a really positive experience. The staff are all super helpful and Abby (the owner) went out of her way to make our stay extra enjoyable and even gave us a ride to where we needed to go at the end of our stay because she happened to be going to the same place! The rooms are all really clean and the free breakfast is amazing. I would definitely recommend this place to fellow travelers!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed here for three nights. We were in a dorm with six beds. The room was full the first night and then it was just the two of us for the remainder. It was spacious enough. They provided cubby holes, fans and lamps for each bed. The room had a balcony that you could sit on and listen to the monkeys howl at each other or look at the iguanas roaming around.
We had a shower and toilet dedicated to our dorm which was really nice. It also had warm water if you needed it.
The breakfast was one of my favorite things about this place. You simply go down and tell the woman you would like the breakfast and she makes you eggs, beans and rice, toast and a piece of fruit. It was perfect! The communal kitchen is nice and they have a huge fridge for everyone to shower.
Luz is a 5 minute walk from the center of town, 15 minutes from the waterfalls and 20 minutes from Playa Grande. We thought the location was perfect.
The staff was super friendly and helpful in finding everything around town. I would definitely return here!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Very nice place to stay! Good breakfast included in the price!
Staff very helpful and nice setup on a hill right in the middle of nature and yet only a 5 minutes walk from the beach! Would definitely go back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Drmaxlav
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Adelaide
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

I'll make this simple:
PROS: great breakfast and coffee in the morning, staff happy to help book tours or recommend things to do, surrounded by great wildlife, clean bathrooms
CONS: tiny tiny TINY dorm rooms -- could not believe they expected 4 people to fit in there comfortably with their backpacks. huge tears in the screen mean not only bugs could get in but practically any creature that wanted to (please know that i am not a snobby, scared of bugs person ... but a completely open screen in the jungle is a different thing!) the bathrooms were clean, but the one upstairs had no water which meant every single person in the hostel needed to use the downstairs one (this meant there was a LONG line for the shower and if you needed just to use the bathroom you were out of luck...) lastly, the hostel is a steep hike up a hill which doesn't even offer a nice view or anything, so it is seemingly pointless.
overall, not very highly recommended... i'd look for a place closer to the beach if i were to return

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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luzenelcielocr, Owner at Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay as much as most guests do. It is too bad that whenever there is a small problem, we hear about it on TripAdvisor. We wish this was a better, more accurate sample of the general experience at Luz en el Cielo. Either way we do appreciate feedback. Please do not forget to let the hotel know about the issues you have while you are staying. There are many things that we can do to help you in the moment, instead of waiting to write a review to voice your opinion.

We are very sorry a board in your bed broke. This happens sometimes, as the beds are bunk beds and many people, shapes and sizes sleep in them. We do our best to maintain, however one board breaking is an easy fix, which was personally fixed by me, in about five minutes.

The hostel was at maximum capacity when you visited, for it was Semana Santa, the busiest week of the entire year. We would like to apologize for noisy guests, but after all we are a hostel and there is only so much that we can do without preventing the experience for other guests from having a good time. We do have quite hours from 10:30 pm to 8:00 am, which we enforce.

We are located about 100 meters up the hill from the Montezuma's town center. We are away from the beach, where it is quieter and safer! We have amazing wildlife at Luz and this is what makes the small trek up the hill worth every step.
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Property: Luz en el Cielo Eco-B&B/Hostel
Address: 50 metros antes del centro de Montezuma, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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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