It was my first time in Costa Rica and I booked the Kangaroo blindly just to have a room the week of New Years not really knowing what to expect. It turned out to be a hidden gem and one of my favorite places after traveling 3 weeks in Costa Rica. Its a simple place with 7 or so rooms it is very clean and it has a really nice pool in the back. The beach is literally only a block away you are slightly south of el centro (downtown) but its a less crowded and less rocky side of the beach. Downtown is about a 20min walk or literally only a 2 dollar cab ride. The Kangaroo is a good value and a good location but what really made it for me was the team. Francesca, Evan, Bryan and Jordan are some of the nicest and most hospitable people that i have ever met. Their knowledge of Costa Rica is endless and they answered all my questions and then some. They really go out of their way to make sure that you are enjoying your stay and that all your needs are being met. There was an optional New Years dinner which me and my friends took part in the food was incredible and i felt like i was sitting with family it was really great. I travelled through Costa Rica for 3 weeks and had no plans of returning to Jaco, however after seeing many places some great and others not so great i realiized how rare a place like the Kangaroo really is, and I returned for my last 3 nights again there. Overall if you are looking for a great value hotel with a really chill vibe and great people this is your place, ill never go anywhere else, Pura Vida!