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“The ideal hostel experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Martina's Place Hostel
Agujitas, Drake Bay 60503, Costa Rica (Formerly Pura Vida Drake Bay)   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #4 of 11 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“The ideal hostel experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this hostel. Having been traveling through Costa Rica for some months, this has been one of our most ideal stays. Not only does the hostel feel like home, but Martina is just marvelous. She's as friendly as they come and is super helpful when it comes to booking tours and finding economical ways to enjoy Drake Bay and the Corcovado National Park. She even made sure we were awake on time in the morning to make our dive. She also makes sure to keep her hostel clean and her kitchen extremely organized for all the guests. Never seen anything like it. Also, because everything is sufficiently communal, we couldn't help but meet some really great and interesting people. It was quite perfect for us.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Hey guys, thank you so much for your review and thanks for staying at our place, it was a real pleasure having you here!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Crystal River, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Had a great experience at Martinas. Close to everything, all you need to use as base camp or stay for an extended time period. Thinking about going back, miss the great people I had the pleasure meeting. Coach

Room Tip: All rooms adequate for short or long stay.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Hey Coach, thank you so much for your review...we all miss you and hope you come back soon to live here for good :-)
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Stayed elsewhere, but found Martina almost supernaturally helpful in getting things arranged and booked. Almost omniscient in local matters. Speaks excellent English, unlike at many of the hotels. Brisk and efficient, and a real pleasure to talk with.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you so much for this review, I really appreciate it! Martina
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Martina's place was recommend by a friend in Uvita and did not disappoint! We told Martina when we arrived that we wanted to do a diving course and by the time we had settled in she had booked us in with the local PADI centre, didn't have to lift a finger!

The rooms and setting were great, 300m from the amazing beach on Drake Bay but still in the middle of the village. Martina was so helpful and knows everything and everone in the area and she even took time out to be our tour guide for an afternon trek to Rio Claro!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you so much Tristan for your review- it was such a pleasure having you guys here almost a week :-) please come back one day, there is so much more to explore about Drake Bay...
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Martina's place is great value. Features a clean, large and well-stocked kitchen. The location is close to hiking and beaches. Wonderful, mellow atmosphere. Martina was sweet and very helpful. Thanks!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you so much for your review Ryan, I really appreciate it! I hope to see you again one day in Drake Bay :-)
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

I stayed at Martina's for a little over 2 weeks and I look forward to returning there again soon. Martina is VERY kind, helpful and knowledgable about the best places to visit and see. She also is extremely helpful with organizing any kind of adventure you want from visiting Corcovado to diving & snorkeling at Cano Island to many many others. Her staff Tia and Angelica were also kind and helpful. There's a great kitchen and refrigerator for making meals. The rooms were clean, safe and large. The bed was very comfortable and the high velocity fan was a great addition as well especially during the hottest time of the year. It's also a great central location in about the center of Drake Bay which allows you quick access to the restaurants and grocery store and yet you also have the benefit of being able to walk to the beach and leave for tours easily. I would definitely recommend staying here!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, April 13, 2013
Hi John, thank you soooooo much for this great review! I could see you felt comfortable here and love Drake Bay, so I am sure I see you again soon :-) Enjoy your stay in Costa Rica, Martina
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Leipzig, Germany
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This is my third year that I`m at Martinas place and always it has been wonderful to stay here or also only chat a little or have a cup of coffee. This year she even got some cosy but really comfortable tents in her garden to stay and well... just while looking out of the tent you can watch lot`s of different birds that visit the flowers in the beautiful little garden, like kolibris or the wonderful big red scarlet macaw that always come for a visit. If you like to cook for your own - no problem, the kitchen is big and you will find everything you need. I came this year with a group of 15 geography students and we enjoyed a beautiful time here. Thanks again, Martina!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
Google Translation
Jessica, danke das Du mit den Studenten hier warst, es hat echt Spass gemacht, eine so grosse Gruppe hier zu haben...ganz lieben Gruss an alle :-)
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Address: Agujitas, Drake Bay 60503, Costa Rica (Formerly Pura Vida Drake Bay)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Martina's Place Hostel in Drake Bay -Clean hostel with familiar atmosphere -2 min. to beach and supermarkets -All Tours to Corcovado, Cano Island and around Drake Bay -Big fully equipped kitchen for self cooking -Free coffee & tea, oil, salt and sugar -Hot water showers -WiFi -Hammocks -Free parking -Free luggage store Martina's Place is located in the center of Agujitas, which is usually called Drake Bay. It is 2 minutes to the beach and around the corner are supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries and an ice-cream place. You can cook in our big kitchen and sit, chat and eat in our roofed patio. A guitar is waiting to be played. We can organize all tours to Corcovado Nationalpark for you, including the overnight tours, as well as tours to Cano Island for snorkeling, diving or whale & dolphin watch. You should not plan your stay too short, since there is a lot to do around Drake Bay, for example the hike to Rio Claro (with swimming at the waterfall) which you can do by yourself! We have good WiFi connection and one computer to use. Drake Bay is located on the borders of Corcovado Nationalpark on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. The village is small, unspoilt and authentic, surrounded by abundant nature. All throughout Drake Bay you can hear the howler monkeys or the croaking of the scarlett macaws... Attention! There is no bank or ATM in Drake Bay. Bring enough cash or pay with card (+7% banking fee). ... more   less 
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