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“Great stay at Hotel Guarana!” 4 of 5 stars
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Puerto Viejo Center, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great stay at Hotel Guarana!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

We arrived in Puerto Viejo at night after a very long bus ride. When we arrived at Hotel Guarana we were extremely happy we had booked there (we just emailed them the day before we arrived as were able to get a room). The owner, Paolo is super friendly and made us feel at home right away. All of the staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms are quite basic, but each have their own little patio with a hammock. The reception/communal area is also great for lounging around in and using the free wifi. The location is just a couple blocks off of the main road so it is totally safe to walk back to in the evenings. They also keep the front gates locked at night (but you are given a key) as well as provide as safe in the room which helps allieviate any concerns about safety and security. Our only disappointment is that we didn't discover the TREE HOUSE on the property until the day we were leaving!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

I stayed at Hotel Guarana three years ago and have nothing but great memories of my stay. Im actually going back in April and have already booked my stay. Aside from it being a clean, comfortable room, its just beautiful. The decor of the hotel is beautiful with colors and a little piece of the rainforest in the middle of it all. It can be a romantic stay for a couple and a comfortable, fun and safe stay for a group of friends. I made sure to have my tea in the morning while lounging on the hammock outside my room....so relaxing.

The location is perfect, it is within walking distance from the center of town (which is very safe) yet a ina quiet area where one can relax.

And of course, the owner, Paulo, was sooooo helpful, and friendly. He recommended great places and made the stay at Cabinas that much better. It felt like I was staying at a friends house. I cant wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

Cant ask for much more than here. The prices are great, the hotel is a block off of the main strip and close to good restaurants and bars. The room I was in was simple, but decorated which was nice. I only needed it as a place to sleep and shower, and it was perfect for that. What makes this spot awesome is the owner / staff. Paolo is such a great person, very out going and makes you feel like you're visiting an old friend. The rest of staff was very friendly, always saying and good afternoon with smiles.

Without a doubt I recommend this as a quiet place to retreat to while you are enjoying the area.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

We really enjoyed the nicely decorated, comfy and clean rooms. The atmosphere is friendly and the owner, Paolo, is even more. The common areas are well equiped and the kitchen is clean. Good quality-price value!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

I stayed two nights here (Dec 25 and 26) and was sad that I had to leave. I loved the room, loved the porch, and loved the common area. The whole property has a wonderful feel. The owner is a wonderful man who always went out of his way to make sure the guests were comfortable. He gave excellent practical advice on where to eat, what to do, where to go. I can't think of a better place to have spent Christmas Day!!! I can't wait to visit again!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

For 25$ this is an excellent choice. Clean, nice atmosphere, very good customer service and location. Nothing to complain...

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

I have stayed here twice now, once for two weeks and once for a few days. The hotel is very clean and comfortable, and the prices are reasonable. But what makes it perfect are the owners (Paolo and Giovanna), staff (especially Alma and Rosie), and (OK, Saba, you get a line, too) dog running it. Paolo's smile, hugs, and energy will brighten up anyone's day. His friendliness contributes to the guests' friendliness which makes Hotel Guarana more than just a hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Hotel Guarana

Address: Puerto Viejo Center, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Guarana is a small hotel full of owners charm. We have 12 rooms individually uniquely decorated. We are situated in one of the most quiet and central streets in Puerto Viejo, 200 m. Only steps to beach and restaurants. The hotel is safe, private and set in a lush tropical garden of flowers and fauna. Services include; Wireless, Laundry, safe in room. English, German, Spanish, French & Italian spoken. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Guarana Hotel Puerto Viejo
Hotel Guarana Costa Rica/Limon

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