The place isn't bad but it's certainly nothing to rave about. We unfortunately left it a little late and most other accommodations (Iguana, Harmony and several private rentals) were booked up but the website does make it look better than it is in reality.
We stayed in Suite 3 (top floor with air con) and I found it really depressing. Bars all over the windows, nasty dated decor and not a great deal of natural light. We were in Costa Rica by the beach in a lovely town but you wouldn't think it to stay here. It is also a little further than we thought from the beach - the map on the site is a little misleading.
The pool area is nice though and we bumped into the gardener and one of the cleaners a few times and they were lovely smiley people. We're both surfers but we did find quite a few of the American surfers staying around the pool to be very unfriendly. You say hello and you get nothing back - weird. Anyway, I digress...
The most annoying thing was arriving and finding a note in the "suite" saying that theft is common and on the same page stating that cleaners come every 2 days. No other info. Now, we found that odd and we also found it very odd that they state that theft is common yet they don't provide a safe for their guests, meaning the first feeling is of anxiety about where to stash cameras etc!
We did see a few bugs (looked like roaches in the bathroom) and our toilet also overflowed one day - nice! but we didn't mind the ants etc as we're basically staying in the jungle so that's to be expected.
Anyway, it could certainly do with a general renovation job, some internal decor work (not blood red curtains with hardly any light and yellow walls - that's just plain nasty) and a safe in each room.
There appear to be quite a few new places popping up in Nosara so KayaSol will have some new competition unless they make a few changes, either that or just stick to being a backpackers and make it obvious that that's all you really are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our quaint family owned and operated hotel is located on the 200M Maritime Protected Zone. A 2 minute walk takes you to the best surf Guiones has to offer. We boast great prices & location; clean, comfortable, simple rooms; and our service is excellent. We are located on the non-commercialized end of the beach which gives you the tranquility you deserve yet puts you within walking distance to shops, restaurants & yoga. Come and enjoy the good life. Pura Vida! ... more less