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Hostel Hakuna Matata

Main Street | Vicino Alla Fermata Del Bus, Cahuita 70403, Costa Rica (Formerly Hostel Shangri La)
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South Bend, Indiana, United States
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had room 7 and from them leaving the door open and screens that leave a gap for mosquitoes to fly in we had 10+ in our room from the moment we walked in the door. Mosquito net is fairly small for the bed too and if they just had a bigger one it would help considerably for very little... More 

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Thank SkydiverDave
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello SkydiverDave You are right on many points: the mosquito nets are reduced compared to the double bed, which is very large. But in CR, we find the biggest mosquito nets! The doors to the rooms when they are unoccupied, let them open, because the climate is very humid, and good ventilation is required. Unfortunately for this reason the mosquitoes... More 

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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This hostel could be the perfect place to relax and enjoy Cahuita. The location is fantastic, right next to the bus station and close to all of the restaurants, beaches and amenities. The yard is a beautiful, well kept garden with an amazing, clean pool and the bedrooms and bathrooms are also very clean. The place is very quiet, but... More 

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cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

I think this review, is false as the previous. Cinzia More 

Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

I arrive with my family and they help us a lot with info about the village and the area. The place is clean and the room we use was very peaceful and nice. For the price is a very good place with good ambient and friendly travelers. In the restaurant they make good pizzas and good pasta. They got also... More 

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Thank Chi-Chu-chong
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello! Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy you had a good time in our facilities. We are a small family hostel and we try to do our best to ensure visitors a great experience. You are welcome back anytime. Cinzia More 

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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

I honestly don't like leaving bad reviews because sometimes things just go wrong and its not a businesses fault. However on this occasion I feel like I must pre-warn people of the dodgy shower my partner experienced. After turning on the shower, sparks and smoke flew from exposed wires. Obviously concerned for our safety and the fear of the bathroom... More 

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Thank Raindance_bear
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Dear Joseph You are right, we don’t actually speak British English nor we are natives, maybe that’s why our collaborator’s explanation wasn’t clear to you. He explained that the smoke you saw is a normal result of the kind of shower that uses a low-voltage electric heater to warm the water. Therefore, there is no danger of electric shock or... More 

Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The hostel presents itself as a jewel already from the street: colored striped painted gates, huge wooden house, crystal-clear swimming pool, curious restaurant full of trinkets, odds and ends, huge trees and a garden full of plants and flowers. Well these is also one of the cheapest hostels in Cahuita, and the rooms are totally worth it. The personnell, consisting... More 

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cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Thanks we are happy that you were fine with us ! Cinzia More 

Province of Milan, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

the hostel is situated in a beautiful location, the natural park and Cahuita centre are within walking distance. The owners are very friendly, patient and helpful, they were always polite and help me by giving me useful information on places to visit. There is a very good restaurant, but there is also a well-stocked shared kitchen. It is frequented by... More 

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cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Many thanks it was a pleasure to host you ! Cinzia More 

El Castillo, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

I was amazed how nice this place is. Almost to clean for me. I didn't want to spill anywhere. Friendly Italian owners, always welcomed me with a smile. As a hostel owner myself, I have no problem sending all my guests here

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cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review
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Muchas Gracias!!! More 

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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

This italian owned place is new in town. It's just around the corner from the bus station which is very conveniant. The dorms are spacious and rhe shared bathrooms clean. There are hot water showers. The pool looked clean and nice although I didn't use it because of heavy rains. The garden area is really nice with cacao trees and... More 

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cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Thank you are very kind it was a pleasure to have you our guest More 

Modena, Italy
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

As soon as we arrived at this hostel we were welcomed wholeheartedly from the owners. They're an Italian family that bought it last year and are very friendly and helpful - Luca gave us lots of tips on things to do in the area. The hostel itself is very well taken care of, we were in a double room with... More 

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cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Thank you are very kind it was a pleasure to have you our guest!!! More 

London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Friendly and pleasant place. We stayed at the hostel only for 2 nights as we were travelling and going towards the end of the holiday, but Luca, Cinzia, Stefano and Alessandra made us feel absolutely at home since the first moment we arrived. Luca is like a local guide, and can give u many information of the places around. The... More 

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Thank Alessandro V
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Thank you are very kind it was a pleasure to have you our guest!!! We look forward to another trip More 

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