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“Not a welcome stay”
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Bungalows Ache
Arnhem, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
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“Not a welcome stay”
Reviewed 31 May 2012

When we arrived from Panama and after reading the reviews we expected a nice environment, and to be fair the bungalows are located nicely in a garden with parrots and monkeys surrounding you.

However we did not feel welcome, as the owners live here as well, we felt we were guests at their place which they didn't like.
For instance before we booked we've asked if wifi was available as we needed internet to take care of some business, they wrote us back saying ofcourse, however on arrival wifi was not availabe at our bungalow, and they said well you have to come to our reception, however there's no reception it's their house and we felt uncomfortable going there, also there was no chair available so we were just standing...

I've read on other reviews you could prepare your onw breakfast, but in our bungalow nothing was available..

There are way better options in the small town, or just close to these bungalows as well.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dominica
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon and of all of the guest houses and hotels, this was our favorite spot. The bungalows are adorable and in a great location. We woke up to monkeys and parrots in all of the trees around our bungalow and enjoyed watching them from the hammock on the front porch. It was clean and comfy and the owner is really nice and helpful when you need her.
It's right next to Cahuita National Park and in a sweet little town with restaurants and a few bars.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

the bungalows are 100m from the entrance of the national park. they are equiped with fridge plates etc., so you can prepare breakfast on you own if you want and there are mosquito nets and a fan.a really quiet and lovely place where we (family with two children 3 and 5 years old) stayed 10 days. there are monkeys around and heeps of crabs.
the only thing what was not good for me and my wife was the matraz. my back was really hurting after a few nights.
but in spite of this we can recommend the bungalows ache and would also stay there for another holiday.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We stayed at Bungalows Ache for two nights in September 2011 - and how much we loved it! The spacious, clean and well equipped bungalows are surrounded by a lush garden full of curious animals: Monkeys swing from one tree to the other, a hummingbird whirrs by, hundreds of crabs disappear into the ground at your slightest movement, and the air is full of passion fruit flavour as you swing back and forth in your personal hammock... once you feel you've done enough "slothing about", the friendly and helpful owner Doris can organise a guided tour through the National Park next door - the guide Peck finds animals in the most unsuspected places, and he takes his time to show you around the park. Cahuita is a quiet, little paradise - Im glad we found it, and I hope well be back again!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Breda
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98 reviews
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

There are few places on earth that you wish you could always go back to. Bungalows Ache is truly one of them. This place is a "10"!

Nestled in a quiet corner, bordering the wild of Cahuita National Park, this sanctuary allows you to experience the real Costa Rica from the balcony of a beautiful, comfortable and clean lodge. It's close to town and the beach, so if reggae and surf turn you on (and it's hard not to be drawn by either in Cahuita), then you've found THE place. The service is very friendly and excursions can be arranged for snorkelling, hiking or other sightseeing.

Be prepared for a fun, exciting and relaxing time. Our family had a great time at Ache, admiring the birds and seeing the many species of primates, right from our porch!!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Pretoria
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357 reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

This ex german run establishment borders the Cahuita National Park. Howler monkeys frequently visit the bungalows. It is one lovely establishment. Quiet, clean and relaxed. The owner Doris goes out of her way to make you feel at home. Restaurants, supermarkets are just 75 metres away. The busstop is 200metres away. All bungalows come with private shower, fridge, hammocks, mosquito nets and a fan. Bring enough mosquito repellent, the mosquitos are on steroids! Free Wifi

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Berrien Springs, Michigan
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112 reviews
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

We stayed three nights (April 29-May 1) and enjoyed the secluded nature of this place. We were in the last cabin and our door opened toward the forest so we felt like we were all alone there. Although we couldn't see the ocean from our room, we could still hear it softly in the background. We saw both howler and white-faced monkeys from the porch and heard the howler monkeys every night. Its a very short walk to the park or to any of the restaurants in town. The only downside is no air conditioning and the room does tend to be hot during the day, but at night it cooled down just fine and there were two fans available.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bungalows Ache
Address: 150 m al este de Restaurante Sol y Mar | Playa Blanca,, Cahuita 7300, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Cahuita
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 43 Speciality Lodging in Cahuita
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Bungalows Ache 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cahuita and its National Park are an irresistible attraction to nature lovers. Cahuita maintains its Afro-Caribbean style; its characteristic houses, reggae music and calypso in the air. We are situated on the edge of the Cahuita National Park. It is an ideal place for those who wish to relax and appreciate the local flora and fauna, listen to birdsong and watch the monkeys high in the huge trees. ... more   less 
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