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Reviewed June 24, 2007

After reading a couple of positive reviews, my wife and I booked a room here for 2 nights in June. The hostel advertised a/c but the a/c was only turned on for about an hour after we first checked in and then it was turned off and remained so for the rest of our stay. The room stank and the bed stank even more. The sheets were threadbare and the room was crawling with roaches and other bugs. We found flying roaches in our bed and when we approached the manager about it, his reply was, "Welcome to the rainforest". The manager, David, appeared amaible at first and capable of speaking English, but it was soon apparent that he was rather arrogant and not very accomodating (as evidenced by his above-cited comment). Also, even though we paid a deposit on our room when booking it online, the manager changed the price of the room when we were checking out. Some friendly dogs live on the premises but they do bark and growl loudly all night. I've backpacked throughout Asia, Central and South America, Eastern/Western Europe, North America and Australia and this is certainly the worst stay I've experienced in any accomodations anywhere.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2007

The Casa is at an often busy intersection, with a mechanics garage quite close, meaning that it's not exactly quiet. The rooms were adequate, but there were no safety deposit boxes available. The free breakfast was nothing to rave about and we actually went out and got breakfast. Within a 5 minute walk to Santa Elena and all the shops, restaurants and supermarkets. Very cheap - worth considering if you dont mind noise.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2007

Casa Tranquilo is a great B&B. While it's nothing fancy, it's very welcoming, homey and is run by a friendly and helpful young Tico couple David and Elena along with their baby son, 3 cats and 2 dogs. (Don't worry most of the time the animals are wondering about outside of the house, I have cat allergies and I was fine.) The place is clean, our room had it's own bathroom, which is a steal for the price they charge. On top of that they offer free internet and free breakfast in the morning. In the evening all the travelers would gather together in the living room along with the owners and have a blast.

Stayed: February 2007
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Reviewed September 1, 2006

We stayed 2 nights at Casa Tranquilo on our honeymoon. David is a very friendly and helpful host. The free breakfast was simple but tasty and filling-- toast, jam, cereal, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit, all served buffet style. Tea & coffee are available for you to help your self to all day long. The lobby area has one computer with free internet access. There is also a printer and a data card reader, so we burned some photos to a cd to clear up some memory on our digital cameras.

Our room was clean and we enjoyed sitting on the shared terrace. The shower had plenty of hot water. We were very comfortable. It is just a 5 minute walk to Downtown Santa Elena, where there are lots of dining options, and anything else a traveller could need: Drugstore, ATM, Tour Offices, Taxi stand, etc.

At $10 per person per night, this was a great deal!

  • Stayed: August 2006
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crtravelercr, owner/manager at Casa Tranquilo Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2006

Hi and thanks to all the folks that have stayed with us. We greatly appreciate all the help you have given us on the uprising of our business. Elena and I are very happy to anounce we have finished our newest rooms with shared bath, so if you are in a shooort budget we will give you the best deal in town.
And for all you other travelers planning to stay here, we are with open arms awaiting.
Best to all and thanks again from CASA TRANQUILO.

David & Elena Diller

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Reviewed April 12, 2006

Wonderful experience. We just spent a week with David and Elena at the Casa Tranquilo. The free breakfast was great to start the day with. We had acess to the computer any time we needed. David met us at the bus to help us with our luggage, which I was not expecting. Since my spanish is limited he helped us with any questions about the tours or places to dine at. We would love to come back again.

Three very happy travelers from Lodi, Wisconsin, USA

  • Stayed: April 2006
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