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Walaba Hostel and Beach Houses Reviews

6km after Puerto Viejo, in Punta Uva beach, 100 mts after Selvin�s Rest, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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127 Total Reviews
  • 61%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 82%Staff
  • 77%Atmosphere
  • 62%Cleanliness
  • 62%Facilities

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Not the best. It's very open and has a cool vibe and while I don't mind rustic this was not the best. Hammocks smelled like sweat, it's located 6k from puerto viejo, the staff leaves at night, and you can't drink the water. However it was open and colorful with a jungle atmosphere.


Walaba was a kind of love/hate experience. Stuff is wonderful, I especially liked Vincent who provided lots and lots of valuable info and experience. Location isnt great, puerto viejo is far, not many restaurants around. I think its a great place for people with no hurry anywhere who just wanna chill in a wooden jungle house, smoke and relax...


Actually I paid for a private room and the shared rooms were better once the private one was in the attic of the house. During I was there, a guy was stolen and besides it is near the beach, you may walk 2 km to get near a place to buy things to eat. Also there were lot of insects and the attic was outdoor. So in the morning monkeys came to stole things. Was so scared! The showers smelled bad and the water was inappropriate to use. That's all I have to say about this place.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


You get what you pay for, but this was pretty rustic. The showers were inoperative due to draught and water issues (not their fault). The people were great. Security was great.

  • 20th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


This place is so great! Perfect location, great people working there, amazing vibes. Xo


Our private room for two was more like walk-in-closet in attic, there was one, about 120cm x 200cm uncomfortable mattress on the floor and it already took around 50% of the space. Mosquito net was full of holes. You have beautiful view outside but there is no windowglasses.. I can just imagine what happens if there is rain and wind at the same time. Location isnt that ideal but with bicycles its easy to move from there. at least crew was amazing and communal area was nice and hostel was clean.


Fantastic staff who are more than happy to attend to your every need! Located next to a stunning beach only a short cycle ride from nearby Puerto Viejo Loved my stay on the Carribbean coast


very friendly staff, location close to beautiful beaches, but in quiet area and far away from Puerto Viejo, rooms unfortunately rather dirty!


Really great hostel, with a lovely vibe, but a little rough round the edges


This hostel really needed some updating. Because the rooms were open-air the beds were damp. The temp dropped during the night and it was really uncomfortable in a cold damp bed. The kitchen wasn't great, definitely wasn't a clean space for cooking. The bathrooms were ok but make sure you bring bug spray because you will be attacked in the bathrooms. Not a great experience. I would not go back.


Thank you for your hospitality we had a good time in the hostel. The only suggestion we have is that the structure of the room needs a review as it become very unconformable due to the humidity of the place.

  • 30th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Italy
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


This is such a great hostel! Great atmosphere, open air so lots of fresh air and mosquito nets around the beds. The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable and go out of their way to help you and get to know you. There are also lots of great restaurants up the road and its much safer than being in Puerto Viejo itself. Thanks Vincent and Mariska for a great stay!

  • 27th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Although we somehow overlooked that this beautiful hostel is not in Puerto Viejo but in Punta Uva (7km away, but there's a bus that goes there a couple times a day) we were very happy to stay there. Beautiful house and close to the beach. Can't complain!


Pretty neat place. A bit far from the action though. Great common area and very friendly / helpful staff!


We had a great time here. The neighborhood is lovely with a small town feel. The managers Vincent and Mariska are excellent and very knowledgable of the area and can recommend many things that will make your trip amazing. We stayed in two different rooms on the property. The first was great with plenty of space to spread out for a couple. The second room which is actually an attic is like staying in a treehouse. Two sitting windows for bird watching in the morning are something special pura vida


building design nice! in other words many mosquitoes inside... which is better?


Nice friendly hostel, great to meet other travellers. Located in amazing Punta Uva. Vincent and his wife managing the hostel are very friendly know a lot about the area. They gave me good tips. Bikes available for rent to explore the area and wifi works well. No breakfast, but the kitchen is available (although could improve in cleanliness). I was given the top room with no windows, maybe a little inconvenient for humidity and this was not well specified when I made the booking

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