We have stayed at Hosteria La Gondola twice now (once back in March of 2017, and then just recently in January 2018). We went back, because we loved our first experience there earlier this year.
This place is the definition of a relaxed beach town lodging. The amenities are simple and sparse, but that is exactly what makes it a charming getaway. If you are expecting an upscale resort experience, this is not the place for you. But if you wish to forget about the outside world for a while, and check all your worries at the gate, then book now!
The property sits right on the beach and consists of a few stand alone buildings and cabins. My personal favorite are the 2 cabins that have a screened in porch area with hammocks hanging in them. Again, the rooms are super basic, but they have comfortable beds, clean rooms and AC. But it's all irrelevant. You are not here to spend time in your room. You can relax on the many hammocks hanging on the grass covered grounds, or enjoy the sand and the surf on the wide, uncrowded beach which is literally outside the property. If you have had enough sun for the day, take a break and grab a cold cerveza at the bar. We also enjoyed the simple but delicious complimentary breakfast as well.
Sergio the owner is a super nice and friendly guy and the staff (some of whom are understandably probably transient and seasonal) is always pleasant and helpful, but non intrusive. The rest of the inhabitants consist of a variety of equally friendly dogs and cats that freely roam the grounds.
One of the other great things about this property is that it is set back from the downtown Montanita area, where things can get loud and crazy during the weekends and holidays. We love grabbing dinner and drinks, or going to a club in Montainita, but then when we are done, it’s just a short 5 minute stroll back to the property for a quiet restful sleep.
This is the kind of place that I wish will prosper and become better and better with time, and yet you kind of want to not tell anyone about it, so it can stay our little secret piece of heaven! What a dilemma! ;-)
Planned to stay a day or 4, turned into 2 weeks hahaha....
Life simply doesn't get any better than this place. Bamboo houses fully equiped, amazing family, at the quite place of town right at the beach.
The beers & cocktails are cold, the sea warm and the cats & dogs happy AF.
What more do you want.
If you are visiting Montañita, La Gondola is the best place to stay!! We were scheduled to stay for 2 nights and ended up staying for 10 nights - we loved it that much. The bungalows/rooms & bar/restaurant are all directly on the beach; the rooms are all super comfortable with AC; and the staff & visitors are all just amazing people.
It's hard to describe in words how magical this place is - don't miss out on staying here!! :)