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Reviewed September 2, 2015

Unless your goal is partying, this place is a must try in Canoa. A variety of tropical trees in the yard, part of the architecture. Very nice rooms. Cheerful, colorful paintings and text signs in the shared spaces. Small own library. But even this is nothing compared to the hospitality of the owners Jeroen and Carina. Jeroen was so friendly even on phone that is rarely seen anywhere, spoke words of my (mainly unknown) language, and helped me with EVERY issue I had on a continent which I never visited before. He knows a lot of recommendable businesspeople in town personally, and is well-informed about the nearing town Bahía, too. Although working for you all day, he is calm and rested. And do you know what?, he offered me fresh exotic tropical fruit from the trees (and of course also explained how to eat them)!!

Really like Paradise. At the mild evenings the guests gather and sit under the straw roof at the tables quietly reading, talking etc. with silent background music.

Reserve and feel yourself home, or even better!

Recharge your batteries whenever you can, power outages occur (not the failure of the hostel), and of course then there is no WiFi either.

Room Tip: The ground-level rooms are closer to the dining/gathering space... but there is no bad choice.
  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled solo
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1  Thank TamasJavor
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Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

A great hostel with amazing room. We were four friends that got a room for four (or maybe five) persons for $10 a night. Nice pool, very helpful owners, great relax area and good WiFi. Also loved the design inside the hostel. Very calm and still only 5 minutes walk from the beach (and all the noise) and all the restaurants (including Hotel Bambu). Possible to rent surf board for a good price at the hostel and they had very charming dogs.

To call and make a reservation, use the numbers 09-91468470 or 05-2588076

Stayed: August 2015, traveled with friends
1  Thank vicbook
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Reviewed May 19, 2015

After three weeks in Cuenca, Canoa was just what I needed. Spent 5 days luxuriating in the peaceful calm of the Casa Shangri La with it's open bar, cool pool, and comfortable rooms.
The beach and the small town of Canoa are just minutes away on foot. There are surfboards to rent at the Casa Shangri La if you are up for that. I chose to just spend some time relaxing in Canoa--- walks on the beach, swimming in the surf, laying on the beach or in a hammock, taking in the scene from the local beach bars and restaurants. Canoa is super laid back and I liked that.
Just a quick walk over the bridge and you are back at the Casa Shangri La where the music is always going, people are cool, and a hot shower and cosy room await.

Room Tip: I liked the upstairs rooms for their breeze and view.
  • Stayed: April 2015, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Alicia S
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Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

This is the place to stay in Canoa! The laid back vibe and helpfullness of owner Jeroen and the staff made us feel at home directly. Great ook place to chill and to occasionally catch some waves. Surf gear can easily be rented and rooms and garden are beautifull. We definately recommend Shangri La.

Stayed: April 2015, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Peter d
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Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

The place is on the edge of Canoa, with a five to ten minute walk to both the beach and the town. This makes it the best place to stay in Canoa if you want to get away from the crowds. Inside the Dutch owner Jeroen has done everything to build his own little Bali-style resort. Clean with a nice garden and good pool. Very laid back and relaxing vibe. Being able to grab your own drinks adds to the laid back vibe. Very affordable as well. Definitely a recommendable place for a short, but also longer stay in Canoa.

Stayed: April 2015, traveled as a couple
1  Thank René B
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