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“The Perfect Place to Stay in Drake Bay” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Martina's Place Hostel

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Martina's Place Hostel
Ranked #2 of 18 Drake Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Level Contributor
9 reviews
“The Perfect Place to Stay in Drake Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

I stayed at Martina's for a little over 2 weeks and I look forward to returning there again soon. Martina is VERY kind, helpful and knowledgable about the best places to visit and see. She also is extremely helpful with organizing any kind of adventure you want from visiting Corcovado to diving & snorkeling at Cano Island to many many others. Her staff Tia and Angelica were also kind and helpful. There's a great kitchen and refrigerator for making meals. The rooms were clean, safe and large. The bed was very comfortable and the high velocity fan was a great addition as well especially during the hottest time of the year. It's also a great central location in about the center of Drake Bay which allows you quick access to the restaurants and grocery store and yet you also have the benefit of being able to walk to the beach and leave for tours easily. I would definitely recommend staying here!

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Thank John S
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 13 April 2013
Hi John, thank you soooooo much for this great review! I could see you felt comfortable here and love Drake Bay, so I am sure I see you again soon :-) Enjoy your stay in Costa Rica, Martina
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Leipzig, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

This is my third year that I`m at Martinas place and always it has been wonderful to stay here or also only chat a little or have a cup of coffee. This year she even got some cosy but really comfortable tents in her garden to stay and well... just while looking out of the tent you can watch lot`s of different birds that visit the flowers in the beautiful little garden, like kolibris or the wonderful big red scarlet macaw that always come for a visit. If you like to cook for your own - no problem, the kitchen is big and you will find everything you need. I came this year with a group of 15 geography students and we enjoyed a beautiful time here. Thanks again, Martina!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank 705JessicaS
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
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Jessica, danke das Du mit den Studenten hier warst, es hat echt Spass gemacht, eine so grosse Gruppe hier zu haben...ganz lieben Gruss an alle :-)
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Minot, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

Martina took care of everything for us -- booking our boat from and back to Sierpe, all our many excursions (she was very patient with the requests I kept sending her), and helping us find what we needed around town. She accompanied us to our tour operators and helped us with anything we needed. The room was clean and comfy and in a great location. We loved her coffee -- so early in the morning! We only wish we'd had a bit more time to get to know her; she is such an interesting and thoughtful person.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Pamela O
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MartinaWegener, Owner at Martina's Place Hostel, responded to this review, 30 March 2013
Hello Pamela, thank you so much for your response- I really appreciate it :-) I only wished you guys could have stayed longer, it was a pleasure having you here and you all had an amazing energy doing all tours in such a short time! Hope to see you again one day, Martina
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Riley M
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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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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Room Tip: We stayed in room #1, which has it's own bath (for warmer water in the shower, turn down the wat...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank GregL L
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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Kayla D
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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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 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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