I would have given this hostel a great rating if the rooms hadn’t been dirty and mouldy and my mosquito net hadn’t had so many holes I needed to personally cover the holes with borrowed duct tape (see photo). The rooms are poorly built with no screens on the windows so the lizards and creepies are happy to roam, which I don’t mind but I do mind them in my bed with me, so a functioning mosquito net is all I ask for the price of a mouldy room with no washroom. I thought the asking price for such was outrageous.
The common areas, however, were lovely and clean as a whistle. Nice accoutrements in the kitchen, clean washrooms/showers and nice staff. Punta Uva is lovely and there isn’t much in the way of budget accommodation, but I hope Walaba’s owners do something about the insects, dust and mould in the rooms. Especially the attic room, I was shown but did not take (there were numerous dead bugs sitting inside the mosquito net on a cruddy old mattress on the floor). Ew.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Walaba is a charming property located between the jungle and the beach in the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our houses Caribbean style, are perfect for people who enjoy the tranquility of nature and love life. Our regular visitors in the area include monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds, toucans and many other species of birds, frogs, lizards along with other critters and creatures that mother nature has offered Costa Rica. We are located 5km from down town Puerto Viejo on your way to Manzanillo. There are buses during the day that will drop you off directly outside the hostel or you can get a taxi from Puerto Viejo. Punta Uva is quite and relaxed with restaurants, markets and bars with a local touch. Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses is a short 2 minute walk from Punta Uva beach; one of the most beautiful and well known beaches in Costa Rica and the world. Playa Punta Uva is surrounded by exotic vegetation and wildlife with pristine crystal blue waters. Protected by a rock cave it’s a perfect beach to swim, snorkel/dive, kayak or just relax and enjoy a book or the company of old and new friends. For those travellers who may want to veer from the typical budget hostel or party environment and feel the real magic of the Caribbean Coast, our multi lingual staff can guide you in any direction you want to travel. We offer: Free Wifi, kitchen, beds with mosquito nets, hot water showers, dining room & hammocks, open air terrace and BBQ, parking, bicycle and snorkel rental, tour desk and shuttle service all set in a Tropical Rainforest Garden. "Walaba Hostel – Your Caribbean Vibe Mixed With The Costa Rican Pura Vida." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses Costa Rica/Limon