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“worst hostel I've ever stayed in” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Rutan Surf Cabinas

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Calle Anita, Jaco, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #19 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Bellevue, Washington, United States
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“worst hostel I've ever stayed in”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Extremely dirty - it looked like the sheets in our room hadn't been washed in months. Sand actually rolled around on the bed when we sat on the sheets, and we just felt sooo unclean the whole time we were in the room (which wasn't very long since we wanted to spend as little time as possible in there). The bathroom was absolutely horrible too - we avoided showering until we reached our next hostel. Maybe we just got the worst room since some of the other reviews are much more positive, but I would personally never recommend this hostel to anyone. Staff wasn't any too friendly, and there is no way I would describe this place as "clean" like the other people on here did (and I'm a low-maintenance college student and didn't have very high expectations going in, but somehow I was still grossed out and almost slept on the beach instead of inside the gross room). Jaco just sucked in general though as a town in my opinion, though, so maybe that's part of it. A part of my Costa Rican experience that I really don't care to remember.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Gothenburg, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012 via mobile

Central, clean and by far the cheapest place in town

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

I stayed longer than expected because the mood was excellent. Very clean, good situation, very friendly staff. The other people at the hostels were a mix of old people on vacation, surfers, backpackers ... a very friendly mix. The place is clean, super close to the beach and shopping.. right across from a great (and cheap) restaurant, There's even wifi ! CLEAN, AFFORDABLE, GREAT LOCATION, GREAT STAFF, what more could you want??

  • Stayed April 2012, 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 May 2, 2012 via mobile

I didn't expect much from Jacob but this Hostel made all the difference. Very relaxed and easy going, excellent facilities that actually get taken care of (like BBQ grill and oven), nice atmosphere with plenty of hammocks and rocking chairs and plants for shadow. The wifi works flawlessly for Costa Rican standards and power outlets are in the rooms and outdoor area if you need them; all things I came to appreciate a lot on my travels.

The staff is fantastic and was pretty much available and helpful night and day but without giving you the feeling of watching you. It right away felt like I stayed over at a friends house.

Thema only thing I didn't like is that my dorm room didn't have a window. Though it didn't smell bad or anything and I was only in there to sleep anyways. This is the first hostel where the pillows actually didn't smell like the last persons feet...

If in Costa Rica again I will definetly stop by! Thank you!

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  • Stayed April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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San Diego, California
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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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Additional Information about Rutan Surf Cabinas

Address: Calle Anita, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
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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