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“Great location, friendly owner, could improve on cleanliness” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Rutan Surf Cabinas

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Rutan Surf Cabinas
Calle Anita, Jaco, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #15 of 48 Specialty lodging in Jaco
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“Great location, friendly owner, could improve on cleanliness”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2012

Decent place in Jaco - close to everything and quiet considering the bustle of the town. The bathrooms were a bit gross but otherwise had a decent stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2012

I stayed at the Rutan Surf Cabinas for 3 nights and loved every minute of it. For starters its got one of the best rates in Jaco (25$ for 2 people), the lady who works/lives there is very friendly and very helpful, and the location couldnt be better. Its a 10 second walk to the beach and a 10 second walk to the main strip in Jaco-near bars, restaraunts, shopping, and just about everything. There's a really cool outdoor bbq/kitchen that everyone can use, the atmosphere is really chill and laid back, and theres a ping pong table which is a fun little addition when you come back from the beach. The rooms are clean, the sheets were clean, the showers, and like I said the staff was very friendly. Its also pretty safe and locked up at night to deter any petty theft. Would definitely reccomend to anyone traveling on a budget in Jaco.

On a side note Rutan Surf Cabinas makes you wish Jaco wasnt so built up. Its got such a lazy little surf hostel feeling compared to all the new highrises being built!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2011

This place is exactly what everyone is looking for. It is just outside of the main town, tucked away neatly inside a private street right at the beach! Staff is awesome, there is a really nice huge bbq area outside with all the kitchen things we needed. Rooms are clean, people are mellow, beds and sheets and showers were all right on. Its not the Ritz but as far as hostels are concerned its 5 star. I'll only return to Rutan!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2010

The staff is very nice, and it's location is great! It's two minutes from the beach and has a great bar and restaurant right across the street. Had a great time!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Rutan Surf Cabinas

Address: Calle Anita, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 48 Specialty lodging in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the laid-back coastal town of Playa Jaco, Cabinas Rutan is centered amidst pristine sandy beaches and killer surf! Rutan is a retreat, a quaint island style getaway for surfers and sun worshippers. Upon new ownership, formally known as Chucks Cabinas, we have added amenities such as a BBQ to new beds, linens and decor, Rutan Surf Cabinas is more unique and tranquil and still the lowest price in town! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rutan Surf Cabinas Hotel Jaco
Rutan Surf Cabinas Costa Rica/Jaco

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