Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

In 2011 a pirate and a mermaid fell in love and started La Ruka. Being travelers we understand what it can feel like to be constantly on the go and/or homesick. Our goal was to create a home, not just a hostel. We would like our guests to feel as if they are at home and feel free to relax, unwind, and just be themselves. With the help of our friends and family from around the world we have been graciously able to make this happen.

Located just on the edge of the town, La Ruka is a short stroll away onto a beautiful and vibrant jungle side property. It is just far enough way to hear the true sounds of the jungle at night, but close enough for a walk or bike ride to grab a bite to eat and listen to some live music. Walking into the reception you will be welcomed with a warm smile and positive vibes. If you arrive in the morning the person behind the desk will most likely be one of the owners, Dannie or Dave. And if not they, another fellow backpacker will guide you through the property to get your bearings and meet up with other travelers playing pool, sharing a community meal or enjoying good conversation over a little Caribbean green.

La Ruka Hostel Policies and Conditions:

Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival.

Check in from 14:00.
Check out before 11:00 .

Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards.
This property might pre-authorize your credit card.

Taxes included.
Breakfast not included.


The reception services is open from 07.00 to 22.00
No Curfew.

Welcome all sexes, colors, religions, languages, shapes, sizes and lovers.

Check in time. It varies depending on our checkouts for that day but you can expect to be settled in by around 2pm. If you arrive before your room is ready we will happily store your bags at reception while you head to the beach, check out town or chill in a hammock.

Check out. Feel free to leave your bags at reception if you are not traveling onward right away.

Please be respectful of fellow travelers and our lovely planet we live on. Please help us keep our planet beautiful and clean by recycling and composting during your stay with us.

No Pet policy. We have 3 lovely hostel dogs that are a part of your little Caribbean family and they seem to get really jealous of other pets.

Smoking is only allowed in designated areas.

We reserve the right to apply an ' Bad Behaviour Tax' to your bill if you damage property, disregard smoking signs, disturb other guests or decide not to clean up after yourself in the communal kitchen.

All payments made with credit card will include a 10% charge.

A 10 USD Key Deposit (cash only) is required upon check in. This deposit will be refunded at check out when you return your key. Groups are welcome to share keys but please keep in mind you do need a key after 10 pm to enter the property. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.3

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 8.4

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.3

  • Cleanliness 7.7

  • Facilities 8.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Jun 2022
    Absolutely loved this hostel! Puerto Viejo was my favourite stop in Costa Rica and this hostel really made it amazing! Such nice vibes, very social but also chilled. Really cool people and nice staff, good bikes to hire and great location. A 5-10 min walk from main town, but closer to the beaches so perfect!!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    25 Apr 2022
    Great for solo female travelers- everyone was super friendly, staff had great recommendations and the hostel is close to the beautiful Cocles beach
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    05 Jul 2022
    Wow, what an amazing place! Really embraced the natural side of Costa Rica. The living room has music, yoga mats, books! The staff was incredible and you could rent bikes for cheap. Only thing was that there wasn’t great circulation in the room, so you woke up quite sweaty. But, that’s also the experience;)
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    17 Jul 2022
    Sweet staff and nice location. The dorms are very hot though.
    Denmark, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    24 Jul 2022
    Had an amazing stay at La Ruka hostel. The staff is very friendly, good bed and shower and what I like is you can rent a bike for cheap to explore the area. Definitely recommend!
    Netherlands, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3


    30 May 2022
    Really enjoyed my stay at La Ruka hostel in the 8 bed dorm. In my experience it was a very chilled vibe, close to cocles beach but slightly further out from the town. The beds were comfy and nice hot showers but the rooms were warm, and the fans did not help much. Rented bikes from the hostel which was great. Would stay here again :)
    Wales, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    30 Apr 2022
    Nice chill hostel in a quiet location. Perfect for a more relaxed stay.
    New Zealand, Male, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    03 May 2022
    Quiet hostel with nice outdoor kitchen and eating area. Rooms have very uncomfortable beds and no aircon but it wouldn’t stop me staying here again(!)- a good price for Puerto veijo and a good location easy to walk everywhere. I met some lovely people as a solo traveller. Overall a good atmosphere
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.1

    Very Good

    20 Apr 2022
    A lot of bugs and a VERY creaky set of bunk beds that kept waking everyone up. The cooking and eating equipment ought to be kept in cupboards really. There is fresh filtered water available from a dispenser, you can also get boiling water from this, very helpful! Only fill up and go to bed with enough as they lock this in at 10pm. Wifi was good. The dogs bark very loudly at night when you enter the hostel.
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 4.0


    14 Jul 2022
    We were robbed from our room whilst staying in this hostel. The group of us in the room had collectively a lot of cash and other items (camera and headphones) taken whilst we we’re sleeping by someone who must’ve had access to the room as is a locked dorm. Although the staff were nice they did not help us throughout the process and did not seem to care or be apologetic even though it happened on their premises. Shame this happened as it was a nice hostel.
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi