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“Lovely place, One of the best in montezuma” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel El Jardin
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
Oostburg, The Netherlands
2 reviews
“Lovely place, One of the best in montezuma”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

We absolutely loved this place.

It's right in the center of montezuma. a 1 minute walk to the restaurants and shops and 2 minutes for the beach.
We had no problem with noise from the town, the only noise we heard was from the birds and howler monkeys in the garden. And thats a lovely noise!!
The pool was clean and the rooms were nice, with a great hammock.

People who give this place a bad review, are spoiled in 5 stars luxery hotels!
We loved it here and if we ever go back to montezuma, el jardin is were were gonna stay.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2011

We rolled into Montezuma without a reservation anywhere and found El Jardin. The jolly gardens with private swimming pool and jacuzzi sucked us right in. Delicious coffee and bananas in the morning, free wifi, pleasant staff and great location: 2 steps from town, though you would never know it from within the room and pool. We would definitely stay another night if we weren't St. Theresa-bound!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank CCLochridge
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Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
40 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2011

My guide book recommended this hotel so we stayed here for two nights. We picked this hotel because it said it had a jacuzzi. Well, it does but they never turn on the heat so its freezing cold right now.

I give this two stars only because of the location and view from our balcony. Otherwise, the beds were horribly uncomfortable. The AC was not adjustable. It was either freezing cold at full blast or you had to turn it off. there were no screens on the windows so we didn't want to sleep with the windows open.

When we arrived, the bathroom was dirty and had the previous guest's trash. The shower is one temperature only and never became hot. It was lukewarm at best.

The worst part was there was some kind of animal (an iguana) that run up and down our tin roof all night long both nights. We never got any sleep.

I would recommend staying at the Sano Banano which doesn't have the view but the rooms looked more comfortable.

The staff never asked how our room was.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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1 Thank dinake
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Brampton, Canada
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2011

When we arrived they made a mistake and tried to charge us for 8 people when I got on the phone to mastercard to cancel any transactions with this hotel they dropped it. The rooms were dirty, and had cockroaches. It was very loud all night long and early in the morning. The only good thing was the air conditioning. The pool was ok. The service sucked! for almost 100 a night was so not worth it, there are nicer places to stay way cheaper and nicer just outside of town. The town was expensive and they rip all tourists off there.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank leafsfan5
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Jardin_Montezuma1, Manager at Hotel El Jardin, responded to this review, February 8, 2011
We regret very much that you tell us that we tried to charge for 8 people, when was the customer who sent us a reservation with your personal data and requesting space for 8 people and yet to come we will cancel the reservation for 8 and we accept the new reservation only 2 people no extra charge.
Work more carefully cleaning the rooms and the spraying of cockroaches, here to be pure mountain there are many insects, but we will work on houses and rooms always have good quality,
Thank you very much for your comment.

Esteban Canizales Rojas
Manager Hotel El Jardin
Montezuma,Costa Rica
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2011

I stayed here with my boyfriend, we hadn't booked anything and thought we'd pick a place when we arrived in town. Lonely Planet recommended it so we tried it first (checked out a few others later that day but decided it was definitely the pick). We ended up staying 5 nights. The cabins on the upper areas (about US$60/night) were great especially with the higher views. All rooms were very basic but had the essentials. The cabins near the road and the pool were apparently much noisier and looked more basic ($US50/night).

The pool was fantastic! The beaches aren't great to swim in so the pool was ideal and has a spa in the top section (doesn't heat up though). The location was perfect (close to everything while still being just about far enough away - but we were also in a cabin which was the furthest from reception and the road). It's a tiny town so you're not really that far from the noise at all but Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights get very noisy and sleeping is pretty difficult.

The family cabin looked amazing and we really wished we could have stayed there but it was already booked. The manager was a bit abrupt the first day or two (he seemed pretty busy) but don't be put off, after that he was friendly and more than helpful.

Recommend the cabins with hammocks and up the hill. The only other place we would stay was out of town a bit, alot more expensive and inconvenient if you want to walk into town, El Jardin was good value and location.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2011

My boyfriend and I planned to stay one night in Montezuma, as we planned a week long trip, staying mostly on the Pacific beach side for 3 nights, then staying in Montezuma for a quick night before heading up to Monteverde. We basically booked a night in this hotel just to get a good night sleep to start the drive early the next morning and to be closer to the car ferry. Sleeping did not happen.

The first thing we noticed was the smell from the bathroom. It smelt like sewage the whole time. Also, my boyfriend got an electric shock while in the shower from an electric water heating unit attached to the shower head. Don't touch that thing.

Then the noise from above our heads began. Little claws scratching and running all night long. Our neighbor next door thought it could be bats- I found out it was not while, in my bed trying to sleep I felt a small mammal crawl up my leg. I freaked out and went to get the night security guard, the only hotel representative around. He didn't speak and english, but came to the room with a flashlight. He heard the rats in the ceiling and smelt the sewage stench wafting from under the bathroom door and basically shrugged it off and explained that there weren't any other rooms available.

I went to sleep on the hammock on the porch, wrapping my body in a sheet to protect myself from mosquitoes, but the found me anyway and I had bites all up the back of my legs. Also, the main bar in town, Chico's, blasts it's music until 2AM. Like I said, I didn't get much sleep.

The next morning I told the man who checked us in about our experience. Unfortunately I paid for the room when we checked in. He refused to give us any money back. He didn't believe us about the rats. The night guard clearly did not communicate with him or document our complaint from the night before. He kept saying it was a new building and that it was impossible for there to be rats. Well, they found you!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Newport, OR
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

We really liked this place, and for the price it was incrediably awesome, however 3 of us did stay in one of the cabinas. I got a quick look at some of the standard rooms, that looked, well, pretty standard. Our place was a large house, absolutely beautiful, with sleeping for 5 or 6, big kitchen, stone bathroom, beautiful patio. It overlooked the main drag in Montezuma. We were there in the off season, but we only paid $90.00 for the 3 of us, and that includes coffee and tea service. We planned to just stay 1 night, but loved it so much we stayed 2. We had visiting monkeys, racoons, birds and Iguana's. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel El Jardin
Address: Montezuma Beach, Montezuma 6000, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hotel El Jardin 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel El Jardin is located in the center of Montezuma less than 100 meters from the beach.Its constructions are dispersed in various independent buildings, immersed in a exhuberating tropical garden,which is located on a hill, dominating the centre of Montezuma. ... more   less 
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