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Hostel Hakuna Matata

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Main Street | Vicino Alla Fermata Del Bus, Cahuita 70403, Costa Rica (Formerly Hostel Shangri La)
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

stayed in a dorm room for 3 nights, there was no fan and the power went out for 2 days meaning everything had to be charged in a public area. staff are friendly, main downside is the ventilation, the rooms are so much hotter and stickier than even outside! great place for some downtime, really enjoyed chilling in the hammocks

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Thank Matt L
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello Matt You're right the fan in your room, often it stops and you need to move it to start it again. We are providing to replace it! However we are happy that you had enjoyed it. Good continuation travel! Cinzia More 

Bratislava, Slovakia
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Awesome hostel, chilled out, plenty of hammocks, nice pool that lights up at night, fully equipped kitchen. The hostel is just next to the bus station, bank and supermarket, very close everything. Luca was a great host (the gnocco fritto was delicious!) and Luciano was always very helpful. The owners were going to the airport and they offered to drop... More 

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Thank Elenkasab
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello Elenkasab! Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy you had a good time in our facilities. We are a small family hostel and we try to do our best to ensure visitors a great experience. You are welcome back anytime. Cinzia More 

Sweden
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful garden, equipped kitchen, lots of tables to eat by, lots of hammocks to chill in. Also they had a puppy, can't complain about that. And the hostel is located RIGHT next to the bus station, shops and ATM. Only bad things were that they only had one toilet for women and one for men. Fortunately I was there in... More 

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Thank Millajk
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hallo Millajk Thanks for the comment! In reality the baths are 3 but for law we are forced to put the symbols man, woman. The third it free really to allow both the sexes to use. However we have in forecast to build other 2 baths and 2 showers to eliminate every uneasiness to the clients. Cinzia More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed this place. Plenty of hammocks to chill in, spacious rooms and cool shared area with sofas. Really conveniently located next to bus station and bank (although Cahuita is pretty small so everywhere is pretty convenient!) Definitely value for money for Costa Rica

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Thank chloe_drm
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello Chloe! Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy you had a good time in our facilities. Cinzia More 

Cork, Ireland
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26 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Reception can be blah at times especially if you need a towel or a light bulb. The room has one outlet. The shared showers are not hot nor warm when their sign states: "Hot Showers." There is no bar and no free coffee and no oven as seen in the website's photos (perhaps time to revise the website may be... More 

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Thank stockcar69
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hi my friend, we are full of energy! Are you sure your reviewed the right hostel: the kitchen has a mixer, toaster, warm water, microwave and everything necessary for cooking and eating. On the door of the fridge is clearly written to write date and name on the food, but since very few do it it's hard to keep the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

They told me theres no room in dorms so they will give me a 20$ a night in a private, next morning they told me it will be 30$, front desk need to be more nice gave me a head towel when asked for a shower towel, no hot water in shower and only 1 power source at the room.... More 

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Thank Oz N
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello Oz You booked one day only for the dorm and you asked for another day. Since we were completely full we offered you a room with toilet and we did a 5$ discount, we gave you a towel even if nobody in the dorm gets it, we charged your things in the reception and tried to satisfy all your... More 

Santa Elena
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

Hakuna matata is a beautiful and central oasis. The staff is multilingual and offers a very good service, like translationservice, recommendation(Jaguarcenter, National Park,..), ideal surftimes,... The kittchen incl. fridge, is well equiped and can be used for free. The owner sometimes made delicious pancakes for everyone. WiFi is ok and the pool, "servicios", bathroom are clean, the garden is a... More 

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Thank Karten T
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello Karten! Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy you had a good time in our facilities. We are a small family hostel and we try to do our best to ensure visitors a great experience. You are welcome back anytime. Mosquitoes are our despair !!! Cinzia More 

Toronto, Canada
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231 reviews
129 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

The location was great. Only a couple of minutes walk from the bus station and 5 minutes from the entrance to the national park. Lots of hammocks and a nice pool to relax beside. The only issues were that the showers were cold and there wasn't much atmosphere but I would definitely stay again if I went back to Cahuita

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Thank Mj184
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! We apologize for the cold showers but when a lot of people are using them together the water doesn not have enouh time to warm up! We would be happy to see you again, have a nice trip! Cinzia More 

Vejle, Denmark
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

This place is very special. Hammocks, pool and a peaceful atmosphere makes this a great place to relax when visitning Cahuita. 400 meters from the local supermarket, 50 meters from a fresh fruit and vegetable store as well as the bus station. 500 meters from the one entrance to Cahuita National Park. Decent kitchen, though it needs a few accesories.... More 

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Thank Lasse A
cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Hello Lasse! Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy you had a good time in our facilities. We are a small family hostel and we try to do our best to ensure visitors a great experience. You are welcome back anytime. Cinzia More 

San Francisco, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

This hostel is one of the best I've ever been in life. Such friendly welcoming people are working there, the feeling was the one of being hosted in someone's home from the very moment I got there. That is actually Cinzia and Luca's home, and they created a truly beautiful environment: the garden, the common area, the swimming pool...not your... More 

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cinzia b, Proprietario at Hostel Hakuna Matata, responded to this review

Thanks Alvise! It was a pleasure having you as guest and we are really happy you enjoyed your time here! We wish you the best of luck for your trip to Panama! More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hakuna Matata Hostel is a lovely accommodation choice for travelers. Situated 20 meters away from the bus stop and surrounded by tall mango trees which give it a jungle-like vibe, it's a go-to experience for visitors of Cahuita. It's also located 3 minutes walk away from the national park and the beach and it has some food store right next to it. The hostel offers bed dorms and single rooms, a shared kitchen where you can cook your own meals, free WiFi, a beautiful swimming pool and a very nice common area with fun games like kicker or darts. As a side note, you will also be able to see wildlife here as the trees above the hostel are often frequented by monkeys and sloths. Come here to relax and meet adventurous travelers like you. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hostel Hakuna Matata

Address: Main Street | Vicino Alla Fermata Del Bus, Cahuita 70403, Costa Rica (Formerly Hostel Shangri La)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Price Range: $26 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
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