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Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero
Ranked #4 of 7 Tortuguero B&B and Inns
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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“Perfect for our stay in Tortuguero”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Quite simply a wonderful hotel. Calixto and his family were warm, welcoming and very generous. The room was spacious and cleaned daily. Breakfast was decent and much appreciated after the early morning canoe boat tour.

We were met at the dock by Adolfo, a tour guide who works with the hotel. Through him we sorted all our tours (which were excellent) and our onwards transport to Cahuita (which was as good as any of the tours). So we could spend the rest of our time there relaxing, when not exploring the jungle.

We had a wonderful stay and will look forward to going back at some point in the future. Thanks Calixto!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

I honestly don't get what all the super positive reviews are all about...
It's not a bad place by any means...hammocks are cool, proximity to the beach is nice (even though you can't swim in it)...I just had to knock my rating down to poor because it is NOT a good value for the dollar...we paid $82 a night (with taxes and all through hotel.com) for a triple room...the room is basically a budget hostel room, barely enough space for the 3 of us to move around and a shower with water that is not cold (not even close to warm)...I get that Tortuguero is remote so I did not expect the Ritz Carlton, but I feel about half of what we paid would be a fair price for this place...
as for the "friendly" owner Calixto...when we checked in he says "everything is taken care of" (referring to my PRE-paid hotel.com reservation...then all of a sudden, the night before checking out, he tells me I have not paid for the room..."100%, you did not"...not sure how friendly he was to other people but that was pretty much my only interaction with him...pretty far from bend-over-backward friendly as everyone else put...
I do have to give props to Leonardo, one of the guides affiliated with the hotel, he knows his stuff, and I loved kayaking in the canals with him...
Bottom line, there are better places...or at least better value places in town...pretty much any place other than the Icaco will be a better value...

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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elicaco1, Propietario at Cabinas El Icaco Tortuguero, responded to this review, 23 July 2013
Mr.Jeong Jas Thank you for your comment but with all the respect Me and my staff are not agree with you. For a triple room now high season $57.5 a night and low season is $50.00 a night include breakfast in both cases you and any one can check this any where . During several years more than 100 people said that we provide good service to our customers and our Certificate of Excellence 2013 gave by tripadvisor and to be the best hostel 2011 and 2012 by hostelworld.com also confirm this. Regarding my "friendly" attention to customer let me tell you that is hard to be friendly with people who do not answer the good morning and less deign to say thank you when they are served a complimentary , your only communication with me was a day before leaving the hotel when you gave me a wrong information of the company that you realize your reservation and confused me obviously rason why I fell in error that we checked and fixed later pity that you do not wrote this also ,regarding room size your room was number 11 , 5x6 mtrs good size for a family and enough for three people , finally as everyone says we are a place with an appropriate value and service to our facilities as are most of the establishments in Tortuguero
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2013

Good value - a step up from a back packers hostel but not an expensive out of town lodge. Rooms are simple but clean. Breakfast good - pancakes by the sea. Staff very welcoming and helpful. Note that whilst a good budget option this was pretty basic accommodation - the bathroom was tiny (but clean) and the shower has no temperature valve, just on or off. We had tepid water during our stay which was about right given the tropical heat! No AC but a fan in the room makes for a sweaty nights sleep, but again we knew in advance that there was no AC and didn't expect it for the price.
The staff and beach side location make this place - an easy walk round the rest of Tortuguero. I'd recommend Miss Miriam 1 for filling carribean style food and the Budda Bar for sunset drinks. Best by a mile was Wild Ginger (head north out of town on the coastal path, we nearly turned back too soon and missed it) - great food with a contemporary twist on local dishes, run by a great couple who were keen to discuss the menu and Tortuguero life (sorry I'm hopeless with names).

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013 via mobile

Beachfront, hammocks, gourmet breakfast and friendly, caring people. Calixto was fabulous. Even with our last minute reservation he had a guide waiting for us at la pavona. Roberto helped us to really know tortuguero. Loved the Caribbean decor and lifestyle at El Icaco. Muchas gracias!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

Lovely place to stay with hammocks, great breakfast included, and clean comfortable rooms. The price is not super cheap, particularly if travelling alone, but for a few nights I thought it was worth it. Nice location, looking onto the beach.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2013

The hotel has a beach front, and good service. The staff is polite and helpful. The rooms spacious, clean and the beds are very comfortable. Kayak tours and restaurants are very close by. Great place to relax.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2013

The rooms are small, but more than adequate-the outside seating areas are nice, there is no AC but the fan keeps you cool enough-the bathrooms are great. The little kitchen area is good-it would be handy to be able to access this area post 7pm.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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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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