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“Fantastic Art” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rocking J's
Berkeley, California
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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic Art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

If anything come for the art. This place is covered from floor to ceiling in collages, paintings and poetry. The rooms are clean and comfortable but if it hasn't been clear in the other reviews this place is a constant party. It can get very loud but we brought earplugs and it didn't bother us at all. The location is right on the beach and has it's own little coral reef right in the back. A great mix of people and when we went there were a variety of ages although the overwhelming majority were 20-30 somethings but we did see a few families too with small children. The place is fun, stay for a day or two to meet great people and hang out but then move on if it's not your scene. Oh and some really great food and 2x1 cocktail happy hour! I do have to add that they messed up our reservation by a day and even though it was packed there was no argument.

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
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Woking, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

I stayed here by myself in a clean, comfortable dorm. Plenty of noise so bring ear plugs! It's almost a little too big to meet people if you're by yourself because there are so many places to hang out. But it's very comfortable with all of these places, short walk into the main town, beach on it's doorstep and a bar serving food and plenty of drinks! Lots to get involved with. Not the cleanest hostel I've ever stayed it but pretty good value for money. I would recommend staying here, definitely seems the place to be when staying in Puerto Viejo!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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La Serena, Chile
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

We arrived late so we're happy to found a bed. They have hammocks and campingsites but i stayed in a dorm. Thin walls but i had my earplugs. The dorm looked like a trailer but the beds were okay and big lockers. It was cold at night and people were coughing and sniffing a lot. There were tons of cool mosaic decorations and the kitchen was okay to use. But the place felt a bit cold and the very rude woman at the reception didnt make that any better. She doesnt look at you when you talk to her and doesnt try to help you at all!

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Hola! cómo estás? mira soy J, quisiera saber qué tipo de trato te dió la recepcionista y pues me gustaría que la describieras, pues esto nos ayuda a mejorar nuestros servicios en cuanto atención al cliente! Disculpa si te hicieron pasar un mal rato! Te agradecería que nos informaras :) gracias!
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Paris, France
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We made a reservation for dec 30 until jan 2nd. It was surprising to see that now Rocking J's is charging the full fee of the reservation beforehand, something that I have never seen in a hostel before. I agreed to pay because I usually go there and I love it; however when we got there, they had made a mess with our reservation. Apparently they just ignored the request, so basically we did not have any room booked when we arrived. So not only did they charged us the entire fews 2 months ago, but when I got there, I did not have a place to stay. In the end, they gave me my money back and I had to go around Puerto Viejo looking for a place to stay. Definitely I am never again going to stay at rocking J's. It is sad to see that a place that says to be proud of keeping its costumers happy has turned into such an untrustworthy place.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed as a family in a 4-person room. The mosaics were great! Hot-water shower. The food was basic but good. Would be a great place for young backpackers. It was a bit pricey on the second night (price went from $55 to $80).

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013

Rockin js was really eclectic and unusually set out. The place itself is pretty cool with mosaic decorations all around the hostel. The amenities are very basic with outdoor shower blocks adn toilets with broken locks. the kitchen is functioning but just dirty which is probably not the hostels fault.
stayed in mixed dorm right near the reception which in my opinion was pretty filthy and uncomfortable to stay in (iron bunks), but we didnt have sleeping bags to stay in the hammock area. the sheets are stained and the tin roof is quite loud when it rains - stayed on a top bunk and got soaked from the permanantely open window overnight.

other than that, the travel desk was helpful, the reception let us borrow their phone, and the bar area was nice with a pool table, restaurant area and open gate to the beach. location is good and you{ll meet alot of reat travellers. probably would have chosen to stay elsewhere if we had another night

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013

Many different accommodation options including dorms, private rooms, camping and hammocks so they cater to every budget. Communal kitchen and restaurant within the hostel but breakfast was not provided. Bikes were available for hire and staff were helpful in booking future transport for us. Each person staying at the hostel is given a key for a locker in their room but we felt this was a ploy to make a bit more money - there was a $10 US fee for losing the key (and my friend lost hers unfortunately). Kitchen was a bit dirty but that was probably the fault of the patrons and not the cleaning staff. Beach access right behind the hostel.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rocking J's
Address: Puerto Viejo | Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 101 Speciality Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 200
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