The best thing about this hotel was the location - a quick 10 min walk to the downtown area. I can definitely appreciate the vision and the "uniqueness" of the place - an urban jungle/forest. However, I was highly disappointed with the disingenuous nature of the owner, Mayra Guell.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Cinco Hormigas on 3 separate nights, using it as our stopping point between travels. When I booked the rooms, I stated that any room with a double bed would do and would not need a private bathroom. Mayra cited that only the Dancing Leaf room was available (the most expensive), so I booked it. When we arrived (btw - no one came to pick us up at the airport and we were charged $25 instead of the $20 quoted), we were the ONLY guests in the place. I inquired about this and asked about downgrading the room for our next 2 nights. She once again claimed that they were all booked. Our 2nd night we arrived, only to be shown to a different room. We felt confused, esp since we had paid for all 3 nights up front. Mayra refunded us the money and apologized for this misunderstanding....and once again, claimed that the last night was booked up as well. The last night comes and we were 1 of 2 guests in the place. By this point, I was too tired to try and clarify our intentions and hers. I felt Mayra had taken advantage by being dishonest and just booking up her most expensive room first, regardless of the traveler's requests.
I am definitely not a picky person, esp when it's just for a quick stay, but this was one of our MOST expensive hotels in Costa Rica and by far the worst! I will have to echo some of the other reviewers - the Dancing Leaf room was dark, dusty, and just did not feel like it was taken care of. A lot of our sheets smelled of mold and the train horn was LOUD. Plus, the smell of dog permeated the air as soon as you stepped in. If you're allergic, this is definitely not the place for you!
I did appreciate the creation of the forest around, but it was definitely small and cramped. I'm very short and I even had to duck down while walking on the stairs. Also, the amount of wildlife and birds was pretty spectacular. You will be woken up to the song of Montezumas every morning (along with all the other ambient street noise)!
Overall, I would not recommend this hotel, even if it was for a short 1 night stopover (which all 3 nights of ours was - less than 24 hours each night)
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