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Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses
Reviewed March 28, 2014

This place was lots of fun. The staff are awesome thanks Vincent and Greta foe everything. Relax vibe here and lots of interesting people pass through. Stayed in a dorm room and a private room simple rooms and perfect for a good nights sleep. The beach nearby is quaint and very private. Kitchen has pretty much everything you need to cook as food can be a problem to find and expensive in CR. Wildlife right outside your window monkeys and birds will wake you in the morning so no need to set an alarm. I would return here as it is just a great place to relax.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

I stayed here back in November on my way to Punta Mona and had such a super rad experience. First, it was really nice to get out of the bustle of Peurto Veijo with my cousin to kick back and relax with the jungle vibe and re-charge at the nearby beach. Secondly, the owners are super cool very nice people and very helpful, when I asked to stash my extra bags while I went into the jungle they were so nice about it (cautionary note to travellers keeping clothes in plastic bags in the humid tropical rainforest, they tend to get moldy very quickly so be careful, however it is harmless green mold and washes completely off, all good after a good wash). I stayed here again on my way back from the jungle and they were super nice about the whole thing. I rented a bike and cycled in to Peurto to visit friends at the bar which was alot of fun, if you like to cycle I highly recommended to make that trip on a clear night, the stars are amazing but bring a flashlight! Also recommend the hiking trail across from the hostel to the right of the beach which takes you over to a side beach which is less crowded and very long and beautiful great for yoga and meditation! Over-all would love to go back, the private rooms are nice and comfy.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Max K
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

After reading the reviews I expected a bit more. There is a jungle feel, indeed. I would not call this place a clean but I have admit that in this humid climate it might be hard to keep anything clean. There are two kitchens. At least the one on the ground floor wasn't very welcoming. Part of the jungle feel are the mosquitoes that are there also during the day. There was a large enough net covering the double bed. We got quite bitten still so I don't know what kind of bugs there were. A stronger repellent would have been needed than I had.

Staff is helpful they do their best to create a nice atmosphere. I was also grateful for their flexibility when I messed up with my Hostelworld booking.

I enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere of this place. It is very close to the beach and you can find several restaurants and two supermarkets from walking distance.

Thanks for the waste sorting facilities. I was happy to use them. Since sorting instructions vary from one country to another it might be a good idea to have list next to each of the bins what to put there. Recyclables is too general of an advice.

It is good to remind visitors that water is a scarce resource. However if the shower is leaking 24/7 that probably has larger contribution than the people using the shower. Pls. fix the leakage first before asking the guests to save water.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Marja S
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

So,I also caught the virus here but it seemed to be everywhere on the Caribbean coast!
The hostel was a good size, the beds could have been more comfortable, but the feel was nice and the people who were there when I was were lovely! Shame that the water cuts out sometimes and they rely a lot on the rain!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Hidden away in the jungle this place feels a lot more remote than it is. Right across the street from the beach and across from a really great restaurant. The private rooms are very quiet and have a wooden hut kind of feel. There are some spaces in between the boards and the mosquitos can get pretty bad in the evening (like everywhere else) so use your bug net properly at night. It has a beautiful garden and a really nice shower that is partly open so you can look up into the trees. One of my best memories was taking a shower and looking up at a sloth who was looking down at me! Also, red eyed tree frogs frequent the shower often so it's worthwhile to bring a camera, we managed to get some really great shots.

Room Tip: Stayed in private room 3 and it was right on the balcony with a neat hammock.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

What a beautiful building...that space is enchanting and the location fantastic. But please give it a spring clean. Mice and rats, and although the cleaning woman did a fantastic job on her daily duties, the place needed a good clean and some maintenance - - fix the boards that one would fall through, put some hooks on the back of bathroom doors, hang some curtains in front of the showers, fix the shower doors. Sort out the water issue - while there 6 people became violently ill.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

Reading reviews I was expecting a lot more. I found the hostel to be pretty average. It's reasonably close to the beach but otherwise sort of inconveniently located. Upstairs in the dorms the entire floor shakes a lot anytime someone walks and because the rooms are open (no windows, just big spaces in the walls) noise travels a lot between rooms. I heard so much about the amazing staff here - Vincent was very nice, true, the other 3 staff were much more interested in each other than in guests.

Kind of worryingly ( for a 4 storey building made of wood with lots of people sleeping ) there seems to be little thought given to fire safety. I noticed one fire extinguisher in the kitchen (unmarked) and no others or emergency exit signs or alternative exits to the main staircase.

On the plus side it's really nice to hear the jungle sounds as you lie in bed.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses

Address: Punta Uva | Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 1451-2050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 120 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range: $18 - $63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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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