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“Loved everything about it”
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Hotel Amor de Mar
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Montezuma
Certificate of Excellence
Norfolk VA
1 review
“Loved everything about it”
Reviewed June 17, 2007

Checked in after closing on Thursday June 14, the desk was closed and the Security Guard Alfredo was helpful in getting us in our room. We checked in the next morning. breakfast was bountiful, the fresh fruit and yogurt was wonderful as well as the banana pancakes. The property was laid back spotless and I cant say enough good things about it. Would go back tomorrow if I could.

Montezuma is a laid back peaceloving hippie village, dont expect a glamorous resort city. The beer is cold and cheap and the food good.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Manhattan, NY
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Reviewed June 14, 2007

I was a little hesitant to book a room at Amor de Mar after reading the mixed reviews posted on this site. I am SO glad I went for it. My husband and I stayed in room #7, on the second floor, facing the road. You could definitely hear the traffic on the road, but it didn’t bother us in the least – maybe because we live in NYC? The room doesn’t have a view of the water, but again we weren’t bothered because we didn’t really spend a lot of time in the room. The location is ideal – a quick walk (10 minute stroll) to the center of town, even closer to some restaurants, and literally across the street from the waterfalls. We thought the price was very reasonable and the staff incredibly helpful. They arranged to pick us up at the local “airport” and dropped us off again – it was seamless. They also provided maps and directions to other towns. The breakfast was wonderful. We knew it was an additional price for breakfast, and compared to some of the other restaurants in tow, we thought the price was very fair. There are NO ATMs in the town, so bring lots of cash, or else you’ll have to take a taxi to another town and hope your card works! I would absolutely book another trip to stay at the Amor de Mar. We left with zero complaints and STILL reminisce about our afternoon naps in the hammocks.

  • Stayed February 2007, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 15, 2007

We stayed in a twin room with a sea view - a must in this hotel. Fantastic wooden balcony access + dining area. The garden is stunning
and perfect for chilling out in the hammocks.

The rooms get hot at night though - just a small fan available.

Breakfasts worth booking there, particularly the Sunday buffet.

The local bus stops from right outside the hotel to take you up to Cabo Blanco National Park. Take one of the walks through the forest to the beach.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Hot room at night
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with friends
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Corte Madera, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 19, 2007

Well lemme start by saying the setting is amazing. Beautiful backyard, great hammocks. Very peaceful. but on the other hand, $80 a night for a room with cold water, no A/C and no view was VERY hard to swallow. Not to mention the cockroach the size of my hand that crawled up my girlfriend's leg. So you figure, allright we will just go have breakfast and forget about this....you order breakfast and then come to find out they will charge you on your final bill.....so the breakfast isn't even included! Good luck finding a sign stating this anywhere. Oh and bring cash for the room (even though the nearest ATM is a 15 minute drive) cause they will charge you the 16% percent tax if you pay with a Credit Card)

I mean the hotel is nice, but for the price, VERY VERY disappointing.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
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Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2007

We stayed in the Casa Luna from March 10-12. The house was clean and spacious, but poorly lit at night. The views from the upstairs were beautiful! One word of caution-the bottom step on the inside stairs tends to blend in with the floor-I missed the step going down one evening and nearly fell, and our oldest daughter missed the step one evening, fell, and split open her chin. Also, use the mosquito netting at night-our oldest daughter got quite a few bites the one night because we didn't use the netting.

We loved relaxing in the hammocks and watching the surf. It felt like a small piece of paradise!

One major drawback is that the property is situated right next to the road. We heard many ATV's roaring past.

We ate the buffet breakfast on Sunday, and although it was good, we felt it was overpriced.

It's a 5-10 minute walk to town, but Lucy's, a good restaurant, is next door.

Even though there were some major drawbacks-daughter falling, noisy at times...we loved it!

  • Liked — Views, hammocks
  • Disliked — noisy at times
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
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los angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 23, 2007

we stayed int he "casa luna" (4bedroom apt) over xmas - Great place thats only a few miuntes walk outside Montezuma central. Huge grassy knoll, with hammocks for hours and hours of reading and relaxing - There is also a waterfall behind the hotel (3 min walk). great place - I will be back at Amor de Mar on the next trip to Costa rica.

Stayed January 2007
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 7, 2006

We stayed at Amor de Mar in Montezuma for our honeymoon and loved every minute of being there...we only stayed 2 days and wanted to stay longer. We reserved the #6 room, which is on the corner of the 2nd floor and has a queen sized bed. The windows are all screen windows and look out over the ocean and the room was very simple but spacious. It's at the very edge of the town, across from the entrance to the trail to the town's waterfall (it's a nice waterfall with a hole you could swim in and by chance we saw holler and capuchin monkeys, as well as iguanas). There are plenty of places to lay or sit out on the lawn...wooden chairs, several big hammocks, or rocks by the tide pool. The food is simple and fresh and the homemade bread is great. Plus the patio where the dining area is set up offers a WONDERFUL view. I would recommend booking a 2nd floor room for a better view, specifically #6. It's the most expensive room I think, but overall the hotel is very reasonable for the view it offers. **The staff was very friendly, but travelers should be aware that there really wasn't a front desk after 4 or 5, just a security guy.

  • Liked — Wonderful view, simple and laid back atmosphere
  • Disliked — front desk not open after 5
  • Tips/Secrets — Book a 2nd floor room.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Amor de Mar
Address: Apartado 24 Cobano, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Amor de Mar is located on the Pacific Ocean next to the river in Montezuma. Planted in a natural paradise, a few miles from the Cabo Blanco National Park. Our hotel offers 9 cozy and individually styled rooms and two beach villas, Casa Luna and Casa Sol, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. All the rooms have A/C, private bathroom with hot water and a some rooms have a mini fridge. The beach villas are fully equipped but NOT A/C. All the rooms and beach villas have a safe deposit box and WiFi is available in the hotel property. The hotel is within a five minute walk from the picturesque beach town of Montezuma at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, Central America. ... more   less 
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