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Kaya's Place
Toronto
2 reviews
“Sweet Spot”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Great location, good price. The room was a little tight but thats because of the big bunk beds, and you dont spend so much time in the room anyway, the beach is right across the road! Some great looking food came out of the kitchen, although I only had fries (which were delish). Theres local beer a free pool table which is a nice bonus, cue is functional it can use a new tip.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Kenora, Canada
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

The construction of Kaya's Place is a timber-framed work of art, with a very artistic attention to detail- the furniture is built in the same manner, and is both beautiful AND comfortable! It does not look like a budget hotel by any means, almost every wall having a bright, very well painted jungle-themed murals and framed pictures everywhere depicting the African roots of the region.

The rooms are clean, quaint, and beautiful, the beds are the same artisan construction as the hotel. The rooms stay relatively cool in the most intense heat of the day, and the A/C can be turned on if need be. The two places I stayed in Costa Rica were both very aware of energy conservation. Lights and A/C should not be left on at all when not in the room.

The staff are excellent, and are eager to help. It is difficult to find locals who speak good english, which is probably the root of the poor comments about the staff. They don't have to learn english- we are in THEIR country, and trying to speak un poco espagnol helps.

The restaurant is EXCELLENT, but only offers North-American style cuisine. Great breakfast, lunch and dinner!

All in all, it was a fabulous stay, every morning walking out of my room through a lush courtyard garden to the front lobby, then cross the road straight onto the black sand beach and the Carribbean!! At the end of the 4 nights it felt like home. Thank you to the staff, the owner, and the other guests!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Viejo is a gringo-town, no doubt about it. Of all the places I stayed in CR, this town by far has the most amount of tourists and expats. This little joint is owned by fellow from Vermont who is super kind. All of the staff speak great English. It's situated right across the beach and about a 5 minute walk away from all the hustle and bustle of the town. Food here is all Italian (great pizzas and sandwhiches but don't expect anything healthy). The American-style breakfast is delicious. They also brew there own honey beer here which is heavy on the honey side.

Expect a lot of old American dudes, blues and classic rock playing non-stop, and lots of places to lounge around (including a few hammocks). The rooms are clean and cool enough -- open air with fans. Prices were decent. Laundry service is a plus. WiFi is respectable. Many of the rooms do not have a private bathroom but they keep the shared toilets and (freezing cold) showers relatively clean. There's also a pool table in back. Fun place -- loved the vibe!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

We were excited about staying here and in the end we were let down. We called ahead and booked a room for 2 nights and left our number. After we drove 10 hours, we were informed that the room we booked was not available and that we could only stay one night. They didn't call us or suggest any alternative options. The room was musty with only 1 towel, 1 coffee mug, and a broken coffee maker. The bathroom smelled like it hadn't been cleaned in months. Our outside light did not work. Too bad because the buildings themselves are beautifully decorated with amazing murals and tile work.

  • Stayed December 2012
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David, Panama
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Very affordable, very friendly staff who welcomed us when we arrived. The restaurant/bar downstairs offers excellent food (no, really!). There was a regular hum of music and conversation at night, but nothing unpleasant. We stayed in the budget room, which still had a comfy full size bed and even a room cleaning service daily. It gets a little hot on the side facing the street, but with the fan on we slept fine. We had a great time in this town, and Kaya's was the perfect place to stay. The beach right across the road is great, and just a (3 km) bike ride away is some awesome snorkeling! Definitely a great value, and family friendly.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Friendly, welcoming staff, great breakfast, great location (main street 3 mins walk, beach is opposite). Ok, the rooms arn't the cleanest and they do smell of damp, but they look fantastic, - apartments with sofa, lounge and bedroom in the jungle!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Pilsen, Czech Republic
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

For me, Kayas Place was the best choice in Puerto Viejo. A quiet locaiton only 200 m from town, a wonderfull Playa Negra just across the street.... Very friendly atmosphere and staff, restaurant and bar where you never get bored....espetially when the home made Honey - Mango Bier was on tap. A luxury beer, I loved it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Kaya's Place
Address: In Front of Playa Negra | Before Last Bridge Into Town, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 105 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kaya's Place 2.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Door is Always Open at Kaya's Place... Kaya's Place is a 26 room lodge on the stunning Black Beach in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. Built in the Afro-Caribbean "Rustico" style, the hotel is artistic and unique. Local woods and materials have been used in their natural state, making each room different and beautiful. Every space you encounter will be a pleasurable experience. The sound of the waves is always in the background, soothing and tranquil, guaranteed to take you away from the stress of everyday life. Inside the hotel, you will find many places to relax. The reception area is more like a living room, with a gigantic sofa, television, people to chat with and view of the ocean. The large deck upstairs has a wonderful ocean view with hammocks and sofas - perfect for reading or taking a siesta. In the back, gardens line the walkway, filled with local plants and flowers. A covered sitting area in the garden offers another opportunity to meet and enjoy the company of others while you stay with us. Our restaurant is spacious and open with view of the ocean and a small creek with fish, water lilies, crab and other water life. Located in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast, the area is blessed with natural beauty in the form of dense jungle with impressive flora and fauna and some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Kaya's Place is part of the growing eco-tourism industry that supports the preservation of almost 2 million square meters of primary rainforest. Taxes from this industry support the many national reserves and efforts to maintain the natural resources. We are dedicated to preserving these resources while sharing it with all the people that come to know this amazingly beautiful part of Costa Rica. Our recent renovation of Kaya's Place was completed with the same philosophy. No lumber or materials were taken from the primary rainforest. Much was recycled wood or dead fall from local farms and lumber that had washed up from the ocean and rivers. With these natural and renewable materials, we achieved a unique character with rustic and artistic designs. Also all the walls are painted by hand, with many details and awesome drawings. BE OUR ECO-GUEST Our Door is Always Open at Kaya's Place - We Hope to See You Soon! ... more   less 
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Kaya`s Place Hotel Puerto Viejo
Kayas Place Puerto Viejo
Kayas Place Hotel Puerto Viejo
Kaya's Place Costa Rica/Limon

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