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
  • Excellent 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 rom 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 9.0

  • Security 9.5

  • Location 8.5

  • Staff 9.1

  • Atmosphere 9.0

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 8.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    15 May 2019
    Loved my stay here. Tucked away in some beautiful foliage right outside the city, the place felt safe and cozy.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    15 Apr 2019
    Worth staying here for the garden alone. Good location just outside town, close enough to walk in easily but far enough away for some peace and quiet. Friendly and helpful staff. Easily rent a bike to visit beautiful beaches such as Punta Uva.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    25 Mar 2019
    The most amazing hostel in puerto viejo. Friendly dogs, amazing people, cheap food and an amazing charity shop which sells great cloths! 12/10 would recommend!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 Mar 2019
    La Ruka is such a comfortable and unique hostel. I ALWAYS meet the most amazing people and it ends up feeling like home after even just a night or two. The staff is so helpful and welcoming. I can not wait to return to this little haven in paradise.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    08 Mar 2019
    La Ruka is awesome. Good vibes/Good people. The dorms are spacious and each have their own bathroom. Shared kitchen is awesome for cooking, with plenty of room and it’s incredibly clean. A few sweet pups and a nice kitty runnin around make it a nice place to hang out. La Ruka is a little outside of town but honestly it’s better to have a quiet place. And it’s across the street from Rocking J’s if you do want to party. there’s a market/bar next door if you need things. TOP NOTCH! Nacho rules! ❤️
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    02 Mar 2019
    This place is amazing, been here a couple times now. Literally can’t find a hostel in Central America I like better than la ruka. Everyone here is so friendly, the staff, the backpackers, it attracts the right type of people. Very easy to meet others here!
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    02 May 2019
    my friend and i had such a lovely time at la ruka - their home away from home slogan really is accurate. the staff and volunteers are so lovely, and the facilities are good. easy to get around to the beaches and town with bikes too!
    Cyprus, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    10 Apr 2019
    Great location and friendly staff
    France, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1


    25 Feb 2019
    Loved this place! Felt very comfortable here, welcoming, kind, and helpful staff, dorms were nice, the layout was really cool and had everything we needed. The only downside would be the wifi, it worked okay in the lobby area but even there was kinda tough to use. This was not a dealbreaker though, I would still recommend this hostel!!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3


    15 Apr 2019
    A bit far away from the city center (10 minutes walk), but it's still okay. Bike rent 5$ / 24 hours. WiFi is not the best in the dorm, but in the main areas it's fine. Clean, spacy rooms with fans, which reach every single bed. Really nice and relaxed atmosphere. Only negative is that the bathroom was very stinky (not dirty, but still made us feel uncomfortable in there). All in all we enjoyed our stay.
    Germany, Couple, 18-24
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  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hot Showers
  • Parking
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Pool Table