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Martina's Place Hostel
Ranked #3 of 18 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
“Great deal for budget travellers”
Reviewed 23 March 2013

I was looking to visit Drake Bay in order to travel to Corcovado. Martina was very helpful even before I got there she pre-booked the day trips for me and my friend (Corcovado, Cano Island, Rio Claro). Martina's house was a great place to meet other travelers and relax. The staff was absolutely wonderful (Thanks Mike and Angelica for taking us swimming in the beautiful river!) and the kitchen was great for cooking. I would highly recommend Marina's place to other travelers.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 30 March 2013
Hola guapa! Thank you so much for your response and it was great having you girls here- almost like family :-) I will say hello to Mike and Angelica. Take care, Martina
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 March 2013

My girlfriend and stayed at Martina's Place last week, and we loved it! Martina was extraordinarily helpful from booking the hotel, to helping to book and schedule all the tours and hikes, to recommending and describing the local restaurants, all through helping us communicate with the next hotel about arranging an airport taxi. We stayed in room #1, which has it's own bath (for warmer water in the shower, turn down the water pressure, it definitely got hot enough for it being 90 degrees outside ;) ), and is set off to the side of the building, so had lots of windows and was fairly private. No AC, but we were down there to get out of the New England cold, so we didn't mind a bit (plus the ceiling fan helped a lot). Great location, up the hill from the beach, and around the corner from the 2 supermarkets + restaurants. Nice to have a kitchen for breakfast & coffee before heading out for the day. All in all, couldn't be happier with our stay. Thanks, Martina!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 19 March 2013
Hi Greg, thanks for your wonderful review, it was definitely a pleasure having you guys here in my little hotel.
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

This is a great place to stay while exploring Drake Bay. We loved the kitchen and cooked many interesting meals. It was nice to be able to help ourselves to coffee or tea. The hotel is situated close to grocery stores and restaurants as well as nice routes for hiking and walking. The owner and the people who work at Martina's Place are very nice. We enjoyed our stay and look forward to another visit.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 12 March 2013
Hello Kayla, thank you so much for your review- nobody ever cooked that much in our kitchen as you did :-) and I am happy you liked it...I enjoyed our hike in Progresso with Carlos and all those big trees... May be you guys make it back to Drake one day :-) Martina
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New York, New York, United States
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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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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 #3 of 18 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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