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Martina's Place Hostel
Ranked #2 of 19 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York, New York, United States
1 review
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“Martina is the best”
Reviewed 27 December 2012

When I was in Santa Teresa my wallet was stolen so I was in need of a place to stay on a budget and Martina was gracious enough to let me stay at her place and even pay via paypal.

She also suggested a great hike and set me up with an awesome tour of Corcovado.

I also very much enjoyed the traditional food that is served in her kitchen.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 29 December 2012
Hi Michael, thank you so much for your review! And I hope you still have good memories of your stay in Costa Rica although you've been robbed. I am happy I could help you a little...
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

I could not have been more pleased with my choice of a place to stay in Drake Bay. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the rooms were really cute. There was a kitchen to cook in, hammocks to chill in and it was just a very pleasant place to be. They help you with booking tours and transportation to whatever extend you need. We came by bus and Martina booked us a fairly priced taxi and water taxi to get the rest of the way there and was highly communicative through email before I got there.

Conveniently located and highly affordable, I completely recommend it. I was with a friend but there was a family with kids staying there too and it nice and quiet and family friendly. I fully recommend it to just about anyone who wants comfy yet simple accommodations while staying in the beautiful Drake Bay.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 29 December 2012
Hello Fionnuala, thank you so much for your wonderful review! I am glad you liked your stay so much...just I am sorry I did not meet you in person. Next time? :-)
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 15 December 2012

Whilst despairing at my bug ridden choice of accommodation in Drake Bay, I wandered into Martina's place and was immediately greeted warmly and shown a lovely clean comfortable room to which I moved into swiftly. I only spent 2 nights which was too little as this was a home away from home
and the perfect place to explore Drake Bay or simply relax. Martina is very helpful in answering questions, booking tours, giving local advice and she kindly booked all my onward travel to San Jose which was very much appreciated.
I liked the easy going atmosphere at Martina's, nothing was a problem. I would definitely recommend it and it is great value for a big room. She also has tents in the lovely garden if you want to be closer to nature and an addition of 2 more rooms recently. I think you should book in advance as Lonely Planet have just discovered Martina's Place and added it to the latest edition.
Next time I will stay longer here.

  • Stayed December 2012
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 17 December 2012
Hi Mia, thank you so much for this fantastic review! It was absolutely a pleasure having you as a guest, you are easygoing too :-) You definitely have to stay longer next time to explore Drake Bay more!!!!
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

My partner and I and our son recently had the pleasure of staying at Martina's Place, and it was one of the best spur of the moment decisions we have ever made. The location is perfect, just steps from the beach, and the quality of our room far surpassed our expectations for being such an affordable place, especially in a location where reasonable can mean well upwards of a hundred us dollars. The kitchen was really useful, the wifi was great, and most of all, there was Martina. She took us on a tour around the countryside on her morning off and showed us a couple of really nice local spots, knew all the best places to eat and go for hikes, and in general, was everything and more you could possibly want for an innkeeper. I would highly recommend her place to anyone who is looking for reasonably priced (yet still very comfortable and modern )accommodations in Drake Bay.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 15 November 2012
Thank you very much for your review! It was so much fun having you guys and little River in my house...I really hope to see you again soon!
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Petten, Nederland
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

Last summer (July 2011) I stayed for a week at Martina's Place: a small cozy (clean!!) cabinas, with lovely people, great food, location and excellent trips. I learned a lot about various animals and even saw some of them (in the garden (freely) but also when we were on a trip). Furthermore, Martina knows and advised us about the best (local) bars and parties. I really enjoyed my stay. Martina's Place is a special place and has a special place in my heart.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 15 November 2012
Thank you so much Lisanne for your review...you guys have a special place in our hearts too :-)
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Odijk
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Room itself was fine, shower didnt have hot water, which wasnt a problem with the high temperatures outside, even at night. Room doesnt have airco but does has a good fan. During our stay of three nights the rooms didnt get cleaned and the towels didnt get changed, which was a shame.

Staff was very helpful in arranging trips and even bringing us to the tour operator. The organisation doesnt have a car, so this does mean some walking, but since Drake Bay is so small, that isn't a real issue.

Wifi was broke when we were there, but the staff let us use their connection which was good enough for us.

The restaurant just next door serves excellent food against very modest prices. Also very nice fruit shakes (watermelon is best). Unfortunately they dont serve breakfast (anymore?), which can be tricky in the morning for tours. The staff is helpful enough to arrange something somewhere else though.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 15 November 2012
Thank you for giving 4 stars even there were some things you would have liked a different way...Since I was on tour during your stay I can only say what I have been told from my staff...There was no electricity in 2 days that's why there was no hot water or wifi...
Thank you for liking the restaurant, but we closed it and offer instead a fully equipped kitchen for self cooking! If you ever come back we would be happy to welcome you again!
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Mountain View, California, United States
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

I learned about Martina's place through trip advisor and decided to stay therre for a few nights February '12. I coordinated the stay via email, and Martina responded quickly, and was very thorough in her emails. Although I did not ask for an airport pick up, Martina kindly arranged the pick up. The room I stayed in was quite spacious and the food was great. Throughout the whole trip, she has always been available to answer questions, give recommendations as to which places to visit and make sure that I was fully prepared for my tours. I particularly enjoyed horse back riding, trip to Corcovado park and snorkeling. I am very happy to have met Martina, she has definitely made this trip very enjoyable:)

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 15 November 2012
Thank you so much for this review!!! It almost looks like I told to write all the good things about our place- but you didn't even mention you would give me a rating... So I was really surprised and I am happy you liked it so much! Any time again you are very welcome!!!
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Property: Martina's Place Hostel
Address: Agujitas | Contiguo la Iglesia Cristiana, Drake Bay 60506, Costa Rica (Formerly Pura Vida Drake Bay)
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Osa Peninsula > Drake Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Drake Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Martina's Place Hostel in Drake Bay -Clean hostel with familiar atmosphere -2 min. to beach and supermarkets -All Tours to Corcovado, Cano Island and around Drake Bay -Big fully equipped kitchen for self cooking -Free coffee & tea, oil, salt and sugar. -Small restaurant for breakfast and dinner. -Hot water showers -WiFi -Hammocks -Free parking -Free luggage store Martina's Place is located in the center of Agujitas, which is usually called Drake Bay. It is 2 minutes to the beach and around the corner are supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries and an ice-cream place. You can cook in our big kitchen and sit, chat and eat in our roofed patio. There is also a small restaurant on the properties. A guitar is waiting to be played. We can organize all tours to Corcovado Nationalpark for you, including the overnight tours, as well as tours to Cano Island for snorkeling, diving or whale & dolphin watch. You should not plan your stay too short, since there is a lot to do around Drake Bay, for example the hike to Rio Claro (with swimming at the waterfall) which you can do by yourself! We have good WiFi connection.Drake Bay is located on the borders of Corcovado Nationalpark on the Pacific side of Costa Rica. The village is small, unspoilt and authentic, surrounded by abundant nature. All throughout Drake Bay you can hear the howler monkeys or the croaking of the scarlett macaws... Attention! There is no bank or ATM in Drake Bay. Bring enough cash or pay with card (+4% banking fee). ... more   less 
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