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Casa Marbella
Ranked #2 of 8 Tortuguero B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 31, 2013

We booked Casa Marbella directly prior to our visit to Tortuguero and Daryl was very helpful with providing useful information prior to our arrival. He is extremely knowledgeable about Tortuguero & is keen for visitors to have a great experience.

We caught 2 local buses from San Jose & a ferry from La Pavona - this trip was easy & very cheap when compared to other information about how to get to Tortuguero.

We stayed in a ground floor room with 2 double beds. It looks like the property is being extended, so there are some building works going on, but given you won't be sleeping in anyway, this didn't cause any problems.

Breakfast of pancakes was super and a welcome change from gallo pinto. We'd gone on a wildlife boat tour at 6am that morning & had this delicious breakfast when we returned. The next morning we were hoping for pancakes again, but scrambled eggs and toast were on the menu; still very good.

We booked a turtle nesting tour through Casa Marbella and were successful in seeing 3 turtles along the beach of the national park that evening - amazing! Do not miss this tour if you are in Tortuguero at the right time.

Whether you are travelling as an individual, couple or family I would recommend staying with Daryl and Casa Marbella, if they have availability.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

I decided to take a chance and plan a trip for the next day to Tortuguero. I didn't have phone service so I emailed the hotel and the owner emailed back right away. Daryl not only promised me his last room, but he helped me secure seats on the boat ride from Moin. The hotel was clean and comfortable. Our room had obviously been updated recently and was very nicely done. My daughter loved the towels folded up into animals - nice touch! Our room was on the street side and was very loud one night but the noise stopped at around 10. If possible, I recommend asking for a room that's not on the street. Awesome breakfast. The ladies who worked the desk were kind and helpful. I highly recommend staying here!

Room Tip: Ask for an inside room if available.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Hi,
Stayed here for 3 nights with a friend. We had room 4 which had a double bed and 2 single beds and a private bathroom with a hot shower. We arrived VERY early as we flew in from San Jose (GREAT FLIGHT but beware luggage allowance on cheap ticket is very low and they charge for excess). Daryl (the helpful owner) had pre-warned that no one would be there that early but to help ourselves to coffee and either wait for breakfast or pop next door to the bakery. We waited and were not disappointed by the pancakes :)
Went out with a guide called ROSS - his info is on the noticeboard. A botanist by trade and full of great stories. We enjoyed our trip on the hill despite the weather.
Went on the night tour to see the turtles (arranged with the hotel). Were very lucky to quickly see turtles.
Also went on the boat tour with Roberto - fabulously relaxing way to spend a few hours.
Restaurant wise - avoid Miss Junies - we only went for lunch with just 2 tables and yet the service was still lousy. Wild Ginger and Buddha Bar were both tasty (BB has best view).
As probably others have said, you need cash as there is no Bank in Tortugero. It's a good spot, nice beach, interesting environment. You probably only need 2 nights there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Good clean place, cheap for what you get. Breakfasts were good and not always the same. There's a terrace with great view on the river. We booked tours on place and we were satisfied.
We were in the room with street view and heard the dogs in the street, maybe others rooms, for exemple on the river side, would be more quiet.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

To truly experience Tortuguero and its spirit, this is the place to stay. Very clean, welcomng staff, hearthy breakfast and excellent location. Price was very reasonable also. I am so happy I picked this place and there are no regrets.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room facing the street. It can get just a little bit noisy at night by locals, but it...
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

This bnb is amazing. I didn't see other option near here but this place is right on the water. Great deck for breakfast and other meals. Windows has solid metal screens so sleeping with the ocean breeze was nice. There nature tour was also a great experience. Can't say enough about this place.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

We stayed in downstairs room which was extremely comfortable, clean and tidy. The staff were very friendly, helpful and kind. Breakfasts were excellent, eaten on a terrace with a great view across the river. We were allowed to use a two person canoe free of charge, saving some money and giving us the opportunity to get away from the guided tours.

The hostel is based right in the centre of Tortuguero but is surprisingly quiet with its central position only being a positive!

For any information, ask the owner (Daryl Loth); his deadpan style is informative and very amusing!

Overall, I have stayed in many hostels and Casa Marbella was excellently competent in all aspects.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tortuguero, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
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Ranked #2 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Tortuguero
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Casa Marbella Hotel Tortuguero
Casa Marbella Costa Rica/Tortuguero

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