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“Fantastic Montezuma retreat that was hard to leave!” 5 of 5 stars
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Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
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Greensboro, NC
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60 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Fantastic Montezuma retreat that was hard to leave!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

Luna Llena was the perfect place to stay in Montezuma - it seemed to fit the vibes there in the best way. I stayed in one of the single cabinas which are cute, small, basic cabins with a hint of charm, but the real appeal is the rest of the hotel. The common area is beautiful, with lovely tables and chairs, sofas and swings, all set in a rainforest/jungle setting. There were also little tables and chairs near each of t he cabinas. the bathrooms were shared, 2 with hot was, 2 without and 4 toilets as well so they were never busy. Te communal kitchen was well stocked, clean and well maintained. The staff and service was exceptional, X was incredibly helpful and all the staff are the right mix of friendly and professional. They were a real treat. It is a bout 2 blocks from town so away from the noise but close in every other regard. Definitely recommend!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Nestled into the hillside; Luna Llena exposes you to some of Costa Rica's best wildlife without paying any extra. Cabins are scattered throughout the grounds, in amongst the beautiful trees and plants. Our cabin had a double bed and some bunks, a single fan, which was enough; mosquito nets, cupboards and storage, and a safe. Shared bathrooms are a short walk up the hill, are spotless and cleaned regularly. The kitchen is complete with utensils and sharp knives, (a luxury item in most hostel kitchens) a great stove, several fridges and coffee!

The owners are extraordinarily helpful and friendly and were continually offering assistance or even just a smile. We had some great quiet nights just sitting out the front of our cabin where earlier we'd seen howler monkeys come through, then the Capuchin's, there's also a few racoons about, a few local skunks, and countless unique insects.

Add to that the chill out areas are a great place to socialise and meet new people or simply find a quiet corner and relax in the serenity of the jungle. We had surprisingly few mosquitoes as well.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Arrived in town without a reservation just recommendations from a guidebook. I chose this hotel based on price and because it offered single rooms. The room was small but spotless. The bed was comfortable and the pillows actually pillowed my head. Fans and mosquito nets were provided and the screens were in good repair. Even at the budget price each room had a lockbox.

Hosts and staff were very friendly and the Thursday bar b que was wonderful.

<i have a new place to stay when <i return to Montesuma!
Just a caution though, the hotel is up a steep hill with a lot of steps, not the best place if you overpack.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I stayed at Luna Llena with my girlfriend for 3 nights in mid August 2012. Of all the places we stayed at in Costa Rica, this had by far the nicest layout. Nestled in the hillside, it really feels like you're part of the jungle, especially when the monkies come running across the roof. Like others have said, its nice to be away from the loud party places downtown, but still be only a 5 minute walk to them and the beach (I hope you don't mind walking uphill). The rooms were nice, we stayed in the dorm one night and then room number 9 the other 2 nights. Cleanliness was great in the rooms, the bathrooms, and the kitchen. Security was also great, we stupidly left our wallets out on the nightstand in the room and even a bunch of cash right next to them but they were untouched when we came back (and it was obvious that the rooms had been cleaned). We did accidentally leave shampoo in the shower room and a half bottle of rum in the lounge area overnight and they were gone in the morning, but we kind of expected that. Milly, the owner, is very sweet and accomodating. Overall, if you're in Montezuma, go here. cheap, chill, and fun.

The best parts: The orange and white cat, the architecture, the fact that it is not a crazy party place, and Julio, the Friday night security gaurd!

The drawbacks: There are ants (big red ones) in room #9 but they never bothered us (there is a mosquito net over the bed for extra security), the fact that the lounge area closes at 10pm.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We enjoyed our time at Luna Llena. We cooked in the kitchen, and enjoyed talking and sharing with other guests. The room was adequate, as were the shower and toilet facilities. The treetop setting was very pleasant--just be prepared for the uphill hike and many steps to the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

A surprisingly nice place, friendly service, peaceful. Liked that it was far enough away from the town center that it was quiet (and there were monkeys!!) but that the town and the beach were still a short walk away.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Michael H
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Palo Alto, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

I completely agree with the other enthusiastic recommendations for Luna Llena and there's very little I can add. I stayed in the shared dorm for three nights, $10 per night. The hostel felt like a home away from home. It was so comfortable and cozy, with really great decor and an absolutely unbeatable view. I woke up to howler monkeys each morning and watched the full moon rise during my stay. The Thursday night barbeque was such a fun and unique event - it really shows what a social and welcoming place Luna Llena is. Milly and the rest of the staff were so warm and helpful, I felt completely at ease.
After backpacking through Costa Rica and staying in many, many shared dorms, I can say without hesitation that Luna Llena is absolutely the best. Muchas gracias Milly y todos!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Luna Llena Hotel
Address: 50 Mt From Downtown, Montezuma 6111, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
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Number of rooms: 15

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