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Hotel Mariposario Montezuma Gardens
Ranked #6 of 17 Montezuma B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Home from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for 6 nights and enjoyed every minute of it.
The room (Morpho) was lovely and spacious, the bed comfortable and the staff was so friendly. We felt at home immediately! The breakfasts were absolutely delicious - really good coffee, fresh juices, fruit and a different "main course" every day. Yum!!
We were lucky to watch a group of howler monkeys from our table one morning. Due to the location right next to the jungle you're pretty much guaranteed to see wildlife. One night we spotted a kinkajou in the tree right next to the balcony.

The location is slightly off the beaten track but you can walk to/from Montezuma in about 20 mins, depending on your fitness level. I have no problem walking up hills, but walking down is a nightmare for me so it took longer to walk down to Montezuma than back up. We didn't feel the need to book a taxi for the trip but were glad when other guests gave us a lift in their car a couple of times :) We felt safe enough to do the walk at night as well (but bring a torch).

My husband and I loved this B&B and we loved Montezuma - we'll be back!


  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Tokyo, Japan
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The hotel is located outside the main city, but is worth the hike up to this tranquil gem.
The area is surrounded by forests, can hear the monkeys howl after after dark.
The best part is the breakfast when the birds and monkeys comes to visit and the food is excellent.
The staffs are very helpful and always around to help you with your plan for the day.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank akynym
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

This was our second stop of our honeymoon and it was really one of the best. Mariposario was such a great little bed and breakfast and the town was great. Very small. Great place to watch surfers. Tour to Tortuga Island was fun and the walk to Playa Grande is a definite must.

Pros:
- The workers there are so friendly and helpful. Pauline was extremely friendly had plenty of suggestions for us as we were planning the rest of our trip.
- The rooms are really clean and all decorated/painted uniquely.
- A/C
- Probably the best included breakfast we had all trip. It was different each morning but always started with plate of fresh fruit, strong coffee, a fresh juice of the day, and a delicious breakfast.
- Has an amazing butterfly garden where you can watch butterflies come out of their chrysalis. So cool.
- Was a 15 minute walk to the Montezuma falls where you can do some cliff diving, swimming, and rope swinging.
- Saw several groups of monkeys in the area.

Cons:
- Rooms are a little bit tight.
- You can walk up the hill to the B&B, but it's a tough walk and it's just a $2 cab ride

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Garden Bay, Canada
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

My husband and I just spent six nights in Montezuma and were so glad we chose the Mariposario. The staff were cheerful and accommodating, and the breakfasts varied throughout the week, always served with fresh fruit and freshly squeezed juice. We had the Caligo room, which looked out onto the jungle where howler monkeys prowled through almost every day -- we loved hearing the bellowing howls and watching the mums carrying their babies on their backs. One day a tribe of capuchins passed through, too, which was fun. All of these photos here were taken from the balcony. We generally walked down to the town and took a taxi back up the hill; we did the walk once, in the heat of the day and carrying groceries, and decided once was enough! The staff even invited us to join them in karaoke on Friday evening -- all good!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Edmond
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Saw monkeys on the way up the hill to this place. Better have a car- the hike up and down the hill would be brutal if it was your only way to town. Outside the hustle and bustle of town so very quiet. Had private trail to waterfalls and a butterfly garden.

Over all OK for $45. Room was clean, but basic. Bathroom could have been better. AC was a MUST have in Montezuma and the wall unit worked to cool things off quickly. Staff seemed like a younger college crowd that liked to party, although noise was never a problem during our stay. Decent place for the price overall. Simple breakfast consisting of rice/beans/eggs/slice of cheese/fruit.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fredericton
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This was the last stop on our two week trip around Costa Rica and we were excited due to the great reviews. In all honesty it just felt about average and was not one of our favorite stops even though it was one of the most expensive places we stayed. It is quite a piece from the "main drag" and beach area, easy enough to walk down (though still a crazy hill) but not really what I would call walking distance on your way back up. I read this before but thought since I am an active person we would have no problem walking it and would even welcome the exercise since we were on vacation from the gym. Truth is, in that heat with a few bags of groceries/souvenirs/beach stuff we didn't even try once. So we were left searching for a cab to take us up every day (sometimes a few times a day) which wasn't overly expensive but it is important to note that we were told there were only a few cabs for the whole area, so they're not always available. The room itself (Morpho) was really tiny, and the balcony wasn't really the right size to be able to sit out on. We kind of felt like we were intruding on a group of friends as there were always staff hanging around. This was by no means a bad experience, I just think if we were to stay in Montezuma again we would look for somewhere in town (which also seemed to be quite a bit cheaper). We would have enjoyed being closer to the beaches.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank brendanwood
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Round Rock, Texas
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

My son and I stayed one night. The price was reasonable and the accommodations simple, but comfortable. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Took the hike to the waterfall. Meant to go to the upper (which might have been easier), but instead accidentally went to the lower one. That one was a pretty tough hike (very steep). I wouldn't recommend that one for everyone. I wish someone would mark the trails. Wifi was good and the breakfast delicious.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jorge P
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Property: Hotel Mariposario Montezuma Gardens
Address: Las Delicias de Cobano de Puntarenas, Montezuma 60111, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mariposario Montezuma Gardens 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Mariposario Montezuma Gardens and Butterfly Brewing Co. A lovely B&B, micro-brewery, butterfly garden, bar and restaurant in the jungle. We are located 1.6 km from Montezuma center at the entrance to the upper waterfall trail. The location is not right in town but in a tranquil area surrounded by mountain jungle. The road to the Mariposario is very steep but you do not need a 4x4 car to arrive here. ... more   less 
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