The hostel was fine: a very nice spot, good room, people were cool, we loved their two dogs... but, a quick warning about a couple of scams they run:
NEVER pay for your room in colonès as it costs more than what they quote in dollars. It cost us an extra $7 per night to pay in the local currency (!). They invent their own exchange rate, which was higher than any we encountered anywhere else, and charge you according to this. When we arrived they just charged us the extra cash without an explanation of why, or mentioning that dollars would cost less. If I hadn't worked out the difference in price and approached them about it they would never have told us. Make sure you have dollars on you when checking in.
Also, don't book an excursion / trip / taxi with them. We paid $45 for a taxi fare that would usually be $30-$35 because the owner booked it. We found out from the driver that when the owner books a taxi, he charges the taxi $10 for getting them the business, and this then gets passed onto you.I imagine he does the same thing with any trips, hire, rentals...etc. Always book your trips through other places, or the companies directly.
Other than that, it's a really nice place to stay. Stay there by all means, just be careful of the scams!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Colonial-style hotel surrounded by trees and tropical gardens with unique affordable rooms. The hotel features a communal kitchen,resting areas, hammocks and a sparkling pool in the landscaped garden. Complimentary coffee served at 8AM, free parking and Wireless is also offered. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cuesta Arriba Bed And Breakfast Hostel
- Cuesta Arriba Hotel Santa Teresa
- Cuesta Arriba Hotel Costa Rica/Santa Teresa