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“The worst hotel of our trip - and also the most expensive!” 2 of 5 stars
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Kaya's Place
In Front of Playa Negra | Before Last Bridge Into Town, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“The worst hotel of our trip - and also the most expensive!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed in 5 different places during our trip to the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. We weren't looking for anything fancy, all the places we stayed were in the budget bracket. This was definitely the most disappointing and worst value.

The positives:
- the location is right opposite a lovely stretch of beach.
- the bar serves interesting locally brewed craft beers
- the staff were reasonably friendly and there was a sociable vibe

The downsides:
- cleanliness levels were low. The room was grubby when we arrived. We stayed three nights (it was peak season - we moved on as soon as we found somewhere else) and in that time our room was not cleaned.
- room was generally pretty badly put together and uncomfortable. The mattress was ancient and uncomfortable. No mosquito net was provided. No chair in the room. Fan noisy and ineffective.
- it was quite noisy at night - gangs of gap year type Americans being loud in the dorm rooms.

Maybe this would be an ok bet for a group of backpackers looking for a shared hostel dorm experience, but as a couple looking for a budget double room it was a poor option. We moved on as soon as we could - to a hotel round the corner which was cleaner, more comfortable, and ten dollars a night cheaper...

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Had a blast last time I was here. Perfect weather in the Springtime, the manager is awesome and friendly and very welcoming. This place is low priced, has great service, the cook at the time I was there was amazing, and its right next to the beach. Its really, really hard to leave this place. You might forget about your job, family, and future, and get frozen in time here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Kaya's Place is a comfortably different kind of hostel on Playa Negra just before entering Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. The rooms are spread over several buildings, separated by paths and small garden areas. In addition to sleeping rooms, Kaya's is a brew pub and restaurant. Because it is just outside the main town, it is quieter at night, usually just the sound of the surf pounding across the street. The town is, however, only a 5 minute walk, and there are numerous restaurants, bars, grocers and beach and dive/snorkel/surf shops. Rent a bike for the day and pedal easily to playas Chiquita, Cocles, Punta Uva or, for a longer ride, Manzanillo. The staff at Kaya's Place are helpful in assisting guests with arranging transport as well as day trips.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

I spent 2 weeks here, and absolutely loved it. Everybody that works there was so friendly.
It's right on a beautiful beach, close to the town centre. You are able to rent a bike for really cheap if you wish to.
I travel to a lot of places, and would never normally go to the same place twice, however if I could, I'd be back there within a heart beat.
Rooms are huge and beautifully decorated.
They also brew there own beer which is definitely worth a try!

Loved my stay there.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Rosa, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Very kick back comfortable week in Feb. upgraded to room with kitchen. Great staff. Thnx Samary for helping get my lost luggage! Greetings to JT, Rose, Anthony (what? You're a meanie? Luv ya Philly), Dex, Ale, and all staff. Thnx. Martha and Nate enjoyed all! Miss my treetop room from chilly rainy California.

Room Tip: Close to town. Close to beach. Can be worth an upgrade for kitchen and take advantage of close groce...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Ask chofer to stop at the hostel, aprox. 200m before basstation. Close to the beach playa negra. Close to shops and restaurants and to more beaches. Fancyful painted inside. Ask for a room not just above the bar if yoy want to go to sleep early. In our room we couldn't hear the waves from the sea because of the trafic. There are cosy alojaments in the garden that might be better in that opion. People are nice and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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victoria bc canada
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I'm more of a hotel person but loved Kayas place ...my room was clean it's in a great location ...except at night where you can't walk at night across the bridge but taxis are around so make sure you take one!...

I think people get the "real" owner nice guy name JT..and the pretend miserable negative man "Anthony" confused in previous reviews ..

The staff is lovely there and most are volunteers ..well this guy Anthony acts like he is the owner and gives a great place a bad name...I've seen him belittle staff (volunteers) in front of guests and made them upset and cry..he even is super rude to guests calling them stupid and all sorts of names.

Still loved it here and would stay again!

Stayed February 2014
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Address: In Front of Playa Negra | Before Last Bridge Into Town, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel, Hostel and Private Bungalow with Bar (Luke's Tap Room - Hand Crafted Beer on Tap) and Restaurant (specialising in wood oven pizza) ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Kaya`s Place Hotel Puerto Viejo
Kayas Place Puerto Viejo
Kayas Place Hotel Puerto Viejo
Kaya's Place Costa Rica/Limon

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