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Accomodation Summary

Accommodation in Monterrico varies dramatically but breaks down into two basic groups; beach-break motels and hotels that look to create their own unique vibe. Prices and quality range considerably within both categories. Roughly half the accommodation is on the beach and the other half is one sandy street back. The more luxurious accommodation tends to be a couple kilometers outside of Monterrico and there are some high-end hotels in Parque Hawaii as well.

Swimming pools come as standard, which is a welcome essential when the sea is so frequently off-limits. Another trend here is for the traditional rancho (palm leaf) roof. The rancho roof is not only atmospheric but much cooler than the tin ones. However, they do regularly drop debris so keep that in mind if a room seems dirty. All but the most basic of rooms are equipped with fan and a mosquito net; many hotels have rooms with a/c as well. Check-in times vary between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., check-out times between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Most hotels pump their water supply directly from the ground so depending how close you are to the ocean, it may have a salty quality to it. Some hotels do pump fresh water – it’s in the luck of the draw. Only the most expensive hotels have hot water showers but in these temperatures, you’re not going to miss them.

For clarifications sake, a budget hotel in Monterrico costs between $6 and $15 per person, per night, a mid-range hotel is $15 to $38 and the priciest ones are $40 plus. Many hotels raise their prices on the weekend but if you are staying for a while then a package can be arranged. During Semana Santa and New Year, prices often double and all the hotels are packed.

Solo travelers are stung big time here as apart from the budget hotels, room prices are only a fraction lower than for two people. Luckily, there are a couple of great budget hotels. Groups, on the other hand, have their pick as rooms with up to four double beds are common and relative prices start falling after two people.

During weekends in high season it can be difficult to find a decent room, so better book ahead or arrive on a Thursday. Weekdays are the complete opposite and you might find that you are the only people staying at your hotel.

If hotels are filling up, travelers can try Hotel El Mangle or Hotel El Baule (both hotels are full of character but rooms vary considerably so ask to see several) or the adequate but bland motel-style Hotel San Gregorio and Hotel Long Beach. The latter two are set back from the beach on the street facing Hotel El Baule. All these hotels are along Calle des Hoteles.

The cheapest accommodation in Monterrico at $5 p.p. is the run-down Hotel El DelfĂ­n (on the beach, good pool) and the funky Hostal Gecko one street behind. Hostal Gecko sadly has no pool but it does have a tiny kitchen that guests may use.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Monterrico: Nightlife Etiquette For Women, Nightlife Summary, Restaurant Summary, Safety, When To Go, Services and Conscientious Turtle Behavior.

By Kathryn
Independent and optimistic, I believe in following your dreams and have been doing just that, traveling the world for the last 9 years. British by...
08 Feb 2010

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