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“We loved the home-like atmosphere and the Italian food.”
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Tucan Hotel
Ranked #3 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
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Reviewed May 23, 2011

I stayed at the Tucan with my daughter for 4 nights. We loved the hominess and made several friends. This was my first introduction to the hostel scene, though I don't know if this is typical for a hostel. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by Elizabeth's friendly and charming Italian accent. The rooms were clean and adequate, with choices of private bath or shared. The price was reasonable, and there were even options for cheap sleeping on a hammock. There is a kitchen for guests and fridge space for our drinks. The delicious italian suppers made by italian chef/owner, Elizabeth, were a very pleasant surprize. Breakfast is available as well. We made friends with some very nice people, which made our stay so enjoyable. Tra and Elizabeth gave us some pointers for local things to do. On their recommendation, my daughter found Tito and received a very helpful surf lesson, and then we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at a local restaurant/fish farm, with superbly cooked Talapia, followed by a refreshing dip in the local swimming hole. Other ammenities are computer access, and free wireless, a large selection of movies, a pool table, availability of surf boards, snorkel equipment, and bicycles, free shuttle to the local beach, and Saturdays there is a jam session where guests are invited to participate. Our AC wasn't cooling properly, and they immediately brought us a fan and spent the next several hours fixing it.

You can enjoy the best of what Costa Rica has to offer, by staying at the Tucan and experiencing life in the area, with convenient walking distance to the local shops, and even to the beach if you want to walk a little further. This is a homy, down to earth place with all the basics. It is not fancy or upscale, but after experiencing the Tucan and it's friendly atmosphere, I'm not sure I want to go back to "upscale" with prices 3-5 times higher. Thanks Tra, Elizabeth, and Uvita for a very memorable vacation. Faythe Silveira

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 3, 2011

we stayed in the hotel just for one night and the atmosphere there was very nice, a bit hippie-like with hammocks and meditation music, the rooms all have different decorations. But the 4-bed-dorms are very small, the mattress hard (felt like sleeping on a wooden bench and I'm definitely not pretentious) and it was very hot in the room. but the worst thing was that my money and my camera were stolen out of the room while we were sleeping and the staff didn't worry about it or help me in any way. The lack of a security guard is a clear deficite! So if you're planning to stay there just be careful with your luggage!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

We stayed 4 nights at the Tucan... myself, husband & 2 1/2 yo daughter. A great time. Got a room with private bathroom. Loved the air-conditioning - decreased moisture and noise. The mattresses are pretty bad, but I coped fine & don't have a bad back to begin with. The common area is really fun, with bar, restaurant tables, hammocks, massage table and kitchen. The music played promoted a mellow funky vibe & was off by 10 at the latest, which was a relief! I was a little concerned about this when we arrived, having travelled in Europe in my 20s and enjoyed partying loud & late at some hostels. This was not the case at the Tucan though. My 2 1/2 year old daughter loved dancing around, listening to music, meeting people and swinging in the hammocks. The dog is not too cool with little kids, but can be easily avoided. The restaurant served great & inexpensive food, but the service was slow slow slow. I really had to assert myself to get service. Tra was a very interesting guy, great sense of humor... very helpful with local tours on the spot. We took a surf lesson & horseback riding with Cuca - recommend both. We had our own car, so didn't use/need the shuttle. After the Tucan we went to the Marriott by the airport - what a let-down. So corporate! Definitely recommend the Tucan for fun & flavor!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 8, 2011

I stayed here with my partner for 3 nights, firstly in a 4 bed dorm and then in a private room - Both rooms were comfortable.

The Tucan has a large covered open area with plenty of hammocks, tables and bar area (although strictly speaking they don't serve alcohol). There's a bank, supermarket, cafe/restaurants and few more shops within a couple of minutes walk, and the hostel arranges a free shuttle bus to the Uvita Beach, but you have to make you're on way back which was approx 45-60 mins walk.

The staff can arrange trips for you, or pop into the Uvita Info Centre by the shops. We did the Whale watching tour and a kayak trip through the mangroves which were both good.

There was a nice laidback and friendly atmosphere there, and the only downsides were that there's only two commual bathrooms, each with a toilet and shower, and the kitchen could do with a larger hob as you can only have two saucepans on at the same time, which led to having to stand in line to cook!

