I visited Puerto Viejo for 15 days and stayed at Jacaranda Cabinas for my entire trip. Each morning I woke up to the peaceful sounds of birds from the garden surrounding my room. The hotel is well kept and during my stay you can tell the owner and staff took pride in ensuring the rooms, entrance, hallways and even the community kitchen was kept spotless. Although the rooms did not have air condition, with the ceiling fans, that was enough to keep us cool. After all, you ARE in the jungle!. There were some clients that came and left because the hotel did not offer TV and AC. If you come to P.V to watch TV might as well stay home and if you NEED air condition, then you have no appreciation for nature and should stay in the city.. P.V has so many activities, by the time the evening, you should be so exhausted, you just want to have a shower, meal and pass out til the morning for more fun in the sun!. If you really need to see Television, in the internet room (which by the way has free wireless and a computer), there's a TV. There are hammocks located throughout the hotel so like on rainy or lazy days, you can just chill and read a book, relax or fall asleep and enjoy the tranquilly and sounds of the forest.
The day time Manager, Neomi is absolutely wonderful!. She's very knowledgeable on all activities and is always willing to help you make arrangements. The fact that she's always pleasant and has a smile makes you feel welcomed. In the evening, if you're lucky to catch Vera the Owner, she can tell you lots about P.V as she's lived there over 20 years and have seen the town grow from little or no hotels to what it is today. Also, she's fun to talk to, but as I said, if you're lucky to catch her.. She's always bustling around tweaking her Garden, which she's planted if not every, most the plants & tress you see. She's also responsible for the decor of the entire hotel and rooms. Each piece of furniture throughout the hotel was hand picked by her during her many international travels. Vera is also known by all the locals and she's the perfect person to get restaurant recommendations from. Every one she recommended to us turned out to be exactly as she said. My favourite during my stay was Jungle Love.
On the comment from a traveler about the ants, when we were there, someone else complaint about it but only to realized they had food and snacks in their bags. If you're in a hot, tropical place, common sense would tell you not to keep food in your room or luggage (like those guest did). The community kitchen refrigerator is there for that purpose!.
The hotel is also conveniently located one block from the Mega Supermarket, the Pizza shop and bread & Chocolate. Two blocks from the main street where can always find a taxi or walk to the many activity centers and restaurants & bars.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting P.V!.. O yeah.. and the prices per room is UNBEATABLE!.
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