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“Where the jungle greets the sea”

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Paradise Island Lodge
Reviewed February 9, 2010

The rich woodwork and style seem to blend into the lush tropical backgroud as you step in through the handmade gait. The staff welcomes you like family and if your Spanish is limited, they are also multilingual. The open air design of the lobby and of the dining area is an invitation to sit and relax, and let the sounds of the surf take your thoughts away. If your looking for quiet, comfort( great beds) and convencience, then this is your place. If you just want to absorb the sun and the cleansing Ocean breezes, grab a blanket and a drink and cross the street. Otherwise, a bike ride in one direction will take you to town and the other way, to the infamous Caribean beaches with the possibility of monkey sightings and other exotic wildlife along the way. Even for the short time I was there, I got a taste of the " Pura Vida". I hope to come back some day

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 12, 2010

Upon my first moment in this place, I realized I had stumbled upon a gem. I have traveled extensively, always for pleasure, and I have never experienced such amazing hospitality and genuine kindness in all my time away from home. This Inn is not only spotlessly clean, simply but gorgeously decorated, but also is run by the most welcoming people I have had the pleasure to meet. Jose and Yvette were so much more than accommodating...they literally catered to all of out needs, including many changes of plans. We were supposed to go to Panama, but there was a mix-up and they were right there ready to help us through all of our problems. The place is beautiful, it is directly across the street from the beach, and their lovely pool is a wonderful option. Food was delicious, especially breakfast, which is included in the more- than-fair price of the rooms. I can't say enough about this Oasis in Paradise...stay there...you won't regret it!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 12, 2010

We have stayed at La Isla several times and always return. This time we stayed for two weeks and were not disappointed. As a matter of fact, we were pleased to find the only thing we thought the place was lacking - a swimming pool has been added!

If you're looking for a posh resort -- don't bother with any of the hotels on the Caribbean side. Go to the Pacific side where lots of huge, overpriced resorts exist. But if you're looking for a tranquil piece of paradise, this is your place! La Isla is perfectly located within walking distance of Puerto Viejo, but far enough away from the town to be quiet. There is a great restaurant at the hotel, or walk two doors down for pizza and italian at Totem.

The inn is rustic - constructed of natural woods. All of the furniture is hand made. The beds are comfortable. The cleaning staff is amazing - you won't find a cleaner hotel. Keep in mind this is a tropical climate - if you want cool comfort spring the extra cash for A/C. I have read a couple of posts about the plumbing... it is true the water pressure is probably the only thing in this hotel that is a bit lacking. But it is the same everywhere in Puerto Viejo. The area is not well-developed -- exactly what makes it so wonderful.

The staff is exceptional. The owners, Petra and Jose, are friendly and helpful. They go out of their way to make your vacation relaxing. This is also a very secure hotel with security 24/7. And the beach in front of the hotel is the only one with a lifeguard on duty.

If you want a peaceful, relaxing place for a beach vacation - this is it!

Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
1  Thank DaVa123
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Me and my wife were in la isla for 7 nights, coming from bocas del toro (we also loved it) we were expecting big things in puerto viejo, and these were fulfilled:

1 - location - the hotel is meters away from cocles beach (one of our favorite ones at puerto), if you will stay at punta uva or manzanillo you need a car to get into town, otherwise staying at cocles you are just a 10 minute walk from it.

2 - clean and comfortable - the hotel is builded nicely with lots of wood all over the place, making you feel more inside the forest. beds give you a nice rest. the food there is great and there is a refreshing swimming pool.

3 - jose - the owner was great with us, we had nice conversations every day after we finished our day, he is always suggesting things to do (and organizing), he also has the coolest dogs in puerto.

the whole experience was peaceful and just what we needed. not to mention it was one of the few ones with private security at night.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2009

We stayed at this hotel based on reviews on this site. We were disappointed with the room. It offered no frills and was stifling hot. We got the room with the fan thinking it would include a ceiling fan. There was an old, barely oscillating fan in our room. Moreover, the water pressure in the shower left a lot to be desired. I would not recommend this hotel. There were a lot of nicer hotels near Punta Uva

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank tashamh2
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Reviewed August 21, 2009

Seriously. You could probably throw a baseball from the registration desk and hit the ocean. Our 4 nights there were definitely relaxed. They clean this place religiously! Of the 4 places we stayed on this trip, this was definitely the cleanest. If you stay here, definitely plan on renting a bike or golf cart. Though its situated perfectly on cocles beach, you're about a 15 minute walk from town on the jungle trail. The restaurant at the Inn is good, but there is much better food to be had in Puerto Viejo or Manzinillo if you are mobile. Oh and the two massive german shepherds that greet you when you check in make you feel safe at night!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

this hotel was great.. the only draw back was there was no pool when I was there. BUT they are in fact putting a pool in now. this hotel is right across from the beach. The staff is helpful and friendly, the room was very nice. The breakfast that comes with your room is very good, you get a choice of 3 different meals. They are closed for dinner so you will need to go to town which is a little bit of a walk at night. But they will call a taxi for you.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank sparksdaylight
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Address: Playa Cocles, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica (Formerly Hotel La Isla Inn)
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: $75 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paradise Island hotel is in front of the beautiful Playa Cocles and near the forest, with capacity for 45 people in 11 fully equipped rooms as well as tours and restaurant service to make your stay in the Caribbean Paradise unforgettable. Paradise Island has room for all kinds of groups, 10 are standard rooms with A /C, satellite TV and amenities. We also have an apartment equipped with kitchen, refrigerator, sofa bed, a small balcony and table, special for families or groups of friends of more than 4 people. All rooms and the hotel includes: -WIFI -Terraces Or balconies -Hammocks or rocking chairs -Book exchange -The Rooms have air conditioning -the showers have hot water -Service Breakfast a la carte (or bed) -Parking -Security 24/7 -Towels And sheets -Information of tours in the area -Swimming pool Additional services: -Beach lifeguard in Cocles -Rent of bicycles and snorkeling equipment -We spoke English and Spanish -Restaurant service * Children under 7 years free lodging * Children under 12 pay half Reception is open from 7am to 9pm Restaurant is open from 7:30am to 2pm There is no restriction of age for children Pets are allowed in our hotel with previous request by mail or telephone. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel La Isla Puerto Viejo
Paradise Island Lodge Costa Rica/Limon

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