Our stay was quite unenjoyable, and unless Doris makes some easy, but much needed changes I would not recommend her bungalows to anyone. Lonely Planet's 10th edition (2012) has the bungalows rated as their top choice, and describes them as 'spotless', which they are far, far from. I believe Doris is resting on her laurels. We were in the middle cabin, beginning of January 2014 for our honeymoon. The floors are swept, the linens are clean, but that's about it. The fan was so caked in dust and grime we didn't turn it on for the first two nights because it looked like it'd catch fire. The light switches were revolting, the ceiling screens were broken and also caked in grime, and the mosquito net smelled of hot dust and had multiple holes, some of which seemed to have been repaired by previous travelers with whatever they happened to have on hand - including tape, which just attracted more grime. The cold shower would have been fine, except that the shower head sprays in every wonky direction, and none that are useful, resulting in long, cold, rather torturous shampooings. Also, a large chunk of the bathroom counter is completely detached. While the design of the cabin is great, in that it can be opened wide, and completely shut, the lack of screens means that airing out at night is not an option. While all this was enough for a poor review, what really made us abhore our stay was firstly: The periodic barking fits of her German Shephard, whom she leaves tied in the yard; In rainstorms he howls. And Secondly the fact that during our stay the cabins electricity fried my husbands iPhone and charger, not only resulting in the loss of the phone, but over a week of out honeymoon pictures - fortunately, once home, we were able to find a specialist who could recover them. We stayed in equally priced rentals during our time in Costa Rica and had vastly better experiences. We also stayed in an extremely rustic tree house IN the jungle and had a vastly better experience. The last night I counted two things: One, I was woken by the dog 12 times, and two, I received 8 mosquito bites. When we left our interaction with Doris was her counting our money and failing to ask us how was our stay.
The crabs and monkeys were cool, I will give her that.
Additionally, if you chose to stay in the area I would recommend Puerto Viejo over Cahuita.
- 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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