I'd love to say wonderful things about this place as I really liked the service provided by Vincent and his wife, unfortunately this time we encountered more inconveniences than enjoyment which ended up screwing up our trip.
I stayed at the "Walaviña" which is advertised as a nice private room for 1 person or a couple, the place is OK but not as I expected. Mosquitos are a very severe problem for this place since it's not fully sealed to avoid mosquitos or dengue to get into the room. The beds have "Mosquito Nets" but still the place attracs tons of bugs which are a pain.
The place needs severe fixes when it comes to water, they work with a turbin that makes the water come and go. If there's no light for whatever reason they run out of water as well, this actually happened to me one of the days I stayed. When the water came back I decided to take a shower but the water of the shower was coming BROWN so I decided to pass on that one! ! ! :S They said that they have worked to have that fixed but the goverment have not set clear water for them to use apparently and they are obviously not willing to take money out of their pocket to provide clean water for the guests or have this fixed.
One the room they had 2 bottled water. One was for brushing your teeth but not drinking as it said on the label, but the second one didn't have any message on it so we assume it was clean. We drank of that water and used it to cook as we expected that paying over a $100 they could at least include one bottle of clean water. Well it wasn't and we got sick for an entire day throwing up and with diarreah. Apparenty we were not the only ones as other couple and group of Ticos got sick as well. One of them was taken to the hospital with a severe intoxication. It was awful and we stayed sick for an entire day. Actually the only day that was a sunny day becuase it rained a lot.
The place was not very clean and overall I don't know how they have permission to work as a hostel. I sincerely consider that they should provide more according to what you've paid. Don't waste your money here, pay a little more and find a decent place. This placed ruined our experience in playa Uva and Puerto Viejo and definitely will not go back there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Walaba is a charming property located between the jungle and the beach in the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our houses Caribbean style, are perfect for people who enjoy the tranquility of nature and love life. Our regular visitors in the area include monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds, toucans and many other species of birds, frogs, lizards along with other critters and creatures that mother nature has offered Costa Rica. We are located 5km from down town Puerto Viejo on your way to Manzanillo. There are buses during the day that will drop you off directly outside the hostel or you can get a taxi from Puerto Viejo. Punta Uva is quite and relaxed with restaurants, markets and bars with a local touch. Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses is a short 2 minute walk from Punta Uva beach; one of the most beautiful and well known beaches in Costa Rica and the world. Playa Punta Uva is surrounded by exotic vegetation and wildlife with pristine crystal blue waters. Protected by a rock cave it’s a perfect beach to swim, snorkel/dive, kayak or just relax and enjoy a book or the company of old and new friends. For those travellers who may want to veer from the typical budget hostel or party environment and feel the real magic of the Caribbean Coast, our multi lingual staff can guide you in any direction you want to travel. We offer: Free Wifi, kitchen, beds with mosquito nets, hot water showers, dining room & hammocks, open air terrace and BBQ, parking, bicycle and snorkel rental, tour desk and shuttle service all set in a Tropical Rainforest Garden. "Walaba Hostel – Your Caribbean Vibe Mixed With The Costa Rican Pura Vida." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses Costa Rica/Limon