You won't find high-rise, North-American-style hotels in Puerto Viejo. Most all accommodations are small cabinas and small motels with only a few rooms.
Cabinas Los Almendros are comfortable and many units have air conditioning, which can be hard to find in PV. The staff is helpful and there are many restaurants and bars, tour-booking offices, bicycle and motorcycle rentals, etc., within a couple of blocks. And it's less than 200 yards from the bus station, so you don't even need a taxi when you arrive.
I've stayed at the Garanas on each of my six vists over the past seven years. Run by a friendly Italian couple, the cabins are set in the midst of a small banana grove in a fenced compound. The rooms are clean, spacious, and are each equipped with a lock-up box. There is a common kitchen for small meals and fresh coffee is always available. Small improvements to the cabins are made each year.
On site tree-house with a panaramic view of PV. Its location two blocks back from the town centre ensures a quiet restful stay. the staff are friendly and more than ready to help you with any travel arrangments.
We really liked it here. The owners, Colocha & Mauricio were great hosts. Mauricio Salazar is also a guide & guests get cheaper rates for his Keköldi Indigenous Reserve tours.
There are 3 individual cabinas on the property for guests. The price was $30.00 a night for 3 of us in 2006 & we had a whole 2 story house with kitchen to ourselves. It was the first time we made "sock coffee"...mmmm...good stuff! The prices have gone up a bit since we stayed there but then so have all the other accomodations around town. It is about a 20 minute walk along the beach in to Puerto Viejo so it's in a fairly quiet area being as it's away from the town.
This is not really a hotel but more a short term fully furnished apartment rental. Nice beachfront apartment in a 3 apartment building. The owner Janet lives on the property. The a shared dog named Bo who walks out to beach with you. The apartment is furnished clean and really close to the beach. Surfing is very close and Puerto Viejo is about 1.5 km away. Definitely a good way to stay if you are going to be Puerto Viejo for a while. Sorry she does not rent by the day, only month or longer. Currently the rent is 450.00 month without a/c or 500.00 with a/c.
We have gone to Puerto Viejo 5 times in the last few years, and everytime we go, we have stay at Costa de Papito, Eddie Ryan, the owner,and his staff make you feel at home from the time you arrive. The rooms, which are bungalows style, are always very clean and nicely decorated and also give you privacy from other guests. The hotel is across from Cocles Beach, a great surfing spot during the Caribe surf season, other times is as flat as lake. It is 30 minutes walk into town, or have the staff call you a taxi for a few dollars, or do like we do and rent some bikes from them. You can choose to order breakfast serve in your bungalows for $7 dollars and have dinner or a drink at their wonderful restaurant, yu wont be dissapointed with Csta de Papito. Tell Eddie that Carmen and Robert sent you.
Greay spa on grounds!!!
This was a great place, I even moved our trip back a week so we could stay here. Clean, well kept, with shockingly few bugs. It's above town so if you have physical problems you may not want to deal with the "steps.". One good feature was their strict rules which kept guests from bringing the rest of town up with them to party; even if the town's raging you'll still be relaxed.
It was for sale when we were there so I don't know if there's new owners, etc.
Sit above town on your deck & listen to the jungle sounds and the waves below.
The Tree House Lodge has a 10-Acre ocean front lot which has access to a 300 m private beach on the Caribbean Ocean. The Beach House is within the Gundoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. The house is built around a 100 year old Sangrill tree which grows through the bathroom. Additionally, the house is built out of sustainable Nispera Maniluara wood from fallen trees. The house is very quiet except for the sound of the holler monkeys climbing through the trees in the morning.
The house has beautiful beach views, and it is located on the Igunaverte Preserve.
Fabulous. Just a block from the main drag....an you´re in a different world. The rooms are spotless, nice size, screened good shower , TV and Fridge.
The pool looks like a lagoon with a waterfall..it´s nice to come home to.:ots of different birds are attracted to the gardens.
My brother and I shared a medium sized bungalow which had 1 full size bed and 1 twin bed for 4 nights. We spent a lot of time on the porch reading at the table or relaxing in the hammock. We received our breakfast on this porch every morning for $7. The portions were huge and by the last day we shared the breakfast. Bonus was the coffee that you receive with this was a larger thermos, more than enough for 1 person (lucky me my brother doesn't drink coffee).
