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Wave Trotter
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #20 of 25 Hotels in Santa Teresa
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“Fantastic, clean, spacious place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Very nice clean and spacious hostel / hotel. This place is set back from the main (slightly dusty) road, and is amidst plenty of tropical wildlife (howler monkeys, big iguanas etc).

Great wooden feel to the place, decent private rooms, and dorms with lockers, nice bathrooms with hot showers, big kitchen, fridges etc. Owner was very nice and laid back. Wish I could have stayed longer!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

A very good hostel, staff were really friendly and laid-back. The place was great to hang out in, very clean and modern. A friendly group, easy to meet people there when travelling alone! Close to the beach and within close walking distance to bars and restaurants :)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Mantua, Italy
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

i stayed at the hostel and it was super. place with a huge garden with iguanas and monkeys. owners are very friendly and helpful. they care about their guest and try to make your stay as comfortable as possible. they even used a smoke machine to kill mosquitos around here

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I stayed at Wave Trotters with a larger group of traveling friends I made along a backpacking trip. It was my favorite hostel along my trip, to say the least! The entire layout of the hostel is welcoming on its own, from the large open space, to the warm hard wood floors, the relaxing coach area, huge open family-style kitchen, and perfectly placed hammocks you'll find out back. Now, I can't forget the most welcoming part of the entire place - JULIO. The Hostel Host, who is like family within 24 hours of your stay. Julio is so welcoming, helpful, and knowledgeable about the entire area - if you're looking to surf, go horseback riding, do some yoga, find the bank, or make a friend. He's awesome and so is the entire place!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Wavetrotter is a very special hostel, both because of the layout and the people. It's very spacious and open and you don't really feel like you are inside. There is a nice kitchen for communal use, and the bathrooms are nice and clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful! I stayed in the dorm and the beds are nice and sturdy and the rooms are very airy and open. It's a short walk to the beach, and there's a couple of spots to choose from. This is really a great hostel, I would stay here if I go back to ST!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We stayed at Wave trotter for a week end (2 nights) in dorms. It was fun as we met great people there, the beach nearby is very appealing and not overcrowded of tourists.

The hostel is fine, the dorms are clean, you get your fresh sheet when you check in. And there is a fan in each dorm to survive the heat. There are lockers as well in each dorm which is good to keep your valuables safe.

In terms of safety it was OK, but sometimes you wonder if a few random people could easily access the place without being noticed. So, just as a security measure, keep your valuables safe. By night there is a need of a code to enter the place, which we felt was a great measure.

Apart from that the staff is very helpful, you can rent a surf board directly at the hostel for a fair price. The staff is also happy to organize a taxi to go out at night, as the road is very dusty, and Santa Teresa being quite a spreaded place, you may need to walk a lot to reach the place you want.

Overall positive, it's a good value for money place and friendly staff.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

Superfriendly staff who helps you with everything you ask for!
Always fresh and clean. Toilet and showers are nice!
I lived in both dorm, private room and the apartment and all rooms were good!!!
It's open and you feel very welcome. Like your own home.
I totally recommend this great hostel to everyone!
I know where to stay next time I go to Santa Teresa!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 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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Address: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Teresa
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