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“Cheap. and pretty sketchy.”
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Hotel Puerto Viejo
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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78 reviews
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“Cheap. and pretty sketchy.”
Reviewed October 8, 2011

This place was very inexpensive to stay. The rooms were spacious, clean, and comfortable. The shower was warm, and had great pressure. That is the positive.

The hostel has A LOT of potential. It is large, there are big common areas, and the staff seem friendly.

The issue is, this place isn't kept up. The kitchen is filthy and there are no dishes. None. We shared a spoon and a glass.

There are prostitutes in the rooms, we saw and heard enough of them. there is a constant smell of marijuana in the common areas and lots of strange people floating around. Not a backpacker kind of place to stay. The common areas are large, but un-kept and uninviting.

We've been backpacking for a while and our expectations are not high. This place was a bit depressing.

Kick out the creepy people lounging around, clean up the common areas, get some dishes, maintain the garden, and say no to prostitutes and then it will be a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Hotel Puerto Viejo isn't a luxury accommodation, but if you're looking for value, convenience, cleanliness, and, above all, a great atmosphere, this is the place. Puerto Viejo has a lot of "cheap hotels" for backpackers, economy travelers, etc., but this is the original one. It's been here for years, and there's a reason for that. Service is casual and friendly, the rooms are very clean, thegrounds are well-maintained, and there's a ton of choices as far as kinds of rooms. The room we stayed in was big enough for all 6 of us, bunk beds and 2 full-sized beds. Mattresses and linens clean and nice, no bugs (except mosquitoes, and you can't get away from those anywhere in PV...or Costa Rica, for that matter...). VERY different from other budget places and hostels, where you're lucky you don't end up with a bedbug infestation, a sandfly explosion or a collection of roaches. Ugh. But best of all are the people. Kurt, the owner, is just fantastic, as are the other staff members (Dan, David, Barbara, Thorin, Flaco and several others). If you need something, they can help you. It's a very familial feeling: people cook in the kitchen and share meals, they break out the guitars and drums every now and then, they sit in the front lobby and talk and talk.The clientele is diverse, ranging from singles to couples to groups, from all over the world. The price was unbeatable, and we know whenever we're in PV we will definitely stop and stay again!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Puerto Viejo
Address: Calle 217 y Ave 71 -69 | Mts South From Hot Rock's Bar 50, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 104 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
No shoes, no shirt - no problem! Hotel Puerto Viejo is Puerto Viejo's original and most well-known backpacking hotel. Located only a few blocks away from Salsa Brava, the original and still the best Costa Rican surf spot we cater to traveling surfers and backpackers alike. We offer a well equipped kitchen and spacious common lounge area with lots of comfy sofas and dining area or enjoy our private garden or our big back yard, all equipped with Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of Puerto Viejo, you can reach in 5 min by foot the beach, a wide range of restaurants and bars, surf shops, mini markets, cash machines, and beautiful sunsets. Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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