My travelling companions and I loved this place! The room is really basic, but clean and we managed to take hot showers. There is no AC but there is a ceiling fan that did the job for us just fine (our visit was at the beginning of January). The restaurant was good and provided us with the breakfast, beers (cheap!), fresh fruit juice, water and coffee when we needed it. The staff was lovely and really accommodating. What can't be beat is the location which is right on the beach. Although you can't swim per say, we spent countless hours playing in the waves. They are strong! But so much fun to play in! We had a great experience in this hotel and in Tortuguero in general.
When we arrived we were greeted by one of the tourism offices people to walk us to our hotel, which was really helpful as Icaco is located just outside the village. No doubt the hotel and the tourism operation are working together as you can book tours through them, but who cares. We actually found it helpful and did book our boat tour through the company (with a great guide named Elvis).
Though the hotel is just outside the village, it isn't far and the village is tiny. You will still be centrally located, bring a torch for walking home at night. Don't worry, it is perfectly safe. We were three girls travelling together and it didn't make us nervous at all.
All in all we loved out stay at Icaco. I would love to go back and wouldn't stay anywhere else.
- 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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