It's just a few blocks off the water, but that's a good thing. Great vibe, amazing structure - all wood, tons of differently coordinated rooms. Good wifi (in the right spots). The owner actually offered me the room right above the router - it was approaching the off season so there were many rooms available.
It's a super close walk to EVERYTHING - the beach, numerous markets, and all the "goings on" down on main street. I just happened to be there during the 2013 Afro Caribbean film festival (it's in September if anyone is interested). It was really cool to be able to see a top tier event in a small venue like that. Danny Glover was there, Alfre Woodard - there was great music and a very warm comfortable Caribbean vibe you are unlikely to find at a typical red carpet event in the states.
Back to the hotel - a great place for newbie backpackers, they had actual warm showers, and decent bathrooms. It's a very laid back place, the owners and staff are on site, and can provide a wealth of local knowledge. The kitchen is not good - sorry guys. But that's wasn't a big deal for me. If you are the hippie granola communal meal type, this place would be a 10 out of 10 on everything, EXCEPT the kitchen. It's usable, but not set up for high use - serious lack of refrigeration too... just keep in mind when shopping for groceries.
Overall the place Rocks, by not trying to ROCK.. if that makes sense. Puerto Viejo is a phenomenal place to wander around pristine beaches, learn to surf (reasonable surf schools), and just relax and The Hotel Puerto Viejo is an inexpensive, yet very comfortable option in one of my favorite Costa Rican towns.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No shoes, no shirt - no problem! Hotel Puerto Viejo is Puerto Viejo's original and most well-known backpacking hotel. Located only a few blocks away from Salsa Brava, the original and still the best Costa Rican surf spot we cater to traveling surfers and backpackers alike. We offer a well equipped kitchen and spacious common lounge area with lots of comfy sofas and dining area or enjoy our private garden or our big back yard, all equipped with Wi-Fi. Located in the heart of Puerto Viejo, you can reach in 5 min by foot the beach, a wide range of restaurants and bars, surf shops, mini markets, cash machines, and beautiful sunsets. Pura Vida! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Puerto Viejo Costa Rica/Limon