Wi-fi access plus one communal computer for internet access

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Toucan in November. I remembered reading about it on TA. We were stuck in Uvita for 5 nights do to the roads being washed out, north and south, (tomas over haiti made it happen in CR). The first night we stayed at a hotel up the hill and when we realized the next day how trapped we were, we decided to look for another motel. I saw the sign at Toucan and told my hubby to stop there so we could check it out. Well, we had breakfast and ended up staying for 4 nights. Trae and his family were wonderful. We had such a good time, as we were not the only ones trapped in Uvita. I cooked curry chicken for all that wanted. The restaurant there is Italian and is had the BEST Gorgonzola Pasta I've ever tasted. All and all we had a great time at the Toucan! Can't wait to visit them again!

Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2010

My girlfriend and I just got back from a trip to the tip of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. On our way down, we stopped to stay at the Toucan Hotel/ Hostel because a friend told me he loved Uvita and my Lonely Planet guidebook recommended it. We ended up liking it so much that we stayed an extra day.

The owner, Trey, set us up with a nice private room with a private bath, a full size bed to sleep on and 2 single beds that we used to sort our gear for only $30 a night (it was the low season, I think it was regularly $35... more affordable still and nicer than our room at the Wide Mouth Frog Hostel in Quepos.) The family who runs the place are very warm and helpful... its an american guy and an Italian woman who clearly love what they are doing. She is a great cook, and makes dinner for the guests, and again prices are very reasonable. A local woman makes typical quick breakfasts until 9 for cheap. They have these great hammocks and comfy couches in the common area, computers you can use, wifi, tv, a bar, a treehouse with hammocks in case you feel like getting a little higher perspective on things, and a kitchen and fridge you can use to make your own food. There is shopping and an amazing whale park right nearby, and its a peaceful safe and friendly area of a beautiful country.

I highly recommend this place. Also, while you are there go on a horseback ride with Trey's local friend Cuca to the waterfall/ swimming hole and bar/restaruant nearby, and have him show you around the area. He speaks pretty much no English and we have little Spanish but we still enjoyed the trip immensely and it was only $25 per person for a 2-3 hour ride/tour/swim/ hang out and drink beers (he drank 4, I had one ;)

The highway from San Jose to here was recently redone so its a lot better than it used to be to drive here, and you can also easily take a bus to get here. Most locals seem to use the bus system a lot.

We rented a car from safecarrental.com.... you want to get a 4x4 because there are a lot of potholes and in some places dirt roads. We got a better deal negotiating just outside the airport in the ground transport area than we did booking ahead online- $320 for a month paid cash with a $750 deposit on the debit card. I recommend paying the extra $50 a week to use their GPS with Navstat navigation. The map I downloaded from GPStravelmaps.com for $50 didn't work very well. If you do drive, watch out for potholes and folks walking and biking along the dark roads with no lights or reflectors.

You can also get a single bed in a shared room or a room with no private bathroom if you are really on a budget and make your own food in the kitchen. Its backpacker paradise and not too shabby if you don't need a fancy Marriot or overpriced "ecoLodge" to feel comfortable. Our room had A/C and hot running water and it all worked, and the bed wasn't bad.

Bonus: The owners are in the only rock band in the area. They play great music in the common area all day, starting with quiet classical in the late morning and progressing to classic and contemporary rock and maybe some Sigur Ros at bedtime... tasteful and good vibes. AND we got awesome soft locally made hammocks here for $24 each. AND they have an awesome tiny dog and 3 sweet cats if you, like me, need your fix of fuzzy cuddles on the road.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2010

Stayed here for a few nights and had a good time. First night we came without a reservation, and they were booked up. But they offered us a room called "Casa Kiki" out back, which was a small open-sided hut wrapped in chicken-wire with a tarp covering. For the few bucks they charged, it was a good deal. And we actually slept quite well in there.

The next couple nights we stayed in a normal room which had bunk beds. All rooms use shared bathrooms with hot water that are clean.

But the real gem of this place is the Italian restaurant. Freshly made, authentic Italian dishes made by an authentic Italian chef. Even if you don't stay here, come eat here!

Beach is walking distance (30 minutes) and had very few people around. Gorgeous, long-stretching beaches! Take some snacks or a picnic, and lots of drinks, and stay all day. Also take a steep hike up to the vista outlook and watch the sun go down - beautiful, and if the tide is right, you'll see the whale's tail (formation of rocks in the ocean).

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 100 mtrs east of Banco de Costa Rica | Uvita de Osa, Uvita 60504, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Uvita
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Ranked #3 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Uvita
Price Range: $30 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Tucan Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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