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Review of Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero

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Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero
Ranked #4 of 7 Tortuguero B&B and Inns
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Arlington, Virginia
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“nice facility, nice staff”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

good setup - the hammocks were very relaxing. Tortuguero is definitely not a party destination but this is a great place to stay if you want to see the abundant wildlife.

The hotel offers "free" breakfast from 7-9:30. This is good, but most of the morning wildlife tours on the island run from 6-9 so, if you go on a tour, you're almost guaranteed to miss the stated breakfast hours. They still served us breakfast when we got back from our tour at 10AM but I'd recommend other travelers check about this if they're on a similar schedule.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2012

The rooms are very basic but the location is gorgeous – right by the beach and near the centre of town (if that exists!). Breakfast was simple but adequate. A nice little place to stay in a gorgeous part of the world

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

We stayed 2 nights at the El Icaco. Staff member came to take our bagage and guided us to the hotel.
When we arrived, the owner took time to explain to us activities to do on the island. We did the turtle tour with the hotel, it was amazing. The hotel offers breakfast and confortable basic room. It is close to the beach and the restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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Nuremberg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2012 via mobile

Nicely located directly at the beach where the sea turtles nest. Nice hammock hangout area and reasonably clean rooms with private bathroom. 24/7 reception/security personnel which do their best to help. Small and basic kitchen area which is not accessible during late evening or night times. I enjoyed my stay there and would return.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ibbenbueren, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

we had a great and awesome stay at el icaco. from the boat we had to walk through the small village to the hostel. it was very easy to find.
the room was clean and every day were some flowers in there, great! breakfast were excited and enough to get through the day. you don´t need a pool, the ocean is close to the hostel. we did the canoe tour with roberto, also the turtle tour the next evening. it was awesome to see the turtles!
the atmosphere in the hostel is warm and cosy. best view to the ocean lying in the hammock. calixto is very pleased to help you getting tours

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ostend, Belgium
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69 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

Staff and Management

Icaco is a family hotel, the owners were correct and friendly, I spoke to them in Spanish, but I'm quite sure they also speak English. The check-in and check-out was very quick and efficient. When we arrived the owner gave us the necessary information and warned us for dangerous rip currents in the ocean. When in the evening we wanted to eat something on the terrace of our cabine we needed a canopener, they let us borrow theirs, they even offered us their microwave to heat our food.

Services

The hotel offered us to send someone to pick us up at the arrival in Tortuguero to not make us search the hotel. They offer free of charge wireless internet connection but I didn´t use it so I don´t know how good it is, although I saw some people using skype on it.

Location

The location of the hotel is very convenient, at about 10 steps from the beach.

Bedrooms

The bedroom is basic but nice and clean, the bathroom is big and basic, the shower is big though the floor inclinates to the wrong side which makes that the water doesn´t have an easy exit. The comfort is good enough to get a good rest. The door had a little opening up and down so the room is not guaranteed free of insects, but all in all you´re in the tropical zone, so you need to come prepared for those things...The room is not airconditioned but that is not a surprise as it says so when you book. There is a ventilator though.

Food

The hotel offers a breakfast included in the price of the room. The breakfast has coffee or tea, fresh fruit juice, fresh fruits, scrambled eggs and toast. Breakfast is good and for sure enough. Great to start your day with a wonderful view on the Caribean Sea.

Conclusion

The location, close to the beach, the correct owners, the comfortable rooms make this hotel be a good place to stay when you visit Tortuguero. Whenever we go back to Tortoguero we´ll consider another visit to Icaco.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2012

People waiting to greet guests at other end, Took big bags on bike to hotel, only short walk, friendly, smiley and very nice! Hotel in good location, rooms clean, lovely atmosphere, fab shower, big room, nice breakfast, $25 a night, fab owners- lovely! First night slept badly because of some very noisy Americans and Italians. Second night had amazing nights sleep. Fans in room, safe, recommend.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero

Property: Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero
Address: 200 mtr south from the soccer field | Tortuguero Village, Tortuguero 10001, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Tortuguero
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tortuguero
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right on the beach with: Free WIFI, hot water, fans, room with satellite TV, hammock ranch, laundry services, telephone & fax services, restaurant services, tour information, secure, and most importantly very clean. ... more   less 
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