Acustomed to arriving places that don't live up to the websites pictures and expecting less for the price, we were very pleased to have our expectations more than met. These new, spacious and well equiped villas are beautifull and quiet. Well kept grounds with beautifull views of ocean and forest. Fully equiped kitchen which came in handy even though the village doesn't lack a choice of restaurants. We could'nt wait to get back 'home' after a day at the beach and spent one whole day with out leaving the property. We highly recomend Casafrangipani.
Though only a 5 min. drive from the beach, it's a bit of a steep walk, i would recomend renting a car or ATV, it is also handy for exploring the areas beaches.
Has great views from pool and rooms. Each villa has a private rooftop sunning terrace. very private and quiet. Wonderfull private outdoor shower off main bedroom.
Besides the very well equipped villas, this place has a very nice pool (great for watching sunsets!!), all within a very well kept property. The service was great without being intrusive on our privacy. We loved hanging out in the pool.. we were there almost all the time.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Labadee vacation house http://www.costa-rica-house-for-rent.com). It is a lovely home with a wonderful garden and patio area, complete with hammock...a perfect spot for winding down the day. It is a secluded location, perfect for those who want a relaxing holiday near enough to amenities, but far enough to have solitude if so desired. We forgot about the world outside & lost ourselves, so to speak, in the jungle's rich and diverse animal and bird life. Every time we looked outside the window there was something to see. Iguanas scuttling between rocks & trees, butterflies dancing around the garden, monkeys showing off their trapeze-artist antics. The house is only a short walk to the local shops, restaurants & beach; but we also found it great having a rental car to make easy day trips to nearby Montezuma and Mal Pais/Santa Teresa. We absolutely loved being immersed in nature...from the waterfalls and beaches, to Cabo Blanco National Park and a wildlife sanctuary right on the doorstep. We only wish we'd had more than a week to enjoy it all. I would definitely recommend this rental.
El Jardin is conveniently placed right in the middle of it all in Montezuma. It is comfortably decorated and equipped, has a great pool and hammocks for each room (i enjoyed a long nap on one). As far as the hotel goes the main dissapointments are that the rooms are not very well sound proofed. Secondly the only breakfast offerings are bananas and crackers. Which was surprising since every other place I stayed at in Costa Rica offered large continental breakfasts. The staff are friendly and helpful. Lodging in the area is not as cheap as other areas, and El Jardin is no exception at about 100$ a night, but you do pay for the comfort and tranquility of the hotel. The main benefit of El Jardin is it's location. It is a short walk from the beach, from great resteraunts, from the bar, from internet cafe, from pay phones. If you have the means you may take El Jardin into consideration.
Very pleasant spot on the hill leading out of town. The climb up the hill can be a bit strenuous after a big dinner and few drinks but its worth it. The rooms were clean and the bedding and towels quite new. The shared baths were also very clean. Each couple of cabins has a shared refrigerator and sink area for preparing small meals. Large fans in the rooms keep it reasonably cool.
The cabins are built on the hill with concrete steps leading up to the shared baths and the lounge at the top. The lounge has a satellite TV with a zillion channels if you are longing to touch base with the world.
If you need to visit the bath after dark, take a flashlight. The steps are dark and if you miss one, the fall can be nasty.
Try to get cabin #6- best view.
Only drawbacks- not much water in the showers in late afternoon. A few holes in the window screens but mosquito nets were provided. Never saw one in the 3 nights I stayed.
Great views from the small patio area. Get up at sunrise and take a coffee on the small patio next to the lounge area. Listen to the Howler monkees roar as the sun comes up.
stayed at the hotel el jardan in may if 07. great place. all the rooms are very clean and have air conditioning. my a/c was a little loud which suited my wife as i snore like a bear. get a room in the back of the hotel as the noise from the traffic can be a little loud. however, it did not bother me or my wife. they do charge an extra $10 for a room in the back
beautiful lanscaping!!! great pool and they serve free coffee,cookies,and bananas.
This is a very nice hotel at the top of the hill. It was one of the few hotels in town that had air conditioning, which sure helped in the heat of the July afternoons. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and it had a great view of the area. The grounds were beautiful and take advantage of the great pool with a waterfall!
