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Hostel Cascada Verde
Bejuco | entrada por tanque AyA, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica (Formerly Cascada Verde Eco lodge)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
Fort Collins, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“OK here is the deal...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Cascada Verde is in a beautiful location! You will wake up each morning to howler monkeys and birds. Blue morphos abound. 5 min walk to the nearest waterfall! Just a 20 min walk from uvita and cascada verde is in the Jungle! If you arrive at night bring a headlamp as it is a very dark windy and steep walk. For folks who do not like to hike, you might consider a taxi. It is true that Cascada Verde is no longer run as the website says. There is no longer food cooked there and there is no voluteer program for gardening. It seems that Pipper and Paul are renting the property and run it like a hostel. Bring your own food and you have full access to the kitchen. Pipper and Paul are very nice and will help you with anything IF you ASK! By the way Paul is an amazing guitar player! If you are an investor, I believe this property is for sale! My heart aches for what Cascada verde could be! It was built with such attention to detail and love. Buy it before the jungle eats this jewel!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Julie R, Manager at Hostel Cascada Verde, responded to this review, December 18, 2012
Dear guest of Cascada Verde!
The hostel is under new management!
We - Julie, Stephan and our daughter Luzie - are your new hosts
and we will do our very best to make your stay at Cascada Verde as wonderful as possible.
We started a volunteers programm again and offer breakfast and sometimes dinner, too.
Hope to see you again at our magic hostel!
All the best,
Julie, Stephan and little Luzie
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Cork, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

A M A Z I N G !!!!! Definitely I will come back soon !!!

Place is lovely !! Pirces are even better!! Very good value for money !!! Pawel and Piper are best hosts I ever meet.

Water falls, beach and trips are amazing and real fun, just check their website gallery.

If you look for adventure in national geographic style. This is the place that you should go !!

Rooms are clean and comfortable. Yoga terrace is a lovely place to relax.

I heard about problems with the previous manager, and I'm happy that this guy is gone now. He almost ruin this place completely. Thanks God for Pawel and Piper they make this place sparkle again.

I can't understand people who complain about this place. If you are looking for a 5 star hotel, this is not a place for you !

See you soon !!!

MJ and Maggie

Room Tip: Rooms with private bathroom !!!!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Hawthorne
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Management was almost non existent, seems like it is being run while we were there by very young and very inexperienced young men. No food or amenities or even a cold drink.
But the place itself is rather charming, and cheap as it should be.
Experienced travler, bargain hunters, this is for you

Room Tip: Don,t be upset if nobody is there and all the lights are off, there will probibly be a note for you...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Julie R, Manager at Hostel Cascada Verde, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Dear guests of Cascada Verde!
We are so sorry that some of you had a bad time at the hostel...
It is under new management now!
We - Julie, Stephan and our daughter Luzie - are your new hosts
and we will do our very best to make your stay at Cascada Verde as wonderful as possible.
It is such a magic spot!
And the website is working now, too: www.cascadaverde-costarica.com...
Please visit us again some day to see if you like it better this time!
All the best,
Julie, Stephan and little Luzie
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near amsterdam
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We just came back from our Costa Rica trip and we went to many nice and way more expansive places than Cascada Verde, but this place is awesome.
Pipper and Pawel two lovely hosts welcomed us as the only guests beside a young family and gave us very useful information.
We red before some mixed reports about the place, but found out that the people running it have changed and we ware very surprised. We did a great waterfall tour with Pawel and had some fun days on the beach and the nearby waterfalls.
Cascada Verde is a great place to come with family, helpful and friendly hosts and every dollar worth to stay.
Best wishes for your stay!
Lukas&Angela

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pasadena, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

I had heard great things about Cascada Verde, but unfortunately the reality did not match the hype. The place could be more described as a "hippy lodge" built out of junk material. The place is also a complete fire hazard. A quick look at their electrical system showed a very dangerous situation possibly in the making.

When we first arrived to Cascada verde, we imagined some kind of paradise lodge. Instead, the rooms are poorly designed, uncomfortable, and nothing works as advertised.

We were told by several local businesses to stay away from this place, as the owner, a German-born expat who lives next door (Patrick?), also has a very bad reputation in this town.

