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“Noisy, full of mosquitos and unwelcoming staff”
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Jaco Inn
Ranked #13 of 69 Speciality Lodging in Jaco
London, United Kingdom
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“Noisy, full of mosquitos and unwelcoming staff”
Reviewed 4 March 2013

I spent a night in Jaco on a Saturday night while not finding any other option. The dorm was OK, although the cleanliness could really improve!

There was a leech in the shower and a few other insects dead on the floor in corners of the room.

So Yes, we are in a tropical place, but still...

The lady of the front was particularly cold, and almost unwelcoming, it's only after speaking spanish that she got a bit more opened. A warm welcome to the clients would definitely make a difference and make them feel "welcome".

The night was full of mosquitos, so thanks to my insect repellent otherwise you just get eaten.

The morning was maybe the worst, as we got awakened by the TV of main room, the kid of the family who runs it...i believe, just decided to put it loud. (not a damn idea that at 6:30 am the clients may want to sleep a bit more). And finally the kitchen smoke invaded the room, so it was impossible to sleep more.

Location is good, that's for sure. But I think you'd rather pay a bit more and go to Hostel Buddha which is next door, I haven't had the chance to sleep there, but it seemed to fullfill all qualitative points.

Room Tip: Maybe opt for a double room. you may have more privacy than the dorms.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 February 2013

This hostel was very nice, just within minutes to Jaco beach, rooms were clean and nice, we met a great backpackers over there and service of this place was great too. We stayed in the private rooms so we cannot comment on dormitories

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 15 February 2013 via mobile

The staff is not friendly. We had a horrible room upstairs. It's not really a room, it has weird plastic windows covered with shower curtains. We changed to Buddha House - same price and sooooo much better!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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I can´t belive that somebody could like this hostal. It is dirty and looks very poor. Unfortunately we had no choice as it was very late. I wouldn´t stay there for the next night even if I were paid. The only good thing was the porch.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

I've stayed here last year and then again this year for 3 nights. The rooms are reasonable, $12 pp/night for the dorms. The parking lot has a locking gate if you are worried about getting your rental car broken into. There are a few different caretakers, and only one that I've met doesn't speak much English, but I saw other guests who didn't speak any Spanish able to communicate with him and get help with their calling cards, etc. Rooms are clean, bathrooms are too. It's a short walk to the beach (2 blocks approx.) and is located in the middle of the main street in Jaco, so you can walk to souvenir shops, restaurants, bars, surf shops, etc.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Dresden, Germany
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

I stayed there for one night with a friend in a dorm, which was comfortable and quite. It´s just a 3 min walk away from the beach and located in the centre of Jaco which makes it even more difficult to be a quite location. Next to the hostel is the Tabacon, where you could have real good coffee in the morning. I also saw the private rooms, they are also very comfortable and have a nice design. Nice staff. You just feel like somebody is sharing his home with you.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

Cleaning staff wanted to kick us out at 9 am because someone else was coming, when check out wasn't till 12. Not very welcoming! Private room very loud with no privacy because the room is all windows and the shades are broke

  • Stayed February 2011
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Additional Information about Jaco Inn

Property: Jaco Inn
Address: Avenidad Pastor Diaz | Behind Orange Pub, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 69 Speciality Lodging in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and only a few steps away from the surf break's, the best restaurants and the hottest clubs. Jaco Inn is a boutique lodging and surf school situated right in the heart of Jaco's downtown. Whether you come only looking for accommodation or wanting to learn how to surf, you will always find something different to make your vacation an unbelievable and wonderful experience. Mi casa es su casa, since 2009 our goal has been to make you feel at home, this is an unique place where we welcome travellers from all over the world in an inspiring yet familiar setting. Blessed to be located on a property with a great family legacy, the tropical vibe of the jungle and Pura Vida is the perfect combination for your next adventure. Playa Jaco is busy town and the mainstream street has numerous restaurants and bars. There are several places to go at night whether you want to dance and party hard, or just take it easy while having a beer and listening to live music. At our hostel we offer a beautiful relaxing space away from all of that if you just want to come back and relax after a busy day or a long trip. ... more   less 
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