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“THE BEST!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante

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Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
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“THE BEST!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013

I can't say enough positive things about Don Jon's. It was perfect. Extremely clean, great atmosphere, the room we stayed in (bungalow in a tree house type of architecture) was immaculate, beautiful wood, mini fridge so you could buy your own drinks and food from the local supermarket (which is only about a 1 minute walk from the hostel). And it's Cheap!! The beach is another one minute walk. It's such a perfect location. But I think the best part of the stay is meeting Jon himself. He is always hanging out so you can get to know him, talk to him, and he can get you anything you need. Always has the best advice but never overbearing. Jon is the best!!!!!!!! He knows everyone so it's great to hang out with local surfers. I recommend this place to everyone. I'm only going here from now on when I come to Costa Rica. COME TO DON JON'S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: I like the rooms in the tree house!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Loved staying here. The staff was so friendly and easy going. We stayed in the dorm which worked perfectly for us. Out of 8 beds, only two others were being used so it wasn't overcrowded. There was a decent bathroom/shower in the room which served all of our needs.They helped direct us to the beach (super close), find good food (even though their food was delicious and good priced), find the local bus and even had a surf instructor hanging out at the cafe! If I return back to Santa Teresa, I will definitely be staying here. I miss the hammocks already!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the wooden hut. The hamacks are a big plus. Such as the wooden infrastructure. We even saw some monkeys in the trees above. What a sight! Further the rooms where clean an inspiring because of the wooden interior. The only negative thing about it is that they only had a fan, no a/c. So we had a bad night rest. But the location and Jon made up for it.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Umea, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Truely living up to his slogan.
Not expecsive at all, you meet lot's of funny people and the owner is the coolest guy in costa rica!
Close to the beach and everything you need aswell. Even if I were there in low season, the people are hanging at Don Jon's.
And if you like to surf you'll have lots of new friends all over the world.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

don jons what a nice place, great vibe!! the staff is amazing friendly people always with a huge smile and desire to help u in whatever way. the food mmmmmmm.... try the burritos theres none in town better than this!!! incredible! nice cozy rooms and super safe, close to the waves 5min walk and restaurants, supermarket too....
highly recommended!!! pura vida jon!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed in the A/C 8-bed dorm of Don Jon's and can only recommend it. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. Only the bathroom was a bit small. But this is compensated by the very nice atmosphere and good rates, even at crazy New Year times.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

don jons the man had an awsome christmas there cooked up some fish and made a punch and really felt like a family... bueno onda(good vibe)
would deffintatly stay there again. he has it all from dorms to private rooms to really cool buildings up the back of the propety with rooms and a top deck laid out with hammocks and a great place to chill. If your a surfer its great because its really close to the track to get to the main surf beach.
really chilled and good people pura vida

Room Tip: we had four people so we upgraded to the privet unit which had two bathrooms and ac had friends stay...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante

Property: Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
Address: 150 meters north from soccer plaza, Santa Teresa 1, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Don Jon*s has a variety of accomodations, great restaurante, and is conviniently located. Dorm rooms for backpackers, modern apartments with AC for groups, and rustic cabins with private rooms all made from teak wood and very one of a kind. A restaurante serving the freshest fish tacos, burritos, sandwiches and salads all ways, always. Only 100 meters walk to Santa Teresa beach with consistent surf year round and in the center of the village near markets, reataurantes, and soccer plaza. A family run establishment where the service is personalized and with gusto. See you soon! Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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