It was overall a very bad stay and we would not recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Julie R, Manager at Hostel Cascada Verde, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Dear guests of Cascada Verde!
We are so sorry that some of you had a bad time at the hostel...
It is under new management now!
We - Julie, Stephan and our daughter Luzie - are your new hosts
and we will do our very best to make your stay at Cascada Verde as wonderful as possible.
It is such a magic spot!
And the website is working now, too: www.cascadaverde-costarica.com...
Please visit us again some day to see if you like it better this time!
All the best,
Julie, Stephan and little Luzie
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

I can absolutely not recommend this lodge and especially not the tours they offer. I stayed there for 8 nights and my first impression was quite positive. But when I was back home, I noticed that the lodge’s boss had debited way too much from my credit card for the tours. So I asked him if there had been an error and he told me immediately that I was right and promised to transfer the amount. However, some months later, the staff still gave me empty promises and lame excuses. For example, they said that the boss didn’t have time to do the transfer because he was in Nicaragua at the moment… Until now, I haven’t received any money. Obviously, they are trying to make up for the relatively moderate prices by cheating on the guests.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Julie R, Manager at Hostel Cascada Verde, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Dear guests of Cascada Verde!
We are so sorry that some of you had a bad time at the hostel...
It is under new management now!
We - Julie, Stephan and our daughter Luzie - are your new hosts
and we will do our very best to make your stay at Cascada Verde as wonderful as possible.
It is such a magic spot!
And the website is working now, too: www.cascadaverde-costarica.com...
Please visit us again some day to see if you like it better this time!
All the best,
Julie, Stephan and little Luzie
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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

We booked our stay after reading positive reviews and guidebook endorsements; it is obvious that times have changed for the worst. There is no evidence that this hotel is an ecolodge. None of the amenities, services or ambience advertised on the website were available. For example, no kitchen use, no pool, no restaurant, no services... and the waterfall is a public attraction for $1, a short walk away on the main road. We learned that the hotel has an owner(s) and management rotates (our stay was with Maria and Pipper). Best to actually telephone the hotel to get a feel and actual details of services offered, as both can change without notice.

The most disapointing aspect though was the lack of hospitality. Upon arrival we were bombarded with the warnings about what they don't offer. We actually wanted to leave only a few minutes after arriving as we immediately had a bad vibe but felt they would charge us for the entire booking. They did not have our HostelWorld.com booking, and we were lectured (read: yelled at) about booking tours with the tourist info centre rather than the hotel. We pusposely stayed away from the hotel as much as possible to enjoy all that uvita/bahia has to offer. This was the only place on our 2 week vacation in Costa Rica were we felt uncomfortable and unwelcome. As one of the few guests who actually stayed there, we felt like we were treated with suspicion and given new rules each day. We can't say the staff were malicious, we really just think they had no experience and didn't like their roles at the hotel, as evidenced by the constant fighting between staff.

It is really too bad because the actual lodge is beautiful, surrounded by lush forest, howler monkeys, birds and a gorgeous ocean vista. Uvita is also an amazing place. To cap off our stay, they charged us the deposit we paid on Hostelworld.com, added a 10% service charge (was reimbursed after a heated exchange) on top of the VAT. They said it was for cleaning services; our room was never cleaned in 3 nights (oh? we were supposed to ask for that?). We ate one meal there and it was double the cost of other options in the area. Actually we felt like we inconvenienced the staff by having them prepare us food.

All this said, we played "stay away from Cascada Verde" on our trip to Uvita so we actually got to meet some cool people hanging around other hotels/hostels in the area. We would NEVER recommend this place under it's current (Feb 2012) management or if you are looking for an ecolodge experience....consider yourselves warned.

Room Tip: Note: privacy is limited due to an open ceiling throughout the lodge. You can hear everything from r...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Julie R, Manager at Hostel Cascada Verde, responded to this review, December 16, 2012
Dear guests of Cascada Verde!
We are so sorry that some of you had a bad time at the hostel...
It is under new management now!
We - Julie, Stephan and our daughter Luzie - are your new hosts
and we will do our very best to make your stay at Cascada Verde as wonderful as possible.
It is such a magic spot!
And the website is working now, too: www.cascadaverde-costarica.com...
Please visit us again some day to see if you like it better this time!
All the best,
Julie, Stephan and little Luzie
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Additional Information about Hostel Cascada Verde

Address: Bejuco | entrada por tanque AyA, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica (Formerly Cascada Verde Eco lodge)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bienvenidos a Cascada Verde!Welcome to Uvita de Osa!Willkommen in Costa Rica!Cascada Verde is a unique traveler's spot with beautiful rustic rooms (private rooms and shared) - and spectacular jungle views are included! Surrounded by tropical nature, with monkeys and tucans in our garden Cascada Verde offers you a magic, family and eco friendly environment where you will feel like home away from home.Our hostel is ideally located in Uvita: A little up the hill in the middle of the jungle and still only 15 minutes walk from town and 5 minutes walk from a beautiful waterfall plus restaurant! We offer a big and fully equipped communal kitchen, free wifi, plenty of space plus hammocks to chill out and relax, meet new friends from all over the world, play cards, read (book exchange), watch wildlife, enjoy the jungle's sounds...We, a young family from Berlin, Germany, are looking forward to meet all of you very soon!Hasta luego! ... more   less 
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