The common area includes a pool table, computer w/ (slow) internet access, book exchange, and front desk. The bar and restaurant are only open in the evening.
The bungalows are set back on the property fully encircled in the jungle. Its the best of both worlds since the beach is just a very short walk across the street.
There is a small spa onsite run by a very nice woman from the states. During my treatment I received homemade chocolate and a very delicious fruit drink.
The owner has a very interesting taste in art. Take notice of all the wood work around the property.
This wonderful little place is slightly hidden but the Swiss owner Francois has decorated these four private cabins with bright colours- private hot water showers and fans. Very clean; Francois is very helpful as well. A short walk to the main part of town.
Francois can also give you information on useful things about the region and what to do and will rent bikes to you: $4 for a full day or discounted price for half days etc.
This is a nice place to stay. It is a great place if you like to wake up, go to beach to surf, come back and turn on Bob Marley and other reggea music and smoke the first joint of the day.
If you like me don't like this, it is just an ok place to stay and wonder why Bob Marley is so great.
We stayed in a little room above the showers. It was a nice place as we had windows to all sides, but it was also a little noisy and very bright in the morning as there were no curtains.
We paid 3200 Colones for a double room (year 2000-prices).
I had an awesome stay here. We got a cabin which had its own bathroom, fan, porch w/hammock. The front lobby does have internet access, games and a billiard table. The staff are very helpful and friendly. We rented the cabin closest to the main house.
The cabins are right across the street from the beach and you can get beach towels from the front desk.
This was a great place to stay! We stayed here for 6 nights & loved it! It is a small lodge, 2 blocks inland from downtown with only 6 rooms for rent. There are 2 in the lower portion of the owner's house (#'s 1 & 2), 2 more in a seperate bungalow in the middle of the nicely landscaped 2 acres (#'s 3 & 4) & 2 more that are sort of perched on the edge of the sloping property (#'s 5 & 6).We stayed in #5, this is the best room to see Salsa Brava beach in the distance. The rooms are only a year or so old & are done in hardwood.Rooms # 5 & 6 share a balcony where you are right up in the tree tops. They will feed you, for a price & don't have internet access but there is a laundry service for $5.00 a load.
Some of the rooms have kitchens & others just a fridge.Rooms 5 & 6 are next to a newly built Mirador (viewing area & a great place to just hang out!) which has a fridge & stove for the occupants of these 2 rooms.All rooms have outdoor hammocks & comfy chairs as well as mosquito netting over the beds(we never needed ours).The rooms are extremely clean & also have fans(definately needed the fan!) Saw lots of birds here while out on the balcony each a.m. (Toucans only 30 feet away!) as well as Green & Black Poison Dart Frogs all over & even a few sloths!Lots of fireflies at night too!It is a very safe compound that is locked at night (you get your own gate key).There is a driveway UP to the lodge but for those on foot it is approx. 200 concrete block steps to the rooms.Carrying your luggage up can be tough but the daily up & down wasn't too bad.
Admittedly, I wanted to stay in one of the places I had heard about...but no one wanted a single person on the weekend. Ah well. It turns out I was lucky. After stopping in at about 15 places and either leaving because of wicked high prices for one person, or being turned away because I was just one person, I finally found a place!
There are rooms which sleep two to four people. I think there's one for six, even. There is a tv (tiny and fuzzy) with several hammocks in a small center court. Each room has chairs out front and an area to hang your wet suits/clothes. There are screens, and the showers are working (by Costa Rican standards!). It was clean.
Now, the best part was the breakfast! It's included, and it's on the balcony above the courtyard. The coffee is great, you have a choice between a few different dishes (Gallo Pinto con huevos, por supuesto!), and you also get juice. Papaya for me, thanks.
It cost me $18 on my own, but with more people it gets less and less per person. I think it was $28 for two. I had wanted something cheaper, but it was the best I could get! During the week it might be less, too.
Is a quaint small 12 bungallow lodge builted with a traditional caribbean and indian style. Set 200 mts from a pistine beach. Playa Chiquita Lodge is a real authentic place to stay at a fare price and a rel friendly family atmosphere.
Caribbean style houses, with stilts the wooden custruction stands off the ground and is tastefully decorated with pastels and vivid caribbean colors. The restaurant / bar / resting area is a thached roof big rancho.
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