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Luna Llena Hotel
Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Montezuma
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 May 2012

Great hostel, very welcoming staff, awesome outside! Good location in the jungle just a bit outside of downtown (2 minutes away)! Nice room, clean and good ambiance! Pretty decoration, dorms or private room possibilities!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

If you are traveling in the rainy season (May - November) and are in Montezuma, you can't beat this place. You get a lot for a fair price - super clean rooms, very comfortable beds, away from the loud bar scene, easy access to the town center, and great beach hikes nearby. No matter what you heard about Montezuma and how much it has changed over the years in the online forums and guidebooks - it is still an awesome, laid back town to visit. Keep your wits about you late at night in the town center, the drug problem is definitely very real here (not nearly as bad as Tamarindo or Jacó, though). If you rent a surfboard, make a visit to the surf shop in the town center, part of the proceeds go toward local school education programs.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

I absolutely LOVED Luna Llena!! We stayed 2 nights in cabina #8, which is the only one with a private bath, if that matters to you. This place is like living in the jungle, though the town and beach are RIGHT there, a VERY short walk from the hotel. Luna Llena is very private, filled with character and color and has an incredibly welcoming and relaxed vibe. Everyone was super helpful, friendly and spoke good English. Montezuma is a very hippie little town, so everybody is pretty laid back, but truly the hotel was my favorite part. It's such a beautiful place and you are guaranteed to have troops of howler monkeys passing through every morning(early) and right around dusk. Luna Llena is technically a hostel, so be prepared to be living in a communal type environment when you are out of your cabin. You can't help but be happy in Costa Rica, so being around a bunch of strangers is easy in this environment, if that is a potential issue for you. This is not a fancy place, but it is very authentic CR and the grounds are beautifully maintained. They also have a security guy at night who will watch over your car if you are driving. On that note, be prepared for some rough roads on your way into Montezuma! We rented from Economy at the airport and our car was in FAR better condition than most of the rentals we saw. Good tires on your rental, plus a healthy spare, are ESSENTIAL in CR!! Back to Luna Llena, which means "full moon", the wifi worked great, there are no tvs(why would you even care?!), they don't feed you breakfast, but there is a full kitchen for your use with two refrigerators. Lots of comfy sitting areas, great proximity to town & beach, no AC but plenty of fans. It is probably not the best place to stay if you are really out of shape, btw, simply because this jungle hotel is built into a hill, so there are many steps on several little paths... I would seriously live in this place if I could! Total awesomeness, unless you need luxury, in which case you should stay in Tambor at some fancy place. For $30 a night in their "best" cabina, you cannot beat Luna Llena!!

Room Tip: Room #8 is the only cabin with it's own private, warm water bathroom. It is so private that you...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

When we arrived at this hotel I was really hung over/car sick from the bumpy ride from Monteverde and the stairs were completely daunting...first to get up to reception then more to get to the room. I think the person at the front desk was worried about me haha. However, it was worth the walk, the place was really cool and the most social atmosphere we stayed at during our 9 day trip to Costa Rica. I was traveling with one other friend and we stayed in a room upstairs with bunk beds and a double bed. Saw some small lizards on the wall in the room, which I didn't mind as I figured they'd eat the bugs, but unfortunately they ran away after I tried to take a picture of them. I agree with others that the warm showers weren't that warm, but it was so hot outside that I just used the cold shower anyways. The guard at night didn't speak english...was trying to ask him if I could leave the light on upstairs to read (there was some rule about people leaving the common hours after a certain hour). One day the monkeys were on the balcony upstairs going through people's bags that were left out haha- so watch out! They also have a free book exchange downstairs and journal for guests to write in.

If you're in to horseback riding definitely check out El Pinto Expeditions. I'm an experienced rider and it was by far the best ride I have been on while on vacation and my friend who had no riding experience had a great time too! We also found a place downtown to do laundry- it's not a typical laundromat, but people's houses where they wash and dry your clothes for you and they charge by weight of clothes to be cleaned. One person uses a drier while the other line dries outside (less expensive). Finally, check out the waterfall just outside of town. It's a cool hike, just watch out for rain as you pretty much have to walk through the water some of the way to get to it. Very cool town and Luna Llena is a great choice for budget lodging!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Luna llena is located a bit up the hill from the downtown Montezuma scene which is very nice without noise of the bars and restaurants. I stayed here with my father for 3 nights. I had a single room for $25/night and he stayed in the room with a bathroom and hot water. Overall the accomodation is very rustic, very simple 1 room. Clean with towels exchanged each day. The nights are very hot and with only a fan in the room and little window (at least in my room because it would be open to the outdoors) it could get a little stuffy. The common areas are very open and nice. The coffee is delicious! Bugs were not a problem, but there is mosquito netting if you feel the need. Also, the option of a kitchen just to keep drinks cold or make breakfast in the common areas is nice.
The walls are thin, so be aware. I had some very loud and disrespectful neighbors for 2 out of the 3 nights, however, when I was about to go out and knock to ask them to quiet down, a security guard was already on his way and took care of it very quickly and without me even having to ask.
Milly is lovely, and can give great recommendations on local attractions. The night person who works is also very helpful.
Overall, a great place to stay. Just be sure you're okay with rustic and you'll be fine.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

This is a beautiful hostel with very friendly staff and cute lazy cats that you quickly learn to love. Its very simplistic with many cute hippie decorations. The rooms are very simple and comfortable with a mosquito net over the bed. There are hot (not really hot) and cold showers to use that are clean and the kitchen is large and well equipped to make cooking comfortable. There is wifi and a TV along with a few sofas in the lounge area. The whole thing is quite outdoorsy - the rooms as well - so be comfortable with some insects and small lizards. There are monkeys and mini skunks all around you, and it feels like a treehouse amidst the jungle. A bit of an uphill walk from the centre but the beauty makes up for it.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We stayed for one night which was perfect. You get a good workout getting to your room (stairs) and had monkeys throwing mangoes at us when we arrived. The room is very nice, quiet and in the middle of the jungle. If you dont mind bugs you are fine, however you still have a mosquito net to protect your core (doesnt cover the whole bed). We had a little patio outside, with a water view. We could observe the monkeys right from our patio until the tropical storm started (licked a bit in the room). The location is excellent 5min from the town (walking) and the staff is very friendly. The only thing that would refrain me from staying long term is the bugs, but you are in the middle of the jungle so cant really avoid it!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Luna Llena Hotel

Address: 50 Mt From Downtown, Montezuma 6111, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #7 of 18 Hotels in Montezuma
Price Range: £22 - £41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15

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