We were 'recommended' this hostel by what we thought was a representative of the 'associacion de guias' whilst waiting for the bus at Cariari. Turns out he wasn't an independent rep but had called his mate to meet us at the dock upon arrival to take us to Icaco and presumably get the commission - this was a little annoying as we had got chatting to a guide on the boat who also was intent on getting the commission by taking us to the hotel and upon arrival neither man was happy with the situation! Not that it was anything to do with us!
They both walked us to Icaco - we looked at the room, decided to stay, and just left them to fight out the commission amongst themselves. They also wanted us to sit down discuss our tour plan for the next day but we told them to leave us to get our bearings first and we'd find them later if we needed to.
Anyway, Icaco is a pretty basic hostel - two double beds in our room with poor mattresses, TINY bathroom, knees practically touching the door when sitting on the toilet! The rooms are cleaned every day which is good and there each has a little patio area with table and chairs and there are hammocks that you can chill out on whilst looking at the sea/browsing the internet on their wifi.
Our room was $25 - you could get breakfast for an extra $10 but we felt this excessive and just sorted ourselves out.
Incidentally, I have some severe reservations about the 'turtle tours' - but see my other post for this.
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- Located right on the beach with: Free WIFI, hot water, fans, room with satellite TV, hammock ranch, laundry services, telephone & fax services, restaurant services, tour information, secure, and most importantly very clean. ... more less
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