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“totally wonderful & relaxing”
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Hotel Guarana
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Birmingham, Michigan
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49 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“totally wonderful & relaxing”
Reviewed 8 December 2008

This charming spot, away from the noise, was the best stop on our trip exploring the eastern side of Costa Rica and Panama. We loved the owner and the camraderie of the other guests. We wish we had stayed longer and will definitely go back. Our patio had a hammock where I could snooze and watch the hummingbirds in the central garden.
There was so much more we could have done in the vicinity, if we had known how much we were going to love it here. As far as we're concerned we could have skipped Panama and it's begger children. Our favorite restaurant was Soda Isma.. Isma is wonderful and her food is a bargain and extremely tasty. We had similar food at other restaurants for twice the price and it wasn't as good!

  • Liked — quiet and friendly
  • Disliked — wished we'd had 2 hammocks :)
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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so. california
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 November 2008

we arrived in Puerto Viejo with no reservations, knowing there were many places to stay. We saw a woman sitting and reading outside Guarana and we asked how her stay was. She was very content and loved the fact that you could use the kitchen, enjoy free coffee and internet all day,and it was a warm safe place. The owner Paola was such a nice guy and the staff was friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our own hammock and porch as well as the common area with couches ,tables and chairs. Being able to cook and have the use of a refrigerator was a real plus. We would certainly stay again.

  • Liked — the feeling of being in a home
  • Disliked — it was all acceptable
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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1 Thank tfinocchi
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Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 October 2008

This sweet little place is perfect. Lovely rooms, kitchen, computer, friendly and helpful staff make you feel right at home. Best is the way high tree house in the middle of the property, and proximity to all things wonderful without being inundated by the action when you want peace and quiet. Try it, you´ll be glad you did.

Stayed October 2008
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1 Thank izzyhochberg
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Prescott, Arizona
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 October 2008

We loved staying at the Hotel Guarana the first week we were in Costa Rica! The little artful touches are charming and the mosaics in the reception area were beautiful. Everyone was very friendly and helpful! And it was fun going up to the treehouse to check out the view! Being able to use their wireless internet was great too! For our 2nd week we went to the Pacific side but it rained so hard we called the Hotel Guarana and asked if we could come back! They said yes, and gave us our old room back! It felt like coming home! We used their laundry service which was convenient...all our clothes were wet and really needed a wash! We loved using the communal kitchen with each room getting a little cubby shelf to store dry goods in as well as use of the Fridge! We would definitely go back to the Hotel Guarana!

  • Liked — Reasonable rate and artistic surroundings
  • Disliked — The can opener in the kitchen was hard to use.
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank art-tripper08
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Winterthur
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 October 2008

Guarana is one of those places where you get more for your money. It is a charming little place with lovely rooms, a great kitchen and superfriendly owners. Located in the heart of Puerto Viejo you're close to all beaches, restaurants and bars. The facilities offered are great value for your money. And best of all: you will feel like at home - doesn't matter if you prefer to hang in your hammock on the terrace or your room or if you have a coffee (free!!!) in the shared area chatting to the owners or other travellers.

  • Liked — hammocks on my terrace, free internet and coffee
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
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1 Thank purasuiza
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san luis obispo, ca
1 review
Reviewed 10 October 2008

Hotel Guarana is great! Paolo (the owner) is extremely helpful, and the place is a bargain. I recommend it to everyone.

  • Liked — the value and friendliness of owner
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank evin808
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2008

Just got back from Puerto Viejo and could not of had a better time! The weather was perfect! There was a rodeo in town that was great and we also snorkeled right out in front of the dive shop and turned south and there was some nice coral and fish......really fun! The dive shop (Bill and Shawn work there) is a friendly place to rent gear and also make new friends! The soda on the same porch is good for breakfast too! Great view!

The best part of our stay was Hotel Guarana! Loved this place! The owners are so sweet and helpful! Alot of LOVE has gone into this hotel! Our room was spacious and so was the bathroom, which I like! Everything was kept very clean and the kitchen was nice too if you want to cook!

The rates are very reasonable too! It is on a very safe street right across from a great local gift shop and right near Bread and Chocolate (YUM)! Go....you will LOVE it!

  • Liked — The owners and the clean spacious rooms
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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Thank margolu
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Property: Hotel Guarana
Address: Avenida 69 | 50 m. from Megasuper, Puerto Viejo Center, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 41001, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Guarana is a small hotel full of colors and good energy. We have 12 rooms individually ,uniquely decorated. We are situated in one of the most quiet and central streets in Puerto Viejo, 200 m. only steps to beach and restaurants. The hotel is safe, private and set in a lush tropical garden of flowers and fauna. Services include; Wireless, Laundry, Safe in room, Parking, communal kitchen totally equipped. English, Spanish, French & Italian spoken. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Guarana Hotel Puerto Viejo
Hotel Guarana Costa Rica/Limon

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