-$20/night is an unbeatable price anywhere, even in CR, for a private room w/ private shower
-the shower itself is very nice, excellent hot water
-excellent location, in the heart of santa elena w/ many good restaurant options nearby
-free internet access in the common area
-good tour and restaurant advice from the owners and staff
-the owners will do your laundry!!! granted for like $5/load, but it's pretty convenient while on vacation...
-there are indeed a lot of insects, including some large roaches, around, but duh... you're essentially staying in a rainforest
-you're paying $20/night.... it would be unreasonable to expect 5-star lodgings at that price... you get a private room w/ private shower, but yes, there are bugs. and yes, the breakfast isn't anything to write home about, although the fresh fruit is nice. Casa Tranquilo is a good home-base for younger travelers who don't mind the noise of other nearby hostels, or those looking for inexpensive lodging so they can blow more money at what people come to costa rica for, the rainforests...
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking