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“Luna Negra - may work for you” 3 of 5 stars
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Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70004, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Le Blanc)   |  
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2 reviews
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“Luna Negra - may work for you”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

I want this to be a fair review so in no way does Luna Negra deserve more than 3 stars and neither can I offer it any less since it does offer the necessary accommodations in a place (Puerto Viejo) where hot water is a luxury.

Firstly, I'd like to classify Luna Negra as a B&B but there was no breakfast so I'll just call it a B&S (shower). Breakfast would have been a nice gesture considering that we paid around $125 per night.

For that $125, we did get the largest "unit", which was the second floor 3 room apartment with a nice terrace. The site says that the place is like 100 meters from the beach, which is true, but it fails to mention that it's 15 meters from the road! The road, no matter how small is the main road that leads to town and has enough cars on it well into the night.

More about the place. It's run by a nice Dutch woman (Doreen) and consists of a two story building with a 2nd floor large apartment where we stayed next to a 1 room apartment where the owner resides. Both of them are above a pizzeria kitchen which is run by Marco..not sure what their arrangement is there but the pizza is really good!

Behind them is are a few more single story cabins.

Note, the layout of the apartment is such that it's completely open, there are two doors, and two large windows that lead to the terrace. If not fully closed and locked anyone can get in. Also, there is no safe anywhere on the premises. When asked about that, the owner shrugged and said "why do you need a safe? we live here, we're here all the time and we have dogs" Now, having researched Puerto Viejo a bit, what she says actually make sense. There have been quite a few theft and robbery incidents there and a couple cases that were worse, usually involving an attack on a secluded house. Luna Negra, albeit fully accessible from all sides is not secluded and I did hear the dogs bark one night, definitely a thief deterrent. If that sounds reasonable to you, then you have the right attitude for the Costa Rica east coast.

More about the apartment. It's got the bare essentials, walls and a bathroom with a shower. The shower has hot water which works all the time if you turn the knob just enough (it's a coil system which turns on when the water is running). We of course, didn't turn the nob correctly and had a few lukewarm showers before figuring it out.

The larger bedroom has two basic beds with mosquito nets (you may need them). The first night I must have stuck my hand out of the net and paid dearly for it with a 'handful' of bites (pun intended). The other bedroom is a box with a bed. It was supposed to have a fan there but we didn't find one. Good thing that it wasn't too hot and we didn't need it.

Finally, the terrace is nice and I guess is the best thing about this place. You can see the beach and relax on the many chairs or hammock. Note, there are two hammocks there but one is made for children. Having a second adult hammock there would have been a great addition, almost another half star worth :). Also, remember you're in Playa Negra which translates to black beach - a beach with black sand. It looks dirty and wild but it's not dirty. It is, however, wild but that's what you're here for right?

All in all, this is a decent enough place for Puerto Viejo, if you're traveling with a group and need a place with a couple of rooms and beds and very close to town but still away from it, Luna Negra may be for you. Don't forget to try the pizza.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

i simply had good times, the guys are really friendly and they made my staying very confortable and they provided all the information I needed for the rest of my trip. Nice beach just right across the road

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010 via mobile

This is a lovely hotel, it overlooks a very pretty beach And the cabinas are set back amongst pretty plants.
The rooms are a good size and look very cute.
Whatsmore the owners are lovely, they are happy to offer you advice on the area and will do whatever they can to make your stay a good one.
we really enjoyed are time in this tranquil hotel, its a 10 min walk from puerto viejo. Whilst I was there I had to go to the hospital and they took me there, made sure I got seen and then emailed to Check I was ok!
Highly recommend this place, very chilled out.

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Valparaiso, Chile
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2010

I loved Le Blanc! It is close to the center of town but far enough removed that it's peaceful for tired travelers. Also, the owners are incredibly helpful, generous, and kind. I definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2010

Josep and Carme are wonderful and charming people who bend over backwards to help in many ways.
I enjoyed my stay at the Le Blanc and recomend it to all.
Just across the road is a very nice beach and great swimming place.
Beautiful garden setting.
Thank you for a great stay.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

We stayed for two nights at Le Blanc Hotel. Its location is very pleasant right next to the beach and we enjoyed especially our breakfasts on the terrace with a stunning view. The owners are very friendly and helpful.
Unfortunately the cabinas need to be refreshed and although a mosquito net is provided, there are a lot of mosquitos during the nights. Also don't expect hot water in the showers, but with the temperatures outside, you will be happy to refresh yourself with some cold water.
The access is very easy, since the busses stop in front of the hotel. Just ask the bus driver to stop at "Playa Negra". Le Blanc Hotel is perfect for a short stay in Puerto Viejo. It is about 10 min walking distance from the center, which makes it a quiet place to stay.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2010

Some people enjoy dodgy hostels, parties, expats and constant traffic - if you rather go for a peaceful, laid-back caribbean paradise experience, I warmly recommend hotel Le Blanc. Amazing prize/quality ratio, perfect location, lovely little rooms and the beach just a couple of meters away. It's more quiet than in downtown, which is definitely a positive thing in a busy turist attraction like Puerto Viejo.
One more thing: the hosts are the loveliest, friendliest hosts ever.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Address: Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70004, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel Le Blanc)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 15 hotels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Also Known As:
Luna Negra Hotel Puerto Viejo
Luna Negra Costa Rica/Limon

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