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Martina's Place Hostel

Agujitas, Drake Bay 60503, Costa Rica (Formerly Pura Vida Drake Bay)
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Ranked #6 of 11 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed at Martina's place for 6 weeks in Feb./March 2014 and it was just awesome. The hostel is not even 5 minutes from the beach and it is located very conventiently in the center of a little quiet village near beautiful beaches, rainforests, and one the largest national parks in Costa Rica (Corcovado). It ist just an amazing location... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have spent several days here and am delighted. My room is quiet and comfortable. It is situated in the middle of the small town of Drake with easy access to stores, shops and eateries. A beautiful garden area and a covered area with hammocks as well as comfortable tables and chairs. Her staff is very helpful but best of... More

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I visited Martina's place in January planning another trip in the near future ;-) The hostel is located in a perfect location - 5 min walk to the beach and all facilities just around the corner. Just what I was looking for: an inexpensive accomodation - the rooms are simple but clean and the Trips she recommended were great and... More

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Toda raba Sonja for your review! I am happy to hear that you liked it so much that you will come back! More

Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This budget-friendly hostel with a very laid back atmosphere is just a 3 minute walk from the boat. They pick you right from the beach and then you're welcomed by the owner and founder Martina. A woman with a lot of experience in the field of tourism and always willing to give you the best advice. She really understands the... More

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Wow! That is one of the best reviews I ever got! Almost I can put it like that on my flyer :-). It was a real pleasure having you and your wife here and thank you so much for taking the time to review my hostel. Martina More

Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

For being in a village down a seemingly endless dirt road, it's a cool little place. We stayed in the private room with bathroom. We are not wimpy and have stayed in worse places. But damn it was hot!The room just would not cool down even with the door open. Even with the fan full blast, it was arguably one... More

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate it because it confirms our work and shows us where to improve...In your case two things: I checked the drain system to avoid bad smells and I will put a climate table on my website, so guests can prepare their vacation better. March is the hottest month in southern Costa Rica, it... More

Cleveland, Ohio
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a challenging review to write because we find ourselves wanting to be fair yet describe our experience accurately. We had originally planned to stay with Martina for 5 nights in her "honeymoon bungalow" for $50/night. We then were informed that the airline had to change our flight so we notified her immediately that our trip would be reduced... More

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Dear R.-A. and F. I really appreciate this long and honest review and thanks for taking the time to write it. Thanks also for your compliments about my person :-) About the water: In 5 years that I live in Drake Bay I never ever was without water, because I have a 1000l tank which fills up automatically. Those 5... More

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Martina's Place was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica and Panama. Drake Bay is absolutely gorgeous, and Martina is the nicest and most helpful hostess you can imagine. We felt like home in her nice and clean rooms, big kitchen and terrace with hammocks and tables/chairs. Thank you so much Martina! Silvano & Aniek

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Hello Aniek + Silvano, thank you so much for your great review! I am happy you liked it so much at our hostel. Bedaankt for staying here :-) Martina More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Martina is fluent in Spanish, German and English and very helpful for suggesting and booking tours with local providers if needed. There are many options for your budget here including tent, single rooms with facilities down the hall and one larger room with a private bathroom which my friend and I shared. There is a community kitchen available and filtered... More

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Hello D. thanks for your review, I really appreciate that you took the time to write it. I totally agree with you about the smell of the bathroom, since I am still renting, I am not allowed to make any ventilation holes.... but I -hopefully- will be the owner soon and that will be the first thing on the list... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

There's not much accommodation available around Drake Bay and certainly not many budget-friendly options out there. We enjoyed staying at Martina's Place enough to spontaneously extend our stay despite having limited time in Central America. Drake Bay is just stunning, Martina offers a home away from home, great tours and a laidback atmosphere. We checked out the family room, triple... More

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Hello Kasia, thank you so much for your review! It was a pleasure having you here and although its far away, may be you and your friends come back one day! Dziekuje bardzo, Martina More

Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

hotel is ok, beds are fine and wifi is working well. Room a bit hot, but not a real issue. Given the quality, clearly overpriced though. Kitchen seemed dirty, fridge's last clean up has probably been done during the last century (if done). Advices were limited, and friendliness was clearly not present - but we were not such on a... More

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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Arthur. I am happy to hear that you liked the hotel in general, the beds, WiFi and how we organized the tours for you and your friend. I consider myself as a sociable, friendly and helpful person - if I have said (or not said!) something that made you feel upset I sincerely apologize! I... More

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Address: Agujitas, Drake Bay 60503, Costa Rica (Formerly Pura Vida Drake Bay)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Martina's Place Hostel in Drake Bay -Clean hostel with familiar atmosphere -2 min. to beach and supermarkets -All Tours to Corcovado, Cano Island and around Drake Bay -Big fully equipped kitchen for self cooking -Free coffee & tea, oil, salt and sugar -Hot water showers -WiFi -Hammocks -Free parking -Free luggage store Martina's Place is located in the center of Agujitas, which is usually called Drake Bay. It is 2 minutes to the beach and around the corner are supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries and an ice-cream place. You can cook in our big kitchen and sit, chat and eat in our roofed patio. A guitar is waiting to be played. We can organize all tours to Corcovado Nationalpark for you, including the overnight tours, as well as tours to Cano Island for snorkeling, diving or whale & dolphin watch. You should not plan your stay too short, since there is a lot to do around Drake Bay, for example the hike to Rio Claro (with swimming at the waterfall) which you can do by yourself! We have good WiFi connection and one computer to use. Drake Bay is located on the borders of Corcovado Nationalpark on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. The village is small, unspoilt and authentic, surrounded by abundant nature. All throughout Drake Bay you can hear the howler monkeys or the croaking of the scarlett macaws... Attention! There is no bank or ATM in Drake Bay. Bring enough cash or pay with card (+7% banking fee). ... more   less 
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