Rooms - diligently and spotlessly cleaned daily, with nice little touches to make the room nice. I was surprised to be honest, after being in hostels I didn't expect my room cleaned every day and it wasn't necessary - though very nice given the amount of sand I trudged in from walking on the beach daily. No air con but fan which was fine.
Location - a bit further from the main part of town than other similar cabins, but straight onto the beach. Finding it through the village alleyways confused me a little at first, until I got my bearings with the main beach path, football field, the next field along next to Icaco and the main track which runs in either direction from the main boat landing.
Price - fine. In fact I booked in high season then the manager offered me a $10 discount per night on arrival due to it then being low season, which I had not been aware of and thought was jolly decent. Although the $10 did not then include breakfast, it's easy enough to grab one in town for $5 or less. it's not super cheap like shared dorms in hostels, but you are in Tortuguero and there is a premium on that.
Staff - very nice and helped with anything I asked.
Only downside? The beach is not great to sit on in turtle season due to the flies that are attracted. So the only thing Icaco is missing would be a nice pool and somewhere poolside to sit in the sun! (Princesa has a pool - although not very nice - so I stayed where I was!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located right on the beach with: Free WIFI, hot water, fans, room with satellite TV, hammock ranch, laundry services, telephone & fax services, restaurant services, tour information, secure, and most importantly very clean. ... more less
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- Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero Costa Rica