Not that great. I stayed in nicer places than this, but I was on a budget. The showers were cold but worked fine. My view out the window was directly into the neighbors window, covered with a poster of a Hindu god (I couldn't tell you which one). Keep the window locked, you could shake hands with them it was that close. But it was quiet, away from the bars at the bottom of the hill so you'll sleep fine. The owners aren't exactly friendly, but they won't rip you off and make sure everything's relatively clean and working. There's nicer places in Montezuma, but unless you have a tent this is the cheapest.
Locally owned and operated. Help em out.
Monetzuma is absolutely gorgeous - Los Mangos a true fantasy island setting. Don't expect posh - you are in the jungle, this is a gorgeous bohemian style beach cabina resort within walking distance to restaurants and shopping.
The evening walks to town were along side iguanas, the days were spent dodging mangoes being thrown by howler monkeys from the trees on the beach!
Some of my favorite jewelry is from the town of montezuma... the streets are bustling with crafts and vibrant personalities from around the world.
This is an absolutely gorgeous setting, trees dripping with mangoes and natural gardens.. situated in the picturesque little beach town of Monezuma.
We originally planned to stay at the place next door, but once we saw the excellent 'backyard' and view from the balcony - we decided Hotel Arenas would be our hostel of choice.
The owners do not speak very much English, but between all the people staying here, we spoke at least 15 languages, so it was easy to comminicate:)
Great stay always helped by very nice staff.This hotel is a beautiful mansion surrounded by flowers and exhuberant vegetation .We stayed in a clean wooden double room with a private bathroom with a fan on the ceiling. There are also rooms with air conditioning and other with a shared bathroom.
There is a comunal kitchen downstairs. A dining room and a kind of sitting room in the second floor with hammocks to relax while watching the forest. Altough it gets a bit noisy in the mornings because it is on the main intersection on the way to Cóbano. It is nothing compared with the noisy places in the centre situated right upon the bars and discos.
This was quite a nice place to stay. You can choose between staying at the front building in one of the rooms, or in a bungalow in the middle of the garden that looks - like elsewhere in this country - you're in the middle of the jungle.
We stayed at the bungalows!! I had some nice time on the hammock checking out all the animals that pass by!!
They also have yoga classes some days!
This place is really nice. The house has basic, but nice rooms. We slept very nice to the sounds of the waves hitting the beach. The hotel is located a few minutes walk on the beach from the center of the town.
The hotel is situated on the beach, so when you step out of the hotel you are on the beach. In the palms in front of the hotel you can put up your hammock and enjoy the day.
Close to the hotel on the beach there is a little cafe.
Pices: We paid 3000 Colones for a double room with 2 twin beds (year 2001-prices)
Located right in central Montezuma above the El Sano Banano restaurant. When we arrived the hotel was pretty empty so they let us pick wichever room we wanted. Most of the rooms faced the back of the hotel and did not have a view. We chose one of the three rooms that looked out over the street and was surprisingly quiet even when music was blasting from Chico's bar a half block away.
Everybody at the hotel was very helpful and friendly.
The rooms have good air conditioning and satellite TV with some channels in English. They play movies on a projection screen downstairs every night and are free with dinner or if you buy a few drinks.
They have a sister hotel, the Ylang-Ylang resort located up the beach where you are able to use their beautiful pool. It's a bit of a hike to get there but worth it!
Breakfast is included with your room but some of the food was pretty average. The banana pancakes are good as well as the fruit with yogurt and granola.
The mocha chiller drinks are awesome!
There is also an internet cafe next door with a so-so connection. They can take your pictures from your digital camera and burn them onto acd rom so you can free up your memory card.
The Pension Arenas is a little house that has been divided up into rooms both dormitory style and singles, with shared bathrooms and showers. The owner is mostly likely the happiest and friendliest person on the planet and can be helpful with local information.
My shared room cost me US$5 per night.
Pension Arenas is on the beach and about a 2 minute walk to the center of Montezuma. You sleep to the sound of the waves hitting the beach, and howler monkeys howling in the distance.
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