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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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164 Total Reviews
  • 65%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 70%Location
  • 74%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 72%Facilities

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Not the best experience. The owner didn't pay her bills so the power was cut to the hostel resulting in the guests having no light or electricity to cook etc. if it wasn't for the staff covering the owners ass we would have left. If you are heading to this area I'd stay somewhere else.


staff could not help at all although they were friendly. the price was to high and the exchange rate dollar to collones is really bad at walaba. and to pay 3,50$ for one bottle of water is just a joke especially because you pay less in the good restaurant around the corner. our bed was very uncomfortable and much to short.


I rated price and location poor because there are better and cheaper places just out of township. I arrived at 7 pm so that is why I booked but next day found better alternatives. Had to pay an extra $6 for shuttle. Not a bad bus service into town. Having said that I was warmly greeted by Sara who is looking after hostal very well and all guests are made to feel at home. One advantage about location it is only 10 mi utes walk from nice surf beach.

  • 19th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


My girlfriend and I arrived here after a long travel day from San Jose. We where both expecting something rather decent after seeing the price of $25 per night per person. Unfortunately our private room was not up to scratch, the mattress was on the floor and the room itself was barley big enough to move around in, also beside the fact you have to hike a 65 degree ladder to the room. The common room is awesome, they have done well there. Need to improve private room, drastically.


I love this place, absolutely adorable and comfy, with all you want in a hostel. Out of the noise & bustle of town, there are toucans everywhere, and the howlers were near.


Overall this is a nice chilled quiet hostel and the owner is really nice and helpful! However it feels quite expensive for what you get and could definitely be cleaner as felt quite dirty. Also far from the town and bikes were broken and expensive would be nice if these were free considering the distance from town.


cleaniness should be significatly improved in all places of the hostel - in roomes, kitchen and public premisses as well. the building needs an urgent renovation - in our room the gap in the floor was covered with a dirty pice of carpet.


Very nice staff, alexanda is a very, very nice and helpful woman... Nice mood, perfect to chill down your sences. The only minus is hostel,is in the trees, jungle and clothes arę not getting dry so easy after nice swim in the carabean sea.... Preapre for wet dreams 😠 Fi

  • 4th Jan 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


The hostel is near nice beaches that you can take a bike to (you've got to rent them). If you want to stay outside of Puerto Viejo it's a good alternative. For the amount of money if was for my taste too dirty. Thinest mattress I've slept on so far in Central America (including Nicaragua & Panama).


el hostel esta muy bueno, muy diferente ya que esta en medio de la selva, la unica desventaja es que queda en el medio de la nada, hay que caminar mucho para llegar a un supermercado si no tenes auto y lejos del centro de la ciudad


Very different hostel becuase it didnt have any walls but really close to punta uva and nice beaches. the couple there is pretty friendly and when i got sick gave me a stomach reliever.


I was making dinner at 6pm and the gastank emptied. Tried to contact the staff by calling, going to the front desk, ringing the doorbell and email. Email was answered at around 8pm saying, try to find a full tank from somewhere. I lost 10$ worth of groceries and didn't eat for 24h. Pura vida, baby!


I really liked the building and the setup of this hostel. Unfortunatly it was a bit out of the way from grocery store... Which did enoy me. (its 10 min walk at least). It is very close to the beach, so if you have good weather (which we did not hehe) I can imagine this will be a great place to stay for a few days, specially if you are in a group of people that are looking for something quiet.


A super cozy hostel that are locating a few minutts from the beach. It is a very quiet plaze to hang out for a few days. I really enjoyed the setup. I would not recomand this for a longer stay unless you are traveling with a big group and do not mind walking 10 minuts to the nearest supermarked.

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