From the moment the door swung open we knew we had found gold! The layout, the design, the little touches all impress. But sunset on the balcony is something I will savor all year until we can return. We gathered for drinks and reflection each evening around sundown on the balcony and felt we owned the entire world. It is such a special place. I found our time to be one one the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations we have ever taken. We would inevitably stay out late enjoying the clubs and night life and return to find our Penthouse close but far enough to be tranquil and quiet. We slept each night with the windows open and the waves crashing in the back ground made for the best nights sleep I have ever had. We slept late every morning and when we awoke we would pull on our swim suits and head down to the Juice bar alley. There we enjoyed fresh fruit salads and fruit drinks while we chatted with the truly international crowd. Then we would head right down to the beach where a couple dollars will get you a beach chair. There we would order up a couple fresh coconuts - add a little of our own rum and spend the day just enjoying the surf with a mid afternoon massage (1 hour for 20 dollars!) and lunch on the beach ($4.00) . Around late afternoon we would return to the room for a 'spicy' nap and then take our first shower of the day and get ready for diner and another night on the town. Five dollars would get us a great dinner and drinks and then on to walk the streets and visit the clubs. The clubs are high energy and the crowds are really friendly and amazing ( I always felt surrounded by friends and so safe we could let our kids roam free). Montanita has become our favorite but it would not be the same without this penthouse and its amazing, location, view and amenities. I am hesitant to give such a good review for fear that this place will be discovered for the treasure it is but Chad is such a delight to work with I really want them to do well. If there were 7 stars available I would give the whole experience the full seven. We plan to go back every year and we will insist on this fifth floor Penthouse they call THE FIVE.
All we have to say is, outstanding! It was truly an amazing experience. From our first communication with our host Chad, to our departure, everything was flawless. The hotel staff was helpful and friendly when we arrived and continued to be very attentive throughout our stay.
We entered the penthouse and said "WOW"! The "5" is spacious, unique and modern with beautiful furnishings and tastefully decorated. We've been living in Ecuador now for seven years and it's a thrill to finally have luxury accommodations in Montanita. We are a family of five and everyone had more than enough room and privacy for our retreat.
The view is nothing less than spectacular. The sounds of the surf lulled us to sleep in the most luxurious bedding we've ever slept in. We loved the rain down shower with a view of the ocean, stepping out to dry off with sumptuous towels. We took advantage of the fully stocked kitchen and the friendly neighborhood tiendas supplied us with all the essentials. Within a five minute walk along the Malecon we were in the middle of the action. Montanita offers endless cafes with great food and entertaining people watching. The hotel provides rental standup paddleboard's and boogie boards, which we used at the beach everyday. Our surf instructor, Edon, who was recommended by our host was fantastic. The kids took lessons every day and loved the experience.
The "5" is our new "go to" getaway in Montanita. Mil Gracias Chad for being such an amazing host! You'll hear from us again soon!